Florida State University General Bulletin 1998-1999

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Academic Departments and Programs (course descriptions)

Department of Textiles and Consumer Sciences

College of Human Sciences

Chair: Rinn M. Cloud;
Professors: Cloud, Davis, Goldsmith;
Associate Professors: Baillie, Fiorito, Grise, Heitmeyer, Moore;
Visiting Assistant Professor: Black;
Associate in Merchandising: McLaughlin;
Professors Emeriti: Adam, Avery, Edgeworth, Kittles, Kuehne, Warden

The Department of Textiles and Consumer Sciences offers courses of study related to two basic human needs-clothing and housing-using an integrative approach that addresses the needs of business/industry and the interests of consumers. The program provides educational and experiential opportunities in the design, development, production, distribution, management, consumption, and preservation of apparel and housing, as well as other consumer products. Students also gain an understanding of the impact of these products and of resource management on the quality of life of individuals and families.

Students may receive a bachelor of science (BS) degree with a major in apparel design and technology, merchandising, textiles, or housing. Graduates are employed in the textile, apparel, housing, and retail industries as well as in state and local governments and nonprofit agencies.

Department facilities include leading edge technology for each major. The Lectra Computer-Aided Design Laboratory includes 10 workstations for computer-aided design and manufacturing of apparel and textiles. The Burdines Merchandising Technology Laboratory, which is in development, will provide students with leading edge retail technology. Modern chemical and physical testing laboratories support textile evaluation and research. Three-dimensional housing CAD software allows housing students to plan environments to meet the needs of a variety of residential properties.

The Historic Costume and Textiles Laboratory houses an outstanding teaching and study collection of historic costumes dating from the early 1800s. The historic textiles collection includes the unique Carter Collection of pre-Columbian Peruvian textiles from the late 1400s.

An outstanding teaching and research faculty provides students with a challenging academic environment. In fulfilling their commitment to the personal and professional development of students, the faculty provide individual academic advising for every student. Honors in the major projects and other directed individual study experiences allow students to pursue particular areas of individual interest. Team projects, computer projects, field trips, and speakers from the textile, apparel, housing industries, and retail businesses are a regular part of the learning environment. Internships are required in the merchandising and housing program but are optional in other majors. Student organizations such as Fashion, Inc., the Collegiate Merchandising Association, the student chapter of the American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists, and the Housing Association, supplement classroom learning by providing opportunities to develop leadership skills in professional settings.

State of Florida Common Course Prerequisites

The State of Florida has identified common course prerequisites for this University degree program. These prerequisites are lower-level courses that are required for preparation for the University major prior to a student receiving a baccalaureate degree from The Florida State University. They may be taken either at a community college or in a university lower-division program. It is preferred that these common course prerequisites be completed in the freshman and sophomore years.

The following lists the common course prerequisites or approved substitutions necessary for this degree program:

Apparel Design and Technology

  1. One course in art history or appreciation (ARH prefix) for three (3) semester hours;
  2. CTE X310;
  3. CTE X401;
  4. FAD X230;
  5. ECO X013;
  6. ECO X023;
  7. PSY X012.


  1. ACG X021;
  2. CGS X060;
  3. CTE X312;
  4. CTE X401;
  5. ECO X013;
  6. ECO X023;
  7. FAD X230;
  8. PSY X012.


  1. Two courses in chemistry (CHM prefix) for six (6) semester hours or two courses in physics (PHY prefix) for six (6) semester hours;
  2. CTE X312;
  3. CTE X401;
  4. ECO X013;
  5. ECO X023;
  6. FAD X230;
  7. two courses in mathematics (MAC prefix) for six (6) semester hours;
  8. PSY X012.


  1. ECO X000;
  2. FAD X230;
  3. PSY X012.

Note: Contact the department for additional information.

Honors in the Major

The Department of Textiles and Consumer Sciences offers a program of honors in the major to encourage talented juniors and seniors to undertake independent and original research as part of the undergraduate experience. For requirements and other information, see the University Honors Program and Honor Societies section of this General Bulletin.

Requirements for Majors

Students are eligible to enter the Department of Textiles and Consumer Sciences when they have met the University requirements for transfer to an upper-division program, including an overall GPA of 2.0 and completion of all math requirements. A separate application to the department is not required.

Students must achieve and maintain a GPA of 2.25 to remain in good standing in the program, to intern, and to graduate. To enhance the scope of the undergraduates education, minors are encouraged and may be obtained in areas approved by the academic adviser. Each student is assigned a faculty advisor and is encouraged to meet with the advisor regularly. Advisors assist students with the proper sequencing of courses and provide other critical guidance.

