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APD Apparel Product Design Courses

APD 545 Experimental Product Design (3:2:3)
Pr. grade of C or better in 444 or equivalent as determined by the instructor, or permission of the instructor
Experimentation with a variety of materials to create apparel using both traditional and innovative methods. Emphasis on design development and originality. Investigation of various specialty markets for apparel design. (Spring)

CRS Consumer, Apparel and Retail Studies Courses

CRS 513 Apparel and Related Consumer Products Analysis and Standards (3:3)
Pr. grade of C (2.0) or better in 312 or graduate standing
Process of developing and analyzing product standards as they relate to consumers, industry, and international trade. Analysis of products in relation to existing or proposed standards. (Alt SP)

CRS 530 Economics of the Textile and Apparel Complex (3:3)
Pr. grade of C or better in ECO 201 or its equivalent as determined by the instructor, or graduate standing, or graduate standing
Economics and social aspects of production, distribution, and utilization of apparel and textiles.

CRS 582 Problems in Consumer, Apparel, and Retail Studies (2-6)
Individual study.

CRS 589 Experimental Course
This number reserved for experimental courses. Refer to the Course Schedule for current offerings.

CRS 605 Research Methodology in Consumer, Apparel, and Retail Studies (3:3)
Pr. or Coreq. STA 571. Pr. admission to graduate program in consumer, apparel, and retail studies, or permission of instructor
Beginning graduate course in research methodology within the domains of consumer, apparel, and retailing. Concepts, frameworks, and relationships of theory and research. Epistemological issues, types of analysis, methods.

CRS 614 Textile Products Market Analysis (3:3)
Quantitative and qualitative approaches to the analysis of global markets for textiles and apparel. Embraces information sources and techniques for market, competitor, and company analysis to support strategic marketing decisions. (Alternate Fall)

CRS 615 Advanced Textiles and Experimental Methods (3:2:3)
Pr. 614, CHE 205 or 351, or permission of instructor
Analysis of structure and functional performance of advanced textiles (geotextiles, biomedical, nonwovens) using experimental methods such as Kawabata Hand Evaluation System. Differential Scanning Calorimeter, Thermal Gravimetric Analysis. (Alternate Spring)

CRS 620 Analysis of Apparel and Related Industries (3:3)
Analysis of apparel and related industries from raw materials through consumption. Examination of production and marketing of products, technological developments, and domestic and global market strategies. (Summer)

630 Economic Dynamics of the Retail Complex (3:3)
Pr. 530 and MBA 603 or permission of instructor
Application of economic concepts to consumption behaviors in the retail industry with special emphasis on apparel and related products. Impact of history, trends, brands, and demographics explored. (Alternate Fall)

CRS 632 Supervised Industry Practicum in Consumer, Apparel, and Retail Studies (3:1:9)
Supervised industry practicum combining practical and academic elements for consumer, apparel, and retail studies graduate students. Course supervised by designated graduate faculty member. Approved plan required prior to experience.

CRS 660 International Textile Products Marketing (3:3)
Pr.560 or permission of instructor
International textile products marketing environment; global markets, marketing programs and organizations. (Alternate Spring)

CRS 663 Experience in Consumer, Apparel, and Retail Issues Abroad (3:3)
Pr. 560 or permission of instructor
Cultural, political, business, and consumer issues within the apparel and retail industries of a specific country. May be repeated for credit with different country. (Alternate Spring)

CRS 664 International Retailing: Theory and Practice (3:3)
Pr. 484 and 560 or permission of instructor
Investigation of international retailing from a combined theory and practice perspective. Analysis of global retail systems and strategy. Retail supply chains. Multinational consumer issues.

