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Eskenazi School of Art, Architecture + Design

Bachelor of Science in Merchandising

Students on Summer 2022, Fall 2022, or Spring 2023 requirements MERCHBS

The Bachelor of Science in Merchandising exposes students to every aspect of the retail cycle, from the research and manufacturing phases to merchandising and retail selling, allowing them to develop their creative and analytical skills. The Merchandising curriculum examines consumer-oriented and aesthetic components of the near environment and offers students a comprehensive examination of merchandising as it relates to the retailing industry of tomorrow. Coursework includes product basics as well as current industry trends, coupled with a minor such as one of the Kelley School of Business Minors, the Minor in Fashion Design, or other minor approved by the Director of Undergraduate Studies. Students prepare for a variety of careers in retail buying, retail management, product development, consumer services, visual merchandising, fashion promotion, retail account coordination, wholesale sales, brand management, merchandising management, sourcing, product manufacturing, and merchandise analysis.


The major requires at least 44 credit hours (60–66 with the Addenda requirements), including the requirements listed below.
  1. Introductory Courses.
    1. SOAD Pathways. One (1) course:
      • SOAD-A 100 Pathways: Introduction to Art, Design and Merchandising
    2. Introduction to Apparel Merchandising. One (1) course:
      • SOAD-M 109 Apparel Industries
  2. Apparel Merchandising Foundations.
    1. Materials for Merchandising and Fashion Design. One (1) course:
      • SOAD-F 203 Materials for Merchandising and Fashion Design
    2. Manufacturing and Quality Analysis. One (1) course:
      • SOAD-M 204 Manufacturing and Quality Analysis
    3. Principals of Retail Merchandising. One (1) course:
      • SOAD-M 315 Principles of Retail Merchandising
    4. International Textiles and Apparel. One (1) course:
      • SOAD-M 404 International Textiles and Apparel Trade
      • SOAD-M 405 International Fashion Consumers and Retailers
    5. Planning and Analysis. One (1) course:
      • SOAD-M 413 Planning and Analysis
  3. Concentration or Electives. One (1) of the following options:
    • Concentration Option. One (1) of the following concentrations (see requirements below):
      • Digital Merchandising.
      • Product Development.
    • Electives Option. Nine (9) credit hours:
      • SOAD-F 202 Introductory Textile Science: Laboratory
      • SOAD-M 308 Brand Management and Advertising
      • SOAD-M 309 Strategies in Retail Promotion
      • SOAD-M 316 Retail Product Management
      • SOAD-M 327 Product Development
      • SOAD-M 328 Digital Product Development
      • SOAD-M 350 Omnichannel Innovation
      • SOAD-M 355 Digital Merchandising
      • SOAD-M 385 Case Studies in Merchandising
      • SOAD-M 409 Retail Industry Field Seminar
      • SOAD-M 410 Apparel Entrepreneurship
      • SOAD-M 412 Global Sourcing
      • SOAD-M 415 Seminar in Innovative Merchandising
      • SOAD-M 416 Sustainability in Product: Fashion Design, Merchandising, and Retailing
      • SOAD-M 427 Advanced Product Development
      • SOAD-M 450 Profiling the Apparel Customer
      • SOAD-M 455 Advanced Digital Merchandising
      • SOAD-M 485 Topics in Apparel Merchandising
      • Up to six (6) credit hours of the following:
        • SOAD-X 373 Internship in Professional Practice
        • SOAD-X 376 Practicum in the Retail Industry
        • SOAD-X 492 Independent Study in Retail
  4. Career Course. One (1) course:
    • SOAD-M 219 Professional Techniques in the Retail Industry
    • ASCS-Q 296 College to Career II: Navigate Your Arts and Sciences Experience
  5. Additional Requirements.
    1. Introduction to Business Computing. One (1) course:
    2. Fundamentals of Economics. One (1) course:
      • ECON-B 251 Fundamentals of Economics for Business I
      • ECON-E 211 Applied Principles of Microeconomics: Creative Commerce
      • ECON-E 251 Fundamentals of Economics I
    3. Introduction to Psychology. One (1) course:
      • PSY-P 101 Introductory Psychology I
    4. Introduction to Sociology. One (1) course:
      • SOC-S 100 Introduction to Sociology
  6. Addenda Requirements*.
    1. Finite or Calculus Mathematics. One (1) course:
      • MATH-D 117 Introduction to Finite Mathematics II
      • MATH-J 113 Introduction to Calculus with Applications
      • MATH-M 118 Finite Mathematics
      • MATH-M 119 Brief Survey of Calculus I
      • MATH-M 211 Calculus I
      • MATH-M 213
      • MATH-S 118 Honors Finite Mathematics
      • MATH-S 211 Honors Calculus I
      • MATH-V 118 Finite Mathematics with Applications (approved topics: "Finite Math in Action"; "Finite Mathematics for the Social and Biological Sciences"; "Finite and Consumer Mathematics")
      • MATH-V 119 Applied Brief Calculus I (approved topic: "Applied Brief Calculus I for the Life Sciences")
    2. Minor Requirement.
      • Complete one (1) of the Kelley School of Business Minors (21 cr.)** or another related minor approved by the Director of Undergraduate Studies.
  7. Major GPA, Hours, and Minimum Grade Requirements.
    1. Major GPA. A GPA of at least 2.000 for all courses taken in the major—including those where a grade lower than C- is earned—is required.
    2. Major Minimum Grade. Except for the GPA requirement, a grade of C- or higher is required for a course to count toward a requirement in the major.
    3. Major Upper Division Credit Hours. At least 18 credit hours in the major must be completed at the 300–499 level.
    4. Major Residency. At least 18 credit hours in the major must be completed in courses taken through the Indiana University Bloomington campus or an IU-administered or IU co-sponsored Overseas Study program.

Major Area Courses

Unless otherwise noted below, the following courses are considered in the academic program and will count toward academic program requirements as appropriate:

  • Any course at the 100-499 level with the SOAD-M subject area prefix--as well as any other subject areas that are deemed functionally equivalent
  • Any course contained on the course lists for the academic program requirements at the time the course is taken--as well as any other courses that are deemed functionally equivalent--except for those listed only under Addenda Requirements
  • Any course directed to a non-Addenda requirement through an approved exception

Exceptions to and substitutions for major requirements may be made with the approval of the unit's Director of Undergraduate Studies, subject to final approval by the College of Arts and Sciences.