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Washington State University Graduate School

Apparel, Merchandising, Design, and Textiles, M.A.

Student Learning Outcomes

 

All graduates will be able to:

  1. To guide the graduate education of students preparing for professional careers in the development, production, distribution and consumption of textiles and apparel or related fields, which helps students:
    1. Develop expertise in appropriate theories, concepts and emerging methodologies from the fundamental disciplines of sociology, economics, marketing, design, materials.
    2. Participate in professional organizations, becoming members and attending meetings that are local, regional, national and international in nature.
    3. Broaden their professional foundations through activities such as teaching, research, internships, fellowships and grant applications.
  2. To prepare students to be effective researchers in the development, production, distribution and/or consumption of textiles and apparel including textile product development, apparel design, merchandising, management, consumer behavior, or socio-cultural and historic aspects of dress, which helps students to
    1. Become independent, self-motivated researchers with the ability to recognize problems in their field of expertise and be able to demonstrate that knowledge capably in a review of the literature.
    2. Develop a comprehensive knowledge of previous and current research in their field of expertise and be able to demonstrate that knowledge capably in a review of the literature.
    3. Generate viable questions within their field of expertise and pose problems or hypotheses related to those questions.
    4. Apply sound research methods to problems related to the production, distribution, and consumption of textiles and apparel.
    5. Discuss the solution to the research problem or the support or lack of support for the hypothesis in a way that effectively document the contribution of the research to the area of study.
  3. To improve visibility of graduate program by supporting graduate students to disseminate their research outcomes via peer-reviewed publications or juried designs, which helps
    1. Attract, secure, and retain high-quality students.
    2. Prepare graduates with research knowledge and experience ready for positions in industry and academics.
    3. Maintain a nationally recognized faculty that is large enough and appropriately distributed across the fields within the department (apparel, merchandising, design and textiles).

 

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