Social Entrepreneurship Major

Course Description

Warner Pacific College’s Social Entrepreneurship Program equips students to develop the expertise to create innovative business ventures producing positive social change. Our service-oriented, faith-based approach to community outreach helps students gain practical experience through dynamic coursework motivating them to engage with the community and the world beyond. 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.

Learning Outcomes

  • Graduates will use appropriate concepts, methods, and materials to develop ideas that provide positive long-term change.
  • Graduates will effectively synthesize knowledge about finance, economics, Christian ethics, and society from appropriate primary and secondary source material from multiple academic disciplines.
  • Graduates will demonstrate mastery of the basic personal competencies of professional demeanor, problem solving and decision making, interaction, leadership, communication, project management, and leveraging technology to enhance personal competencies.
  • Graduates will demonstrate their ethical, resourceful, persistent, and compassionate influence through multi-faceted internships.

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.


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. Students majoring in Social Entrepreneurship must complete 49 credit hours of related courses to receive a Bachelor of Science degree.


EC 201 Micro Economics 2
BUS 211/212 Principles of Accounting 6
BUS 240/241 Marketing Principles 4
BUS 303 Business and Employment Law 3
TH 470 or 410 Christian Social Concern/or Christian Ethics 3
SOC/PS 345 Social Problems and Public Policy 3
SOC/URB 255 Sociology of Compassion and Altruism 3
BUS 495 Business Internship 3
EC/URB 420 Micro Enterprise Development 3
SE 101 Introduction to Social Entrepreneurship 3
SE 295 Sophomore Internship 3
SE 301 Entrepreneurial Enterprise 3
SE 311 Entrepreneurial Leadership within an Urban Context 3
SE 352 Entrepreneurial Project Management 3
SE 364 Entrepreneurial Finance 3
SE 495 Capstone Fall, senior year 1