Minor in Social Entrepreneurship Curriculum

Minor in Social Entrepreneurship Curriculum

Program: Minor. Impact: Major.

Social Entrepreneurship is one of three concentrations within the Entrepreneurship Minor at UVA, which is administratively hosted within the McIntire School of Commerce. The minor program consists of 15 credits total. Students must complete ENTP 1010: Startup to gain access to the Entrepreneurship Minor application and express a preference for the social entrepreneurship concentration in their application. Upon acceptance to the Minor in Social Entrepreneurship, students complete a core and capstone course through the Batten School in addition to two electives of choice offered by schools across the university.

The Batten School’s experiential social entrepreneurship curriculum focuses on impact investing, entrepreneurial approaches to global development and equity-based leadership. Options for J-Term and study abroad are available. Courses that count as electives toward the minor are available across the university, and students in the minor program gain access to popular courses in other schools of enrollment. A comprehensive list of all classes offered for minor credit is available on the McIntire School website.


Students must complete ENTP 1010: Startup (3 credits which are counted toward the required 15 credits) to gain access to the Entrepreneurship Minor application.

Minor Requirements (15 credits)

  • LPPP 3050: Introduction to Social Entrepreneurship (3 credits)
  • Two electives (6 credits) of choice. Students are able to choose from more than 45 electives offered across the university. A comprehensive list of all classes offered for minor credit is available on the McIntire School website.
  • LPPS 4735: Experiential Social Entrepreneurship Capstone

J-Term Electives

    • Impact Investing in Action: Appalachia
      January Term, Taught by Stephanie Randolph
      This immersive J-term class and fellowship give students the opportunity to learn about the growing field of impact investing, and to experience the challenges and opportunities of investing in rural communities. 

Summer Session I Electives

  • LPPS 4550 / 5550 or COMM 4589: UVA IN DOMINICA
    UVA’s Dominica Field Experience is a 3-credit course focused on social entrepreneurship on the Caribbean island of Dominica. This incredible course gives students the opportunity to explore Dominica, meet with local entrepreneurs, and understand how resources and policy support entrepreneurship. Students will not only learn from numerous live case studies but will also be invited to help problem solve and use critical thinking skills to explore alternative approaches in addressing local challenges with entrepreneurs and government representatives. To learn more, fill out our interest form
  • LPPP 3500: Impact Investing in Action: Appalachia


Core Courses Spring 2021

  • ENTP 1010: Startup: An Introduction to Entrepreneurship
  • LPPS 3050: Introduction to Social Entrepreneurship
  • LPPS 4735: Experiential Social Entrepreneurship – CAPSTONE

Electives Spring 2021 

    Thursdays, 2.00-4.30 Taught by Bala Mulloth
    This is an introductory course, aimed at exposing students to modern Indian and South Asian society, culture, business and policy through a variety of materials. The course may be particularly important due to the rising stature and importance of India and more generally, South Asia, in the global economy.
    Wednesdays, 3.30-5.00 Taught by Bala Mulloth
    This course introduces students to the strategies and processes required in the contemporary economy to leverage innovation in order to maintain overall competitiveness and make a difference. Students will examine several firms, and individuals who have catalyzed positive social change through different organizational platforms in the market, in government, within the nonprofit sector, and increasingly in the space between these three sectors.
      Tuesdays, 3.30-6.00 Taught by Kathryn Babineau
      Businesses provides a lot of things that we need, and are designed to generate profits. In exchange for making profits, businesses also have responsibilities. What are those responsibilities, and how do societies around the globe ensure that the responsibilities are respected? This class will provide an introduction to issues of responsible business, from a variety of perspectives. We will cover the broad, multi-disciplinary research field of corporate social responsibility (CSR), as well as the closely related study of business and human rights (B&HR), stakeholder theory, global value chains, and other works.
      Tuesdays, 5.00-7.30 Taught by Christine Mahoney
      Previously offered only as a University Seminar, this immensely popular course returns this spring, taught by Christine Mahoney. “How do I find a job that I like or maybe even love? How do I balance my career with my family? How do I create space for creativity? How do I make a difference in the world?” These are critical questions for us all to answer if we want to design a thriving, joyful life. This course uses Design Thinking and mindfulness methodologies to help you discover and articulate your life philosophy, your work philosophy, and how to create more space for the kind of work in which you thrive. 
    Mondays, 5.00-7.30 Taught by Paul Nolde
    Impact Investing is the proactive deployment of financial resources to organizations for a positive return on investment and an additional, intentional social impact beyond financial returns. Impact Investing explores how funders (grant funders, investors, and policymakers) deploy capital to support social entrepreneurs. This course provides an introductory understanding of utilizing finance as a tool for solving social problems worldwide.



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