Innovation in Society (BA)

This BA 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 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)
Future of Innovation in Society, School for the


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Application requirements

  • 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

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.



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


Career outlook

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.

Example careers

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:

Career*growth*median salary
Administrative Services Managers12.47%$81,080
Business Teachers, Postsecondary15.12%$73,660
Chief Executives -1.38%$168,140
City and Regional Planning Aides17.77%$37,140
Clinical Research Coordinators 15.45%$115,730
Compliance Managers 7.32%$100,890
Construction Managers 17.21%$82,790
Cost Estimators 25.34%$58,860
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
Logistics Managers -5.26%$81,830
Loss Prevention Managers 7.32%$100,890
Management Analysts 23.87%$78,600
Natural Sciences Managers 15.45%$115,730
Political Science Teachers, Postsecondary15.12%$72,170
Political Scientists19.49%$102,000
Postmasters and Mail Superintendents-15.11%$63,050
Regulatory Affairs Managers 7.32%$100,890
Sales Managers 14.95%$105,260
Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education 8.85%$55,050
Security Managers 7.32%$100,890
Social Science Research Assistants17.77%$37,140
Social Sciences Teachers, Postsecondary, All Other15.12%$69,890
Social and Community Service Managers13.78%$59,970
Storage and Distribution Managers -5.26%$81,830
Supply Chain Managers 7.32%$100,890
Transportation Managers -5.26%$81,830
Transportation Planners 22.44%$76,540
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).

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