Undergraduate Courses

ENTR2206: Global Social Enterprise

Global Social Enterprise (formerly known known as “Social Entrepreneurship”) is designed to provide students with an in-depth exposure to entrepreneurship in the social sector, a rapidly growing segment of the global economy. The course uses the case method to expose students to leading entrepreneurs who have developed and implemented business models to solve social problems such as extreme poverty, disease, illiteracy, and economic and social dislocation. Academic focus is on uniquely creative and driven people who have dedicated their lives to making a difference in the lives of others through values-based entrepreneurship. This course is the required core class for all SEI academic programs.

Global elective (International Affairs majors/minors only) Global Social Entrepreneurship Minor Requirement, Social Enterprise Track (DMSB Entrepreneurship Concentration Only) Requirement

ENTR3210: Social Impact Investing: Connecting Compassion and Capital

Social impact investing is a rapidly emerging sector within the global investment community in which investors fund innovative enterprises dedicated to creatively solving the world’s most difficult social problems, such as extreme poverty, access to clean water, sanitation, agricultural productivity, and literacy. Historically, these initiatives were organized as nonprofits or charities and received funding from donations and grants from foundations and government agencies. Today, many social entrepreneurs are instead using for-profit and hybrid business models to attract investment capital in the form of equity investments, loans, and other forms of so-called “patient” capital. Students have an opportunity to study the investors, entrepreneurs, and enterprises comprising the global impact investing universe, and to develop a practical, real-world and sustainable impact investing portfolio.

Global Social Entrepreneurship Minor Elective, Social Enterprise Track (DMSB Entrepreneurship Concentration Only) Elective

ENTR3219: Microfinance: Fostering Entrepreneurship in the Developing World

Investigates, analyzes, and addresses one of the core questions surrounding micro-finance: Can business, through micro-lending programs, truly address the needs of the desperately poor (3 billion people living on $2 or less per day) in a meaningful, scalable, and sustainable way—where government intervention and charitable relief have failed? The course seeks to enable students to engage in both a theoretical analysis and practical examination of the field of micro-finance and address the question of the impact of microcredit and micro-enterprise development on alleviating extreme poverty in developing countries. With the recognition provided by the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize awarded to micro-finance pioneer Muhammad Yunus, micro-finance is currently heralded as a successful global development tool.

Global Social Entrepreneurship Minor Elective, Social Enterprise Track (DMSB Entrepreneurship Concentration Only) Elective

ENTR4506: Advanced Studies in Social Enterprise

Focuses on a single developing country. Offers an opportunity to analyze the role of socially-driven entrepreneurship or “social impact enterprises” (SIEs) in alleviating poverty and its symptoms (for example, disease, illiteracy and chronic unemployment) in that country. To prepare for an intensive field experience working with local SIEs on one or more hands-on projects, students have an opportunity to study the history, politics, and development of the country, with an emphasis on the role that private-sector initiatives have played and hope to play in addressing widespread poverty and with a focus on the failures and successes in economic and business development, economic growth, and poverty alleviation. Offers students an opportunity to develop a plan for a micro-investment strategy focused on these and/or similar businesses and organizations having a significant social impact in a developing country. Includes an optional week-long field component in a developing country during spring break; students who do not participate in the field component are given an alternative research assignment. ENTR2206: Social Entrepreneurship is the required prerequisite necessary for this class.

Global Social Entrepreneurship Minor Elective, Social Enterprise Track (DMSB Entrepreneurship Concentration Only) Requirement

ENTR4520: Impact Investing and Social Finance

Explores impact investing, a transformative way to work with money to achieve a more inclusive and sustainable economy. Large investors are entering the world of impact investing, a rapidly emerging space where social and ecological effects of finance are championed over maximizing shareholder value. New investment vehicles such as social impact bonds and Web exchanges are changing the role of financing institutions to better serve the needs of low-income populations around the world. Applies interdisciplinary frameworks, tools, and cases, with hands-on teamwork and guest speakers, to critically examine the field. Offers students an opportunity to learn to develop and test concepts that integrate social responsibility, sustainability, and mutual accountability into current financial and economic systems while expanding social capital markets.

Global Social Entrepreneurship Minor Elective, Social Enterprise Track (DMSB Entrepreneurship Concentration Only) Elective

India Field Research Study Program

ENTR4512 Social Entrepreneurship and Sustainable Development in India 

Regional Elective in India (International Affairs majors/minors only)

Comparative Study of Cultures NU Core requirement (University wide)

ENTR4514 Development Practice and Global Citizenship in India

Regional Elective in India (International Affairs majors/minors only)

Comparative Study of Cultures NU Core requirement (University wide)

South Africa Field Research Study Program

ENTR3306: Global Devel­op­ment Entre­pre­neur­ship 

Regional Elective in Africa (International Affairs majors/minors only)

Comparative Study of Cultures NU Core requirement (University wide)

ENTR3308: Busi­ness Eco­nomic His­tory of Mod­ern South Africa 

Regional Elective in Africa (International Affairs majors/minors only)

Comparative Study of Cultures NU Core requirement (University wide)