Business Minor in Social Innovation

Elevating Impact Summit

Pictured: Portland State’s Elevating Impact Summit, an annual community gathering to celebrate entrepreneurship and innovation for positive social, environmental and economic impact.

Be a Force for Good

The 28-credit Business Minor in Social Innovation prepares you for a career that makes a positive difference. You’ll gain in-demand human and business skills, and learn how to design and apply creative solutions to social or environmental issues. You'll also have the opportunity to develop your own concept for a new business or nonprofit. Set yourself up for a meaningful career working at a social enterprise, sustainable business, nonprofit, or in government with this minor.

PSU is one of only 50 institutions around the world recognized by Ashoka U as a Changemaker Campus for excellence in teaching social innovation.

Double Dip

All 300-level courses also count towards the Design Thinking/Innovation/Entrepreneurship University Studies Cluster, and all 400-level courses also count towards the Certificate in Social Innovation in Social Entrepreneurship, allowing students to optimize class time and credit hours while advancing to their career of choice.

Business majors may not utilize any of the 300U classes toward Business Major or University Studies credits.

The Curriculum: 28 credits, 7 Courses

These core courses teach some of the most sought-after skills by employers across sectors. Download the Business Minor in Social Innovation sequence sheet Fall 2019 Catalog (PDF) for additional details about our pre-requisites, requirements, credits and suggested sequences.

BA 101 - Introduction to Business & World Affairs (4)
Understand the business planning process and explore the foundations of business including finance, management, accounting and marketing. Offered online and in-person every term.

306U - Essentials of Finance BA (4)
Learn the functional elements of accounting and finance including interpreting income statements and balance sheets, determining the time value of money, forecasting financial requirements, and identifying sources of business financing. Offered either online or in-person every term.

316U - Essentials of Marketing BA (4)
Understand the concepts of marketing and customer satisfaction, explore trends in the market environment and their impact on the product, price, promotion and distribution strategies and tactics. Offered either online or in-person every term.

326U - Essentials of Management BA (4)
Analyze the management and operations of business organizations, review strategies to motivate and lead individuals and groups and develop skills to work effectively in teams, resolve conflict and present information in a business setting. Offered either online or in-person every term.

MGMT 421 - Design Thinking for Social Innovation (4)
Learn human-centered design for social and environmental benefit, refine your leadership purpose, and practice effective stakeholder engagement. Offered online in Fall.

MGMT 422 - Money Matters for Social Innovation (4)
Apply lean startup and customer development methodologies including the business model canvas, develop a funding strategy, explore nonprofit and business entities, and create financial forecasts. Offered online in Winter.

MGMT 423 - Storytelling and Impact Measurement (4)
Learn and utilize storytelling tools for effective leadership, and understand best practices for measuring and reporting social and environmental impacts. Offered online in Spring.