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Eskenazi School of Art, Architecture + Design

Concentration in Product Development (Bachelor of Science in Merchandising)

Students on Summer 2023, Fall 2023, or Spring 2024 requirements PDMERCHCON

The Product Development concentration immerses students in the foundations of global manufacturing, introducing the complexity of the product development cycle from the initial idea to final sale to the consumer. Flexibility, adaptability, and sustainability are emphasized, as students are tasked to anticipate the ever-changing dynamics within a global industry. In advanced work, students form teams to work actively though a product development process that incorporates real time industry challenges.


The concentration requires at least 9 credit hours, including the requirements listed below.
  1. Product Development. One (1) course:
    • SOAD-M 327 Product Development
  2. Global Sourcing. One (1) course:
    • SOAD-M 412 Global Sourcing
  3. Advanced Product Development. One (1) course:
    • SOAD-M 427 Advanced Product Development
  4. Concentration GPA, Hours, and Minimum Grade Requirements.
    1. Concentration GPA. A GPA of at least 2.000 for all courses taken in the concentration—including those where a grade lower than C- is earned—is required.
    2. Concentration 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 concentration.
    3. Concentration Upper Division Credit Hours. At least 9 credit hours in the concentration must be completed at the 300–499 level.

Concentration Area Courses

Courses that may apply toward the Credit Hours and GPA requirements in this academic program include all courses listed on the requirement course lists at the time the course was taken as well as any other courses that are deemed functionally equivalent.

Exceptions to and substitutions for concentration 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.