Entrepreneurship, Organizations, and Society

Overview and Contact Information

Every one of us must ask what can I do and what we can we do as a community to frame the vexing problems of our time, find collaborators and together explore and discover solutions.

The interdisciplinary minor in Entrepreneurship, Organizations, and Society (EOS) offers students a knowledge framework and practical competencies to make a positive contribution to communities, locally and globally.

Envisioning socially impactful action requires an understanding of problems from multiple perspectives, of difference along multiple axes, of the dynamics of organizations, and of individual and collective agency in social context. And advancing solutions demands creative thinking, resilience and risk-taking, collaboration with multiple stakeholders, and command of basic business practices.

In EOS, students learn to develop such understandings and competencies through engagement in four subject areas, applied learning experiences, and connections with practitioners in the field.

The curriculum consists of four subject areas:

  1. Entrepreneurship
  2. Organizations and Power
  3. Structures of Inequality
  4. Financial Analysis

Students minoring in EOS choose one approved course from each of the four areas, with one course at the 300 level. We strongly encourage students to integrate their course work with applied learning experiences and to interact with practitioners in their field. Student should select a coherent set of courses and applied learning experiences that fit their specific interests and aspirations. We urge students to seek advice from the member of the EOS committee who best matches their interest.

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This area of study is administered by an interdisciplinary committee:

James Hartley, Professor of Economics

Becky Packard, Professor of Psychology and Education

Eva Paus, Professor of Economics, On Leave 2019-2020

Michael Robinson, Professor of Economics

Preston Smith II, Professor of Politics

Eleanor Townsley, Andrew W. Mellon Professor of Sociology; Director of Nexus

Patricia Banks, Associate Professor of Sociology

Catherine Corson, Miller Worley Associate Professor of Environmental Studies, On Leave 2019-2020

Tian Hui Ng, Orchestra Director; Associate Professor of Music

Ali Aslam, Assistant Professor of Politics

Rick Feldman, Lecturer in Entrepreneurship, Organizations and Society; Entrepreneurship Coordinator

Requirements for the Minor

A minimum of 16 credits:

One course in Area One: Entrepreneurship4
One course in Area Two: Organizations and Power4
One course in Area Three: Structures of Inequality4
One course in Area Four: Financial Analysis4
Of the four courses, one must be at the 300 level
Total Credits16

EOS Course Offerings

EOS-210 Opportunities, Impact and Social Entrepreneurship

Fall. Credits: 4

Problem identification and analysis, opportunity recognition, and engaging with the local manifestation of global challenges is at the foundation of addressing social and environmental challenges, developing beneficial social impacts, and being engaged in all aspects of entrepreneurship. Students will learn about global-local intersection and about addressing significant problems through team projects to create an action, business, social enterprise or organization that involves local stakeholders and creates solutions. Project-based learning with readings, lectures, and classroom discussions.

Applies to requirement(s): Meets No Distribution Requirement
Other Attribute(s): Community-Based Learning, Speaking-Intensive, Writing-Intensive
R. Feldman
Restrictions: Course limited to sophomores, juniors and seniors

EOS-229 Enterprise Startups and Social Entrepreneurship

Not Scheduled for This Year. Credits: 4

This is a project-based experiential learning course teaching entrepreneurial teams to rapidly build, test, and cycle through models on the way to discovering and implementing an organization, designing and providing a product or service, and offering a solution to a global-to-local problem. Students will learn about and engage in the creation and building process, while exploring and discovering key issues in social impact, organizations and groups, creative solutions, economics, and finance. The course will adapt the Lean LaunchPad methodology, involve case-studies, and provide research and analytical articles.

Applies to requirement(s): Meets No Distribution Requirement
Other Attribute(s): Speaking-Intensive, Writing-Intensive
R. Feldman
Restrictions: Course limited to sophomores, juniors and seniors

EOS-239 Fundamentals of Business Organizations and Finance

Spring. Credits: 4

Students will create and manage organizations, learn from topical lectures, readings and case studies, and hear from guest speakers. The course will cover core organizations: not-for-profits, "C" corporations, "S" corporations, partnerships, and the LLC (limited liability company) plus special variations like workers cooperatives and social venture variations known as benefit corporations and L3C companies. Students will also learn how to analyze and present financial information and gain competency with basic spreadsheets and analytical tools. Finally, students will consider organizations in their social contexts, discussing the relationship of organization types to social issues at global and local scales.

Applies to requirement(s): Meets No Distribution Requirement
Other Attribute(s): Community-Based Learning, Speaking-Intensive, Writing-Intensive
R. Feldman
Restrictions: Course limited to sophomores, juniors and seniors

EOS-249 Ethics in Entrepreneurship and Business

Spring. Credits: 4

This course uses the traditional approaches of moral philosophy to explore ethical challenges and obligations faced by individuals, businesses, and organizations in an increasingly complex global environment. Through the consideration of philosophical theories and particular cases we will explore issues such as the nature of a business or organization (are they the kinds of things that have rights and responsibilities, or can be harmed?); rights and responsibilities of workers, managers, and owners; morally acceptable risks; ethical issues in marketing; and making ethical choices in a global business environment.

Crosslisted as: PHIL-260EB
Applies to requirement(s): Humanities
L. Sizer

EOS-295 Independent Study

Fall and Spring. Credits: 1 - 4

The department
Instructor permission required.

EOS-295P Independent Study with Practicum

Fall and Spring. Credits: 1 - 4

Instructor permission required.

