TLU to Offer Bachelor of Arts in Social Entrepreneurship

3/20/2013
Continuing the college’s focus on recruiting and graduating students who have a social conscience and an entrepreneurial spirit, Texas Lutheran University will offer a bachelor of arts degree in social entrepreneurship beginning fall 2013. The program, designed for undergraduate students who have a passion for a particular academic area combined with a desire to start a venture addressing a social issue, is one of the few undergraduate degrees in social entrepreneurship in Texas and many of the surrounding states.

Aligned perfectly with TLU’s mission, Learn Boldly. Live To Inspire, the social entrepreneurship program is interdisciplinary and will prepare students to pursue employment in both not-for-profit and for-profit business ventures that have a social message and focus.
 
The major includes concentrations in faith, culture and diversity, nonprofit leadership and social justice. Students within this degree plan will have opportunities to participate in internships, study abroad programs and student-run businesses on the TLU campus. Most importantly, students will graduate with a complete business plan for their portfolio.
 
As a nationally recognized member of the 2012 and 2013 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, TLU’s dedication to service learning will be enhanced by the addition of a social entrepreneurship degree.
 
“Answering the call to service is one of the defining attributes of the TLU community,” TLU President Dr. Stuart Dorsey said. “Our entire campus is committed to and understands the importance of community involvement. We take pride in using our strengths and time to enhance the community we live in, and we want to give our students the opportunity to continue this approach long after graduation.”
 
The major also supports the required civic engagement competency of TLU’s new general education curriculum, Compass. The social entrepreneurship degree will create courses and opportunities for all TLU students, regardless of whether or not they major in this area, and give them the chance to take classes where they can partner with the community as civic leaders.

For more information about the social entrepreneurship program, visit
tlu.edu/entrepreneur.