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Creative Studies (Minor)

About the Program

Creativity is an effective resource that resides in all people and within all organizations. Our more than 40 years of research has conclusively demonstrated that creativity can be nurtured and enhanced through the use of deliberate tools, techniques, and strategies. Through our undergraduate courses, our students develop essential life skills that they can apply to their personal and professional lives.

Some of the core competencies developed through the undergraduate minor include:


  • Expertise in facilitating problem-solving teams

  • Enhanced ability to manage diverse groups

  • Ability to develop, implement, and support an environment that nurtures creative thinking

  • Learn a practical skill set for individual and group problem solving

  • Ability to use problem solving tools to define complex problems, to generate creative solutions, and to transform solutions into action

  • Learn theories and models for managing and coping with change in a complex world

  • Increased effectiveness in decision making

  • Sound theoretical base for understanding creativity

  • Learn strategies to nurture the creative talent of others

  • Enhanced leadership capabilities

Program Requirements

Required Courses (15 credit hours)
CRS 205 FOUNDATIONS IN CREATIVE THINKING 3
CRS 302 CREATIVE APPROACHES TO PROBLEM SOLVING 3
CRS 303 CREATIVE LEADERSHIP THROUGH EFFECTIVE FACILITATION 3
CRS 304 DEVELOPING CREATIVE PROBLEM-SOLVING FACILITATION SKILLS 3
CRS 320 APPLICATIONS OF CREATIVITY AND INNOVATION 3

Electives (3 credit hours)
Select 3 credit hours of approved elective 3

Total Credit Hours 18

To apply for the Creative Studies minor or for additional information about these courses, contact Mike Fox.

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International Center for Studies in Creativity

1300 Elmwood Ave  •  Chase Hall 244 •  Buffalo, NY 14222
Phone: (716) 878-6223 •  Fax: (716) 878-4040   creativity@buffalostate.edu