A helpful way to explore the Innovation Studies minor and appreciate its strengths is to evaluate our learning outcomes. Upon completion of the Innovation Studies minor, students should be able to:

  • Analyze: Identify and evaluate prominent examples of innovation in historic and contemporary contexts;
  • Design: Summarize the essential stages of the design thinking process (empathize, define, ideate, prototype, and test);
  • Make ethical decisions: Construct an ethical framework to evaluate and critique new innovations;
  • Team: Form a project team and negotiate appropriate roles for each member; articulate why diverse teams are essential for the innovation process;
  • Innovate: Collaborate with peers to research, prepare, and present a strategic plan for a new innovation;

By studying innovation, business, and the emerging global economy, students will be preparing themselves for future employment, study, and creative engagement with PLU’s core mission: to creatively inquire, serve, lead, and care — for other people, for their communities, and for the earth.