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Creativity and Innovation Minor

We were made by a creative God—to innovate, cultivate and transform the world around us. The creativity and innovation major at Cornerstone University is designed to incorporate market-ready skills with a classical liberal arts education. You’ll graduate with problem-solving skills that are coveted by businesses across the country, and you’ll have a better understanding of what it means to be a wise Christian, employee and citizen.

Degree Type

  • Minor


  • On Campus
  • Residential


  • Grand Rapids


Credit hours.


Student-to-faculty ratio with an average class size of 22.


Of students participate in internship or practicum experiences.

Course List

In a world that is rapidly evolving, 95% of employers say they give hiring preferences to college graduates with skills that enable them to contribute to creativity and innovation in the workplace, according to AACU.

As creativity and innovation continue to be among the most sought-after traits, this program is a perfect complement to any of the following fields of study: business, communication studies, education, humanities, kinesiology, media studies, ministry, music or psychology.

HUM-311 Imagination in Culture

This course is an examination of the forms and structures of various literary, visual and musical texts. Students will develop a charitable hermeneutic enabling them to discover and understand the worldviews embodied in various cultural artifacts and leading them to responsible cultural and civic engagement.

IDS-101 Creativity, Innovation and Problem Solving

Students will unleash their creative potential to enrich their life and the world as they examine the creative processes, the lifestyles of creative people, the environments and methods of innovative organizations and the tools of problem-solving techniques.

IDS-202 Creativity in the Conceptual Age

A course outlining the six essential human abilities needed to survive in the Conceptual Age: Design, Storytelling, Systems Thinking, Empathy, Play and Meaning.

IDS-205 Strategies for Innovative Thought and Design

An examination of the latest Creative Problem Solving Techniques (CPS), Design Thinking Tools (DT) and Human Centered Design (HCD). Students will learn to use, lead others and analyze CPS, DT and HCD effectiveness in real-world situations. Emphasis will be placed on how innovative thought can be applied to their specific major and personal endeavors.

IDS-312 Science of Human Innovation

This course examines the psychology and neuroscience behind creativity and the sociological research on situations, contexts and networks of creative activity.

IDS-450 Creative Emergence

This course is the culminating course of creativity content which is designed to help students integrate creative theory with their talents, career and personal endeavors. Students will be required to complete a research paper based on current theories and present it both verbally and in writing.

Allowing creativity and innovation to become a part of me has enabled me to feel confident entering into any phase or season of life—whether known or unknown. Creativity isn’t just for the professional world, it’s for your life.

Sophia Wieber (’19)


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