Social Innovation Concentration

Social Innovation is designed to help you understand and develop viable solutions to pressing social and environmental problems. There are many approaches to addressing societal concerns including governmental policy and social activism. Social Innovators engage these sectors but also utilize entrepreneurial practices of the business sector to build solutions that are self-sustaining and scalable and are not dependent on charitable contributions or government funding.

Catalog Year: 2021-2022

The Bachelor of Arts in Integrative Studies brings together research, theory and practice across numerous disciplines. Integrative studies majors select a multidisciplinary concentration or work with student services staff to develop their own concentration, uniquely suited to their academic and career goals. Integrative studies majors explore new topics and experiences while gaining the knowledge and skills needed to enter the workforce.  Required coursework is offered in small classes with ample room for discussion, collaborative learning, and experiential learning, including in-community projects, volunteer opportunities, field work, internships and work with faculty on research that directly engages current social and global challenges.

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Degree Requirements

Total credits: minimum 120

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Integrative studies students complete INTS 391 Understanding Integrative Studies and choose a concentration from the options below. Before registering, students should see an advisor to help plan their degree program to meet Mason requirements. The advisor also can help students choose electives or a minor.

Required Course

INTS 391 Understanding Integrative Studies 3

Concentration in the Major

A concentration is the equivalent of a major in a traditional degree program. Students choose from an established multidisciplinary concentration below or create with faculty an individualized program of study to fit their interests and needs. Concentration coursework combines integrative studies (INTS) classes with coursework from other Mason units (departments, schools, and colleges). While fulfilling the concentration requirements, students are also responsible for completing a minimum of 30 credits of INTS coursework. Any INTS courses required for the concentration will apply. Students must present a minimum GPA of 2.00 in courses applied to the concentration.

Concentration in Social Innovation (SINN)

Students complete a minimum of 33 credits of coursework.

Core Courses
INTS 203 Inquiry for Action: Facilitating Change (Mason Core) 4-6
or INTS 450 Social Innovation in Action
INTS 435 Leadership in a Changing Environment 4
Total Credits 8-10
Social Impact
Select two courses from the following: 6-8
Social Movements and Community Activism (Mason Core)  
Environmental Justice (Mason Core)  
Poverty, Wealth and Inequality in the US (Mason Core)  
Youth, Music, Social Change  
Art as Social Action (Mason Core)  
Youth Resistance and Advocacy  
Community Engagement for Social Change (Mason Core)  
Social Problems and Solutions (Mason Core)  
Social Inequality (Mason Core)  
Total Credits 6-8
Enterprise Course
Select two courses from the following: 7-8
AMGT 410
The Arts and Community Engagement  
GOVT 353
Social Entrepreneurship  
Leadership and Organizational Problem-Solving  
Entrepreneurship: Starting and Managing a New Enterprise  
Total Credits 7-8
Policy Course
Select one course from the following: 3-6
GOVT 351
Administration in the Political System  
GOVT 364
Public Policy Making  
Digital Futures  
Food Systems and Policy (Mason Core)  
Social Justice Education (Mason Core)  
Social Movements and Political Protest  
Power, Politics, and Society  
Total Credits 3-6
Nonprofit Course
Select one course from the following: 4
GOVT 358
Nonprofit Financial Planning  
The Nonprofit Sector (Mason Core)  
Principles of Fund Raising  
Total Credits 4
Ethics Course
Select one course from the following: 3-4
Free Speech and Ethics (Mason Core)  
Health Ethics, Leadership, and Advocacy  
Ethics and Leadership  
GOVT 448
Ethics and International Politics  
Global Environmental Ethics (Mason Core)  
Business Ethics  
Ethical Issues in Global Health  
Theories of Ethics  
Ethics and Economics  
Total Credits 3-4

Additional Electives

Any remaining credits may be completed with electives to bring the degree total to 120.