All students must meet the requirements of the college core as well as those of their particular major.

College of Human Sciences Core

All students in the department are required to complete the College of Human Sciences core requirements consisting of the following eight (8) semester hours: HOE 3050, FAD 2230, and one three (3) semester hour course in the college outside their major field of study. Faculty advisors have a list of appropriate core courses.

Apparel Design and Technology

Apparel design and technology is a highly competitive but rewarding field for the creative individual. A successful designer is able to predict consumer reaction and to work within the financial constraints of the design and the production and manufacturing process to produce apparel that is both fashionable and functional. The curriculum prepares students to apply the elements and principles of visual design to meet the physical, social, psychological, and aesthetic apparel needs of people. Graduates seek positions in major design centers such as New York, Atlanta, Dallas, Miami, or Los Angeles, or work with apparel firms throughout the United States or abroad. Typical starting positions include assistant designer, stylist, assistant product development specialist, and product manager.

Apparel Design and Technology Sequence

Major courses include CTE 1310, 1401, 3201, 3341, 3515, 3516, 3602, 3734, 3742, 3763, 3784, 4712, 4725, 4752; nine (9) semester hours of approved professional electives; and three (3) semester hours of studio art. Design courses are sequenced such that it requires four regular (non-summer) semesters to complete upper division courses. Detailed curriculum guide sheets and a sequencing plan are available through departmental advisors. An acceptable portfolio is also required for graduation.


Merchandising prepares students for executive training programs and entry-level positions in a variety of exciting retailing and merchandise-related organizations. The curriculum combines a business background with an exploration of the technical, scientific, and aesthetic factors associated with the distribution of all fashion goods. Internships with retailers or vendors provide concrete experiences in the business world. Graduates of the program are sought by recruiters from all of the major U.S. retail firms. The recruiters give special presentations to students who may be interested in joining their organizations.

Merchandising Sequence

Major courses include CTE 1401, 3201, 3440, 3602, 3763, 3806, 4460, 4811, 4822, 4826, 4882, 4890; six (6) semester hours of approved professional electives; and ACG 2021 and MAR 3023. The department works closely with the College of Business to provide the required business courses. Completion with a grade of C or better of MGF 1106 or 1107 or MAC 1102 or 1105 is a prerquisite to merchandising courses. Detailed curriculum guide sheets and a sequencing plan are available through departmental advisors.


Merchandising students are required to take an internship (CTE 4882) during one semester of their senior year. The internship provides the student with a chance to apply classroom learning to actual work experience. A student must have an overall GPA of 2.25 in order to enter the intern block and to be eligible for interning. In addition, the student must have completed all liberal studies requirements including CLAST; CTE 1401, 3201, 3763, 3806, 4822; and MAR 3023. Application for internship must be made by the student during the advising period two regular semesters preceding the intern semester. An intern clearance form must also be completed with the academic advisor the semester before the scheduled internship.

Three merchandising block courses and an intern preparation course are taken during the first half of the intern semester. All material normally covered in a full semester, including the final examination, is completed during the accelerated period. The second half of the semester is the off-campus internship or practicum. The Department of Textiles and Consumer Sciences is responsible for acquiring the internship positions and, through a process explained during the intern block course work, for placing the students. The intern is paid as an employee by the company. During the internship, the student is responsible for any assignments given by the company and for a thorough written analysis of the internship. The entering student is also responsible for housing and relocation arrangements and expenses. Each intern is cooperatively evaluated by both the company and the TCS intern supervisor.

To assure a placement that best meets the professional needs of each student, the department has recruited retail organizations over a wide geographic area. Applicants for the internship are generally not assigned to their home cities or to the immediate or general vicinity of the campus. Candidates are advised that the Department of Textiles and Consumer Sciences exercises the final responsibility for identifying the internship semester and the company in which the student will intern. Submission of an application by a candidate is an agreement to accept an assignment in a location where the objectives of the internship can best be achieved. Failure to accept an assignment relieves the Department of Textiles and Consumer Sciences and the University of any further responsibility to provide an internship.

A candidate for internship is expected to meet the standards set by pertinent state laws and by the cooperating firms. Candidates should be aware that, consistent with applicable law, information pertaining to all public records (such as arrest and/or conviction in a court of law) may be routinely furnished to the cooperating stores as well as to prospective employers. The Department of Textiles and Consumer Sciences will take all reasonable steps to place a student in an internship but will not be liable if a student cannot be placed.


