Online Bachelor of Arts in Innovation in Society

Are you interested in learning how technology impacts our daily lives? In the Bachelor of Arts in innovation in society degree, you’ll learn how science, technology and innovation can create better futures for people around the world. After completing this innovation degree, you’ll be prepared for a career in public service, business, policy or academia.

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Quick facts

Next start date: 10/12/2022


Total classes: 40

Weeks per class: 7.5

Total credit hours: 120

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Why is innovation in society important?

Innovation in society is important because no single discipline can solve the complex problems we face today. While science and engineering help us advance the values we hold near and dear to our hearts, innovations need to be developed and deployed with a deep understanding of global context. Innovation in society cultivates the critical thinking skills needed to develop creative strategies in relation to society’s needs and values. These needs include creating innovative solutions for:

  • Breakdowns of Western democracy.
  • Effects of climate change.
  • Pandemics and vaccine distribution.

What skills will I gain in this innovation degree?

 

In the innovation in society program, you’ll cultivate the critical thinking skills needed to develop creative strategies that steer innovation. You’ll also learn how to:

  • Apply methods to assess emerging trends.
  • Compare local and global forces that shape innovation.
  • Engage with experts.
  • Evaluate consequences for equity and justice.

Innovation in society courses focus on the use of interactive activities and programs, preparing you to work collaboratively with experts in a variety of industries. Additionally, you’ll have the opportunity to engage in research projects and gain hands-on, real-world experience.

What’s the difference between a BA and BS in innovation in society?

 

The Bachelor of Arts in innovation in society degree is tailored for students with a background in the humanities and artistic side of innovation. Bachelor of Arts students should be interested in playing a pivotal role in bringing different disciplines together to solve the world's most difficult problems.

This differs from the Bachelor of Science in innovation in society, which is designed for technical-oriented students looking to gain a broad perspective on ways their work can impact the world.

Both innovation degrees are eligible as a 4+1 accelerated program option, which allows you to obtain both a bachelor's and master's degree in as little as five years. They can be taken as accelerated bachelor's and master's degrees with the Master of Science in global technology and development. To take advantage of this opportunity, you must apply during your junior year. For additional information, contact your advisor.

Will my innovation degree say 'online'?

No, Arizona State University’s diplomas don’t specify whether you earn your degree online or in person. All diplomas and transcripts simply say “Arizona State University.” That’s because ASU Online students learn from the same faculty and receive the same course content as in-person students receive.

Innovation degree courses

Over the course of this program, you’ll learn how to synthesize research and theory from various disciplines, including the social sciences, humanities, natural sciences and engineering. Courses include:


FIS 201: Innovation in Society (H)


FIS 111: Welcome to the Future


FIS 308: Politics, Markets and Innovation (SB)


FIS 307: Navigating Futures (SB)


FIS 305: Ways of Knowing (L)


FIS 480: Innovation in Society Studio


Innovation in society careers

After completing this innovation degree, you’ll be prepared to work in a variety of industries, including the arts, technology, nonprofit and government. You’ll also be well prepared to further your education in a variety of disciplines. Career examples include, but are not limited to:

CEO


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Salary: $185,950

Compliance Manager


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General Manager (GM)


Growth: 5.8 %
Salary: $103,650

Historian


Growth: 2.6 %
Salary: $63,100

Investment Fund Manager


Growth: 15.5 %
Salary: $134,180

Office Manager


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Political Analyst


Growth: 6.1 %
Salary: $125,350

Regulatory Affairs Manager


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Social Sciences Professor


Growth: -0.3 %
Salary: $69,340

Learn from the experts in innovation management

The faculty of the School for the Future of Innovation in Society works around the world on a wide variety of projects, such as energy innovation, poverty alleviation, community development, food security, water access and education. They work on projects in the regions of Africa, the Middle East, Central and Southeast Asia, China, Latin America and North America, with funding from the National Science Foundation, U.S. Agency for International Development, the World Bank and other entities. They bring their real-world experience to bear on the design of courses and the mentoring of students.

Learn from the experts in innovation management

The faculty of the School for the Future of Innovation in Society works around the world on a wide variety of projects, such as energy innovation, poverty alleviation, community development, food security, water access and education. They work on projects in the regions of Africa, the Middle East, Central and Southeast Asia, China, Latin America and North America, with funding from the National Science Foundation, U.S. Agency for International Development, the World Bank and other entities. They bring their real-world experience to bear on the design of courses and the mentoring of students.

Innovation degree requirements

I am a future

You are considered a first-year student for application purposes if you have not attended college at all, or have fewer than 12 transferable credit hours (with a minimum 2.50 cumulative GPA).

1. Review competency requirements

2. Review other admission requirements

3. Complete online application

4. File your FAFSA

5. Request ACT or SAT scores

Don't meet admission requirements?

You can still gain admission to ASU through Earned Admission. Through this pathway, you can demonstrate your ability to succeed at ASU by completing online courses with a 2.75 GPA or higher.

To begin, submit an application to ASU. An enrollment coach will reach out with more information if the Earned Admission Pathway is right for you.

Don't meet admission requirements?

You can still gain admission to ASU through Earned Admission. Through this pathway, you can demonstrate your ability to succeed at ASU by completing online courses with a 2.75 GPA or higher.

To begin, submit an application to ASU. An enrollment coach will reach out with more information if the Earned Admission Pathway is right for you.

Study at the most innovative university in the nation

Arizona State University is a global university recognized for its commitment to innovation, research and high-quality academic programs. Our university has been recognized with peer-reviewed honors from U.S. News & World Report.

#1


in innovation for 8 consecutive years, ahead of Stanford and MIT.

Top 10


best online bachelor’s programs.

Top 10%


best global universities.

80%


of graduates reported that their experiences at ASU inspired them to explore new career opportunities.

Tuition calculator

The ASU Online tuition calculator is currently being updated. For the most accurate estimate, please visit the ASU tuition calculator.

Our tuition calculator can help you estimate full-time tuition fees for this program without financial aid. Keep in mind: More than 80% of our students receive financial aid.

Financial aid can reduce out-of-pocket costs, resulting in less financial stress and increased academic confidence. Learn more.

Tuition calculator

The ASU Online tuition calculator is currently being updated. For the most accurate estimate, please visit the ASU tuition calculator.

Our tuition calculator can help you estimate full-time tuition fees for this program without financial aid. Keep in mind: More than 80% of our students receive financial aid.

Financial aid can reduce out-of-pocket costs, resulting in less financial stress and increased academic confidence. Learn more.

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