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Innovation in Society, BA

The Bachelor of Arts in Innovation in Society provides students with tools and concepts to analyze new and emerging innovations and the diverse local and global futures they enable. Students will be prepared to build more inclusive future societies and develop strategies that link innovation with social needs and values. The curriculum develops multidisciplinary perspectives that synthesize research and theory from the social sciences, humanities, natural sciences, and engineering. Students will learn qualitative methods to investigate how science and technology have shaped and reflect social values, in preparation for careers in public service, business, policy, and academia.

Degree Offered

Innovation in Society, BA

School for the Future of Society

Location: Tempe Campus

Major Map

The Major Map for the Bachelor of Arts  degree outlines the degree’s requirements for graduation.


The School for the Future of Innovation in Society advising office is open to all innovation in society students and students interested in our programs.


Judith Weeks, Undergraduate Advisor
Interdisciplinary B 366
1120 South Cady Mall, Tempe, AZ 85287-5603

Office Hours

Monday – Friday (excluding university holidays)
9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Please call the office to make an appointment.


Core Courses (majors are required to take all of these courses)

FIS 101 SFIS-The ASU Experience (1): Learn about ASU, the Innovation in Society major, and possible careers

FIS 111 Welcome to the Future (3): Explore the ways in which the future inspires, shapes, and motivates the present

FIS 201 Innovation in Society (3): Find out what innovation is and why some innovations succeed and others fail

FIS 305 Ways of Knowing (3): Learn how different disciplines – from engineering to sociology – understand the world

FIS 307 Navigating Futures (3): Explore “future thinking” methods and practice using some of them

FIS 308 Politics, Markets, and Innovation (3): Discover the roles that governments, markets, and other factors play in innovation

FIS 480 Innovation in Society Studio (3): Plan, design, make, and evaluate your own client-based project


Program Elective Courses (majors are required to take at least two of these courses)

FIS 331 Technology and the Modern World (3): Learn how analyze the relationship between technology and societies

FIS 332 Risk and the Future (3): Explore risk and how it affects innovation and our collective future   download flyer

FIS 333 Governing Emerging Technologies (3): Discover how societies govern science and technology

FIS 334 Science, Technology, and Inequality (3): Learn how innovation can lead to and possibly address inequality

FIS 335 Designing Knowledge (3): Find out how social organizations make and use knowledge

FIS 336 Science and Technology Policy (3): Discover how governments and corporations make policy about science and technology

FIS 337 Innovation and Global Development (3): Explore international development in science and technology

FIS 394 SpecialTopics: The American Dream (3) Explore the future of the American Dream

FIS 431 Technology, Security and Insecurity in Global Politics (3): Discover the role of technology in international politics


Additional Requirementsfor Bachelor of Arts

  • Students will be required to complete a foreign language requirement
  • As part of the General Studies math requirement, SFIS students in the BA program will need to take MAT 142 (or equivalent)
  • Students will be required to take 6 credits of upper division related area electives from across the university that cover topics important to SFIS majors (including courses from Sustainability, Anthropology, Biology and Society, etc.)
  • Students will be required to complete university general studies requirements 
  • Students will also need to complete 27 hours of free electives

How to Apply

All students are required to meet general university admission requirements. There are no additional requirements to apply for this major. For more information and to apply, please visit ASU’s Undergraduate Admissions webpage. When applying to ASU, you will be given the option of selecting your major at the time of application.

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For more information contact Judith Weeks at Judith.Weeks@asu.edu  

Tuition and Fees Schedule

 There are no additional fees for this major or the courses required for completing the major. Other courses students take outside of FIS may require additional fees. For the current information on tuition, go to the tuition website


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