Global Social Entrepreneurship

About the Global Social Entrepreneurship Minor

The minor in Global Social Entrepreneurship provides a specific academic path for students from any college within the university to study the emerging interdisciplinary field of social entrepreneurship, and apply what they have learned in the classroom to practical field projects in disadvantaged communities both locally and in the developing world. Social Entrepreneurship is the study of enterprise solutions to social problems. Our teaching and research emphasis is on social innovation, sustainable business models (especially for profits and hybrids), and scalable impact designs for the developing world. As such, students should understand both the societal/political aspects of social problems, but also the ways in which business knowledge and skills can be used to address them.


This five course (20 credit) Interdisciplinary Minor in Global Social Entrepreneurship (GSE) is administered by the D’Amore-McKim School of Business (DMSB) through its Entrepreneurship and Innovation Group (ENT). DMSB collaborates with the College of Social Sciences and Humanities (CSSH) for shared academic content through its International Affairs/Political Sciences and Human Services Programs. The Minor consists of three on-campus courses and one two-course Dialogue of Civilizations Program (Dialogue). The Minor is open to business and non-business students. Several of the courses included in this Minor may also apply to other programs or individual course requirements. Because this Minor is an interdisciplinary one, a student may apply only three courses from any one college towards completion of the Minor. For example, after a student completes ENTR2206 (a DMSB course) and a DMSB Dialogue Program, then the remaining two courses must come from CSSH. If alternatively a student completes a qualified CSSH Dialogue, then she may thereafter take one or two elective courses from DMSB but only one from CSSH. This Minor uniquely combines course work from two colleges with a summer field research experience. The Minor introduces students to the ways in which the private sector (businesses and non-profits) can help to build sustainable solutions to social problems on a global basis. Students study how to sustainably address challenging problems such as extreme poverty, inadequate education and human rights abuses. Students in this minor also have the unique opportunity to engage in practical, real-world field research in the form of specially designed NU Dialogue of Civilizations programs, from providing business consulting services to “slum” entrepreneurs in South Africa to engaging with women micro-entrepreneurs in poor communities in India. Finally, note that business students can either pursue this Minor or alternatively choose to pursue the ENT Concentration with a Track (“Concentration Track”) in Social Entrepreneurship which requires four ENTR courses in social entrepreneurship and does not require a Dialogue.

Required Courses:

The Minor consists of five courses:  one required four credit course for all students (ENTR2206, see below), one eight credit (or, two course) Dialogue Program from a list of three (as of 2016), and two other four credit courses with related content from an approved list (see below).

One Required Course (4 credits): 

ENTR2206: Global Social Enterprise 

This required course may not be substituted for with another course, with the exception of an Honors Program Seminar with the same content (currently, HONR1205).

One Dialogue of Civilizations Program (one Dialogue for a total of 8 credits): 
The Dialogues of Civilizations Program is administered by The Office of Global Experience (GEO).  Each Dialogue is two courses and 8 credits, in either Summer 1 or Summer 2 of each year.  
The following two Dialogues in Social Entrepreneurship are offered each year by DMSB and are pre-approved as Dialogues for the Minor. 

ENTR3306 & ENTR3308:   South Africa: Social Entrepreneurship Dialogue (Sum2)
ENTR4512 & ETNR4514:   India: Social Entrepreneurship Dialogue (Sum1)

Other Dialogues which contain related social entrepreneurship, entrepreneurship or social sciences content may also apply from year-to-year.  Currently, these include two 2016 Dialogues from the ENT Program within DMSB are approved for the Minor:

ENTR4510 International New Venture Lab:  South Korea (Sum1)
ENTR4510 International New Venture Lab:  Italy (Sum1)

And one Program from Human Services is also approved for the Minor in 2016:

HUSV4945 & HUSV4866:  Non-Profits and Social Change in London (Sum1) 

Additional Dialogue Programs that may be applied to the Minor include those listed year-to-year in “International Affairs” or “Business and Entrepreneurship”. Students should seek guidance on whether a Dialogue is approved by and for the Minor prior to enrollment. 
Many students choose to enroll in two Dialogues over their four or five years.  The student may select which Dialogue program to apply to this Minor, and as a result, can determine how many courses he or she may select from DMSB or CSSH on-campus electives as a result, given that only three courses can be selected from either college.

Elective Courses (choose 2, four credits each, for a total of 8 credits):

The on-campus four credit electives currently are selected from the following programs:  DMSB’s Entrepreneurship Concentration; International Affairs; Human Services; Anthropology; Law, Policy and Society and Political Science.  These include, by Program:

DMSB’s Entrepreneurship & Innovation Program:

ENTR2414 The Social Responsibility of Business and Inequality (New in Spring 2016)
ENTR3212 Innovation for Social Change (New in Fall 2016)
ENTR3219 Microfinance (no longer offered, as of 2015)
ENTR4506 Advanced Studies in Social Entrepreneurship
ENTR4520 Impact Investing and Social Finance

International Affairs and Political Science Programs (CSSH):

INTL1101 Globalization and International Affairs
INTL3400 International Conflict and Negotiation
POLS3406 International Law
POLS3487 Politics of Developing Nations
Human Services Program (CSH):
HUSV 3550 Social Policy, Advocacy and Activism
HUSV3570 Strategic Philanthropy and Nonprofit Management
Anthropology Program (CSSH):
ANTH2305 Global Markets and Global Culture
ANTH3210 Consumer Cultures
Law, Policy & Society Program (CSSH):
LPSC2301 Introduction to Law, Policy and Society
LPSC 2302 Global Human Rights: A Social and Economic Perspective

Honors Program:

HONR3310 Business for Global Good (Moral & Social Dimensions of Business Decisions)

Electives Currently Under Review (for addition in 2016-17):

The following electives are currently under review for addition to the above list:
ECON1291 Development Economics
PHIL1170 Business Ethics

Additional Electives by Waiver:
Students may petition to DMSB to include electives not included in the above listing provided that the academic content of the elective includes a significant component in social enterprise, social entrepreneurship and/or social innovation.  The waiver process is managed by the DMSB Office of Undergraduate Programs.

Transfer students or students who complete Study Abroad programs through NU must still take ENTR2206 and a Dialogue Program, but can apply for a waiver of the elective courses by substituting comparable courses from other institutions. 

Hardship Waiver of Dialogue Program

For students that demonstrate a personal hardship (for example, a demonstrated lack of financial resources to enroll in a Dialogue Program due to its travel fee or an inability to travel to a foreign country), the Dialogue Program can be waived.  In such an instance, the Dialogue Program would be replaced by two on-campus electives.  Students who pursue a hardship waiver of a Dialogue Program requirement are strongly encouraged to pursue a global experience elsewhere, through Study Abroad or Alternative Spring Break programs, or absent that show evidence of engagement in community service programs offered by the university.