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Social Change and Innovation

Social Change and Innovation (SCI, pronounced “sky”) focuses on designing social change and leading innovation. The curriculum prepares students to improve living conditions and work environments for individuals, groups, families, organizations and communities on a larger scale.

SCI students will acquire the knowledge and cultivate skills to lead and implement sustainable social change for good. Practicing in this field includes working with individuals, groups, families, organizations and communities to influence the laws, legislation and institutional practices and policies that impact them.

Students in this department have flexibility in designing their career paths, and may pursue careers in nonprofit management, public affairs, community organizing, corporate social responsibility or human resources, among others. They may also become licensed clinical social workers specializing in employee assistance programs.

SCI provides students cross-disciplinary training that will inspire new ways of understanding and tackling social issues. Students are prepared to introduce, facilitate, and apply innovation while addressing society’s most pressing issues, including homelessness, human trafficking, diversity, inclusion, and equity, substance abuse and poverty.

The Department of Social Change and Innovation prepares students to lead and drive positive change in communities, organizations, businesses and government. Click the graphic to understand how to best navigate your way through this department.

Curriculum
Curriculum

Grounded in social change and innovation, coursework is designed to develop systems thinkers who focus on the big picture. 
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Field Experience
Field Experience

Working in the field with one of our many community partners gives students valuable real-world, hands-on experience that complements and enhances their classroom education. 
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Skill Development
Skill Development

The department’s course work, tracks and hands-on field education training, equip students with a variety of skills. 
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Careers and Work Settings
Careers and Work Settings

Social Change and Innovation provides students with the educational foundation and learning experiences to work across a variety of fields
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Faculty Research
Faculty Research

Social Change and Innovation faculty members are engaged in a wide variety of research that informs our curriculum and policy. Many are affiliated with one or more of the school’s research centers.
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Student Experience
Student Experience

Social Change and Innovation students have opportunities to network and engage with their colleagues, faculty and outside experts in a variety of settings, including on-campus and off-campus immersion programs and fast pitch competition.