Dec 06, 2023  
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog 
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Social Entrepreneurship, B.I.S.

Return to: 2130 Department of Public Management and Policy  

The B.I.S in Social Entrepreneurship prepares students to become agents and leaders of social change through innovative startups and existing social enterprises. This joint program between the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies and the Robinson College of Business gives students the opportunity to draw on coursework spanning both the entrepreneurship/business and nonprofit worlds. In addition, students choose from a host of courses across the university that relate to different social issues.

Our B.I.S in Social Entrepreneurship was created not only to tackle the most complex problems, but to help students become better employees, entrepreneurs, and leaders. Students will be the decision makers, leaders, problem-solvers, critical thinkers, and inspiration to others. The program prepares students to recognize and practice their role as “change makers,” and to develop their own solutions to social challenges as successful business leaders.

Students in the program are involved in co-curricular activities and internships that will give them experience of working in and the opportunity to interact with current social enterprises, gaining practical knowledge of the field and exposure to the diverse employment opportunities. Students will leave this program with the business formation knowledge needed to launch a social entreprise at any point in their career. 

The B.I.S in Social Entrepreneurship, combined with participation in co-curricular experiences, will prepare students to:

  • Describe social, economic, and environmental issues, and their interconnectedness.
  • Assess and employ leadership strategies with the intent to benefit others.
  • Explain how to incorporate entrepreneurship and management practices into nonprofits, social enterprises, government and for-profit organizations.
  • Explain how to invent and implement novel solutions to social needs and problems and to collaborate across disciplines.
  • Apply the process of design, start, manage, and lead enterprises that benefit people and the planet in a financially stable way.
  • Design innovative and effective public relations and marketing campaigns for organizations and use appropriate research.
  • Create and implement evaluation plans that measure effective organizations along with desired outcomes.
  • Apply the process of problem solving within startups, nonprofits, government, and business.

Program Admission

There are no admission requirements above the requirements for admission to the University for enrollment in the B.I.S. program in Social Entrepreneurship.

Program Financial Information

There are no additional fees other than the tuition and fees charged by the University for enrollment in this program.

Degree Requirements

Complete descriptions of requirements for Areas A through E of the Undergraduate Core Curriculum can be found in the “1400 University Degree Requirements and Graduation  ” chapter of this catalog. The number of semester credit hours required for each section is shown in parentheses. 

In Area B, it is recommended that students take PERS 2002 : Scientific Perspectives-Social Innovation & Enterprise for Global Problems.

Areas A-E of the Core Curriculum (42 Credit Hours)

See 1410 Core Curriculum Requirements  in the Undergraduate Catalog.

  • Area A: Essential Skills (9 Credit Hours)
  • Area B: Institutional Foundations (4 Credit Hours)
  • Area C: Humanities and Fine Arts (6 Credit Hours)
  • Area D: Natural and Computational Sciences (11 Credit Hours)
  • Area E: Social Science (12 Credit Hours)

Area F: Courses Appropriate to the Major (18 Credit Hours)

Students should enter the Social Entrepreneurship major having taken course prerequisites needed for entrance into their planned program of study. Below is a list of prerequisites for upper-level courses in the major or courses relevant to the major. If SOCI 1160 - Introduction to Social Problems  is taken in Area E, any 1000/2000 level course may be substituted.

Electives (9 Credit Hours)

Select 9 additional hours of elective courses from 1000-2000 level to complete 18.0 hours in Area F.

Area G: Major Common Core Curriculum (33 Credit Hours)

A minimum Area GPA of 2.0 is required for completion of Area G. Grades of C- may be used in Area G to satisfy graduation requirements if the Area GPA is 2.0 or higher. However, some courses have prerequisites that require a grade of C or higher.

*To register for ENI courses, students must:

  1. Be in good academic standing
  2. Have 45 credit hours
  3. Earn C or higher in BUSA 3090  and ENI 3101  to gain approval for additional upper level ENI courses

** Internships are required for all undergraduate students lacking significant prior administrative experience in a public or nonprofit agency or a related organization. Internship experiences provide students the opportunity to apply concepts and skills associated with their curriculum. This opportunity for professional growth and development requires enrollment in three hours of PMAP 4941 . The department’s internship coordinators assist in the search for an appropriate internship opportunity. Students are expected to take the lead in this search. Internship credit requires the completion of 200 hours of work. Students are free to work full-time or part-time, according to their needs and those of their internship sponsor. Many students find paid internships, but there are some unpaid internships available that are very desirable. Students should consider the value of the experience that an internship provides, in addition to the pay. Internship information and applications are available from the Department of Public Management and Policy, or the PMAP internship homepage on the web at Students with substantial prior administrative experience may petition to waive the internship requirement. Petition forms are available online through the Office of Academic Assistance at

Area H: Concentration (18 Credit Hours)

A minimum grade of C is recommended for all courses in this area. A grade of C- may be used in Area H to satisfy graduation requirements. However, some courses have prerequisites that require a grade of C or higher.

Choose six classes from any one concentration

Students may not take more than 12 credits in any one prefix. Students may petition the program director to add classes appropriate to the concentration if not listed.

Area I: Approved Electives (9 Credit Hours)

Students may select 9 semester hours (three classes) of electives from lower division 1000/2000 or upper division 3000/4000 level classes appropriate to the major.

Total Semester Hours for Degree: 120 Credit Hours