Social Innovation Track
About Social Innovation
Social Innovation is the process of pursuing innovative solutions to social problems that creates value for society as a whole, rather than private individuals. Characteristics of social innovation are:
- Critical reflection
- Global awareness and cultural understanding
- Creativity and imagination
- Human-centered values and prosocial behavior, including respect and empathy
- Teamwork and collaboration
- Practicing both leading and following
- Critical thinking and problem-solving skills
15 credit-hours, and at least six of them must be unique to the Minor. That is, they cannot be used to fulfill another university, college, or major requirement.
Two required core courses @ 3 hours each–BUS 190: The Art of Starting (i.e., Intro to Entrepreneurship–see special requirements below); and CAS/AL 114: Creativity and Entrepreneurship.
Students pursuing the Social Innovation Track MUST enroll in a special section of BUS 190 that is specific to Social Innovation.
Nine elective credits selected from the list below.
Two Experiences: Students are also required to complete two entrepreneurial and innovation experiences to earn the Minor. For students on the Social Innovation track, one must be socially themed. The Social Innovation Experience Template can be accessed HERE. Please visit the Social Innovation FAQ for further information.
Students who complete an E&I Experience will have the following designation put on their transcript next to the course name: ENTREP & INNOVATION OPTION
To register for the Social Innovation Track, please click this link. You will be prompted to choose the Social Innovation Track at the beginning of the form.
Below are the approved electives in the Social Innovation Track. Students can petition the Director of Undergraduate Entrepreneurship to allow other courses to count as electives toward the Social Innovation Track. Scheduling questions can be directed toward an E-Advisor.
|Course Number||Course Name||Credit Hours|
|ACM 271||Introduction to Arts and Cultural Management*||3 CREDITS|
|ACM 465||Leadership and Innovation in Arts and Cultural Management*||3 CREDITS|
|BE 491||Special Topics in Environmental Engineering*||3 CREDITS|
|CAS 214||Social Media and the Startup*||3 CREDITS|
|COM 399||Scale-up for Social Entrepreneurs (section 005)||3 CREDITS|
|CSUS 200||Introduction to Sustainability||3 CREDITS|
|CSUS 473||Social Entrepreneurship and Community Sustainability||3 CREDITS|
|EAD 361||Educational Reform and Policy Analysis||3 CREDITS|
|MI 450||Creating Human-Centered Technology||3 CREDITS|
|MI 480||Information and Communication Technologies and Development||3 CREDITS|
|MI 488||Information and Communication Technology Development Project||3 CREDITS|
|PLS 302||Urban Politics||3 CREDITS|
|RCAH 292B||Engagement and Reflection / Nonprofits Arts and Innovation||4 CREDITS|
|REL 185||Nonprofits and Religion||3 CREDITS|
|REL 291||Special Topics in Religious Studies: Intro to Nonprofits & Social Entrepreneurship||3 CREDITS|
|TE 201||Current Issues in Education||3 CREDITS|
|UP 201||Introduction to Urban and Regional Planning||4 CREDITS|
*also an elective in the General Entrepreneurship Track