CRS 671 Issues in Apparel and Related Industries Entrepreneurship Research (3:3)
Current state of research on entrepreneurship studies in general and particularly within the apparel and related products industry. (Same as ENT 671)

CRS 681 Directed Individual Study in Consumer, Apparel, and Retail Studies (1-6)


CRS 682 Graduate Seminar (1:1)
May be repeated once for credit when topic varies. (FA)


CRS 683 Problems in Apparel (1-3)


CRS 684 Problems in Retail Marketing (1-3)


CRS 685 Problems in Retail and Consumer Studies (1-3)


CRS 686 Readings in Apparel (1-3)


CRS 687 Readings in Retail Marketing (1-3)


CRS 688 Readings in Retail and Consumer Studies (1-3)


CRS 690 Minor Research (2-6)


CRS 699 Thesis (1-6)


CRS 700 Seminar in Consumer, Apparel, and Retail Studies (1:1)
Study, reporting, and discussion of current research. May be repeated for credit when topic varies. (Spring)

CRS 701 Literature and Thought in Consumer, Apparel, and Retail Studies (3:3)
Pr. admission to Ph.D. in consumer, apparel, and retail studies and permission of instructor
Overview of concepts, frameworks, theory, thought, and empirical research within the domains of consumer, apparel, and retailing. Emphasis on contemporary thinking and identifying opportunities and directions for future research streams.

CRS 711 Experimental Course
This number reserved for experimental courses. Refer to the Course Schedule for current offerings.

CSR 712 Theory Development in Consumer, Apparel, and Retail Studies (3:3)
Pr. 630, 660, 662, or permission of instructor
Examination of business related marketing theories to consumer, apparel, and retail studies. Analysis of marketing theories, models, and conceptual frameworks. Includes business-to-business, consumer, customer relationship, and economic theories. (Alternate Spring)

CRS 713 Qualitative Methodology in Consumer, Apparel, and Retail Studies (3:3)
Exploration of development and use of qualitative research methodology in consumer, apparel, and retail studies. Focus on application of qualitative methodology to diverse research problems, data collection procedures, and analysis approaches.

CRS 714 Methodology and Modeling in Consumer, Apparel, and Retail Studies (3:3)
Pr. STA 671 or ERM 682 or equivalent and admission to Ph.D. in consumer, apparel, and retail studies, or permission of instructor
Concepts, frameworks, theory, and empirical research methods and models within the consumer, apparel, and retailing domains. Emphasis on research methods and multivariate statistical models of consumer and retail research issues.

CRS 720 Social Psychology of Consumption (3:3)
Investigation of approaches to research on consumption within social psychology. Focus on the study of apparel and related consumer products.

CRS 721 Consumer Behavior in Apparel and Retailing (3:3)
Pr. 562 or permission of instructor
Current theories and research in consumer behavior. Application of consumer behavior models to apparel, apparel-related products, and retailing through individualized research products. (Alternate Spring)

CRS 731 Special Topics in Consumer, Apparel, and Retail Studies (3:3)
Investigation of select topics specific to consumer, apparel, and retail studies. May be repeated once for credit when topic varies.

CRS 765 College Teaching Practicum in Consumer, Apparel, and Retail Studies (3)
Pr. admission to doctoral program in consumer, apparel, and retail studies and permission of instructor
Supervised, structured experiences in planning, teaching, and evaluating a college level course. Professors provide guidance and mentoring of graduate students during the experience.

CRS 790 Independent Doctoral Research (1-6)
Pr. STA 661, 662
Individual work on research problem(s) related to student’s primary area(s) of specialization. Research conducted with faculty guidance and direction. Objective: develop one or more publishable manuscript(s).

CRS 799 Dissertation (1-12)
Required of all candidates for the Doctor of Philosophy degree. Credit may be divided over two or more semesters.


CRS 801 Thesis Extension (1-3)


CRS 802 Dissertation Extension (1-3)


CRS 803 Research Extension (1-3)


RCS Retailing and Consumer Studies Courses

RCS 560 Advanced Retail Buying and Planning (3:3)
Pr. grade of C (2.0) or better in 261, 361, 362, or graduate standing
Advancing the strategies of inventory acquisition and control. Application of retail math to Excel spreadsheets in planning the assortment plan, six month merchandise plan, and model stock plans. (Fall)

RCS 562 Behavior of Soft Lines Consumers (3:3)
Pr. grade of C (2.0) or better in 321 or graduate standing
Study of environmental, individual, and psychological influences on behavior of consumers in the soft lines consumption process. (Spring)

RCS 584 Retail Strategy (3:3)
Pr. 560
Investigation of retailing from a strategic perspective. Concepts are analyzed and integrated into applied problem-solving scenarios focused on consumer needs.