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 101Introduction to Social Entrepreneurship3
EC 203Economics3
BUS 211Financial Accounting3
BUS 212Managerial Accounting3
BUS 242Marketing3
BUS/SS 290Ethics, Social Issues, and Responsibility3
SE 295Sophomore Internship3
BUS/PS 303Business and Employment Law3
SE 301Entrepreneurial Enterprise3
SE 311Entrepreneurial Leadership within an Urban Context3
SOC 345Social Problems and Public Policy3
SE 352Entrepreneurial Project Management3
BUS 363Introduction to Business Finance3
EC/URB 420Micro Enterprise Development3
BUS 495Internship3
SE 495Capstone Fall, Senior Year1
SE495BCapstone Spring, Senior Year2
Choose from one of the following:
SOC/URB 255Sociology of Compassion and Altruism3
TH 410Christian Ethics3
TH 470Christian Social Concern3

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)