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Consumer, Apparel, and Retail Studies (CARS)

Degree: Bachelor of Science

Required: 122 semester hours, to include at least 36 hours at or above the 300 course level

Available Concentrations and AOS Codes:
Apparel Product Design, U538
Global Apparel and Related Industries, U864
Retailing and Consumer Studies, U539

Criteria for Progression in the Major

Only grades of C (2.0) or higher in CRS, APD, and RCS courses will count toward completion of the CARS major and concentrations. An apparel product construction proficiency exam must be passed to enroll in the Apparel Product Design Studio courses, beginning with APD 250.

Requirements

I General Education Core Requirements (GEC)

See complete GEC requirements and approved course listings for all categories.

Core Category

S.H.

Students may select courses for:

 

Literature (GLT)

3

Fine Arts (GFA)

3

Philosophical, Religious, Ethical Principles (GPR)

3

One additional GLT, GFA, or GPR course

3

Historical Perspectives on Western Culture (GHP)

3

 

 

Department specifies courses for:

 

Natural Sciences (GNS)
required: CHE 101 or 103, and CHE 110; and one additional GNS course with a different departmental prefix

7

Reasoning and Discourse (GRD)
ENG 101 or FMS 115 or RCO 101, and CST 105

6

Social and Behavioral Sciences (GSB)
required: SOC 101 or PSY 121, and CRS 321

6

Mathematics (GMT)
required: MAT 115

3

 

II General Education Marker Requirements

See details and courses. It is possible to meet all GE Marker Requirements while completing the GE Core requirements or courses required by the major/ concentration.

Students may select courses for:

Global/Global Non-Western Perspectives (GL/GN)
Four (4) courses carrying GL/GN markers; at least one of which must carry the GN marker.

One Speaking Intensive (SI) Course
In addition to this SI Marker requirement, students must also complete a second SI course within the major. All programs have identified at least one course among their major requirements that is taught as Speaking Intensive.

One Writing Intensive (WI) Course
In addition to this WI Marker requirement, students must also complete a second WI course within the major. All programs have identified at least one course among their major requirements that is taught as Writing Intensive.

 

III Major and Related Area Requirements

A. Major Requirements for All Concentrations

CRS 211, 221, 231, 255, 312, 321, 331, 332, 463, 481; APD 242

 

  • Apparel Product Design Concentration Required Courses
    APD 244, 250, 251, 310, 341, 342, 443, 444; CRS 372. An apparel product construction proficiency exam must be passed to enroll in the Apparel Product Design Studio courses, beginning with APD 250.
  • Global Apparel and Related Industries Concentration Required Courses
    CRS 463, 481; RCS 261, 361, 464, 484
  • Retailing and Consumer Studies Concentration Required Courses
    RCS 261, 361, 362, 464, 484, 560

B. Related Area Requirements for All Concentrations

ACC 201; CHE 101 or 103, and 110; CST 105; ISM 110; MAT 115; PSY 121 or SOC 101; 3 s.h. of MGT from 200, 309, 312, or 354, or BUS 240 or ENT 240

 

  • Related Area Requirements for Global Apparel and Related Industries Concentration
    IGS 200, 333, 400; two (2) language courses at or above the 300 level
  • Related Area Requirements for Retailing and Consumer Studies Concentration
    ECO 201 and 250; MKT 320

 

 

IV Electives

Apparel Product Design Concentration

  • Three (3) required electives to be taken in the CARS major
  • One required elective from MKT, MGT, or ECO
  • Remaining electives sufficient to complete total semester hours required for degree

Global Apparel and Related Industries Concentration

  • Two (2) required electives to be taken in the CARS major
  • Remaining electives sufficient to complete total semester hours required for degree

Retail and Consumer Studies Concentration

  • Four (4) required electives to be taken in the CARS major
  • One required elective from MKT, MGT, or ECO to complete the requirements for a minor in Business
  • Remaining electives sufficient to complete total semester hours required for degree