Innovation in Society (Minor)

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You can play an important part in designing a better future for all of us when you understand the roles and impact science and technology have in society.

The minor program in innovation in society equips students with the tools needed to analyze how science, technology and other social forces shape our present and future.

Students cultivate the critical thinking skills needed to develop creative strategies that steer innovation toward the needs and values of society. Students are trained to synthesize research and theory from the social sciences, humanities, natural sciences and engineering so they can develop proposals for how to build better futures. This enables students to understand the broader context of their major and helps them mesh those studies with other disciplines to develop more encompassing solutions to important problems.

At A Glance

Innovation in Society (Minor)

Application requirements

All students are required to meet general university admission requirements:

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Program requirements

Required Courses -- 15 credit hours
Depending on a student's undergraduate program of study, prerequisite courses may be needed in order to complete the requirements of this minor.

Degree requirements

This minor is comprised of 15 credit hours.

In order to complete the minor in innovation in society, students will have to successfully complete three core courses.

Core (9 credit hours):

FIS 111 Welcome to the Future (3)
FIS 201 Innovation in Society (3)
FIS 305 Ways of Knowing (3)

Additionally students must take six credit hours from the following list of FIS electives:

FIS 307 Navigating Futures (3)
FIS 308 Politics, Markets and Innovation (3)
FIS 331 Technology and the Modern World (3)
FIS 332 Risk and the Future (3)
FIS 333 Governing Emerging Technologies (3)
FIS 334 Science, Technology and Inequality (3)
FIS 335 Designing Knowledge (3)
FIS 336 Science & Technology Policy (3)
FIS 337 Innovation and Global Development (3)
FIS 431 Technology, Security and Insecurity in Global Politics (3)

Depending upon a student's undergraduate program of study, prerequisite courses may be needed in order to complete the requirements of this minor.

Enrollment requirements

GPA Requirement: 2.00

Incompatible Majors: None

Other Enrollment Requirements: None

Current ASU undergraduate students may pursue a minor and have it recognized on their ASU transcript at graduation. Students interested in pursuing a minor should consult their academic advisor to declare the minor and to ensure that an appropriate set of courses is taken. Minor requirements appear on the degree audit once the minor is added. Certain major and minor combinations may be deemed inappropriate by the college or department of either the major program or the minor. Courses taken for the minor may not count toward both the major and the minor. Students should contact their academic advisor for more information.