The Innovation Minor is a project-intensive minor which enables RIT students from all colleges to develop the necessary skills, knowledge, and experiences to become innovators in areas of interest related to their individual academic and professional goals. The core of the minor helps students to define innovation; understand past and current trends in innovation, as well as the processes and practical considerations for innovating; and gain experience at innovating through project-based, interdisciplinary experiential learning and collaborative activities. Students will also “specialize” by taking innovation elective courses with the aim of exploring an area of personal and/or professional interest within the boundaries of the larger minor. The Innovation Minor is interdisciplinary in its approach and fosters multi-college collaboration as it allows students to select discipline-specific courses, sourced from across the university, as their innovation elective courses.
What is required?
A minor is 15 credit hours (5 classes). The Innovation Minor consists of 3 required courses taught by SOIS faculty and 2 innovation electives selected from a list of pre-approved courses from across the university.
|CMDS-411||The Practice of Innovation and Invention|
|Electives (Choose two of the following)|
|CMDS-441||Creative Critical Thinking and Problem Solving|
|ENGL-419||Literature and Technology|
|ENGL-450||Free and Open Source Culture|
|IGME-581||Innovation and Invention|
|MGMT-330||Design Thinking and Concept Development|
Who can pursue this minor?
The Innovation Minor is open to all RIT undergraduate students with second year standing or higher. This minor cannot be completed by SOIS students who are pursuing a concentration in Innovation.
How can I apply?
Contact SOIS advisor Meg Walbaum (firstname.lastname@example.org) or visit us in Eastman-2210 to set up an appointment. Meg will assist you in selecting your electives and provide you with the required paperwork to return to your home department for processing.
Innovation Projects at RIT
There are always innovative projects going on at RIT. Learn more about what others are doing, or start your own.
- The Simone Center for Student Innovation and Entrepreneurship:
- Research at RIT:
- RIT Media, Arts, Games, Interaction, and Creativity (MAGIC) Center
- Venture Creations - RIT Business Incubator
More on Innovation
Some other resources to get you started.
- VentureWell E-grant Program
- More coming soon!