Innovation for Impact (Certificate)

This certificate program will enable students to cultivate the knowledge, skills, and critical dispositions necessary to leverage the power of innovation to achieve personally meaningful and socially significant impact. It is grounded in the belief that each of us can do great things. This program will provide tools and concepts to synthesize research from courses across disciplines in social sciences, humanities, natural sciences and engineering -- from across campus as well as across the globe. Students will identify a problematic condition or aspirational future and work with peers, mentors, and the community to produce innovations that cultivate a better future for society.

Degree offered

Innovation for Impact (Certificate)
Future of Innovation in Society, School for the


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Application requirements

All students are required to meet general university admission requirements.

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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.


Elisha Thompson, 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 (15 credits)

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 371 Innovation for Impact: Impact Journey (1): Discover the role of innovation for achieving impact goals

FIS 372 Innovation for Impact: Inquiry Journey (1): Learn how to gather, analyze, and construct a potential innovation

FIS 373 Innovation for Impact: Innovation Journey (1): Imagine, design, and develop an innovation

FIS 481 Innovation for Impact: Application Journey (3): Practice researching, designing, and implementing an innovation from start to finish