Social Entrepreneurship is defined as the formation of a new venture that combines social goals and for-profit activity to address social needs through novel solutions. Social entrepreneurs are leaders in that to be effective, they have to identify social problems, work closely with key stakeholders in identifying solutions to those problems, offer a vision for change, communicate clearly and persuasively to others, negotiate for resources from both public and private concerns, involve people in the solutions to problems, and be creative, passionate, and persistent in how they work through various obstacles to progress. It is the purpose of the School of Business Social Entrepreneurship minor to provide students with the theoretical underpinnings of leadership, entrepreneurship, and social innovation. This minor will interest those students for whom the Great Problem Seminar and/or IQP have been an eye-opening experience and who aspire to change the world — or some part of it.
The minor requires the completion of two units of coursework as outlined below.
Select two (2):
- ETR 3633 Entrepreneurial Selling
- ETR 3910 Recognizing and Evaluating New Venture Opportunities
- ETR 3920 Planning and Launching New Ventures
- ETR 4930 Growing and Managing New Ventures
Select two (2):
- BUS 1020 Global Environment of Business Decisions
- BUS 2020 Legal Environment of Business Decisions
- ENV 1100 Introduction to Environmental Studies
- ENV 2400 Environmental Problems and Human Behavior
- ENV 2600 Environmental Problems in the Developing World
- ENV 4400 Senior Seminar in Environmental Studies
- OBC 3354 Organizational Behavior and Change
- OBC 4300 Senior Seminar
- PSY 1402 Social Psychology
- PSY 2406 Cross-Cultural Psychology
- SOC 1202 Introduction to Sociology and Cultural Diversity
- OBC 4366 Leadership, Ethics, and Social Entrepreneurship (or a suitable ISP)
The minor in Social Entrepreneurship is available to all students, regardless of major.