Internships and Special Study

The Textiles and Clothing (TXC) and Fiber and Polymer Science (FPS) majors are suspended through 2020-2021. Students interested in the minors should contact academic advising ( to ensure course availability.

Special Study Courses

Through Special Study Courses, you have the opportunity for a more personalized experience as a student, and develop relationships with faculty or food companies.


With an internship (also known as experiential education or co-op), you can apply your classroom studies to the real world. Internships can also help you find the right career fit, as well as provide beneficial experience for future resumes and job applications.

Students can apply internship units after completion of 84 units. This is numbered as TXC 192. Obtain an application form and file the completed form at the Advising Center, 1204 RMI South.

The campus Internship and Career Center assists students in finding suitable internships, as well as full-time career positions. Check their listings often.

Special Study

Special study courses (numbered TXC 99 for freshmen or sophomores, and TXC 199 for juniors and senior) are designed for students who find that they share a common research interest with a specific instructor that cannot be accommodated within the traditional structure of the course normally offered by the University. Students may be able to do research of their own design under the supervision of a faculty member or, more often, a student participates in the ongoing research of a faculty member. Students interested in participation in research should contact the appropriate faculty member directly first.

NOTE: Students cannot enroll in more than 5 units of Special study course per quarter, and no more than 20 units of 99, 192, or 199 courses can be used toward the 180 units required for graduation.

Directed Group Study

Directed Group Study course (numbered TXC 198) are designed for two or more students in a small-group setting. These are generally taught in a manner similar to a regularly scheduled class. Frequently, faculty members who are creating a new course will first offer the class as a directed group study course to a small group of students.