Social Entrepreneurship Major

Be a Visionary

Committed to developing young leaders who work toward positive change in the city, Warner Pacific College launched a new degree program, the Bachelor of Science in Social Entrepreneurship (2013 academic year). The first of its kind in Oregon, the Social Entrepreneurship major equips students with the expertise needed to create innovative business ventures that address society’s most pressing challenges.

A social entrepreneur identifies small- and large-scale social problems and takes responsibility for providing sustainable solutions. Social entrepreneurs are visionaries, committing their lives to transform society.

At Warner Pacific College, a service-oriented, faith-based approach to community outreach will help students exploring the Social Entrepreneurship major to gain practical experience through dynamic coursework, motivating them to engage with the community and the world beyond.

During the senior year, in conjunction with their internship, Social Entrepreneurship majors will be required to identify a need within the community and then create a small entrepreneurial business to meet that need; this is known as the Capstone Project.

At the core of the Capstone Project is a team made up of the student, a Social Entrepreneurship Advisory Board (SEAB), community partners, and faculty members. This team will work toward the common goal of creating free enterprise while meeting community need, providing students the opportunity to apply classroom theory to real life practice.

The culmination of the Capstone Project is the awarding of a cash prize for the best business plan, allowing students to become real-world social entrepreneurs by the time they graduate.


Courses

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.

Prerequisite: MA 111

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
SE 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 495 Capstone Fall, Senior Year 1
SE495B Capstone Spring, Senior Year 2
Choose from one of the following:
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 used in business to create small and large scale positive social change.
  • The ability to integrate and apply their learning in complex projects and assignments that may include: research, collaborative projects, and/or field assignments

(Updated Sept. 2015)