NMC Transfer Guide - MTA

To: Western Michigan University - Main Campus

Program: Textile and Apparel Studies

Two 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 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. Students will select a required career option of
  3. Fashion Design emphasis students 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.

Basic Requirements

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, "MICHIGAN TRANSFER AGREEMENT (MTA) SATISFIED".

Required Classes

Academic Area




ENG 111, 112

English Composition




Select 2 courses representing 2 departments from the Group 1 Humanities list


Natural Science


Select 2 courses representing 2 departments from the Group 1 Natural Science list including one LECTURE/LAB


Social Science

Select 2 courses representing 2 departments from the Group 1 Social Science list


Select 1 course (MTH 120 or above) from the Group 1 Math list

Additional Requirements

Required Classes



ACC 121

Principles of Accounting I (only for merchandising students)


BUS 101

Introduction to Business


CIS 100

Computers in Business


MKT 201

Principles of Marketing (only for merchandising and product development students)


Choose one of the following:

COM 101

Introduction to Communications


COM 111

Public Speaking


Quantification Intellectual Skills Requirement

Students completing MTA will fulfill this requirement.

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: Summer 2023