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Innovation Studies

Innovation Studies at PLU

The Innovation Studies minor focuses on developing transformative ideas, compelling designs, and breakthrough products in a team-driven context that is PLU to the core. Sounds exciting, right? Learn more about the new program on this website.

Be a Catalyst for Change

Courses in the Innovation Studies minor build essential analytical skills to evaluate innovation in historical and ethical contexts. After the initial courses are complete, you take a ‘big ideas’ seminar that challenges you to envision your own solutions to pressing problems, ethical concerns, and strategic opportunities.

The program prepares students for life after graduation by emphasizing the skills that employers most want from college graduates. Think of Innovation Studies as a toolkit with essential business and problem-solving skills that will enhance the core proficiencies of your major and apply those skills to the real world.

Innovation Studies was approved by the PLU Faculty and Board of Regents in May 2017. Although the program officially begins in Sept. 2018, students may start taking the Principles and Electives courses now (see Minor Requirements). The remaining courses will be added during the 2018-2019 academic year. Please be part of our first graduating class in May 2019!

It’s Not Just a Minor

The Innovation Studies program is not just a minor, it is a vision for working together and strengthening our local, regional, and global communities. We regularly host events on campus to gather creative people together, nurture interdisciplinary connections, and encourage artistic and imaginative thought. We believe that creativity and innovation work best when diverse and unexpected connections are fostered across student groups, faculty, and academic-professional boundaries.

The director of the Innovation Studies program is Michael Halvorson, Benson Family Chair in Business and Economic History. To create a customized plan for your minor, or learn more about future events, email Professor Halvorson at halvormj@plu.edu.