About Teaching and Learning

Educational Philosophy

The Apparel Merchandising and Management (AMM) major is all about being prepared to work in the real world of the apparel industry. This requires students to have a strong background in the fundamentals of fashion, textiles, business, engineering, design and additional aspects of the products, practices and processes of the apparel supply chain. While learning takes place in the lecture classroom it also occurs through many other avenues where students have direct contact and interaction with industry and its professionals.

View pictures of the variety of student learning experiences in our Flickr album.

Teaching Approach

The AMM program uses a learn-by-doing teaching approach. Coursework is lab intensive with many hands-on experiences. Class size in the major is typically 24 students. Faculty members interact directly with all students.

Faculty practice modern teaching strategies such as flipped-classroom teaching approach for greater student engagement and effective learning/retention, 

Through a combination of laboratory projects, coursework assignments, internship experience and senior capstone microbusiness management, students graduate with the equivalent of two years’ work experience.  Students are exposed to research methods so that they are prepared for graduate school,

On-line/Distance Learning

Many AMM courses use on-line technology as part of teaching the course.  Some AMM courses and many General Education, support and elective courses are fully on-line.  Courses with labs require regular attendance in the designated classroom.

Examples of Real World Learning

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