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Interested in Law School after graduation?

The American Bar Association (ABA) recommends that students applying for Law School develop a series of skills, values, knowledge, and experiences in their undergraduate major. (Click to see the ABA guidelines.) The following Innovation in Society BA and BS core and elective courses (designated as FIS courses) cover all of these areas:

  • Problem Solving (FIS 201, FIS 332, FIS 480)
  • Critical Reading (FIS 305, FIS 308, FIS 332, FIS 335)
  • Writing and Editing (FIS 305, FIS 331, FIS 335, FIS 336)
  • Oral Communication and Listening (FIS 307, FIS 331, FIS 333, FIS 480)
  • Research (FIS 308, JFIS 332, FIS 333, FIS 336, FIS 480)
  • Organization and Management (FIS 480, FIS 481)
  • Public Service and Promotion of Justice (FIS 334, FIS 431)
  • Relationship-building and Collaboration (FIS 201, FIS 307, FIS 337, FIS 480)
  • Background Knowledge (all FIS courses)
  • Exposure to the Law (FIS 334)

Students interested in pursuing a law degree after an undergraduate major is FIS may also want to consider a couple of pre-law courses to help give them a better sense as to whether they would find a career as a lawyer satisfying or not.


Interested in pursuing an MBA?

Not all students that go onto an MBA start with an undergraduate business degree. In fact many business schools look for non-business degree students to increase the diversity of their classes (see Bloomberg Business) or the Graduate Management Admission Council. MBA programs at schools like Columbia and Yale actually admit more students trained in the social sciences and humanities than in business. A focus on science and technology and expertise in innovation can not only prepare you for an interesting aspect of business, it can make you stand out from the crowd as well.

If you are interested in pursuing an MBA, the Innovation in Society BS offers the best preparation. The courses in statistics and quantitative sciences that it requires are recommended by many top MBA schools.     


Preparing for Medical School

Students pursuing a BS in Innovation in Society can be fully prepared for medical school if they take a few additional courses that are generally pre-requisites for admission to a competitive program.  Only about 50% of med students trained in the biological sciences as an undergrad (See US News and World Reports). The rest come from across the spectrum of majors.  A degree in FIS can help prepare pre-med students to understand the broader context of health and wellness in the US and beyond. Working within the existing BS credit structure, BS in Innovation in Society students can complete the degree and the additional requirements to be competitive candidates for medical school in four years or eight semesters taking 15 or 16 credit hours per semester.

ASU Pre-Health can help to make sure you are on track for medical school and offers a series of suggested courses for pre-med students to take.

Click to see a major map for the Innovation in Society BS with pre-health courses included.


Graduate School

The Innovation in Society undergraduate programs can be a great way to prepare for graduate school in related fields. Many of our students have gone on to pursue Masters and PhDs in fields like Science Policy and Science & Technology Studies.  The School for the Future of Innovation in Society offers a number of graduate programs you might consider including:

            PhD in Human & Social Dimensions of Science & Technology

            Masters in Science & Technology Policy

            Masters in Global Technology & Development

An undergraduate degree in Innovation in Society can also prepare you for graduate programs beyond Arizona as well. There are numerous possibilities, but students with similar training have gone on to programs including:

Drexel University’s Master’s in Science, Technology & Society

Cornell University’s PhD in Science & Technology Studies

Rensselaer Polytechnic’s PhD in Science & Technology Studies