Minor in Interdisciplinary Smart Initiatives

About the Minor

The Interdisciplinary Smart Initiatives Minor provides students across the University an experience of both breadth and depth through multi-disciplinary practices and learning. Students will develop skills and knowledge in the topics associated with problem solving, innovative technology, leadership and immersive participatory experiences. Skills and knowledge will be delivered through collaborative teaching and coursework, skill building, experimentation, experiential learning, and engaging research initiatives.

This minor provides the opportunities to engage in a variety of University venues and initiatives that places students on the leading edge of their chosen paths. The Interdisciplinary Smart Initiatives Minor is intended to build on experiential learning that is the foundation of a Drexel education.

Admission Requirements

The Interdisciplinary Smart Initiatives Minor is open to all University students that meet the criteria for acceptance. Because of the nature of the minor, success is dependent upon students showing self-discipline, being highly motivated and self-reliant. All applications for the minor will be submitted to the director of the minor.

Please contact Dr. Ulrike Altenmüller-Lewis at ua27@drexel.edu with questions concerning the INSI Minor.

The following are the requirements that students must meet to be considered:

  • Required Essay: Student statement of interest and desired goals
  • Required Recommendation: Two letters of recommendation from faculty that speaks to the student’s ability to be collegial and collaborative, exhibit initiative and resourcefulness and ability to work independently.

Program Requirements

Required Courses
WEST 210Innovative Problem Solving4.0
WEST 220Multimodal Research4.0
WEST 310 Active Learning and Exploration4.0
WEST 320 Active Engagement Projects4.0
Electives *9.0
Choose 9 credits from the following subject areas:
Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Sustainability: History, Theory and Critic
Design Thinking in Product Design
College of Engineering
Introduction to Civil, Architectural & Environmental Engineering
Engineering Economic Analysis
College of Computing & Informatics
Introduction to Computing and Security Technology
Introduction to Informatics
LeBow College of Business
Advanced First Year Business Seminar
Introduction to Entrepreneurship
Technology Management
Management Information Systems
College of Arts and Sciences
Principles of Communication
Qualitative Research Methods
Environmental Communication
Environmental Science and Society
Psychology of Sustainability
Environmental Movements in America
School of Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health Systems
Problem Solving in Biomedical Engineering
Total Credits25.0

Writing-Intensive Course Requirements

In order to graduate, all students must pass three writing-intensive courses after their freshman year. Two writing-intensive courses must be in a student's major. The third can be in any discipline. Students are advised to take one writing-intensive class each year, beginning with the sophomore year, and to avoid “clustering” these courses near the end of their matriculation. Transfer students need to meet with an academic advisor to review the number of writing-intensive courses required to graduate.

A "WI" next to a course in this catalog may indicate that this course can fulfill a writing-intensive requirement. For the most up-to-date list of writing-intensive courses being offered, students should check the Writing Intensive Course List at the University Writing Program. Students scheduling their courses can also conduct a search for courses with the attribute "WI" to bring up a list of all writing-intensive courses available that term.

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