Department of Clothing, Textiles, and Interior Design

Clothing and Textiles is offered as an area of focus within the Master of Science in Human Environmental Sciences degree program. This program is designed for graduate students who seek to improve the lives of individuals, families, and communities.  Students may concentrate in areas related to the expertise of the Graduate Faculty (See listing below). The curriculum prepares students for careers in college teaching, research, extension, education administration, marketing, consumer service, product development/evaluation, and entrepreneurship. Emphasis is placed on the development of analytical and problem-solving skills. The program equips graduate students for continued intellectual and career growth.

​The Department of Clothing, Textiles, and Interior Design is home to apparel design and product development laboratories; spinning and weaving equipment; textile testing and quality assurance equipment; and the Fashion Archive, which includes the Carolyn Stewart Historical Costume Collection and the Comer Historical Textiles Collection. The University houses a wide array of research facilities that foster interdisciplinary research.

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The Human Environmental Sciences (MS) focused area of study in Clothing, Textiles, and Interior Design provides preparation for careers in higher education, business and industry, and government services, and for admission to doctoral programs in clothing, textiles, and related fields. Students complete 30 semester hours of coursework designed to prepare them for advancement in their professional discipline.  A research thesis or capstone project is required during the final term of enrollment.


Chair, Professor
  • McKinney, Ellen
Associate Professor
  • Koontz, Marcy L.
  • Thompson, Amanda
  • Tong, Michelle
Assistant Professor
  • Jones, Hunter
  • Maki, Kristin
  • McKinney, Steven
  • Wimberley, Virginia S.


Cult Dynam Apparel Text

Examination of the impact of cultural dynamics on apparel and textile production and marketing.

History Of Costumes

Study of costume development from prehistoric to modern times; includes cultural forces in relation to the evolution of costume.

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