The textiles program prepares students for a wide variety of challenging careers in textile product development, quality assurance, or textile marketing and provides an excellent base for graduate studies. Students gain an understanding of the many factors affecting textile product performance, consumer demand, and choice of textile products. They obtain a strong background in textile science including fiber, yarn, fabric, and finish technology. Course work in areas such as merchandising or design broadens the ability of graduates to adapt to the constantly changing matrix of developing technology and consumer needs.

Textile Sequence

Major courses include CTE 1401, 3201, 3440, 3602, 3763, 3784, 3806, 4421, 4460; and eighteen (18) semester hours of approved professional electives. Detailed curriculum guide sheets and a sequencing plan are available through departmental advisors.


The major in housing prepares students for career opportunities in state and local governments, nonprofit agencies, and in the housing management industry. Students learn to apply principles of design, economics, technology, and life span development to the creation, evaluation and management of built environments. Specifically addressed are the needs of executive managers for multi-unit residential properties. Internships are required as part of the learning experience.

Housing Sequence

Major courses include HHD 3120, 3130, 3230, 3820, 4136, 4250; CTE 1401; COA 4131; and fifteen (15) semester hours in an approved area of concentration. An internship in an applied setting is also required. Detailed curriculum guide sheets and a sequencing plan are available through departmental advisors.

Requirements for Minors

Minor in Housing

At least twelve (12) semester hours in the housing area are required for a minor. HHD 3120 and 3130 are required, plus six (6) additional semester hours of the student’s choice from the following courses: HHD 3230, 3820, 4250, 4136; CTE 1401.

Minor in Merchandising: Store Management

Due to the multifaceted nature of their operations, retail companies hire graduates from a wide variety of majors but give preference to those with retail training and experience. The minor in merchandising focuses on store management, providing students with a basic foundation in retail store operations and merchandise management. The minor consists of eighteen (18) semester hours (excluding prerequisites) and culminates in an internship in a retail setting. Prerequisites for the minor are ACG 2021; CGS 2060; ECO 2013 or 2023; MGF 1106 or 1107 or MAC 1102 or 1105; and MAR 3023. In the two semesters prior to the intern semester, students must complete the first six (6) semester hours of the minor, CTE 3806 and 4822, respectively.

Students must have completed at least ninety (90) semester hours and have at least a 2.25 GPA to be eligible to intern. During the semester of the internship, the students complete CTE 4811, 4882 (six [6] semester hours), and 4890. Please read the information regarding internships for merchandising majors that describes how the intern program works and the policies under which it operates. Students desiring to minor in merchandising should make an appointment with the departments intern coordinator as soon as possible after reaching junior status.

Minor in Textiles

This minor imparts basic knowledge in the area of textile science to students in other disciplines such as housing, interior design, chemistry, engineering, criminology, and communication. The requirements include CTE 1401, 3440, 4421, and 4460; and two courses to be selected from CTE 3201, 3515, 3516, 3602, 3763, 3784, or 3806.

Definition of Prefixes

COA Consumer Economics
CTE Clothing, Textiles and Merchandising
HHD Housing
HME Home Management

