Students in a creativity class

About Creative Studies

Creativity is an effective resource that resides in all people and within all organizations. Our more than 30 years of research has conclusively demonstrated that creativity can be nurtured and enhanced through the use of deliberate tools, techniques, and strategies. While creativity may once have been considered a pleasant novelty, today creative problem solving is a twenty-first-century survival skill. 

Creativity-related skills as the most important for professional success in the twenty-first century, our undergraduate minor programs and graduate programs attract learners from all majors and fields. Our minor programs, in Creativity Studies and Leadership, have served students from such majors as business, education, psychology, communications, fashion design, technology, engineering, computer systems, and many more. And our graduate programs, Graduate Certificate and Master of Science, have served learners from such fields as education, business, not-for-profit, engineering, training and development, design, criminal justice and any job that requires creative thinking, problem solving, and creative leadership (which means all professional fields).

A degree in Creative Studies allows students to:

  • Earn a unique academic credential that sets them apart as experts in the field of creativity
  • Enhance their creative thinking skills
  • Balance creativity theory and practice
  • Develop skills that future-proof them
  • Readily adapt to and lead change
  • Learn to facilitate creative problem solving in groups
  • Understand and teach effective collaboration
  • Develop powerful interpersonal communication skills
  • Infuse creative thinking and Creative Problem Solving into their leadership skill sets
  • Push their intellectual and personal boundaries
  • Learn cognitive habits that put them in control of change
  • Improve their ability to lead diverse groups
  • Generate creative solutions and transform them into action
  • Join an international community of creativity scholars

Creative Studies, M.S.

Creativity and Change Leadership, GCP

Creative Studies, Minor

Leadership, Minor

Molly L. Holinger Assistant Professor
Susan Keller-Mathers Associate Professor
Melodi Ozyaprak Assistant Professor
Gerard J. Puccio Chair + Distinguished Professor
Susan L. Rizzo Administrative Assistant 1
William D. Yates Lecturer
Jo A. Yudess Adjunct Assistant Professor