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

ENTR2210: 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

ENTR2320: Business Model Design for Social Impact

Explores how innovations are deployed in the developing world. There are more than 4 billion people who could experience an improvement in livelihood from innovations developed to suit their needs. However, due to the design constraints of the developing world, innovators cannot simply deploy to these places without appropriate adaptations. Offers students an opportunity to help develop business models for identified technological innovations in collaboration with local deployment partners in chosen developing countries. The course consists of the following components: understanding an identified technological innovation and the local context that guided its development, developing business model concepts and prototypes, innovating business models in response to feedback, validating the business models developed, and building a deployment plan for implementation.

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

ENTR3219: Microfinance, Lending to the Poor

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

Dominican Republic Field Research Study Program

ENTR3316: Micro-finance & Eco­nomic Devel­op­ment in Latin America

Regional Elective in Latin America (International Affairs majors/minors only)

Comparative Study of Cultures NU Core requirement (University wide)

ENTR3318: Busi­ness, Eco­nom­ics & His­tory of His­pan­iola and Latin America

Regional Elective in Latin America (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)

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