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Eskenazi School of Art, Architecture + Design

Minor in Apparel Merchandising (Minors)

Students on Summer 2021, Fall 2021, or Spring 2022 requirements APMDMIN

The Minor in Apparel Merchandising provides students with a broad, introductory exposure to topics foundational to apparel merchandising (including an overview of the apparel industry and retail merchandising), as well as the opportunity either to study additional topics in an exploratory way, or to gain more focused experience with a specific topic area of their choice.


The minor requires at least 15 credit hours (20 with the Addenda requirements), including the requirements listed below.
  1. Fundamental Skills.
    1. Introduction to Apparel Merchandising. One (1) course:
      • SOAD-M 109 Apparel Industries
    2. Introductory Elective. One (1) course:
      • SOAD-F 203 Materials for Merchandising and Fashion Design
      • SOAD-M 204 Manufacturing and Quality Analysis
    3. Principles of Retail Merchandising. One (1) course:
      • SOAD-M 315 Principles of Retail Merchandising
  2. Advanced Courses. Two (2) courses and six (6) credit hours:
    • 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 350 Omnichannel Innovation
    • SOAD-M 355 Digital Merchandising
    • SOAD-M 404 International Textiles and Apparel Trade
    • SOAD-M 405 International Fashion Consumers and Retailers
    • SOAD-M 409 Retail Industry Field Seminar
    • SOAD-M 410 Apparel Entrepreneurship
    • SOAD-M 412 Global Sourcing
    • SOAD-M 413 Planning and Analysis
    • SOAD-M 416 Sustainability in Product: Fashion Design, Merchandising, and Retailing
    • SOAD-M 450 Profiling the Apparel Customer
    • SOAD-M 455 Advanced Digital Merchandising
    • SOAD-M 485 Topics in Apparel Merchandising
    • SOAD-X 492 Independent Study in Retail
  3. Addenda Requirements*.
    1. Introduction to Business Computing. One (1) course:
    2. Finite Mathematics or Calculus or Equivalent. 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")
  4. Minor GPA, Hours, and Minimum Grade Requirements.
    1. Minor GPA. A GPA of at least 2.000 for all courses taken in the minor—including those where a grade lower than C- is earned—is required.
    2. Minor 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 minor.
    3. Minor Upper Division Credit Hours. At least 9 credit hours in the minor must be completed at the 300–499 level.
    4. Minor Residency. At least 9 credit hours in the minor must be completed in courses taken through the Indiana University Bloomington campus or an IU-administered or IU co-sponsored Overseas Study program.

Minor 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

The following courses cannot be applied toward minor requirements:

  • No common exclusions

This program of study cannot be combined with the following:

  • [Discontinued credential name unavailable] (APMDBS1)

Exceptions to and substitutions for minor 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.