COE: BES: Social Entrepreneurship
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Social entrepreneurs drive social change. They work in community and organizational contexts, harnessing creativity, innovation, and design thinking to meet the needs of people and the world around us. UMSL’s BES program with an emphasis in Social Entrepreneurship prepares students to design and implement action plans, build organizational and operational capacity, and accomplish their goals through social innovation.

In UMSL’s BES program, students gain skills and insights that can be applied as developers of educational products or services, program directors, community service professionals, and leaders of social ventures. For social entrepreneurship, half the skillset is business-oriented; thus, students take entrepreneurship courses offered through UMSL’s College of Business. But students also gain skills that help them work with others to address needs in society, especially needs related to social justice, education, and empowerment. Through the BES program, students have the opportunity to earn specific credentials and pursue academic minors related to their career goals. This degree program does not lead to Missouri teacher certification.

Internship experiences are a transformative part of an UMSL BES student’s coursework, allowing them to apply their knowledge and skills in a community-based context. BES students have pursued internship experiences at St. Louis institutions such as Beyond Housing, the Little Bit Foundation, Paraquad, and UMSL’s Community Innovation and Action Center. Internships and other service learning opportunities put students in contact with youth, women, children, veterans, and community residents of all ages. Internship projects allow students a chance to propose and/or implement social change initiatives that are effective, collaborative, and sustainable.

Bachelor of Educational Studies (BES)

Contact Advisor:

Ellen Duncan

201 South Campus Classroom Building (SCCB)
p: (314) 516-5932

General Education Requirements

Students follow the University's General Education Requirements, Mathematical Skills, Advanced Expository Writing, American History and Government, and Cultural Diversity Requirements. Due to prerequisites of required courses all students must take PSYCH 1003 and POL SCI 1100. Students pursuing the Exercise Science emphasis area must take BIOL 1012BIOL 1013, and MATH 1030.

Foundations (Required Courses)

TCH ED 10011
TCH ED 20001
EDUC 20023
EDUC 2222undefined
ED PSY 22123
or CNS ED 3200
PHY ED 21363
EDUC 3170undefined
ED FND 32513
THEATR 3362undefined
MKTG 3721undefined
ED TECH 4302undefined
or ED TECH 4436
ED FND 43303
Total Hours17
Required Courses
ENT 10013
ENT 30403
ENT 40013
Elective Courses 112
Choose four of the following courses:
MKTG 3785
ST ART 2285
(Entrepreneurship for the Visual Arts)
MGMT 4614
SCMA 3301
SCMA 4347
Total Hours21