Undergraduate Courses

COA 3151. Consumer Competence in a Complex Society (3). Improving levels of living through increased consumer competence. The consumer movement and current issues.
COA 4131. Family Financial Analysis (3). Prerequisites: Junior standing required; economics recommended. Principles and problems of money management, credit, insurance, housing, transportation, taxes, and investments.
COA 4905r. Directed Individual Study in Family Economics and Home Management (1-3). May be repeated to a maximum of six (6) semester hours.
COA 4935r. Special Topics in Consumer Economics: Topics Vary (3-9). Prerequisite: At least one course in consumer economics, economics, or business at the college level or permission of instructor. May be repeated when topics vary.
COA 4944r. Consumer Education Practicum (1-6). A working/learning experience in consumer affairs. May be repeated to a maximum of six (6) semester hours.
CTE 1310. Clothing Construction and Apparel Evaluation (3). Principles of clothing construction and evaluation of apparel quality. Construction techniques, individualized fashion selection, fitting and alteration techniques, and evaluation of quality construction in ready-to-wear and custom-made garments. Prerequisite for advanced courses in construction and design.
CTE 1401. Basic Textiles (3). Introduction to fibers, fabric structure, and finishes related to selection and care. Interrelationship between textile characteristics, properties, and end use.
CTE 3201. Visual Design in Clothing and Textiles (3). Introduction to design as process and product; clothing and textiles applications of functional, structural, and decorative design; optical illusions; art elements and principles; design analysis.
CTE 3341. Advanced Clothing Construction (3). Prerequisites: CTE 1310, 1401, 3201. Traditional and contemporary techniques for the construction of tailored and non-tailored garments using commercial patterns. (Spring semester only.)
CTE 3431. Textiles for Interiors (3). Characteristics of fibers and fabrics used in homes, institutions, and businesses; government regulations concerning their end use.
CTE 3440. Textile Evaluation (3). Prerequisite: CTE 1401. Evaluating textiles for specific end uses and compliance with industry-certified performance programs and government regulations.
CTE 3515. History of Clothing and Textiles I (3). Clothing and textiles as a reflection of the arts, customs, economy, and religion of the times from the beginning of recorded history to the 15th century, through those areas of the world having major influence on the development of Western dress.
CTE 3516. History of Clothing and Textiles II (3). Clothing and textiles as a reflection of the arts, customs, religion, technological development, and economy of the times covering Western dress from the 15th century to the present.
CTE 3602. Socio-psychological Aspects of Clothing (3). Introduction to the behavioral aspects of clothing. Behavioral theories that govern the use of clothing in life situations.
CTE 3734. Fashion Design and Illustration (3). Prerequisites: CTE 1310, 1401, 3201. Developing skills and techniques to visually present creative apparel design. (Fall semester only.)
CTE 3742. Flat Pattern Design (3). Prerequisites: CTE 1310, 1401, 3201. Theories of pattern design using flat pattern techniques to create fashionable apparel. (Spring semester only.)
CTE 3763. Fundamentals of Apparel Evaluation (3). Prerequisite: CTE 1401. Quality evaluation of apparel products in relation to performance and price.
CTE 3784. Apparel Production (3). Prerequisites: CTE 1401. Analysis of apparel production methods and related functions such as the role of the designer, forecasting fashion, garment costing, and employment opportunities.
CTE 3806. Merchandising Principles (3). An overview of businesses that design, produce, distribute and sell fashion and basic goods. Theoretical foundations and practical application of the principles of retail merchandising. Career opportunities in retail organizations.
CTE 3881. Pre-Professional Merchandising Field Experience (3). Prerequisites: CTE 1401, 3201, 3763, 3806. This optional pre-internship course is designed to introduce the student, prior to the intern block, to a hands-on approach to basic merchandising in the following areas: selling, merchandising, product knowledge, inventory control and management.
CTE 4421. Advanced Textiles (3). Prerequisite: CTE 1401. Chemical nature and structure of fibers and fabrics, their properties and finishes.
CTE 4460. Textile Economics (3). Prerequisites: CTE 1401; economics. Economic factors of production, distribution, and consumption of textile products. The impact of legislation, regulations, and international trade on the textile and apparel industries.
CTE 4712. Special Problems in Clothing Design (3). Prerequisites: CTE 3341, 3742, 4752. Functional and creative designs for individuals with special needs. Research and problem solving in a specialized area of clothing design. (Spring semester only.)
CTE 4725. Advanced Fashion Design (3). Prerequisites: CTE 3341, 3734, 3742, 4752. Creative designing; integrating various design methods to create appealing, fashionable, and functional apparel. (Spring semester only.)
CTE 4752. Design Through Draping (3). Prerequisite: CTE 3734, 3742. The fundamentals of draping on the human form as a method of fashion design. (Fall semester only.)
CTE 4811. Merchandising Outlets (3). Prerequisites: CTE 3806, 4822; MAR 3023; senior standing; 2.25 GPA. Study of retail outlets for fashion merchandising, emphasizing organizational structure and operational methods. This course is part of the intern block for majors and minors.
CTE 4822. Merchandising Mathematics (3). Prerequisites: CTE 3806; MGF 1106 or 1107 or MAC 1102 or 1105; a 2.25 GPA; accounting recommended. Focuses on the principles of effective merchandising through mathematical procedures. Examines and formulates problems in merchandise buying: planned stocks, open-to-buy, markups, markdowns, and other buying formulas.
CTE 4826. Merchandising Buying (3). Prerequisites: CTE 1401, 3201, 3763, 3806, 4822; MAR 3023; senior standing; 2.25 GPA. Defines merchandising management by describing techniques and theories of retail buying, concentrating on buying functions, and the strategic role of the buyer in retail management. This course is part of the intern block for majors only.
CTE 4882. Merchandising Practicum (6). (S/U grade only.) Prerequisites or Corequisites: CTE 4811, 4890; senior standing; 2.25 GPA. An internship in a retail setting, giving the student a better understanding of merchandising functions by positioning the student in selling and nonselling areas. This course is part of the intern block for majors and minors.
CTE 4890. Executive Merchandising Management (3). Prerequisites: CTE 3806, 4822; MAR 3023. Roles and responsibilities of executive merchandising managers in retail culture; critical competitive challenges in the global, quality, social, and technological environment of various retail settings. This course is part of the intern block for majors and minors.
CTE 4905r. Directed Individual Study (1-6). May be repeated to a maximum of six (6) semester hours.
CTE 4937r. Special Topics (1-3). Prerequisite: Senior standing. Analysis of current issues and practices in textiles and consumer sciences. May be repeated when topics vary.
CTE 4970r. Honors Work (3). (S/U grade only.) This course is designed to provide qualified, upper-division majors in textiles and consumer sciences an opportunity to undertake an independent and original research project in their particular area of interest. May be repeated to a maximum of six (6) thesis hours.
HHD 3120. Principles of Housing (3). Social, economic, and policy aspects of American housing including supply-demand mechanisms, constraints upon individuals and families, government programs, consumer protection, and housing finance.
HHD 3130. Evaluation of Housing Design (3). Consumer evaluation of housing including housing type; space planning; special needs; floor plan design; and energy conservation. Basic design of housing including historic styles and analysis of blueprints.
HHD 3230. House Plans, Materials, and Construction (3). Traditional and innovative materials and methods of construction, rehabilitation, and remodeling.
HHD 3820. Introduction to Housing Management (3). Basic principles in the management of residential housing with focus on the roles and responsibilities of the property manager for multi-family housing units.
HHD 4136. Accessible Housing (3). Prerequisite: Senior or graduate standing. An analysis of housing needs and constraints for the elderly and persons with disabilities including housing design features and barrier-free design, community services, housing options, and public policy.
HHD 4250. Housing Designs and Human Behavior (3). The interrelationship between the built environment and the behavior of man including physical, psychological, and social needs.
HHD 4905r. Directed Individual Study in Housing (1-6). Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. May be repeated to a maximum of six (6) semester hours.
HHD 4940r. Internship in Housing (1-6). (S/U grade only.) Prerequisities: Housing majors only with grade of C- or better in all housing courses and senior standing or permission of instructor. Supervised practical field experiences and seminars in various areas of housing professions. May be repeated to a maximum of nine (9) semester hours.
HME 4221. Home Management: Theory and Practice (4). Prerequisites: Course work in the College of Human Sciences. Analysis of family decision making, goals, values, and resources.

