Building upon Tulane University’s strengths in civic engagement and service learning, the Social Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship (SISE) minor provides students with skills to create a more just and equitable society. The five main SISE courses introduce students to concepts of social innovation, mindsets of human-centered design, and frameworks for social impact leadership.

Students in the minor develop an understanding of complex problems and engage in systems change thinking while developing a toolkit to create positive social and environmental change.


Spring 2017  Professors: Monhartova, Otten, Faughnan 
The introductory class gives students an appreciation for the field of social entrepreneurship and introduces students to several helpful frameworks that will be used in subsequent classes. Students will examine key concepts and the historical context, understand current theories and debates about social change, and discuss case studies of social entrepreneurs. The class will address two overarching tenets of SISE:

  • Social impact can best be created by moving towards blended models that connect and combine sectors in new ways and away from the current divisive approach of separate sectors.
  • Social mission and social impact are the primary focus – the key is understanding what your mission is and how you can create the greatest social impact.

Spring 2017 Professor:  Monhartova
This course assumes no prior background in business concepts and is open to declared SISE minors who have completed SISE 2010. The course is designed to give students basic competence in understanding and analyzing the core elements of sustainable business models. Through this course, students will gain a working vocabulary, theoretical toolkit, and fundamental technical skill set for operating in a business environment. Topics include accounting, finance, strategy, marketing, sales, operations, organizational structure and management.

Spring 2017 Professor: Schiller 
This course is a practical, experience-based introduction to design-thinking tools and techniques for SISE undergraduate minors from diverse departments across campus. Students will be exposed to applied research, ideation and problem-solving tools adapted from human-centered design and architecture. Using New Orleans as a laboratory and working with local partners, students will creatively and collaboratively address local community concerns, leading to a prototype for installation in a neighborhood. In addition, readings, case studies, lectures, and writing exercises will allow students to learn from these local design-thinking experiences to more fruitfully address global problems, such as climate change, poverty, and the AIDS pandemic, that they aim to pursue in their program major and SISE practicum.

Spring 2017 Professor: Barksdale
This seminar is about “Leadership” – how the term has been defined and studied, as well as how it has been practiced. On the one hand, the course will focus conceptually on the genealogies and evolution of the theory and practice of leadership. On the other hand, the course will assess the current state of leadership scholarship by engaging students with current leadership literature and thinking.  We will explore why leadership has taken on so many different definitions and delve into some of the major issues and debates in the field. Students will be guided in the development of their own leadership skills, as the course will require students to practice leadership both in the course and in the community.

Co-requisite: SISE 4050

View an up to date list of SISE-approved electives.

SISE offers some upper-level courses that fulfill 2nd tier service learning requirements. View the SISE approved elective page for more information. One of our suggested electives, SISE 4560, fulfills Tulane’s 2nd tier service-learning requirement through an intensive internship experience with a community partner. Click here for internship opportunities.

Spring 2017 Professor:  Barksdale, Faughnan 
Co-requisite: SISE-approved elective
The SISE Senior Seminar is a 1-credit, semester long course open to students have completed SISE 2010, SISE 2020, SISE 3010, and SISE 4020. Students can take SISE 4050 concurrently with their SISE-approved elective. The seminar will be open to students with senior standing that expect to graduate within the next two semesters. The goal of this course is to provide a final cohort experience and help students synthesize SISE with other academic and engaged learning experiences.

Pre-requisites, concurrent enrollment, and course substitutes:

  • ECON 1010 is no longer a pre-requisite for SISE 2020.

Note: All students must complete all requirements.  There are no exemptions.  Students who complete a business major or minor must take SISE 2020 and students who complete an architecture major or minor must take SISE 3010.

Important Notes on SISE Courses

  • SISE 2010 must be taken before registering for any upper-level courses
  • SISE 2010 includes a mandatory 20 hour service-learning component, regardless if students have completed their Tulane service-learning requirement. There are no exceptions to this requirement.
  • SISE 2020, 3010 and 4020 can be taken in any order but we strongly recommend course completion in this order
  • The one credit Senior Seminar must be taken simultaneously with a SISE approved elective.
  • SISE courses do not fulfill any departmental electives.
  • Learn more about the terms we use here.

Other Courses Offered

The Taylor Center also offers “Taylor Your Life“, a one-credit, career development lab.

Spring 2017 Professor: Lang
This career development lab applies methods and mindsets of design thinking to career development for undergraduate and graduate students.  Students will learn how to ideate multiple life paths, clarify their interests, focus and target their search, prototype and test elements of careers that interest them, learn how to market and brand themselves to stand out from the crowd, and map their community to effectively network with other changemakers around the world. By invoking curiosity, ideating multiple possibilities, prototyping and testing different pathways, and remaining centered on human relationships and communities, students will engage in a series of interactive, dynamic activities and learn how to design a life that makes a positive difference in the world and is “TAYLORed” to their unique life and personality. This course runs for eight weeks from 1/18 to 3/15.

Note: This course does not fulfill any SISE Minor requirements. For more information on the course, visit the Career Development page.


Students wishing to declare the SISE Minor can get their minor declaration signed by Anna Monhartova at the 4th floor of Howard Tilton Memorial Library on Tuesday or Thursday 12:30-1:30 PM or email amonhart@tulane.edu to set up a time.

Interested in an internship?

Click here for local internship opportunities with socially innovative organizations.

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