Textiles, Apparel, and Merchandising (B.S.)


The University offers an online bachelor of science (B.S.) in textiles, apparel, and merchandising (TAM).

The TAM Program provides students with dynamic academic options that build the necessary foundation for a wide variety of careers in the creation and distribution of textile and apparel products, specific to design, product development, and merchandising. The program is grounded in the most recent apparel-industry analysis research.

Students in the TAM Program are encouraged to enroll in a minor in one of the following areas – or another area approved by an advisor.

  • Business Administration Minor (available on campus only)
  • Communication Minor (available on campus only)
  • Design Minor (available on campus only)
  • Marketing Minor (available online and on campus)
  • Merchandising Minor (available online and on campus)
  • Theater Minor (available on campus only)

To supplement coursework, students are required to participate in internship opportunities. Students are also encouraged to attend industry conferences, engage in various types of field excursions, and share in networking and career development events with both peers and industry professionals.

The TAM Program is open to entering freshmen (with no previous college experience) as well as transfer students. Previously earned college credit can be applied toward completion of the program per these transfer guidelines. The program can be completed in four years (full time) if the student follows this recommended sequence. Students also have the option of part-time study. Applicable transfer credit may be used to satisfy some program requirements, thus shortening the completion time.

The online TAM Program is open to eligible students in the U.S. (including the District of Columbia and all U.S. territories). The program also is open to students in Canada (all provinces). The program is closed to students residing in countries other than the U.S. and Canada except for U.S. military and State Department personnel and their family members with APO/FPO addresses.

Note: The Textiles, Apparel, and Merchandising (TAM) Program at Indiana State University is a part of the Human Resource Development and Performance Technologies Department in the College of Technology.

Course Fees

TAM students pay these academic fees. Additional expenses related to the program of study include course fees for selected courses as listed in the Class Schedule.. The exact fee varies by course.

Required Courses


Graduates are prepared for a variety of careers including, but not limited to:

  • Fashion promotion and event planning
  • Forecasting
  • Merchandise planning and distribution (wholesale and retail)
  • Personal shopping or styling
  • Product designing and producing
  • Product sourcing
  • Retail buying, planning, and/or allocating
  • Retail managing
  • Retail selling (wholesale/retail)
  • Showroom sales or sales representative
  • Visual merchandising

The TAM curriculum utilizes the Meta-Goals of International Textiles and Apparel Association for content and process knowledge, and professional attitudes and skills for four-year college and university textile and apparel programs.

Financial Aid & Scholarships

Students have many sources of financial support for their studies, including financial aid, work-study programs, veterans' benefits, and special scholarships for entering freshmen and transfer students.

Further Information

For further information and assistance, contact:

Indiana State Online
(812) 237-2345


The Graduate Catalog and Undergraduate Catalog of Indiana State University are the documents of authority for all students. The requirements given in the catalogs supersede information issued by any academic department, program, college, or school. The University reserves the right to change the requirements at any time.