For undergraduates interested in social innovation and developing well thought-out solutions to the world’s problems, the Society and Business Lab (SBL) at the USC Marshall School of Business, in conjunction with the USC School of Policy, Planning, and Development, has announced a social entrepreneurship minor that will begin this fall.
The interdisciplinary minor will be open to all USC undergraduate students who are seeking to understand the global context of social entrepreneurship, compare current public and private sector initiatives, and develop management skills to start and maintain social enterprises.
Social entrepreneurship minors will be required to take introductory courses analyzing social enterprise models and studying the fundamentals of entrepreneurship. Students also will have the option to tailor coursework to their academic interests and professional aspirations.
“Since we established the SBL more than three years ago, it has become a hub for understanding how business models can play an integral role in improving society,” said USC Marshall dean James G. Ellis. “We wanted to find a way for all undergraduates to have access to our experts in this field, as well as have a solid grasp of fundamentals to lead organizations effectively and develop viable solutions for the serious challenges faced by society.”
Founding director of SBL Adlai Wertman said: “For those who want to change the world, our programs and curriculum have attracted considerable interest. In creating this specialized minor, we hope to engage these students and also enrich the public dialogue.”
He added, “With added perspective from across the disciplines, students will be able to attack the challenges of poverty, education, environment and health in innovative and sustainable ways.”
SBL was founded in 2008 by Wertman, a former investment banker and CEO of the nonprofit Chrysalis, with the goal of creating the next generation of enlightened business leaders.
To date, undergraduate students studying business at USC Marshall have been able to take classes supported by SBL, receive mentoring from industry experts, as well as gain hands-on experience working with local micro-enterprises in Central America and Africa through SBL’s partnership with the Global Business Brigades.