As a social entrepreneurship major at Rollins, you’ll learn how to apply business skills to tackle challenging social and environmental problems around the world. Our AACSB-accredited program combines entrepreneurial thinking and action, cutting-edge problem-solving techniques, and best practices from business skill sets with a deep understanding of current economic, political, cultural, and environmental issues.
Along the way, you’ll hone your changemaking skills and business acumen by partnering with our network of innovative social entrepreneurs and CEOs of for-profit and nonprofit organizations. And you’ll be positioned to find—or create—a career that applies creative and sustainable solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges.
Why Study Social Entrepreneurship at Rollins
Be a Global Leader
Rollins is the first Ashoka U Changemaker campus in Florida, and our social entrepreneurship major is the first in the world accredited by AACSB International, the highest standard for global business education.
Gain Hands-on Experience
Through everything from faculty-led field studies and pitch competitions to internships and community engagement initiatives, you’ll develop your capacity to address the 21st century’s greatest challenges.
Use Business to Change the World
Our interdisciplinary approach helps you translate business skills and a knowledge of social issues into making a meaningful difference in the world while cultivating a productive career.
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“Throughout the courses in my major, I was able to create new business ideas and make them come to life. I gained knowledge of critical entrepreneurial skills like creativity, leadership, teamwork, and innovation. I truly believe that my experience at Rollins in the social entrepreneurship major helped me step outside my comfort zone and be able to take my talents to the technology field.”
Rollins Social Entrepreneurship Careers
Yes, you can build a successful career while loving what you do. More and more, companies are seeking employees who possess the kind of social, entrepreneurial, and business skills that you’ll develop at Rollins.
Travis Strote ’17
Founder, Yogavated Athletics
Elyse Tran ’16
JD Candidate, Santa Clara University School of Law
Matt Tulley ’17
Real Estate Sales & Property Management, William Raveis Real Estate; Founder, Hyperlocal Systems
Jorge Morejon ’18
Account Development Specialist, ClearCompany
Chelsea Reed ’17
Associate Relationship Manager, Community Engagement, Addition Financial
Chase Everett ’19
Management Consulting Analyst, Accenture Federal Services
Real World Experience
Hone your skills by partnering with innovative organizations in our backyard and around the world.
As internationally recognized leaders in social entrepreneurship education, we realize that global problems cannot be addressed from a single lens. Our interdisciplinary business curriculum affords you the flexibility to meet your goals in a changing, diverse world.
SE 100 Social Entrepreneurship: Leading Change
Explore social entrepreneurship in the context of global and local social issues that also match your personal motivations. Enhance critical entrepreneurial skills such as creativity, innovation, risk-taking, and teamwork.
SE 220 Global Development Challenges & Opportunities
From poverty and health to trade and education, learn about international development challenges and how public, private, nongovernmental, and social enterprise strategies address them.
SE 305 Social Entrepreneurship Marketing
Examine marketing strategies for social enterprises, nonprofits, and socially responsible businesses, including opportunity-risk recognition, blended-value, situational-marketing analysis, pricing distribution channels, and marketing communication.
SE 320 Strategies for Changemakers
Learn best practices of social innovation and apply them through a community engagement project. You’ll interact with local social entrepreneurs and mentors and gain hands-on experience by building a tangible solution to a community problem.
SE 345 Financing Social Entrepreneurship
Investigate opportunities for funding social enterprises, including venture capital, venture philanthropy, and grants. Learn to assess and structure investments in social enterprises, create financial projections, and measure social impact.
SE 440 Planning & Implementing for Social Entrepreneurship
Navigate decision points faced by social enterprises as they move from startup to maturity, and learn how to formulate and implement strategy to successfully scale operations.
A Day in the Life of a Rollins Social Entrepreneurship Major
“The social entrepreneurship department is such a tight-knit group of faculty and students. It has really taught me about the power of relationships, which has helped in everything I've done at Rollins, especially internships and leadership positions on campus.”
Beyond the Classroom
Global Experience To change the world, you need to engage it. From studying community development in the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro to exploring conservation in a Costa Rican rainforest, you’ll choose from more than 90 extraordinary study-abroad experiences.
Going All In From addressing access to safe drinking water in the Dominican Republic to helping preserve one of America’s most dramatic landscapes, Rollins’ Immersion experiences allow students to tackle some of the world’s most pressing issues through journeys of education, reflection, and action.
Put Your Ideas to Work in the World Develop marketing plans for socially responsible businesses. Consult for local nonprofits. Implement educational projects for underprivileged children. You’ll hone your skills and expertise while collaborating with a range of community partners to make a positive impact in your backyard and beyond.
Our professors represent a cross-section of academic disciplines, from anthropology and computer science to social entrepreneurship and environmental studies.
Department of Social Entrepreneurship
Tonia Warnecke, PhD
George D. and Harriet W. Cornell Chair of Social Entrepreneurship
Research interests: Economics, international development, gender and entrepreneurship, social impact business models, and microfinance
Josephine Balzac-Arroyo, JD, LLM
Assistant Professor of Social Entrepreneurship
Research interests: Environmental law, law and ethics, sustainable development, community engagement, and climate change
Founder & CEO, World Housing Solution Inc.
Expertise areas: Community building, entrepreneurship, mentoring, business development, technology, construction/building, manufacturing, leadership, and marketing
Founder & Co-owner, Downtown CREDO
Expertise areas: Direct trade coffee, social enterprise startups, strategic planning, community collaborations, and leadership and management
Walter Mswaka, PhD
Associate Professor of Social Entrepreneurship
Research interests: Social entrepreneurship, entrepreneurial finance, business strategy, non-governmental organizations (NGO)
President & CEO, Lighthouse Central Florida
Expertise areas: Operations, communications, fundraising, sustainability, event planning, and empowering the vision impaired
Anna Szopa, PhD
Adjunct Professor of Social Entrepreneurship
Research interests: Technology transfer, innovation management, crowdfunding and crowdsourcing, and assistive technologies