The CISB offers both Minor and Certificate programs in Social Business for students. Individuals who are not enrolled students can receive a Certificate in Social Business through CSUCI's Extended Education.

CSUCI California Institute for Social Business
Martin V. Smith School of Business and Economics

Minor in Social Business

Description:

This interdisciplinary minor will provide students in any major the opportunity to develop their knowledge of social business. The emerging field of social business is focused on the concept of using business methods and practices to achieve positive social change. Social businesses promote social objectives such as addressing environmental, health, education, and poverty issues that are as important as their financial goals. Investments may be solicited for start-up capital and investors get their money back but they do not receive a share of the profits. The premise of this approach to social transformation is that money invested is recycled and supports sustainable outcomes rather than short-term results.  In this minor, students will develop the tools and skills required to diagnose and address social problems at the local, national, and international levels and apply the necessary skills for effective analysis of a social business plan in one of these settings. The program will equip students to assess the success and challenges of an existing social business at the local, national, or international level. By choosing electives across discipline areas, students will gain an interdisciplinary perspective into social business and the challenges it seeks to address.

Background/purpose:

This course of study is the curricular aspect of the California Institute for Social Business in collaboration with Muhammad Yunus, established at CSU Channel Islands in February 2010. While existing programs cover other “tools” of social and economic development such as the work of non-profits, governments, and for-profit businesses, the minor in Social Business will further equip our students with knowledge about a new instrument with which to contribute to the well-being of the local, national, and international communities.

Certificate in Social Business

Description:

This interdisciplinary certificate will provide students from any major, as well as non-matriculated students at CSU Channel Islands and the external community coming from any discipline, the opportunity to develop their knowledge of social business. The course of study is similar to the Minor, but fewer electives are required. Individuals outside the University may enroll in the Certificate program through our Extended University. Visit here for more information- Certificate in Social Business.

Core Courses

In both the Minor and Certificate Programs, students will take three new courses focused on social business:

BUS/ECON/SOC 203: Introduction to Social Business

Interdisciplinary overview of Social Business models and their application to social, economic, technological, cultural, political and environmental issues both locally and globally. Introduction to the finance and planning of Social Businesses, as well as comparisons to traditional and other alternative business models.

BUS/ECON/SOC 301: Social Business Planning

Addresses the major issues confronted when planning a social business: identification, diagnosis and measurement of social problem, elements of a social business plan including all types of resource flows, plausible forecasting about them, tax issues, and legal issues. Students will interact with an existing social business and research its business plan.

BUS/ECON/SOC 498: Research in Social Business

Engage in the creation of original intellectual or creative work by collaborating with a faculty member on research of a social business. Includes in-depth and possible on-site study of a social business using knowledge from previous courses in the minor/certificate, and the writing of a case study about the chosen social business.

Elective Courses

For the Minor, students choose three of the following courses; for the Certificate, two of the following are required. For the Minor and Certificate, only one of the courses may be lower-division. Note that while the courses are categorized by theme, students are flexible to choose which three (or two) courses to take. 


Economics and Poverty

BUS 336/SOC 336 Social Entrepreneurship (3)
ECON 362 Environmental Economics (econ 110 and 111 prereq) (3, plus 6 prereq)
ECON 411 Economics of Entrepreneurship (econ 110 and 111 prereq) (3)
POLS 426 Politics of Developing Countries (pols 103 prereq) (3, plus 3 prereq)
ANTH/ECON 444 Values and Valuables (anth 102 or econ 110 prereq) (3, plus 3 prereq)
BUS 448/SOC 448/ ECON 448 Globalization and Development (soc 100 prereq) (3, plus 3 prereq)
ECON 473 Development Economics (econ 310 or 329 prereq; econ 110, 111, and math 140 or 150 prereq) (3, plus 12 prereq)


Science and Technology

BIOL 345/POLS 345 Science and Public Policy (3)
PHY 448 Team Based Research: Product Design for the Developing World (3)


Culture and Politics

ANTH 102 Cultural Anthropology (3)
GLST 200 Intro to Global Studies (3)
SOC 201 Social Problems (3)
CHS 292 Chicana/o Studies Service Learning and Civic Engagement (chs 100 prereq) (3, plus 3 prereq)
POLS 426 Politics of Developing Countries (pols 103 prereq) (3, plus 3 prereq)
ANTH/ECON 444 Values and Valuables (anth 102 or econ 110 prereq) (3, plus 3 prereq)

Health and Environment

ESRM 100 Intro to ESRM (3)
BIOL 333 Emerging Public Health Issues (3)
ESRM 340/POLS 340 Politics and the Environment (3)
CHS/NRS 343 Health Issues in the Latino/a Community (chs100 prereq) (3, plus 3 prereq)
BIOL 345/POLS 345 Science and Public Policy (3)
ESRM/SOC 440 Population Studies (soc 100, math 202 prereq) (3, plus 6 prereq)