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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 minor 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.


Eight credits of coursework must be unique to the minor and students must complete all coursework with a minimum GPA of 2.00. For policies governing all minors, see AP.5.3.4 Minors.

Banner Code: SINN

Minor Requirements 

Total credits: 15-16

Students should be aware of the specific policies associated with this program, located on the Admissions & Policies tab.

Core Courses

INTS 435Leadership in a Changing Environment4
INTS 450Social Innovation in Action4
Total Credits8


Select seven-eight credits from the following:7-8
Entrepreneurship in the Arts
Organizational Communication
Economic Problems and Public Policies (Mason Core)
Social Entrepreneurship
Nonprofit Financial Planning
Sustainable World (Mason Core)
Law and Justice (Mason Core)
Social Movements and Community Activism (Mason Core)
Introduction to Childhood Studies (Mason Core)
Contemporary Youth Studies (Mason Core)
The Nonprofit Sector (Mason Core)
Environmental Justice (Mason Core)
Social Justice Consciousness and Personal Transformation
Social Justice and Human Rights (Mason Core)
Sustainable Food Systems
Food Systems and Policy (Mason Core)
Special Topics
International Internship
Conservation Biology (Mason Core)
Global Leadership (Mason Core)
An Experiential Approach to American Foreign Policy
Managing People and Organizations in a Global Economy
Introduction to International Business (Mason Core)
Community Engagement for Social Change (Mason Core)
Total Credits7-8