Rollins Announces New Majors in Business and Social Entrepreneurship

Two new business majors will focus on sustainability, social responsibility, entrepreneurship, and innovation.

How can business make the world a better place, not just a wealthier place? Considering the triple bottom line (people, planet, profit) is a good place to start. But how do you channel your passion to change the world?

Rollins will offer two new business majors and minors designed for the socially conscious student who wants to be a strong leader. The Department of Business and Social Entrepreneurship (BSE) will offer students in the Hamilton Holt School a major in business (with a concentration in management) and a corresponding minor. The business major and minor in addition to a major and minor in social entrepreneurship and business will be available for students in the Colleges of Professional Studies and Arts and Sciences.

“The faculty developed two new business programs that meet the highest standards of quality for business education from AACSB International,” says Debra Wellman, dean of the College of Professional Studies. “These programs also meet the challenges facing this generation of students—to be effective, innovative, entrepreneurial, and most of all responsible business leaders.”

“We’re not content with ‘business as usual,’” Associate Professor Tonia Warnecke says. “We want to go beyond this. Business skills can and should be used for the social good in addition to supporting individual well-being. We want to empower students to be innovative about the ways they apply their education in the future.”

Business with management concentration (major and minor)
Graduate prepared to lead transformational change across a variety of business types. Today’s businesses face new realities, new challenges, and new opportunities for innovation.  With an emphasis on sustainability and social responsibility, the business major with a management concentration provides a solid foundation in business theory and practice, entrepreneurship, and innovation. Whether you see yourself in a career at a small organization or a large one, you’ll be prepared to be a successful leader in today’s workforce.

Students pursuing this area of study can expect to:
• Participate in hands-on learning experiences, including:
     o advanced research
     o business internships
     o semester abroad or field study programs
     o projects capitalizing on social media and other technology
• Interact with managers of for-profit and nonprofit enterprises.
• Learn how to integrate sustainability into business practices.
• Develop critical decision-making skills.

Core courses for the business major include Business and Society, Entrepreneurial Thinking and Innovation, Business Law and Ethics, Management & Organizational Behavior, and Entrepreneurial Marketing.

Social entrepreneurship and business (major and minor)
Build a career out of making the world a better place. The social entrepreneurship and business major combines practical business knowledge, entrepreneurial skills, and understanding of current economic, political, cultural, and environmental issues. The program positions graduates to find—or create—careers that apply innovative and sustainable solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges.

Students pursuing this area of study can expect to:
• Participate in hands-on learning experiences, including:
     o projects assisting community partners
     o immersions or alternative spring breaks
     o semester abroad or field study programs
     o elevator pitch competitions
     o internships related to social entrepreneurship and sustainability
     o projects capitalizing on social media and other technology
• Develop entrepreneurial skills to achieve social, cultural, and environmental change.
• Become an agent of change in any position.
• Train for the types of jobs that will exist when you graduate.

Core courses for the social entrepreneurship and business major include Business and Society, Global Development Challenges and Opportunities, Social Entrepreneurship: Leading Change, and Designing & Planning for Social Entrepreneurship

“Students increasingly want to learn the tools and skills to help make their aspirations for social change successful and sustainable,” says Chrissy Garton, director of social innovation. “The social entrepreneurship and business major will provide very timely and relevant classes focused on critical skillbuilding for changemakers.”

For more information on the new majors and minors offered by the Department of Business and Social Entrepreneurship, please contact Department Chair, Danny Arnold, at 407-646-1539 or darnold@rollins.edu.