Florida State University

Interdisciplinary Social Science Program

College of Social Sciences & Public Policy

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Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Student in the Interdisciplinary Social Sciences have the option to pursue two pathways in the Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship Program (SIE),
with a Specialization or/and Concentration.

In the SIE Program students can expected to be fostered in the following competencies, attributes, and values. Empathy Leadership Curiosity Creativity Collaboration/Teamwork Self-Awareness
Emotional/Social Intelligence Global Awareness Cross-Cultural Competence Social Justice Community Empowerment Optimism Grit/Resilience/Perseverance Systems Perspective Ethical/Integrity

Mission Statement

“To inspire, prepare, and support a community of innovative and entrepreneurial leaders who apply a human-centered and systems mindset and skillset to systemically address the urgent social &
environmental challenges in our rapidly-changing world.”

Defining Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Social innovation & entrepreneurship is an interdisciplinary approach to creating systems-level change that applies the best thinking and practices from across the nonprofit/civic, private, and public sectors.
It aims to address a complex problem or “unjust equilibrium” through which the value created is targeted primarily to a segment of society experiencing marginalization or to society as a whole.

This approach includes:

  • Understanding a social/environmental problem through a lens of empathy, including its social, political, economic, cultural, environmental, and personal dimensions.
  • Identifying an opportunity; ideating, testing, and refining an innovative, impactful, and systemic approach to the problem through a human-centered process that is
    iterative and collaborative; and ensuring that its social value proposition is realized for the key stakeholders.
  • Implementing and scaling that approach or social innovation through a sustainable social impact model—via a mission-driven, triple bottom line-focused organization or partnership
    such as a social enterprise, high-impact nonprofit, socially-responsible business, or cross-sector/collective impact initiative.

Student in the Interdisciplinary Social Sciences have the option to pursue two pathways in the Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship Program (SIE), with a Specialization or/and Concentration. .
The Interdisciplinary Social Science (ISS) Program within COSSPP offers a specialization and a secondary concentration in Social Innovation & Entrepreneurship. The 33-credit Specialization emphasizes an
interdisciplinary understanding of complex problems, a human-centered design to social innovation, a holistic, systems-based and cross-sector, collective impact approach to “solution” finding, and a global
perspective. The secondary concentration consists of four courses.


Application Process

Students must apply to enroll in the program. Admission is limited to 20 students per academic year. The application process is on a rolling basis. Applications must be emailed to Bruce
Manciagli at: bmanciagli@fsu.edu

Admission Requirements

  • Minimum of 3.0 GPA for consideration into the ISS SIE Specialization.
  • Completed application and 1 faculty recommendation.
  • Successful completion of ISS3241: Foundations of Social Innovation & Entrepreneurship with a grade of C or higher.
    (If you wish to apply while you are currently enrolled in ISS 3241, you may apply after the 8th week of class.)
  • Applications must be submitted before completing two of the core courses in “SIE Fundamentals” (Foundations, Methods,
    Applied/Experiential Learning, and Capstone) for and before completing two of the four required courses in your chosen issue area in “SIE Focused Studies.”

Questions can be addressed to Bruce Manciagli, Social Entrepreneur in Residence, College of Social Sciences & Public Policy: bmanciagli@fsu.edu.

For more information and required courses click here.


Course Requirements (updated October 21, 2019)

Although designed as a secondary concentration with the Interdisciplinary Social Sciences (ISS) Program, the ISS Social Innovation & Entrepreneurship (SIE) Secondary Concentration is open to
students across campus. In order to complete the SIE Secondary Concentration, students are required to successfully complete the following:

  • Foundations of Social Innovation & Entrepreneurship course (ISS 3241)
  • Three electives chosen from the list below of pre-approved skill-based courses from within COSSPP and across the university.

The skill-based electives include courses focused on designing and implementing social enterprise and innovation, practice in the field (internships), entrepreneurship, leadership, research
methods & inquiry, intercultural communication, funding and resource development, finance and accounting, and marketing.

To encourage the cultivation of a diverse set of requisite skills, each elective must come from a different skill area (in other words, students may only apply one course from any one skill area).
Students are also encouraged to take relevant “issue/theory-based” courses focused on the issue areas they are interested in and passionate about, such as international development, environment, poverty,
education, etc. (although these courses will not count towards meeting the SIE Concentration requirements).


