The Consumer, Apparel, and Retail Studies undergraduate program offers three concentrations for majors and minors: Apparel Design, Retailing and Consumer Studies and Global Apparel and Related Industry Studies. These concentrations prepare students for positions with companies that focus on product development, retailing, or marketing strategies in the soft goods chain and textile-related industries.
During the first 2 years of study, students complete the majority of their general education requirements (GEC) and begin introductory consumer, apparel, and retail studies. Because many students frequently change majors early in their academic careers, the majority of CRS courses are offered during the junior and senior years, so students begin in-depth study in their junior year. Apparel design, global apparel and related industry studies and retailing and consumer studies students take supporting course work in the Bryan School of Business and Economics. Retailing and consumer studies students complete sufficient courses (21 hours) to complete a minor in Business. Global apparel and related industry studies students complete sufficient courses for a minor in global studies. Students must, however, submit the necessary forms to apply for these minors.
Internship experiences are completed in a student's junior or senior year. Students prepare for this opportunity by completing a professional development class (CRS 331). Internships are structured and supervised to ensure that students have a quality experience. Because of the proximity to North Carolina's textile and apparel industry, many students remain in North Carolina; however, students complete internships in major metropolitan cities across the US and abroad.
International exposure is built into the total curriculum beginning in the freshman year with a non-western course, CRS 221, "Culture, Human Behavior and Clothing" and continues throughout the program. Short and long term study abroad opportunities are offered and the study of foreign languages is encouraged.