The Innovation & Society co-major will infuse design thinking and data science as core competencies within a liberal arts framework that centers the needs of humans facing significant global challenges. Working in a highly collaborative setting, students will be immersed in solving real-world problems across disciplines and majors. 

The curriculum for the Innovation and Society Co-Major consists of 24 credit hours (18 credit hours in the co-major and 6 credits generally double counted with the primary major) and is available to any student as a secondary major. The co-major cannot be taken as a stand-alone major. All students must be completing another undergraduate major within the university.

The College of Arts & Sciences is uniquely poised at the intersection of the innovations and actions at the heart of these ideals.  Through design challenges, projects, portfolios, and engagement with public and private organizations working together to address global concerns, students in the co-major will use their training to pursue impactful solutions, practice storytelling with data, and gain real-world professional experience that makes them competitive job seekers after graduation.

Curriculum Requirements

Core Courses
Students may double count related courses from their primary major toward the co-major with approval from the program director.
ASG 201Introduction to Innovation and Society3
GEG 203Global Challenges3
ASG 301Foundations of Design Thinking for Innovation and Society3
ASG 401Scaling Design Thinking for Solving Problems3
Data Science and/or Analysis in Society Requirement 13
The following courses meet this requirement. Others may satisfy the requirement with approval.
Data science of culture and language
Data Science for the World
Geographic Research Methods
Geographic Information Systems I
The Science and Practice of Political Research
Introduction to Research Methods
Introduction to Social Research
Fulfilled through courses from the student's primary major.
Students work together on research and design projects that become part of a portfolio of their work. They also learn best practices for sharing stories about the impact of their work.
ASG 501Innovation and Society Capstone3
Total Credit Hours24

Appropriate courses will be recommended for BA, BFA, or BS students.


Courses for the co-major do not affect the unique credit hour requirement for majors and minors.