Department of Consumer and Design Sciences

Undergraduate Degree Opportunities

The nationally ranked Consumer and Design Sciences programs prepare students to succeed in today’s highly competitive global economy. Whether their focus is interior design, apparel design and production management, or merchandising, majors secure challenging professional internships and are vigorously recruited by leading firms in the industry. Students are introduced to prominent designers and business leaders who come to campus as keynote speakers for the annual Grisham/Trentham Lecture Series and design competition. They also participate in exciting study tours to such locations as New York, Rome, and London.

The B.S. in Interior Design from Auburn’s nationally ranked, CIDA accredited program offers its graduates an entry into professional careers in design of residential, hospitality, retail, commercial, and healthcare environments. A required professional internship often complemented by additional Internships and a study abroad experience results in internship and job placements across the country, often with Top 100 firms. 100% placement in design positions or enrollment in graduate school within one year of graduation is not uncommon.

The B.S. in Apparel Merchandising, Design and Production Management offers two options:

  • Apparel Merchandising (ranked #3 nationally; #1 in the South)
  • Apparel Design and Production Management (ranked #7 nationally; #3 in the South)

These options prepare students for a wide variety of positions across the apparel supply chain in local, national, or international firms. A required professional internship provides a launch pad for a broad spectrum of careers in the fashion industry.


Philanthropy and Nonprofit Student Minor

The Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies Minor is designed to respond to the growing need to educate, enable and equip the next generation of philanthropic and nonprofit leaders. An Introduction to the Nonprofit Organizations plus coursework in Gender, Wealth & Philanthropy plus a practicum in a philanthropic or nonprofit organization provide the foundation for this minor. Elective hours enable the student to customize the minor to the student's specific interests.

Dr. Pamela Ulrich
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