Apparel Merchandising

The mission of the apparel design and merchandising department is to provide students with an environment in which they can develop and nurture creativity, gain aesthetic, intellectual, and professional competence in both the knowledge and skills of the apparel field and cultivate a humanistic and ethical understanding of apparel as a business and as an art form.

The apparel program offers major and minor programs in apparel design and apparel merchandising. It is advisable for interested freshman to consult with an advisor in the department prior to registration.

This major often appeals to the student who enjoys the business side of the apparel industry. As well as courses in retail buying, visual display, and other merchandising courses, students take coursework in business administration, economics and art.

Apparel merchandising students often minor in business or communications.

Tracy Jennings, EdD
Department Chair
(708) 524- 6633   
Office: Fine Arts, Lower Level 009

Career Opportunities

Dominican apparel graduates can pursue an array of careers in the fashion and retail industries and with leading museums. Possible apparel career positions range from developing and manufacturing specific fashion items to promotion, publicity or sales at either the wholesale or retail levels.

Careers in the apparel merchandising field include:

  • Sales manager
  • Market researcher
  • Division, regional or national manager
  • Merchandiser
  • Retail buyer
  • Personal Shopper
  • Merchandise manager
  • Fashion show coordinator
  • Visual display merchandiser
  • Retail human resources manager
  • Boutique owner

Advising Worksheets

Current students, access advising worksheets here