Global Social Entrepreneurship, Minor

This five course (20 credit) Interdisciplinary Minor in Global Social Entrepreneurship (GSE) is administered by the D’Amore-McKim School of Business through its Entrepreneurship and Innovation Group (ENT).  The D’Amore-McKim School of Business collaborates with the College of Social Sciences and Humanities (CSSH) for shared academic content through its international affairs/political sciences and human services programs. 

The minor consists of three on-campus courses and one two-course Dialogue of Civilizations Program (Dialogue). The minor is open to business and non-business students.  Several of the courses included in this minor may also apply to other programs or individual course requirements.

Because this minor is an interdisciplinary one, a student may apply only three courses from any one college toward completion of the minor. For example, after a student completes Global Social Enterprise (ENTR 2206) (a D’Amore-McKim School of Business course) and a D’Amore-McKim School of Business Dialogue Program, then the remaining two courses must come from CSSH.  If, alternatively, a student completes a qualified CSSH Dialogue, then he or she may thereafter take one or two elective courses from D’Amore-McKim School of Business but only one from CSSH.

This minor uniquely combines course work from two colleges with a summer field research experience. The minor introduces students to the ways in which the private sector (businesses and nonprofits) can help to build sustainable solutions to social problems on a global basis. Students study how to sustainably address challenging problems such as extreme poverty, inadequate education, and human rights abuses. Students in this minor also have the unique opportunity to engage in practical, real-world field research in the form of specially designed NU Dialogue of Civilizations programs, from providing business consulting services to “slum” entrepreneurs in South Africa to engaging with women microentrepreneurs in poor communities in India. 

Finally, note that business students can pursue this minor or alternatively choose to pursue the ENT concentration with a track (“concentration track”) in social entrepreneurship, which requires four ENTR courses in social entrepreneurship and does not require a Dialogue. Students may also choose to pursue both the minor and the ENT concentration.

Complete all courses listed below unless otherwise indicated. Also complete any corequisite labs, recitations, clinicals, or tools courses where specified.

Note: No more than three courses may be taken from any one college.

Required Course

ENTR 2206Global Social Enterprise4

Research Courses

Complete one of the following:8
Global Entrepreneurship
and Business Economic History of South Africa
Microfinance and Economic Development in Latin America
and Business, Economics, and History of Hispaniola and Latin America
Social Entrepreneurship and Sustainable Development in India
and Development Practice and Global Citizenship in India
Leadership and International Program Development
and Intercultural Studies through Human Services


Complete two of the following:8
Global Markets and Local Culture
Consumer Cultures
Social Responsibility of Business in an Age of Inequality
Innovation for Social Change
Microfinance: Fostering Entrepreneurship in the Developing World
Impact Investing and Social Finance
Advanced Studies in Social Enterprise
Globalization and International Affairs
International Conflict and Negotiation
Strategic Philanthropy and Nonprofit Management
Social Policy, Advocacy, and Activism
Introduction to Law, Policy, and Society
Global Human Rights: A Social and Economic Perspective
Law and Society
Politics of Developing Nations
International Law

GPA Requirement

2.000 GPA required in the minor