School of Integrative Studies
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

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Social Innovation and Enterprise Concentration

DEGREE REQUIREMENTS 2017 (PDF)

4-YEAR GRADUATION PLAN (PDF)

Many approaches to addressing social and environmental issues start from a single professional perspective. Engineers, for example, will pursue a technical solution whereas a businessperson might employ an entrepreneurial approach. While professional avenues like these are powerful, a novel method is emerging known as social innovation. Social innovators develop solutions by integrating across the professional sectors of government, business and nonprofit in ways that open new opportunities for addressing social and environmental challenges. This interdisciplinary concentration in Social Innovation is designed to introduce students to the foundations of social innovation and the practical techniques social innovators employ to create solutions that balance people, profit and the planet (i.e. the triple-bottom line). Through an emphasis on experiential learning in team-based innovation projects, students will integrate theory and practice as they develop the knowledge and skills of social innovators.

With advanced planning, students may be eligible for accelerated master's programs at Mason in the following areas:

  • Global Affairs (MA)
  • Public Administration (MPA)
  • Public Health (MPH)
  • Public Policy (MPP).

Opportunities

All students have opportunities to

  • conduct independent research
  • engage in globally-related activities through coursework and language study at Mason and abroad
  • participate in many forms of public service
  • prepare for their future careers through internships, career-focused minors and other college-to-career activities

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business social change
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