Social Entrepreneurship Major

Program Description

Warner Pacific College’s Social Entrepreneurship Program balances theoretical instruction with practical, hands-on experiences. This program will prepare the Warner Pacific student to become a successful entrepreneur, producing both economic and social benefit.


Part 1: General Education Core
(See Core Studies Requirements)

Part 2: Social Entrepreneurship Major

The Social Entrepreneur major is a hybrid degree merging elements of business, social science, and religion. Required Courses: 51 credits: 26 upper division credits in residence. 30 credits total upper division.

SE 101 Introduction to Social Entrepreneurship 3
EC 203 Economics 3
BUS 211 Financial Accounting 3
BUS 212 Managerial Accounting 3
BUS 242 Marketing 3
BUS/SS 290 Ethics, Social Issues, and Responsibility 3
SE 295 Sophomore Internship 3
BUS/PS 303 Business and Employment Law 3
301 Entrepreneurial Enterprise 3
SE 311 Entrepreneurial Leadership within an Urban Context 3
SOC 345 Social Problems and Public Policy 3
SE 352 Entrepreneurial Project Management 3
BUS 363 Introduction to Business Finance 3
EC/URB 420 Micro Enterprise Development 3
BUS 495 Internship 3
SE 495A Capstone Fall, Senior Year 1
SE495B Capstone Spring, Senior Year 2

Choose from one of the following:

Christian Social Concern3

SOC/URB 255 Sociology of Compassion and Altruism 3
TH 410 Christian Ethics 3
TH 470 Christian Social Concern 3


The Capstone Project

The Capstone Project gives students a theoretical and operational learning opportunity. The Capstone Project has been designed to provide each student with an opportunity to apply classroom theory to real life practice. To accomplish this, a team made up of the student, an Entrepreneurship Advisory Board (EAB), community partners, and faculty will work toward the common goal of creating free enterprise while meeting community need.

During the senior year, in conjunction with their internship, SE majors will be required to identify a need within the community, and then create a small entrepreneurial business to meet that need. They will be expected to:

  • Research and articulate that social need in a proposal
  • Work with faculty and the Entrepreneurship Advisory Board (EAB) to determine if the idea is scalable
  • Create a detailed business plan that will demonstrate how this business will meet the stated need
  • Develop a presentation that presents this business plan to the EAB

The EAB will decide whether or not to fund the Capstone project. This is an individual project, but the student will have help to develop and implement the plan. A cash award will be presented for the best business plan, allowing the student to become real-world social entrepreneurs by the time they graduate.

Program Outcomes

On successful completion of the major in Social Entrepreneurship, graduates will be able to demonstrate:

  • Effective leadership and team oriented capabilities.
  • Proficiency in the basic concepts, theories, models, and vocabulary associated with Social Entrepreneurship.
  • Proficiency in their discipline by integrating concepts and methods use in business associated with creating small businesses.
  • Proficiency in their discipline by integrating concepts and methods used in business to create small and large scale social change.
  • The ability to integrate and apply their learning within complex projects and assignments that may include: research, collaborative projects, and/or field assignments.

Student outcomes are also measured in association with department outcomes which are aligned with the College’s core themes.

(Updated June 2014)