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Innovation and Creativity

  • Minor
  • Erie, Pennsylvania
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  • Do You Want to Change the World? Start with a Minor in Innovation and Creativity from Gannon University.

    Innovation and creativity have emerged over the past decade as essential to success in a rapidly changing world. Gannon's Minor in Innovation and Creativity (MIC) delivers on this increasing need for professionals who possess the skills, attitudes and mindsets that allow them to inspire solutions to complex societal problems. Leverage your own ability to solve real-world issues, identify both opportunities and the resources needed to explore these opportunities, work with a diverse group of people, and turn creative thought into actionable innovation to drive meaningful change in any career field you choose.

    • Explore topics such as empathy, collaboration, openness, play and practice, courage, embracing failure, risk taking, creating and sharing ideas, and more.
    • Collaborate with students and faculty from the College of Engineering and Business, the College of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences, and the Morosky School of Health Professions and Sciences in your classroom.
    • Learn how to break down walls, explore your innate creativity, and innovate while earning a minor that enhances your resume and better prepares you for your future.

    Questions about the Program? Let's Start with These.

    Do you want to develop an innovator's mindset for your field of study?

    The MIC enhances EVERY major.

    Do you want to join a diverse team to take on real-world problems?

    You'll collaborate with students and faculty from across the University through the MIC.

    Do you need to be "creative" to pursue this minor?

    The MIC is not only for self-identified "creatives" - it is for anyone who wants to develop skills in creative problem solving and collaborative innovation.

    Do you want to join students and faculty who are taking the "path less traveled"?

    Students selected for the MIC will journey through a truly unique Gannon experience.

    Do you have 3 credits to earn the Minor in Innovation and Creativity?

    The MIC uses 12 of the 15 credits from your Liberal Studies Core requirements - you only need to take 3 additional credits to earn the minor.

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    Courses Required for the Minor in Innovation and Creativity (MIC)

    Number Title Credit Year
    MIC 201 The Launch 1 Credit Fall, Freshman or Sophomore Year
    MIC 205 The Pitch (Speech) 3 Credits Spring, Freshman or Sophomore Year
    MIC 301 The Lore (Literature Series) 3 Credits Fall, Sophomore or Junior Year
    MIC 305 The Labyrinth (Phil II Series) 3 Credits Fall, Sophomore or Junior Year
    MIC 310 The Prototype (Fine Arts Series) 3 Credits Spring, Sophomore or Junior Year
    MIC 401 The Blastoff 2 Credits Fall, Junior or Senior Year
Connor Byers

Connor Byers Industrial and Robotics Engineering

“The MIC provides a unique opportunity to be able to participate in various design thinking and team building activities in a classroom setting while also giving students an experience that allows you to get different perspectives from the students enrolled in the other colleges.”

Deriyonah Reid

Deriyonah Reid Marketing and Public Relations

“I would join the MIC because the program uses creative methods to teach students a way of thinking and problem solving that can be applied not only academically and to your future career, but also to your personal life.”

Garett Mately

Garett Mately Biology Pre-Physician’s Assistant

“Students who are enrolled in the Morosky College of Health and Sciences should take the MIC because it allows our practical brains to be stimulated in ways that we normally would not get the opportunity for. It allows our brains to think outside of the box and collaborate with people who think in completely different ways than us.”

Laurel Harris

Laurel Harris Entrepreneurship and Marketing

“The MIC Minor would benefit any Gannon Business major because it presents the nonanalytical side of business. What I mean by that is it provides one with the sociological, philosophical, emotional and innovative aspects that one needs to think ‘outside the box’. It is there that new business and processes are born and future successes are made.”

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    Contact Information

    For more information on the Minor in Innovation and Creativity contact Kurt Hersch, Assistant Professor.

    Phone: 814-871-5865

    Office Location:
    Center for Business Ingenuity
    Office: CBI 326
    900 State St., Erie, PA  16506