This five-course interdisciplinary Minor in Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship is administered by the D'Amore-McKim School of Business through its Entrepreneurship and Innovation Group in collaboration with the College of Social Sciences and Humanities (CSSH).

The minor consists of four on-campus courses and one course from a two-course Dialogue of Civilizations program. The minor is open to business and non-business students. Several of the courses included in this minor may also apply to other programs or individual course requirements. Because this minor is interdisciplinary, a student may apply only three courses from any one college toward completion of the minor. 

Finally, note that business students can pursue this minor or alternatively choose to pursue the Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship concentration, which requires four ENTR courses in social entrepreneurship and does not require a Dialogue.

Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship Minor Curriculum

Below you will find a sample curriculum for the Undergraduate Minor in Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship academic year. You can find the full set of Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship Minor requirements in Northeastern's Course Catalog. Please consult the Course Catalog appropriate to your class year and your academic advisor to ensure your coursework is on track.

Note: No more than three courses may be taken from any one college.

Required Courses

ENTR 2206. Global Social Enterprise. 4 Hours.

Designed to provide students with an in-depth exposure to entrepreneurship in the social sector, a rapidly growing segment of the global economy. Uses the case method to expose students to leading entrepreneurs who have developed and implemented business models to solve social problems such as extreme poverty, disease, illiteracy, and economic and social dislocation. Focuses on uniquely creative and driven people who have dedicated their lives to making a difference in the lives of others through values-based entrepreneurship.

and Complete an approved course from Dialogue of Civilizations or another approved program (4 Hours).

Noncredit community service required if approved Dialogue is not completed.


Complete one of the following:

ENTR 2414Social Responsibility of Business in an Age of Inequality
ENTR 3520Impact Investing and Social Finance
ENTR 4506Advanced Studies in Social Innovation Entrepreneurship

Complete two of the following:

ANTH 2305Global Markets and Local Culture
HUSV 3570The Nonprofit Sector, Philanthropy, and Social Change
INTL 1101Globalization and International Affairs
INTL 3400International Conflict and Negotiation
LPSC 2302Global Human Rights: A Social and Economic Perspective
POLS 3406International Law
POLS 3487Politics of Developing Nations

Interested? Next Steps

To declare a minor in the D'Amore-McKim School of Business, including as part of the BS in Business Administration and the BS in International Business, students should complete the online minor registration form:

Students will be required to log in using their MyNortheastern credentials. Once the form has been submitted, the student will receive a confirmation email to their Northeastern email account and the student record will be updated within 10-14 business days.

To declare a minor, students must have a 2.0 GPA and be a full-time undergraduate student at Northeastern. To graduate with the minor, students must attain a 2.0 GPA in the courses taken for the minor. No classes for the minor may be taken for a pass/fail grade. The minor is posted on the official transcript within one month of graduation.

Other Minors at D'Amore-McKim

The minor in emerging markets introduces students to the challenges and opportunities that face companies in countries that are rapidly developing into more developed world economies.