Social Entrepreneurship and Business

Yes, you can build a successful career while loving what you do. More and more, companies are seeking employees who possess social, entrepreneurial, and business skills. By blending the boundaries of the public, private, and nonprofit worlds, the social entrepreneurship and business major and minor prepare graduates to emphasize sustainability as well as corporate and social responsibility in a wide range of occupations.

The major and minor positions you to apply innovative and sustainable solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges, and encourages you to specialize in the social issue you’re most passionate about. That can include health, education, environment, poverty, inequality, gender, and race/ethnicity, among others.

A major or minor in social entrepreneurship and business prepares you to:

  • Make a difference while making money.
  • Train for the types of jobs that will exist when you graduate.
  • Create social, cultural, and environmental change through the use of entrepreneurial principles.
  • Organize, create, and manage a venture.
  • Develop the ability to think strategically, globally, and locally.
  • Become an agent of change in any position.

Because we believe in leading by example, students majoring in social entrepreneurship and business will also be required to participate in several hands-on learning experiences.

  • Immersion experience - Be exposed to critical cultural, social, political, and structural issues in the community through weekend and weeklong projects of civic and community engagement.
  • Internship - Complete an approved local, domestic, or international social entrepreneurship-related internship in a business or social organization.
  • Global experience - Participate in a Rollins-approved semester abroad or international field study program.

Graduates will enter the workforce with an entrepreneurial mindset and social leadership skills desired by all varieties of organizations, including business firms, nonprofit organizations, and public-private joint ventures. Local organizations seeking social entrepreneurial students include Clean the World Foundation, Downtown Credo, Florida Hospital Innovation Lab, ASHOKA South Florida, IDignity, Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida, and Christian HELP Foundation, Inc.

Social Entrepreneurship & Business minor

The minor can be combined with almost any major to give the student a better understanding of the role of business in today’s world challenges facing the global community, and a variety of real-world skills for business professionals.

Program Requirements

Visit the Rollins catalogue to access the program requirements.

Sample courses

Social Entrepreneurship: Leading Change
Students will examine the historical and current movement of social entrepreneurship and explore social entrepreneurship in the context of global and local social issues and personal motivational fit.  Critical entrepreneurial skills will be enhanced, such as creativity, innovation, resilience, risk-taking, transformative communication, and teamwork.

Global Development Challenges & Opportunities
This course explores various international development challenges (poverty, health, trade, education, etc.) and examines public, private, nongovernmental, and social enterprise strategies to address these problems around the world.

Strategies for Changemakers
This course prepares students to be effective changemakers while they learn best practices of social innovation and entrepreneurship.  Students learn how to identify contemporary issues and problems by studying social movements, researching the history of the issues, and analyzing strategies and systems. Students will participate in a community engagement component, where they will interact with local social entrepreneurs and mentors, and then build a tangible solution to a specific problem.

Designing & Planning for Social Entrepreneurship
This course examines and applies concepts of problem identification and problem solving, IDEO process, business model, eco-systems, design systems thinking, and strategies for developing and pitching the plan. Students will develop and present a venture plan.

Contact

Department of Business & Social Entrepreneurship 
1000 Holt Ave. – 2778
Winter Park, Florida 32789 
T. 407.646.1591 
tcarroll@rollins.edu 
Department of Business & Social Entrepreneurship website
Michelle Stecker
Visiting Assistant Professor
Chase Hall 103
407.646.2302