Social Innovation/Social Entrepreneurship Program
Building upon Tulane University’s strengths in civic engagement and service learning, the interdisciplinary Social Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship (SISE) program prepares students to use solutions-oriented thinking, integrate theory and practice, generate and support stimulating research across fields, & better understand and create new models of social change. Tulane recognizes that well-informed, motivated, and connected citizens are the real agents that create change, and the time and place to cultivate these changemakers is during their university studies. SISE enables students to explore how they can be changemakers in whatever career path they choose, be it working for a nonprofit, a corporation, in academia, or starting their own venture.
Social Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship is an interdisciplinary minor for undergraduate students from across the campus. The 17 credit hour minor includes a variety of courses taught by SISE faculty members and Social Enterpreneurship Professors from across the university.
SISE offices are located on the second floor of Flower Hall, in the Phyllis M. Taylor Center for Social Innovation and Design Thinking. Students wishing to declare the SISE minor can consult with and get the minor declaration signed by SISE Academic Advisor Allison Schiller.
The SISE minor is supported by a variety of programming offered at the Phyllis M. Taylor Center for Social Innovation and Design Thinking.
SISE 2010: Introduction to Social Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship (3cr + service-learning)
- Social impact can best be created by moving towards blended models that connect and combine sectors in new ways and away from the current divisive approach of separate sectors.
- Social mission and social impact are the primary focus – the key is understanding what your mission is and how you can create the greatest social impact.
SISE 2020: Introduction to Business for Social Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship (3cr)
This course assumes no prior background in business concepts and is open to declared SISE minors who have completed SISE 2010. The course is designed to give students basic competence in understanding and analyzing the core elements of sustainable business models. Through this course, students will gain a working vocabulary, theoretical toolkit, and fundamental technical skill set for operating in a business environment. Topics include accounting, finance, strategy, marketing, sales, operations, organizational structure and management.
SISE 3010: Design Thinking for Collective Impact (4cr)
SISE 4020: Leadership for Collective Impact (3cr)
SISE-Approved Elective (3cr)
View an up to date list of SISE-approved electives.
SISE 4050: Senior Seminar (1cr)
The SISE Senior Seminar is a 1-credit, semester long course open to students have completed SISE 2010, SISE 2020, SISE 3010, and SISE 4020. Students must take SISE 4050 concurrently with their SISE-approved elective. The seminar is open to students with senior standing who expect to graduate within the next two semesters. The goal of this course is to provide a final cohort experience and help students synthesize SISE with other academic and engaged learning experiences.