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Innovation in Society, Minor

The Minor in Innovation in Society provides students with an understanding of how new and emerging technologies can connect with the social needs and values of our communities to provide the best possible local and global futures. It is intended to equip students with tools and concepts from the social sciences, humanities, natural sciences, and engineering in order to prepare to build more inclusive futures. The minor will enable students to understand the broader context of their major and help them to bridge those studies with other disciplines to develop more encompassing solutions to important problems.

Degree Offered

Innovation in Society, Minor

School for the Future of Society

Location: Tempe Campus


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.


Required Courses (9 credits)

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


Elective Courses (take two of these courses—6 credits)

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 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

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

How to Apply

All students are required to meet general university admission requirements. There are no additional requirements to apply for this minor. 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 minor at the time of application.

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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. 


Financial Aid

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