Innovation in Society

The innovation in society concentration 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. The concentration 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. It will enable students to understand the broader context of their Interdisciplinary Studies major and help them to bridge these studies with other disciplines to develop more encompassing solutions to important problems.


  • Students must complete a minimum of 18 credit hours including 12 of upper division hours for this concentration.
  • All courses must be completed with a grade of “C” (2.00) or higher.

In order to complete the concentration 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 307 Navigating Futures (3)

Electives (9 Upper Division Hours)
*minimum 45 hours required for enrollment 

FIS 305 Ways of Knowing, L (3)*
FIS 307 Navigating Futures, SB (3)*
FIS 308 Politics, Markets and Innovation, SB (3)*
FIS 331 Technology and the Modern World (3)*
FIS 332 Risk and the Future, L (3)*
FIS 333 Governing Emerging Technologies, SB (3)*
FIS 334 Science, Technology and Inequality, C (3) (Prerequisite(s): minimum 45 hours; Credit is allowed for only FIS 334 or JUS 334)
FIS 335 Designing Knowledge (3)*
FIS 336 Science & Technology Policy (3)
FIS 337 Innovation and Global Development (3)*
FIS 371 innovation for Impact: Impact Journey (1)*
FIS 372 Innovation for Impact: Inquiry Journey (1)*
FIS 373 Innovation for Impact: Innovation Journey (1)*
FIS 431 Technology, Security and Insecurity in Global Politics (3)*
FIS 480 Innovation in Society Studio (3) (Prerequisite(s): FIS 305)
FIS 481 Innovation for Impact: Application Journey (3) (Prerequisite(s): FIS 371; FIS 372; FIS 373)

All Interdisciplinary Studies students are required to complete a 12 credit hour core.

BIS 301, BIS 302 and BIS 402 courses require:

  • A meeting with your academic advisor to:
    Ensure both of your concentration areas have been declared
    Are working towards completing (or have completed) 1-2 courses in each declared concentration

  • One course meeting general studies MA requirement
  • ENG 102 or ENG 105 or ENG 108 or First Year Composition Completed
  • Minimum 2.00 GPA

Required Courses (12 credit hours):

BIS 301 Foundations of Interdisciplinary Studies, L (3)

BIS 302 Interdisciplinary Inquiry (3)
     Prerequisite(s): BIS 301 with C or better

BIS 401 Applied Interdisciplinary Studies (3) (requires application)
     Prerequisites: BIS 301 with C or better; BIS 302 with C or better; Minimum of two courses completed in each concentration area

BIS 402 Senior Seminar, L (3)
     Prerequisite(s): BIS 301 with C or better; BIS 302 with C or better

For important information, additional major requirements, course descriptions, and application deadlines: Interdisciplinary Studies Core Courses

For assistance in selecting your concentration areas of study complete the Interdisciplinary Studies concentration workshop: Interdisciplinary Studies Pre-Advising Workshop

Transfer to ASU

Maricopa County Community College District (MCCCD) transfer students

  • Courses may fulfill Arizona General Education Curriculum (AGEC) or Associate’s degree requirements, consult with your community college academic advisor for details.
  • MCCCD course transfer equivalencies are listed here; they may be applied toward this concentration (maximum of six credits or two courses).
  • Information listed was current for this catalog year at the time of printing, consult for verification.









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