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 a DMSB Entre­pre­neur­ship con­cen­tra­tion with a track in Social Entrepreneurship.

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 alle­vi­at­ing poverty among the nearly 3 bil­lion peo­ple around the world liv­ing on less than $2 a day. Busi­ness, and espe­cially socially dri­ven inno­va­tion and entre­pre­neur­ship, is now tak­ing a lead­ing role in find­ing and devel­op­ing these solu­tions, in part­ner­ship with gov­ern­ment, NGOs, phil­an­thropy, 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 Field Research Pro­grams offered by DMSB in social entre­pre­neur­ship since 2007, when the DMSB cre­ated a new Social Enter­prise Insti­tute (SEI) under the lead­er­ship of Pro­fes­sor Den­nis Shaugh­nessy.  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 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 Pro­grams Bali or Zam­bia** (8SH)
  3. Elec­tive
    See Approved Courses List below
  4. Elec­tive
    See Approved Courses List below

The cur­rent approved list of elec­tives (addi­tional courses will be added) includes:

  • 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 Top­ics in Social Entre­pre­neur­ship Cap­stone SPRING ONLY
  • ANTH3120: Con­sumer Cultures
  • ANTH2305: Global Mar­kets & Local Cultures 
  • INTL1101: Glob­al­iza­tion and Inter­na­tional Affairs
  • INTL3460: Transna­tional Activism in Global Civil Society
  • 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) from the 2008–2009 aca­d­e­mic year can be sub­sti­tuted for ENTR2206. The Hon­ors Sem­i­nar equiv­a­lent HONR1205 from the 2010 aca­d­e­mic year onward can be sub­sti­tuted for ENTR2206.

**Please note that cer­tain Dia­logues of Civ­i­liza­tion pro­grams that con­tain social entre­pre­neur­ship con­tent (enter­prise solu­tions to poverty and other con­di­tions of poverty) and related field expe­ri­ence may be taken instead of an SEI approved pro­gram. Only eight cred­its earned from a Dia­logue can be applied to the minor.  Infor­ma­tion on which Dia­logues are approved will be avail­able to stu­dents as of Decem­ber 2010.

**Approved Dia­logues

 Sum­mer 1: Bali (Dr. Denise Horn

INTL3460 - Transna­tional Activism & Advo­cacy 
INTL4940 - Global Corps Practicum 

Sum­mer 2: Zam­bia (Dr. Lori Gar­dinier)    

HUSV 4945 — Lead­er­ship & Inter­na­tional Pro­gram Development

HUSV 4866 — Inter­cul­tural Stud­ies through Human Services


Interested in pursuing this minor?

Download the Program of Study Petition from the Registrar’s Office here

Submit the form to the DMSB Advising Office in 250 Dodge Hall or make an appointment to speak with DMSB Minor Advisor (617) 373-3270

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