Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Economics/Management/Philanthropic Studies

The world we live in today faces diverse issues – poverty, unemployment, discrimination, environmental degradation and many more. Individuals, groups, and organizations strive to address these issues using innovative solutions at the local or global level. This cluster will prepare students for careers as innovative, reflective leaders in nonprofits, social enterprises, and businesses. The curriculum covers management, economics, public policy, and philanthropy. Hands-on training and internship opportunities will play important roles in this cluster. The Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship cluster consists of three modules: (1) Management, (2) Economics, and (3) Nonprofit Management and Social Entrepreneurship.

Management

Courses that introduce the tools and principles to improve and enhance management skills, expertise, and knowledge that facilitate career advancement.

Sample Course Titles:
  • Topics in Management I
  • Topics in Management II
  • Topics in Management III
  • Topics in Management III
  • Research Seminar

Economics

This module provides students with a foundation in economics to work for a business, government, or nonprofit organization. In addition to basic economics such as microeconomics and macroeconomics, students explore poverty, inequality, and development from different perspectives.

Sample Course Titles:
  • Microeconomics
  • Macroeconomics
  • Japanese Economy and Gender
  • International Economics
  • Introduction to Feminist Economics

Nonprofit Management and Social Entrepreneurship

This module provides students with opportunities to learn how to change society for the better as visionary leaders or social entrepreneurs. Students explore the social, political, and economic roles of nonprofits as well as learn professional and management skills through hands-on group projects in collaboration with local nonprofits, step-by-step exercises, and an interdisciplinary approach.

Sample Course Titles:
  • Philanthropy and Nonprofit Organizations
  • Nonprofit Management and Social Entrepreneurship
  • Global Philanthropy and Comparative Nonprofit Sectors
  • Introduction to Data Analysis
  • Qualitative Research Methods