Apply Business Skills to Better Society in the Online Social Entrepreneurship Degree Curriculum
The course work that makes up the online social entrepreneurship degree curriculum is structured to give you the skills, knowledge and confidence to apply business discipline toward addressing challenging social problems. This includes providing a working knowledge of the following key components of social entrepreneurship:
- Classic and contemporary theories on leadership, management, governance and organizational effectiveness of nonprofit organizations.
- The values, issues, models and policy underlying the theory and practice of community economic development.
- The principles and concepts of social economics and policy, including supply and demand, national income, and international trade.
- The range of social and economic challenges confronted by residents of underserved and marginalized communities.
- The financial structures of nonprofits, NGOs, socially responsible corporations and governmental agencies.
- Contemporary political, social, economic and administrative realities involved in public administration at the local, state, national and international levels.
Classes are offered online throughout the year as part of the social entrepreneurship degree curriculum. Enroll full time or part time and build a schedule that’s convenient for you. Because classes are small, you will get to learn in a dynamic, interactive environment that allows you to get to know and engage your professors and classmates.
Required Core Courses
CED-301: Intro Community Economic Development
This introduction course will examine the values, issues, models and policy underlying the theory and practice of community economic development (CED). Students will be exposed to the range of social and economic challenges confronted by residents of underserved and marginalized communities as well as review issues and challenges facing the field.
CED-335: Social Issues and Economic Policies CED
This course is an introduction to the principles of social economics and policy. The course will expose students to concepts such as supply and demand, markets, national income, international trade, economic development, the economics of social issues, and the relationship between power and markets.
CED-405: Financial Literacy for Social Services
This course is designed to introduce students to concepts integral to understanding the financial operations of not-for-profit, non-governmental organizations - NGOs. Students examine corporate governance structures and explore, from a financial perspective, how these organizations achieve socially responsible agenda. Students will gain an understanding of the broader financial realm of socially responsible organizations and utilizing and managing money for social causes.
OL-215: Principles of Management
This course is designed to examine the fundamentals and principles of management in order to develop an understanding of management in any formal organization. Special attention is paid to planning and decision-making. International management is also covered. Offered every semester. Writing Intensive Course.
ENG-10,ENG-120 ENG-121H or ENG-200 ADB-125 or OL-125 or TCI-250
OL-265: Intro to Managing Not-for-Profit Orgs
This introduction course will examine the theory and practice of leadership and decision-making in the nonprofit sector. Students will be exposed to core classic and contemporary theories on leadership, management, governance and organizational effectiveness of nonprofit organizations.
This course focuses on the factors that contribute to the personal success of entrepreneurs and affect successful entrepreneurship. Entrepreneurship is also studied. Case studies, contemporary readings and simulations are used. International considerations are included. Offered every year.
OL-322: Managing Organizational Change
This course focuses on the effective management of human resources during the process of change. It emphasizes change management as a tool for survival, growth, increased productivity and conflict management in the complex and volatile business environment of today and the future. Change in an international environment also is discussed. Offered every year. Team intensive course. Junior standing or permission of instructor.
ADB-215 or OL-215
OL-326: Social Environment of Business
This course examines the interrelationships among business, government and society and how these relationships evolve over time and shape our world. Through the use of readings, cases, and class discussions, students will examine a variety of important topics impacting the global business environment, including business power, corporate social responsibility, business ethics, regulation, multinational corporations, globalization, pollution and environmental quality. A key focus is on the historical origins of the tensions amongst wealth, virtue, and business and society in developed and developing nations and economies. Global marker. Junior standing or permission of instructor.
PAD-330: Public Administration
This course is designed to introduce students to the basics of public administration and set context around contemporary political, social, economic, and administrative realities. It explores public service organizations, governance, public policies, and institutional-based programs. It also examines, from a multidisciplinary perspective, those essential competencies, values and issues important to public policy at the local, state, national and international levels.
PHL-316: Business Ethics
This course is a philosophical study of moral issues in business. Topics include corporate responsibility, conflicts of interest, morality in advertising, preferential hiring (e.g., minorities and women), personal morality versus employer loyalty, and cultural theoretical issues and their impact on business decisions. Offered every semester.
Free Elective Credits: 21
Total Credits: 120