Social Entrepreneurship Minor


The Wartburg College Social Entrepreneurship Minor helps mold the skills needed to improve leadership and business skills, foster creativity, create social change, and develop relationships in a community. It allows students to be involved in social and environmental awareness through civic engagement to address social problems in sustainable, innovative ways. Students will be able to assess the social impact of the organizations they work with and lead changes that enable the organizations to be more effective

The program aims to attract, foster and grow a new type of organizational leader who is committed to changing the way social problems are addressed by finding sustainable practices to address some of society's most challenging problems.

Minor Course Requirements
Creativity and Innovation in Organizations

  • LS 115 Exploring Elements of Leadership
  • BA 377 Nonprofit Management
  • BA 355 Social Entrepreneurship

Awareness of Social and/or Environmental Issues
Choose two courses in or out of the student’s major in which a substantial component of the course creates awareness of or addresses a social or environmental issue important to the student. Courses must be approved by SOCENT program directors in advance.


  • LS 371 Internship (or other program-approved social entrepreneurship internship)
    Internship hours, logs, and paper as required by Wartburg College internship standards.


  • BA 455 Social Entrepreneurship Seminar

Includes directed readings, the creation of an online portfolio, networking, and the submission of a social venture plan to a competition.

Net Impact
Wartburg Net Impact is the student-run social entrepreneurship club and an affiliate of Net Impact, whose mission is to “inspire, educate, and equip individuals to use the power of business to create a more socially and environmentally sustainable world.”

Net Impact has more than 60,000 members with 300 local chapters on six continents, creating one of the largest networks of professionals and students. Whether declared for the Social Entrepreneurship minor or not, anyone can join and make a Net Impact!