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.


The minor in Social Entrepreneurship is a five course undergraduate interdisciplinary minor, in which we partner with departments within other colleges, namely International Affairs (IAF), Human Services (HSV) and Law, Policy & Society (LPS). Non-Business students are required to take our core course in social entrepreneurship courses (ENTR2206: Social Entrepreneurship) and potentially a second course in microfinance (ENTR2219: Microfinance), and either one or two classes offered by these interdisciplinary groups that complement our courses in Social Entrepreneurship. Each student would also be required to do either one of our two summer field study programs (South Africa or the Dominican Republic) or an appropriate social entrepreneurship program offered in a related discipline (and approved by the Board described below). 

For the interdisciplinary minor, students must complete a total of 20 semester hours students complete the required course in social entrepreneurship (ENTR2206), an 8-semester hour field research program, and an additional 8 semester hours of coursework at Northeastern. Students choose from field research programs and courses that have been approved by the Advisory Board. Courses approved by the Board contain relevant content in the areas of: globalization; civil society; poverty, inequality and social justice; philanthropy and non-profit management; and law and human rights. Because this is an interdisciplinary minor, no more than 12 semester hours may be taken in any one college.

Required Courses:

ENTR2206: Social Entrepreneurship 
8-credit Field Program

South Africa: 
ENTR3306: Global Entrepreneurship 
ENTR3308: Business Economic History of South Africa

Dominican Republic: 
ENTR3316: Microfinance and Economic Development in Latin America 
ENTR3318: Business, Economics, and History of Hispaniola and Latin America

HUSV4945: Leadership and International Program Development and HUSV4866: Intercultural Studies Through Human Services 
INTL4944: Dialogue of Civilizations: Regional Egagement and INTL4940: Global Corp Practicum

Elective Courses (choose 2):

ANTH2305: Global Markets and Local Cultures 
ANTH3120: Consumer Cultures 
LPSC 2301: Introduction to Law, Policy, and Society 
LPSC2302: Global Human Rights 
INTL1101: Globalization and International Affairs 
INTL 3400: International Conflict and Negotiation 
INTL3460: Transnational Activism in Global Civil Society 
HUSV3570: Strategic Philanthropy and Non-Profit Management 
HUSV3550: Social Policy, Advocacy and Activism 
POLS3324: Law and Society 
POLS3487: Politics of Developing Nations| 
POLS3406: International Law

Please note:
Students may take one elective course for the minor at an NU-sanctioned study abroad program. The course must be approved by the D'Amore-McKim School of Business prior to departure. No more than 12 credits can be taken in any one college.

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