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The BS program 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 transdisciplinary perspectives that synthesize research and theory from the social sciences, humanities, natural sciences and engineering. Students will build on a competency in a scientific, engineering or quantitative social science field to investigate how science and technology have shaped and reflect social values, in preparation for careers in public service, business, policy and academia.
Innovation in Society (BS)
Future of Innovation in Society, School for the
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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
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
Governments, corporations and nongovernmental organizations, facing increasingly rapid change driven by or relating to science and technology, need people who can respond effectively to change, develop and implement policy, understand the intersection of science, technology and society, and have the analytical skills to deal with challenges. Students graduating from this program will have the skills to work in any of these sectors providing problem solving, analysis, quality assurance, futuring, and communication and facilitation on issues related to science, technology, innovation and society. Graduates will be prepared for professional schools, public service and policy making, industry, entrepreneurship or graduate research in a variety of disciplines.
Students who complete this degree program may be prepared for the following careers. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for academic or clinical positions. Career examples include but are not limited to:
|Administrative Services Managers||12.47%||$81,080|
|Business Teachers, Postsecondary||15.12%||$73,660|
|City and Regional Planning Aides||17.77%||$37,140|
|Climate Change Analysts||27.86%||$63,570|
|Clinical Research Coordinators||15.45%||$115,730|
|Environmental Science Teachers, Postsecondary||15.12%||$77,320|
|Environmental Scientists and Specialists, Including Health||27.86%||$63,570|
|General and Operations Managers||-0.13%||$95,440|
|History Teachers, Postsecondary||$65,870|
|Industrial Production Managers||-7.65%||$89,190|
|Investment Fund Managers||7.32%||$100,890|
|Loss Prevention Managers||7.32%||$100,890|
|Natural Sciences Managers||15.45%||$115,730|
|Political Science Teachers, Postsecondary||15.12%||$72,170|
|Regulatory Affairs Managers||7.32%||$100,890|
|Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education||8.85%||$55,050|
|Social Science Research Assistants||17.77%||$37,140|
|Social Sciences Teachers, Postsecondary, All Other||15.12%||$69,890|
|Social and Community Service Managers||13.78%||$59,970|
|Storage and Distribution Managers||-5.26%||$81,830|
|Supply Chain Managers||7.32%||$100,890|
|Wind Energy Operations Managers||7.32%||$100,890|
|Wind Energy Project Managers||7.32%||$100,890|
* Data obtained from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) under sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).