Interdisciplinary Minor

Northeastern University established the Interdisciplinary Minor in Global Social Entrepreneurship (GSE) in December 2010. Undergraduates from any college within the University are eligible for the GSE Interdisciplinary Minor, including business students who may also pursue an Entrepreneurship concentration with a track in Social Entrepreneurship through the D’Amore-McKim School of Business.

Why Study Social Entrepreneurship?

Social entrepreneurship is a rapidly growing field of study, and an area that offers new and diverse career opportunities for young people interested in “doing well and doing good.”  Much of the important activity in the field is focused on the developing world, and more specifically on finding sustainable enterprise solutions to reducing poverty among the nearly 3 billion people around the world living on less than $2 a day. Business, in particular socially driven innovation and entrepreneurship, is taking a leading role in the development of these solutions in partnership with government, NGOs, philanthropic institutions and donors, and other elements of civil society.  Only a cooperative partnership that offers the strengths of each sector can make the kind of changes needed to ensure that every person has the opportunity to live a healthy and productive life.

Foundation for the Minor:

The GSE Interdisciplinary Minor was created by the D’Amore-McKim School of Business, in collaboration with other colleges within the University.  The minor is based on classes and international field research programs offered by DMSB in social entrepreneurship.  Classes and international programs offered by other programs/departments in the College of Arts, Media and Design includes International Affairs, Human Services and Law, Policy & Society; these course offerings can be combined with business course offerings to complete a truly interdisciplinary field of study in social entrepreneurship.

Required Coursework:

The Minor requires undergraduate students to complete five courses in the following sequence:

  1. The Core Course
    Social Entrepreneurship ENTR2206 or Honors equivalent* (offered Fall and Spring only)
  2. In-Country Field Study
    SEI Field Research Program or Selected Dialogues of Civilization Program Zambia** (8SH)
  3. Elective
    See Approved Courses List below
  4. Elective
    See Approved Courses List below

The current approved list of electives include:

  • ENTR2210: Social Impact Investing: Connecting Compassion and Capital  
  • ENTR2320: Business Model Design for Social Impact SPRING ONLY 
  • ENTR3219: Business, Global Poverty & the Micro-finance Revolution (Effective Fall 2011) SPRING ONLY
  • ENTR4506: Advanced Studies in Social Enterprise SPRING ONLY
  • ENTR4520: Impact Investing and Social Finance
  • ANTH3120: Consumer Cultures
  • ANTH2305: Global Markets & Local Cultures 
  • INTL1101: Globalization and International Affairs
  • HUSV1101: Human Services Professions
  • HUSV3570: Strategic Philanthropy and Non-Profit Management
  • HUSV3550: Social Policy, Advocacy and Activism
  • POLS3324: Law and Society
  • POLS4510: International Law
  • POLS3487: Politics of Developing Nations
  • HONR1205: Voices of Development
  • LPSC2302: Global Human Rights

No more than 12 credits (three courses) may be counted toward the minor from any one college.  For example, students participating in an SEI Field Research Program cannot count ENTR2219 or ENTR4506 towards the minor. Students participating in a Dialogue rather than a SEI Field Research Program can count up to three ENTR courses toward the minor, one of which must be the required ENTR2206.

*The Honors Seminar equivalent HONR2206 (formerly HNRU206) can be substituted for ENTR2206. The Honors Seminar equivalent HONR1205 from the 2010 academic year onward can also be substituted for ENTR2206.

**The 2016 Dialogue of Civilization programs are now available. Listed programs that contain social entrepreneurship content (enterprise solutions to poverty and other conditions of poverty) and related field experience may be taken instead of SEI approved programs. Only eight credits earned from a Dialogue can be applied to the minor. 

**Previously Approved Dialogues

Summer 2: Zambia (Dr. Lori Gardinier)    

HUSV 4945 – Leadership & International Program Development

HUSV 4866 – Intercultural Studies through Human Services