University of Southern California

Social Entrepreneurship Minor


The Minor in Social Entrepreneurship is for students of all majors who are interested in social innovation and want to use business to solve the world’s most serious problems. This minor requires 21-22 units to complete. Coursework covers social entrepreneurship, best practices in public and private sectors, and management skills required to start and maintain social enterprises. Social entrepreneurship minors are required to take introductory courses that analyze social enterprise models and study the fundamentals of entrepreneurship. Through the elective offerings, students have the option to tailor coursework to their academic interests and professional aspirations.

To Apply

  1. Check the USC Marshall Undergraduate Student website, under USC Students Applying to Marshall, for information on Marshall Minor information sessions, held each semester.
  2. Apply for this minor in November or April of each year. A link will appear on the USC Students Applying to Marshall page of the USC Marshall Undergraduate Student website.
  3. Once you have submitted your online application, your application will be reviewed and the Office of Undergraduate Advising will notify you of your acceptance after the semester has ended.


  • Applicants may not apply for the Marshall major and Marshall minor in the same academic term. Multiple application submissions will not be considered.
  • Admission consideration for Marshall minors requires completion of 48 units, a declared major, and a minimum USC GPA of 2.75.
  • Course work for the minor must be taken for a letter grade, with a minimum grade of “C” earned in each course.
  • Students who have not been admitted to the Marshall School of Business may complete a maximum of 12 units (three business courses) at USC. No further coursework may be taken until admitted to the Marshall School.
  • Admission decisions will be communicated electronically through students’ USC email accounts. Until admitted, students should register for the upcoming term in their current program of study. Students will be able to register for Marshall classes after admission.
  • Any questions concerning internal transfer admission decisions can be directed to the Office of Undergraduate Advising within ten business days of the notification date. Admission decisions are final; appeals may be considered only in the case of a documented grading error in required or related course work.

Social Entrepreneurship Minor Course List

Social Entrepreneurship Abby Fifer Mandell
Abby Fifer Mandell,
Executive Director
Social Entrepreneurship Minor Video

Brittingham Social Enterprise Lab
Jessica Levine, Student Programs Advisor
Stonier Hall (STO), Room 308

Marshall Undergraduate Academic Advising
Bridge Memorial Hall (BRI), Room 104
213-740-0690 /

For additional information and the Marshall Minor Application, visit the Marshall Admissions website.