NMC Transfer Guide - MACRAO

To: Western Michigan University - Main Campus

Program: Textile and Apparel Studies

Three emphases:

  1. Merchandising emphasis is designed to prepare students for careers in retailing and related field; includes studies in merchandising , marketing, and management. A minor is optional. May begin a career in entry level management positions in department, specialty, discount or boutique stores. Career opportunities also exist in the apparel and textile wholesaling fields.
  2. Design and Development - Product Deveopment emphasis is for students interested in the manufacturing production cycle of the apparel industry, such as with apparel manufacturers in design, pattern drafting, quality control and plant supervision. 
  3. Fashion Design - Individuals interested in fashion design should plan on including one year of study at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City or the Intercontinental University in London during their junior year.

Laura Ciccantell is the contact person for this program at laura.ciccantell@wmich.edu or (269) 387-3474.


Completion of the BASIC requirements as listed at NMC will fulfill most of the general requirements at WMU. WMU requires two additional General Education courses at the 300-400 level to be taken at WMU plus an upper level writing requirement (Proficiency #2 at WMU). Upon request at the NMC Records Office, a statement will be placed on your transcript, "MACRAO AGREEMENT SATISFIED".



ENG 111, 112

English Composition



Select 8 credits from Humanities »

Social Science

Click here to choose 8 credits from Social Science »


Click here to choose 8 credits from Science/Math »
(one class must be a lab science)

PLEASE NOTE: ENV 270 may be used to complete MACRAO, but the credits will not transfer to WMU.



ACC 121

Principles of Accounting I
(only for Merchandising students)


BUS 101

Introduction to Business


MKT 201

Principles of Marketing
(only for Merchandising and Design & Development students)


Choose one of the following:

COM 101

Introduction to Communications


COM 111

Public Speaking



Students completing MACRAO must MINIMALLY:

Compete MTH 23 Beginning Algebra at NMC
Pass the computational skills assessment test AT WMU

Northwestern Michigan College does not assume final responsibility for the accuracy of information on this guide. The final responsibility for the successful transfer of classes suggested on this guide rests with you and the institution you plan to transfer to. It is strongly recommended that you visit the institution as early in your academic career (prior to transfer) as possible.

Updated: Fall 2014

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