The program in Social Entrepreneurship is offered to eligible honors students as designated by the university. The program emphasizes hands on learning and real world problem solving grounded in practical ethics. Workshops and practicums will make up the core program while seminars will explore relevant theory and provide broader context. As students enroll in upper division courses within the minor, they can pursue design for change and entrepreneurial classes specifically relevant to their fields of study, or work across disciplines in small groups that draw from majors related to each student’s program. This model allows the students to develop the knowledge, skills, and principles they need to lead change in a globalized world and apply those entrepreneurial skills to problems with their individual fields. Students will receive an honors minor citation upon completion of the coursework.


Additional courses to be added


Fundamentals of Social Entrepreneurship: Build for Impact

What is Social Entrepreneurship? Why now? The goal of Build for Impact is to define a common set of terms and establish foundational knowledge while describing the types of problems Social Entrepreneurship seeks to solve. In Building for Impact, students will learn essential terms, understand what social entrepreneurship can solve and what it cannot, and see why this approach has become an effective means of addressing the uniquely complex challenges of this century. Students will will work together to build solutions that address social issues that matter to them. 

Fundamentals of Social Entrepreneurship: Growth for Impact

What counts as social impact? How is it funded and measured? In Growth for Impact we will define a common set of terms and establish foundational knowledge while describing  what is needed to grow and measure your impact. Students will learn how to move a project to a fundable enterprise or endeavor including an understanding of social return on investment, hybrid revenue models, receiving grants and investments, deploying fundraising campaigns, and relevant legal considerations. Students will develop a creative funding and investment strategy based on the concept developed in Build for Impact.

Applied Ethics: From the Stoics to Startups 

What can the great philosophers and classics tell us about navigating the complex moral universe we live and work in today? How might we lead with integrity in a market-based system? This class explores the pressing moral and ethical questions entrepreneurs face in the 21st century through the lens of  Aristotle, Seneca, and Marcus Aurelius among others. Students will examine the ethical challenges of leadership and the concept of a moral compass as a foundation for responding to the inherent complexities of defining and creating social impact in a market-based economy.

​Social and Cultural Literacy 

Social & Cultural Literacy provides an international perspective on the challenges and opportunities of global citizenship and building solutions that make sense in a globalized world. The class will provide a social literacy framework that allows students to articulate and understand how inequalities in wealth, power, and education in conjunction with cultural norms and historical inequities impact the adoption and uptake of products and services. Students will learn inclusive approaches to entrepreneurship that focus on customers and users across a broad range of education, cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds.

Social Enterprise Lab 

Through a fast paced and collaborative process students will explore and apply entrepreneurial principles and methodologies to create products and services that solve real world problems. In this team based lab, emphasis is placed on identifying and addressing a real need of an underserved market by gaining a deep understanding of the customer. Students will leverage proven best practices including Human Centered Design and Lean methodologies to create a social enterprise. Final presentations will take place in the form of a ‘Demo Day’ where students pitch their proposed product, service, or startup. An off-site visit to visit an entrepreneurial endeavor will be included as part of the course.  

Design for Change

Many of our most admired public institutions, companies, and NGOs were built long before the disruptive early decades of the 21st century. The rapid acceleration of climate change, technology, and globalization has created exponential change that even the most forward thinking organizations struggle to keep up with and adapt to. At the same time, we have seen the rise of an innovation culture that brings tools for creating powerful new models but often leaves our most trusted institutions behind. This course proposes a different path forward; one in which new opportunity is not just found in ‘starting up’  but in leaning into the very crisis of change we find ourselves in. Students will learn how to create change at scale, innovate in unlikely places, and how to bring those problem solving skills to bear as they embark on careers across a broad range of fields. Design for Change will challenge our concepts of what it means to be an institution, an entrepreneur, and a citizen in the 21st century.