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Innovation & Social Enterprise Minor

Most people seek employment, but some create it. Do you get excited about initiating change? Are you willing to dream big, even if it means risking failure? Add a minor in Social Enterprise to any major, and start developing the tools you’ll need to make a lasting impact. You will learn to translate personal convictions and ideas into tangible actions and plans—a professional competency in growing demand in virtually every field.

Why study social enterprise at Gordon?

At Gordon, we recognize that entrepreneurship is too big a concept to restrict to a single major or discipline—it’s a catalyst for connecting all fields to real-world impact. Whether you’re planting a church, launching a high-tech venture or expanding a nonprofit, you need the practical, creative, grassroots solutions associated with entrepreneurial thinking. Studying social enterprise in a Christian liberal arts community helps you connect concepts to calling. Plus, the required internship component guarantees you’ll have real-life experience to prepare you to make a real-life impact.

What careers can I pursue with a social enterprise minor?

As an entrepreneurial thinker, you’ll likely be the instigating force behind any new or growing organization. Your career path is flexible and dependent on your personal convictions and goals, but you’ll be equipped to chart your own course. Choose your track based on your ambitions—“Resourcing Change for the Greater Good” for nonprofits or “Small Business Management” for business.

  • Business or nonprofit founder
  • Intrapreneur
  • Product or service creator (inventor)
  • Church planter
  • Small business or family business manager
  • Consultant
  • Social entrepreneur or activist

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Damilola Junaid ’14

“Participating in the Social Venture Challenge made me realize that I don't need to amass multiple degrees or be older to make a difference in the world today. It has also given me the opportunity to be more aware of the social issues facing youth in my home country (Nigeria), to create address their needs, and be a part of an important movement. This has been inspiring and motivational for me and my team." Hear from others ➔


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Gordon fosters a rich entrepreneurial culture, so there’s no shortage of ways to plug into initiatives and immerse yourself in settings that will enhance your learning outside the classroom. (Or perhaps you’ll start some new initiative to add to this list?)

  • Social Venture Challenge: an annual competition that awards $10,000 for student start-ups
  • Entrepreneurial Mentorship: over 60 organizational leaders mentor budding entrepreneurs
  • Open Coffee: local entrepreneurs engage students in weekly conversations at Gusto Café in Beverly
  • Forrester Venture Fellows: an entrepreneurship cohort program for first-year students
  • Strategic Partnership with Praxis Labs: workshops and an immersive entrepreneurship experience that draws 100+ students from more than 30 universities each summer
  • Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership: equipping students to initiate new and noble ventures

Global Opportunities

Learn how your ideas can have a global impact through an internship, seminar or semester abroad.

Related Programs

This minor works well with any major, and will be tailored to accelerate your particular career goals.


For more information, contact:

Carter Crockett, Ph.D.
Director, Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership


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