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Design Thinking/Innovation/ Entrepreneurship

It’s not enough to observe and talk about the world’s problems; it’s up to PSU students to solve them.  The Design Thinking / Innovation / Entrepreneurship (DTIE) cluster empowers students to develop the skills to deeply understand human and environmental needs and to address them with creative products and services. By using the Design Thinking methodology introduced in the Sophomore Inquiry course (UNST 222) to identify needs, brainstorm solutions, incorporate feedback, iterate designs, and formulate enduring business models, students will work on projects that lead to lasting value. The cluster then allows students to harness innovation processes that will serve as touchstones in their careers and lives by drawing on approaches ranging from those used to create new social ventures in developing economies to entrepreneurial practices in Silicon Valley. Watch the video below to learn more about Entrepreneurship at the School of Business.

Sophomore Inquiry:

The Sophomore Inquiry course for this Cluster is UNST 222.

For a printable PDF that lists the courses offered in this Cluster, click here.


Learning Outcomes:

To find the learning outcomes for this cluster, click here.


Study Abroad Opportunities:

Visit Study Abroad's UNST Resource page to get the most up-to-date information regarding earning UNST credits abroad.


Please see your adviser before registering for any classes.
Departments Associated With Cluster


  • ANTH 325U: Culture Health and Healing

Art + Design

  • ART 399U: Design is Everywhere

Business Administration

  • BA 306U: Essentials of Finance for Non-Business Majors
  • BA 316U: Essentials of Marketing for Non-Business Majors
  • BA 326U: Essentials of Manangement for Non-Business Majors
  • BA 336U: Essential of Information Technology for Non-Business Majors
  • BA 346U: Essentials of Entrepreneurship for Non-Business Majors

Computer Science

  • CS 346U: Exploring Complexity in Science and Technology (Crosslisted with SYSC 346U)


  • EC 314U: Private and Public Investment Analysis
  • EC 316U: Intro to Health Care Economics
  • EC 350U: Economics of Development

Electrical & Computer Engineering

  • ECE 383U: Nanotechnology: Simulation and Design (Crosslisted with SCI 383U)

Engineering and Applied Sciences

  • EAS 333U: Problems, Solutions and Systems Thinking

Engineering and Technology Management

  • ETM 347U: Introduction to Product Design
  • ETM 356U: Introduction to Human-Centered Design


  • ENG 397U: Digital Literary Studies

Environmental Science & Management

  • ESM 355U: Understanding Environmental Sustainability I
  • ESM 356U: Understanding Environmental Sustainability II


  • FIN 310U: Entrepreneurial Finance and Accounting


  • GEOG 310U: Climate and Water Resources (Crosslisted with SCI 333U)
  • GEOG 314U: Severe Weather
  • GEOG 332U: Urban Geography
  • GEOG 340U: Global Water Issues and Sustainability
  • GEOG 345U: Resource Management
  • GEOG 347U: Environmental Issues and Action
  • GEOG 380U: Maps and Geographic Information

International Studies

  • INTL 323U: Tradition and Innovation: Humanities
  • INTL 324U: Tradition and Innovation: Social Science


  • MGMT 398U: Managing the Innovation Process


  • MKTG 338U: Professional Selling
  • MKTG 340U: Advertising


  • PHL 307U: Philosophy of Social Science
  • PHL 309U: Business Ethics
  • PHL 310U: Environmental Ethics
  • PHL 316U: Social and Political Philosophy
  • PHL 320U: Critical Thinking


  • PH 335U: Wacky or Real: What Everyone Should Know about Physics Scams
  • PH 382U: Introduction to Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (Crosslisted with SCI 382U)
  • PH 384U: From Contemporary Nanoscience towards Sustainable Nanotechnologies (Crosslisted with SCI 384U)

Science in the Liberal Arts

  • SCI 321U: Energy and Society I (Crosslisted with ME 304U)
  • SCI 333U: Climate and Water Resources (Crosslisted with GEOG 310U)
  • SCI 382U: Introduction to Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (Crosslisted with PH 382U)
  • SCI 383U: Nanotechnology: Simulation and Design (Crosslisted with ECE 383U)
  • SCI 384U: From Contemporary Nanoscience towards Sustainable Nanotechnologies (Crosslisted with PH 384U)

Systems Science

  • SYSC 332U: Intro to Agent-Based Modeling
  • SYSC 334U: Modeling Social-Ecological Systems
  • SYSC 338U: Decision Making in Complex Environments
  • SYSC 346U: Exploring Complexity in Science and Technology (Crosslisted with CS 346U)
  • SYSC 350U: Indigenous and Systems Perspectives on Sustainability

University Studies

  • UNST 399U: The Engaged Citizen: Sustainability

Urban Studies & Planning

  • USP 313U: Urban Planning: Environmental Issues
  • USP 317U: Intro to International Community Development
  • USP 323U: Real Estate Development
  • USP 324U: Healthy Communities
Cluster Coordinator: 
Michelle Swinehart
Office Number: 
CH 122
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