In fall 2008, Belmont University became one of the first institutions of higher education in the United States to offer an undergraduate major in Social Entrepreneurship. The program prepares students to engage and transform the world through the formation or expansion of ventures that will create social change. Our social entrepreneurs will be grounded in faith and values, shaped through experiential education and practical experience, and informed through the knowledge and skills drawn from diverse academic areas of study.
What People Say About the Belmont Social Entrepreneurship Program:
"In the new economics reality, nonprofits must be innovative in the ways they earn their revenues. Social entrepreneurship must replace traditional fundraising events. For this to happen, a new generation of nonprofit leaders must understand the subject and have the capability of being creative and entrepreneurial." -Lewis Lavine, President, Center for Nonprofit Management
"I feel that social entrepreneurship is a meeting of practical business concepts and high moral aims to benefit humanity. This being the case, I feel that social entrepreneurship is exactly what I want to study in order to lead a fulfilling life while benefitting and working for my fellow human beings." -Paul Malone, Senior Honors Student and 2010 Social Entrepreneurship Graduate of Belmont University
"Belmont has developed an interdisciplinary and innovative response to the emerging field of social entrepreneurship. We will prepare students to be change agents and to go out and transform the world by addressing or helping to alleviate social problems." -Dr. Bernard Turner, Director, Center for Social Entrepreneurship and Service-Learning at Belmont University
"Belmont students helped transform our program! They listened to kids who felt like no one cared, read with kids who could not read and mentored kids who were in gangs, addicted to drugs and kicked out of school. They built meaningful relationships and cared despite the students behavior and loved despite the circumstances, They were a living example of what it means to serve." -Kent Miller, Former Program Manager at Rocketown