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Graduate Catalog 2016-2017

International Center for Studies in Creativity

Chase Hall 244, (716) 878-6223


The International Center for Studies in Creativity is an internationally recognized unit within Buffalo State. Center faculty conduct research, teach, and work with a variety of groups and organizations to improve the understanding of creativity and creative problem solving.

The history and development of the center are tied to the work of Alex F. Osborn, developer of the brainstorming technique and the creative problem solving (CPS) process. Osborn, director of the New York City–based advertising agency Batten, Barton, Durstine, and Osborn, used his work to encourage innovative thinking among his associates and, later, among young people. His successor, Sidney J. Parnes (professor emeritus), founded the center at Buffalo State in 1967.

The center’s programs have a tradition of more than 40 years of research, development, and teaching in the field of creativity studies. Documentation of the program’s effectiveness shows positive impact on students’ personal and professional growth. The educational program consists of courses that can lead to an undergraduate minor or a master of science degree in creative studies, or a graduate certificate in creativity and change leadership. Courses help students to become better thinkers and problem solvers, and to work more effectively with groups. Skills developed in creative studies courses help improve performance in other classes and provide a competitive edge in the job market. Our alumni work in business and industry, education (all levels), the social sciences, technology, and the arts. Companies or organizations interested in change or change management find creative studies skills to be particularly useful.

In conjunction with E. H. Butler Library, the Creative Studies Special Collection comprises the largest collection of materials on creativity in the world. The collection includes print and nonprint resources, including books, curricular materials, software programs, dissertations, research projects, and theses on creative thinking and its cultivation. The Creativity-Based Information Resources (CBIR) database, maintained by the center, includes annotations of periodical literature, chapters, software, assessments, and other resources relating to the study of creativity, invention, and innovation. For more information, visit suny.buffalostate.edu/orgs/cbir.

The center’s academic program is enhanced by the Alex F. Osborn Visiting Professorship, which has attracted to campus some of the most important minds in creativity research to date.

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Adult Education (M.S. and Graduate Certificate)

Applied Economics (M.A.)

Art Conservation (M.A. and C.A.S.)

Art Education (M.S.Ed.)

Art Education (PTCP)

Biology (M.A.)

Biology Education (7–12, M.S.Ed.)

Business and Marketing Education (M.S.Ed.)

Business and Marketing Education (PTCP)

Career and Technical Education (M.S.Ed.)

Career and Technical Education (PTCP)

Chemistry Education (7–12; M.S.Ed.)

Childhood and Early Childhood Curriculum and Instruction (M.S.Ed.)

Childhood and Early Childhood Education (Birth–Grade 6; M.S.Ed.)

Creative Studies (M.S.)

Creativity and Change Leadership (Graduate Certificate)

Criminal Justice (M.S.)

Earth Science Education (7-12), M.S.Ed.


Educational Technology (M.S.Ed.)

Educational Leadership (C.A.S.) - Building

Educational Leadership (C.A.S.) - Building & District

English (M.A.)

English Education (7–12; M.S.Ed.)

English Education (7–12; PTCP)

Foreign Language Education (1-6 Extension; 7-12) (M.S.Ed.)

Forensic Science (M.S.)

French Education (7–12; PTCP)

Great Lakes Ecosystem Science (M.A.)

Great Lakes Ecosystem Science (M.S.)

Higher Education and Student Affairs Administration (M.S.)

History (M.A.)

Human Resource Development (Graduate Certificate)

Industrial Technology (M.S.)

Literacy Specialist (Birth Through Grade 12; M.S.Ed.)

Mathematics Education (7–12; M.S.Ed.)

Mathematics Education (7–12; PTCP)

Mathematics Education (7–12; 5–6 Extension; PTCP)

Multidisciplinary Studies (M.A. and M.S.)

Museum Studies (M.A.)

Museum Studies (Graduate Certificate)

Music Education (M.M.)

Physics Education (7–12; M.S.Ed.)

Physics Education (7–12; M.S.Ed. with Alternative Certification)

Professional Applied and Computational Mathematics (M.S.)

Public Administration in Public and Nonprofit Management (M.P.A.)

Public Management (Graduate Certificate)

Public Relations M.S.

Science Education (M.S.Ed.)

Social Studies Education (7-12; M.S.Ed.)

Social Studies Education (7-12; PTCP)

Social Studies Education (7-12; 5-6 Extension; PTCP)

Spanish Education (7-12; PTCP)

Special Education

Speech-Language Pathology (M.S.Ed.)

Teaching Bilingual Exceptional Individuals

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

Technology Education (M.S.Ed.)

Technology Education (PTCP)

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ACM - Applied & Computational Mathematics

ADE - Adult Education

AED - Art Education

ATS - Art Therapy Studies

BIO - Biology

BME - Business and Marketing Education

BUS - Business

BXE - Bilingual Exceptional Education

CHE - Chemistry

CIS - Computer Information Systems

CNS - Art Conservation

COM - Communication

CRJ - Criminal Justice

CRS - Creative Studies

CTE - Career and Technical Education

DAN - Dance

DED - Distributive Education

DES - Design

ECO - Economics

ECS - Elementary Education

EDL - Educational Leadership

EDU - Elementary Education

EDT - Educational Technology

ENG - English

ENT - Engineering Technology

ESL - English as a Second Language

EXE - Exceptional Education

FAR - Fine Arts

FIN - Finance

FLE - Foreign Language Education

FOR - Forensic Science

FRE - French

GEG - Geography

GES - Geology

GLC - Great Lakes Center

HEA - Higher Education and Student Affairs Administration

HEW - Health and Wellness

HIS - History

HPR - Coaching and Physical Education

INT - Industrial Technology

MAT - Mathematics

MCL - Modern and Classical Languages

MED - Mathematics Education

MET - Mechanical Engineering Technology

MST - Museum Studies

MUS - Music

NFS - Dietetics and Nutrition

OEC - Occupational Education

PAD - Public Administration

PHI - Philosophy

PHY - Physics

PLN - Planning

PSC - Political Science

PSM - Professional Science and Mathematics

PSY - Psychology

SCI - Science

SLP - Speech Language Pathology

SOC - Sociology

SPA - Spanish

SPF - Social Psychological Foundations

SSE - Social Studies Education

SWK - Social Work

TEC - Technology

TED - Technology Education

THA - Theater Arts

UED - Urban Education


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