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Social Entrepreneurship Major

The Department of Social Entrepreneurship helps you turn your passion for making change into reality with a high-impact career. The Social Entrepreneurship major combines entrepreneurial thinking and action; cutting-edge problem-solving methodologies; understanding of current economic, political, cultural, and environmental issues; and best practices from business skill sets. The program positions you to find—or create—careers that apply innovative and sustainable solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges. It enables you to build a career out of making the world a better place, and learn transferable tools for creating change across public, private, and non-profit sectors.

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Social Entrepreneurship courses and requirements

Are you wondering, “Which of my courses will count?” 

We know that deciding on your major is challenging.  Have you decided the Social Entrepreneurship major is right for you, but are not sure if the courses that you already took at Rollins will count towards the major?  We want to help you transition as smoothly as possible: 

Economics: We accept BUS 233 or ECO 203 in lieu of the ECO 121 requirement for the SE major.
Statistics: We accept BUS 236 in lieu of the ECO 221 requirement for the SE major.
Elective: With permission from the SE Department, MGT 101 or INB 200 may be used as a lower-level elective equivalent for the SE major.

Social Entrepreneurship Minor

Want to be a “changemaker”?  The six-course Social Entrepreneurship minor is a great complement to any major.  This interdisciplinary business minor examines a variety of economic, political, cultural, and environmental issues, and the exciting ways you can harness business skill sets and cutting-edge problem-solving tools to address them and create change across public, private, and non-profit sectors.

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Social Entrepreneurship courses & requirements

3/2 Accelerated Management Program

Students majoring in Social Entrepreneurship may also be interested in the 3/2 Accelerated Management Program at Rollins, which combines a four-year Bachelor of Arts (BA) and a two-year Master of Business Administration (MBA) into a five-year program. The Social Entrepreneurship faculty look forward to working with you!
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Honors in the Major

Honors in the Major Field provides for independent research during the senior year under the supervision of a three-member committee. To be eligible for Honors in the Major Field, students must:

  • achieve a minimum overall GPA of 'C+' (2.33) for all courses at Rollins,
  • achieve a minimum overall GPA of 'B+' (3.33) for all courses taken in the major at Rollins, and
  • receive endorsement of the committee for participation in the program.

    Satisfactory performance on an approved thesis or individual project, an oral examination, and maintenance of the above averages qualifies a student for Honors in the Major Field, which is shown on the student’s official academic transcript.

    I. Committee

    Your committee must consist of at least three members, including your honors project sponsor and two additional readers. Your sponsor and at least one reader must be tenured or tenure-track members of the Social Entrepreneurship Department. Projects may include a tenured or tenure-track faculty member outside the department, subject to approval by your project sponsor.  

    II. Course Registration

    Candidates for honors in the major will typically enroll in two semesters of research independent study, SE 498 and SE 499 for at least four hours per semester. Students must complete the second semester of honors research in their senior year. Students will be assigned a grade for each semester (see expectations described below).  

    III. The First Semester

    The first semester of work should be spent defining the scope of the project, reviewing literature, and developing your research methodology. This process will take place under the direction of your project sponsor, but your committee will review your progress at the end of the semester. Be sure to establish a clearly understood set of expectations with all members of your committee.

    By the end of the first semester, students developing a research thesis must submit to their sponsor a 10-15 page written proposal of their research project, a reference list (of approximately 30 sources), and a preliminary outline detailing the planned sections of the research paper.


    Students who fail to submit these materials to their sponsor will not continue with the project in the second semester. During the first semester, we also encourage students to make written progress toward their chapters, including outlines and drafts. Additional assignments should be discussed with the faculty sponsor.

    IV. The Second Semester

    By the end of the second semester, students working on a research thesis should produce approximately 60-70 pages, organized into chapters with section/subsection headings. While the pages listed above are guidelines, your committee should agree upon specific expectations for the length of your project. 

    V. Project Submission and Oral Examination

    Research projects require an oral examination.  Students should schedule their oral examination, or “defense,” with the committee no later than the second to last week of regularly scheduled classes. You should submit your completed final project to your committee at least one week before the scheduled date of your defense.  

    Defense meetings will typically last one hour and will include a brief presentation by the candidate, a question and answer period, private discussion among the committee during which the candidate will be asked to leave the room, and a final discussion on the committee’s decision once the candidate returns. The award of “Honors in the Major Field” requires satisfactory completion of the oral examination. Often, the committee will require further revisions to be undertaken after the defense, for evaluation by the sponsor and/or the entire committee.

    In addition to copies for the committee, students should submit a bound copy of the thesis to the Department of Social Entrepreneurship.