Graduate Courses

COA 5150. Family Economics (3).
COA 5906r. Directed Individual Study (1-3). (S/U grade only.)
COA 5912r. Supervised Research (1-3). (S/U grade only.)
COA 5942r. Supervised Teaching (1-3).(S/U grade only.)
COA 5945r. Consumer Education Practicum (3-6).
COA 6935r. Special Topics: Consumer Economics or Resource Management Topics vary (3-9).
CTE 5426. Recent Developments in Textiles (3).
CTE 5535r. Advanced History of Costume (3).
CTE 5536r. Selected Studies in Historic Textiles (3).
CTE 5605. Theoretical and Cultural Aspects of Clothing (3).
CTE 5729. Experimental Clothing Design (3).
CTE 5805. Current Trends in Fashion Merchandising (3).
CTE 5815. Retail Technologies (3).
CTE 5816. Merchandising Organization (3).
CTE 5828. Merchandising Buying (3).
CTE 5884. Advanced Fashion Merchandising Practicum (4). (S/U grade only.)
CTE 5906r. Directed Individual Study (1-3).
CTE 5911. Research Analysis in Clothing and Textiles (3).
CTE 5912r. Supervised Research (1-3). (S/U grade only.)
CTE 5930r. Clothing and Textiles Seminar (1).
CTE 5942r. Supervised Teaching (1-3). (S/U grade only.)
CTE 6900r. Readings in Clothing and Textiles (1-3). (S/U grade only.)
CTE 6932r. Clothing and Textiles Seminar (1).
CTE 6936r. Special Topics in Clothing/Textiles/Fashion Merchandising (3).
HHD 5136. Accessible Housing (3).
HHD 5251. Environment and Human Behavior (3).
HHD 5906r. Directed Individual Study (1-3). (S/U grade only.)
HHD 5915r. Supervised Research (1-3). (S/U grade only.)
HHD 5942r. Supervised Teaching (1-3). (S/U grade only.)
HHD 6936r. Special Topics in Housing: Topics Vary (3).

For listings relating to graduate course work for thesis, dissertation, and masters and doctoral examinations and defense, consult the Graduate Bulletin.