Department of Consumer, Apparel, And Retail Studies


If you have an interest in fashion, the Department of Consumer, Apparel, and Retail Studies (CARS) at UNC Greensboro’s Bryan School of Business and Economics offers the best preparation for becoming what we see in you: a work-ready professional with all of the experience, knowledge, and networking you need to build a successful career. Our programs will help you become an exceptional problem solver for the apparel industry, confident and ready to make meaningful connections where you work, live and lead.

Department head

Dr. Nancy Hodges

Department Head

Burlington Industries Professor

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Our Mission

Through excellence in teaching, scholarship, and community engagement, the Department of Consumer, Apparel, and Retail Studies prepares and advances leaders in our field. We provide a strong educational foundation through an innovative curriculum, integrating theory with hands-on experience and/or research within the community, with the flexibility for students to pursue their individual career interests related to the global apparel industry. Four goals guide the department in achieving our mission: 

  • cultivate an infrastructure which supports the department’s vision;
  • provide transformational undergraduate programs that prepare students for global fashion careers;
  • provide transformational graduate programs that prepare students for high level careers within industry and academia;
  • and produce impactful scholarship.

Our Bachelor of Science, Consumer, Apparel, and Retail Studies program is accredited by the Textile and Apparel Program Accreditation Commission of the International Textile and Apparel Association.

Why students choose US

  • Close connections with industry leaders keep our curriculum innovative and relevant.
  • Our student-centered learning environment features supportive faculty who will challenge and mentor you along your journey.
  • Internships from North Carolina to New York and beyond allow you to work for the brands that inspire you such as Polo Ralph Lauren, Saks, Inc., Belk Stores, JC Penney, and VF Corporation (The North Face, Wrangler, Tommy Hilfiger, Nautica).
  • We offer the full span of the apparel/fashion supply chain along with a focus on global fashion careers in design and retailing.
  • Our students have a high rate of placement in the field — many even before graduation.

Our Vision

To be recognized nationally and internationally as the leading program for teaching and scholarship in consumer, apparel, and retail studies.

YMA Fashion Scholarship Fund

Reach Out

Phone: 336.334.5250

Fax: 336.334.5614

Email: [email protected]

Mailing Address

Department of Consumer, Apparel, and Retail Studies
P.O. Box 26170
Greensboro, NC 27402

Physical Address

210 Stone Building
319 College Ave,
Greensboro, NC 27412

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