EOS-299ND Topic: 'Individuals and Organizations'

Fall. Credits: 4

This course focuses on individual and small-group behavior in the organizational setting. The class will focus on: (1) understanding human behavior in an organizational context; (2) understanding of oneself as an individual contributor and/or leader within an organization, and ways to contribute to organizational change; (3) intergroup communication and conflict management; and (4) diversity and organizational climate.

Crosslisted as: PSYCH-212
Applies to requirement(s): Social Sciences
B. Packard
Restrictions: Course limited to sophomores, juniors and seniors

EOS-310 Social Entrepreneurship Capstone

Spring. Credits: 4

Project-based learning course: students bring ideas, projects, and plans to develop toward implementation. Learn about organization startup in social and environmental context. Students engage in class discussions and attend short lectures and, working individually or in teams, develop projects to an implementation stage. Results include having a well-designed solution that delivers real benefit to identified stakeholder(s).

Applies to requirement(s): Meets No Distribution Requirement
Other Attribute(s): Community-Based Learning, Speaking-Intensive, Writing-Intensive
R. Feldman, V. Pastala
Instructor permission required.
Prereq: EOS-210 or EOS-229.

EOS-349NQ Topic: 'Organizations and Inequality'

Not Scheduled for This Year. Credits: 4

In Organizations and Inequality, we analyze how organizations create, reproduce, and also potentially challenge social inequalities. Drawing on different organizational perspectives, students will engage the challenges of ethical action in a complex world marked by competing rationalities and deep inequalities. Students will also research an organization of which they are a member and develop their own case study.

Crosslisted as: SOCI-316NQ
Applies to requirement(s): Social Sciences
E. Townsley
Prereq: SOCI-123.

EOS-395 Independent Study

Fall and Spring. Credits: 1 - 8

The department
Instructor permission required.

Courses Counting toward the Minor in Entrepreneurship, Organizations, and Society

A student minoring in EOS must take one course from each subject area, with at least one course at the 300 level. 

Area One: Entrepreneurship

Being an entrepreneur in today’s rapidly changing world requires the ability to apply critical, analytical and creative thinking to the global and local problems at hand, process large amounts of information from a range of knowledge areas, work in teams, assess financial resource requirements and feasibility, and communicate effectively. In these courses, students start to develop these capabilities.

ECON-249ENTopics in Economics: 'Global Entrepreneurship'4
Environmental Studies
ENVST-233CSTopics in Environmental Studies: 'Introduction to Environmental Entrepreneurship: Campus Sustainability'4
Entrepreneurship, Orgs & Soc
EOS-210Opportunities, Impact and Social Entrepreneurship4
EOS-229Enterprise Startups and Social Entrepreneurship4
EOS-310Social Entrepreneurship Capstone4

Area Two: Organizations and Power

Organizations are central structures of society. Nonprofits, public institutions, and private businesses are all shaped by the particular histories, legal traditions, and relationships of power in different societies. To function well in organizations and leverage them to affect social needs, students need to understand the roles of different types of organizations, hierarchies of power, regulatory frameworks, social impacts, and ethical decision-making in organizational structures. These courses provide students with such understandings.

Africana Studies
AFCNA-341SRTopics in Africana Studies: 'Topologies of Self-Reliance and Solidarity in Collective Action in African Communities'4
ECON-249EDTopics in Economics: 'Economics of Education'4
ECON-280Non-Profit Business Practice4
ECON-345Corporate Governance4
Educational Studies
EDUST-339EPSeminar in Educational Studies: 'Educational Policy'4
Entrepreneurship, Orgs & Soc
EOS-249Ethics in Entrepreneurship and Business4
EOS-299NDTopic: 'Individuals and Organizations'4
EOS-349NQTopic: 'Organizations and Inequality'4
POLIT-248GRTopics in Politics: 'Grassroots Democracy'4
POLIT-387BWAdvanced Topics in Politics: 'Black Women Activists'4
PSYCH-212Individuals and Organizations4
SOCI-316NQSpecial Topics in Sociology: 'Organizations and Inequality'4
SOCI-316SYSpecial Topics in Sociology: 'The Business of Culture: Marketing & Selling Symbolic Goods'4

Area Three: Structures of Inequality

To effect positive change, students need to understand the structures of inequality underlying many of the problems they aim to address. In these courses, students learn how systemic forces shape inequality along different axes (e.g., race, class, gender, sexuality, religion, and nationality), and how individual, collective and government actions interact with these dynamics in pursuit of greater social justice.

ECON-314Economic Development in the Age of Contested Globalization4
Environmental Studies
ENVST-210Political Ecology4
ENVST-242Global-Local Inequality and the Environment4
GEOG-208Global Movements: Migrations, Refugees and Diasporas4
GEOG-313Third World Development4
HIST-214History of Global Inequality4
HIST-357History of British Capitalism4
POLIT-252Urban Politics4
POLIT-302Urban Policy4
POLIT-354Social Housing4
SOCI-316RMSpecial Topics in Sociology: 'Consumer Culture: Race in the Marketplace'4
SPAN-230SPIdentities & Intersections: An Introduction: 'Black Spain'4

Area Four: Financial Analysis

Assessing, accessing and effectively employing resources to address social needs are important elements of entrepreneurship. In these courses students learn and gain practice in understanding, analyzing and using financial resource information and processes.

ECON-249METopics in Economics: 'Managerial Economics'4
Entrepreneurship, Orgs & Soc
EOS-239Fundamentals of Business Organizations and Finance4