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Social Entrepreneurship & Non-profits Requirements

With 19 credit hours of coursework and connecting experiences, students may earn a BDP certificate in Social Entrepreneurship & Non-profits. For a complete list of courses and requirements:
download the Social Entrepreneurship & Non-profits BDP curriculum sheet (PDF).

Foundation Courses [7 hours]

  • Forum Seminar
  • Two Additional Foundation Courses

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Courses in a Strand [3-6 hours]

  • Art and Social Change
  • Environment
  • Health and Health Care
  • International Development
  • Youth and Family
  • Community Welfare and Social Justice

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Connecting Experiences [6-9 hours]

BDP advisors assist students in finding meaningful connecting research and/or internship experiences related to Social Entrepreneurship & Non-profits. At least one of the two required connecting experiences (three credit hours each) must have a research emphasis. This can either be a research connecting experience, or an internship connecting experience in which the student’s internship responsibilities include a research project. Examples of research projects an intern might assist with include, but are not limited to: market research, researching new funding sources, researching a problem for the need statement of a grant proposal, conducting an evaluation to measure the success of a program, research that validates new engagement strategies, or developing a proposal for a new program or initiative.

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Integration Essay

3-4 page essay written at the end of the BDP experience, drawing together the different pieces of the BDP.

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BDP Certificate in Social Entrepreneurship & Non-profits

Courses counting toward a BDP in Social Entrepreneurship & Non-profits may also satisfy core, major, and elective requirements in a student’s degree plan. With planning, the BDP should not add time to students’ UT careers, but instead helps students choose the courses they already have to take in an integrated way.