Required Course:

  • ISS 3241 Foundations of Social Innovation & Entrepreneurship (3) (Interdisciplinary Social Sciences)
  • Skill-Based Electives:

    Students must complete three electives, with each elective coming from a different skill area.

Capstone: Designing & Implementing Social Enterprise and Innovation

  • ISS 4931 (Section) Leading Social Enterprise and Innovation (3)
  • PAD 4936 Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation (3) (Public Administration and Policy)
  • ECS3022 Social Entrepreneurship and Economic Development

SIE Internships

ISS 4944 (Section) SIE Internship through ISS Internship Course (3) The ISS Social Innovation & Entrepreneurship program helps students tie theory to practice through competitive local,
national, and international internships. These experiential education opportunities help students integrate theory and knowledge from the classroom with practical application and skill development in a
professional setting. By partnering with a diverse set of social enterprises and forward-thinking organizations in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors, these unique opportunities allow students to
pursue their unique interests and passions, practice creativity, leverage their skills and knowledge to create social impact and increase social value, and be mentored as they develop the skills, integrity,
and tenacity of our best social entrepreneurs, leaders, and innovators. (Must be an SIE Internship with Bruce Manciagli as instructor.)

Innovation/Social Innovation/Human-Centered Design

  • ENT3607. Innovation by Design (3).
  • ISS 4931 (Section) Human-Centered Design for Social Innovation (3) Prerequisite: ISS 3241 Foundations of Social Innovation & Entrepreneurship; Instructor Permission Required.


  • ENT 3423. Funding Sources for Entrepreneurial Opportunities (3)(ENT 3003 or both ENT 2010 and ENT 2011 are ideally taken beforehand, but are not required.)
    (Jim Moran School – Entrepreneurship)
  • ENT 3173 Franchising (3). Prerequisites: ENT 3003 or both ENT 2010 and ENT 2011. (Jim Moran School – Entrepreneurship)
  • ENT 3203 Managing Growth (3). (Jim Moran School – Entrepreneurship)
  • ENT 4114. Business Plan Design (3) Prerequisite: ENT 3423. (Jim Moran School – Entrepreneurship)
  • * ENT 3003. Introduction to Entrepreneurship (3). (Jim Moran School – Entrepreneurship) [* This is not a skill-based course – and will not count towards the
    Concentration – but is recommended – although not required – to take before the Entrepreneurship courses listed above.]

Nonprofit Management

  • PAD 4144 – Managing the Nonprofit Organization.


  • PAD 4332. Strategic Leadership for Communities (3). (Public Administration and Policy)
  • INR 3932-03 Intercultural Dialogue and Leadership Seminar (3). (International Relations) (Also listed under Intercultural Communication; Note that this course has very limited openings for undergraduate students.)
  • LDR 3215. Leadership and Change (3). (Educational Leadership and Policy Studies)
  • ISS 4931 (Section). Social Science Scholars Leadership Seminar (3). Only open to Social Science Scholars.

Research and Evaluation Methods

  • ISS 3330 (Section). Interdisciplinary Social Science Research Methods (3)
  • SYA 4300. Methods of Social Research (3).
  • ECP 4618. Research Methods for Studying Housing, Land, and Cities (3).
  • PAD 4432. Program Evaluation (3).

Intercultural Communication

  • INR 3932-03 Intercultural Dialogue and Leadership Seminar (3). (International Relations) (Also listed under Leadership; Note that this course has very limited openings for undergraduate students.)

Funding and Resource Development

  • SOW 4454. Grant Writing and Grant Management (3). (Social Work) (This course has very limited spaces for non-Social Work students on a case-by-base basis; interested students should consult the instructor.)
  • PAD 4936. Fundraising and Fund Development (3). (Public Administration and Policy)
  • ENT 3423. Funding Sources for Entrepreneurial Opportunities (3). Prerequisites: ENT 3003 or both ENT 2010 and ENT 2011. (COB – Entrepreneurship) (Also listed under Entrepreneurship)

Finance and Budgets

  • PAD 4223. Budgets and Finances in Managing Public Affairs (3). (Public Administration and Policy)


  • MAR 3023. Basic Marketing Concepts (3). Prerequisites: ECO 2023 and one behavioral science course.