Graduate Certificate in Socially Responsible & Sustainable Apparel Business
The Department of Fashion & Apparel Studies offers a graduate certificate in Socially Responsible and Sustainable Apparel Business that addresses labor and environmental problems in the global supply chains for the apparel, textile, and footwear industries. The certificate is comprised of nine, one-credit courses that are offered through the Internet. Students select a Labor or Environment track. A set of seven core courses are taken by all students and two specialized courses are taken for each selected track. If students wish, they may pursue both tracks by taking all four specialized courses in addition to the seven core courses. The graduate certificate provides a foundation of knowledge needed to manage international production and sourcing of apparel, textiles, and footwear in ways that are socially responsible and sustainable. The competencies and skills embedded in the courses are based on research with industry leaders and professionals who lead nongovernmental organizations and civil society groups with a stake in the global apparel business.