A major preparing students to create innovative, scalable and measureable solutions to complex societal challenges.

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Social Entrepreneurship


Thomas Cavenagh

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Why choose social entrepreneurship at North Central College?

The only solution to a world with more problems is a society with more problem-solvers. If you want to be part of the next generation of changemakers who develop creative solutions to complex social challenges, you’ll love our social entrepreneurship major. You’ll be prepared to combine the best levers of business with a broad understanding of society and culture to create change around the issues that you care about most. You’ll be a sought-after addition to any organization that wants to create social impact, and you’ll be well-equipped to launch your own for-profit business or non-profit organization. North Central’s social entrepreneurship programs have won “best initiative” and “best course” awards from Future Founders, a Chicago-based entrepreneurship organization

You can also:

  • Learn from and network with local social entrepreneurs through our “Meet the Changemakers” speaker series, and attend conferences, workshops and site visits in the Chicago region
  • Join or lead student organizations like Enactus to support global entrepreneurs while operating a direct trade coffee business, The Union to run a music venue as a platform for social change, Students for Social Innovation to advocate for causes you care about, and many more
  • Pitch your new venture or project idea in our Changemaker Challenge to receive seed funding and mentoring, or apply for other grants to explore and learn about the issues you want to address
  • Benefit from the staff and resources in the Center for Social Impact, North Central’s forward-thinking hub for social innovation and changemaking
  • Land internships and jobs with social impact organizations of all types, including businesses, non-profits, and government agencies

Social Entrepreneurship, B.A.

   Major Requirements

     38-40 credit hours including

All of the following:
  • LEAD 100 - Design Thinking for Social Impact
  • LEAD 120 - Leaders Without Borders
  • LEAD 180 - Financial Intelligence for Social Entrepreneurs
  • LEAD 200 - Social Innovation
  • LEAD 300 - Social Entrepreneurship
  • LEAD 370 - Marketing for Social Impact
  • LEAD 380 - Financing and Law for Social Impact
  • LEAD 400 - Impact Measurement
One of the following:
  • LEAD 495 - Capstone: Applied Leadership
  • LEAD 497 - Internship (four or more credit hours)
One of the following:
  • LEAD 230 - Conflict Resolution
  • LEAD 310 - Leadership and Place
  • LEAD 360 - Precepting (two credit hours)
  • LEAD 390 - Seminar in Leadership Theory
  • LEAD 499 - Independent Study (two or more credit hours)

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