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Innovation minor

Meg Walbaum, Minor Adviser

The innovation minor enables students from across all of RIT's 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 customize the minor by taking innovation elective courses that explore an area of personal and/or professional interest within the boundaries of the larger minor. The minor is inter-disciplinary 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.

Notes about this minor:

  • This minor is closed to students majoring in applied arts and sciences who have chosen a concentration in innovation.
  • Posting of the minor on the student's academic transcript requires a minimum GPA of 2.0 in the minor.
Required Course
CMDS-211 Exploring Innovation
CMDS-411 The Practice of Innovation and Invention
CMDS-511 Innovation Lab
Choose two of the following:
   CMDS-333    Wicked Problems
   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