Entrepreneurship for Social Impact Minor

Created in partnership between Tufts University’s Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life and the Derby Entrepreneurship Center

The Entrepreneurship Minor for Social Impact

The Entrepreneurship for Social Impact Minor is designed for students who want to solve problems in today’s society and drive impact through innovation and new venture creation. Students build knowledge about societal issues via three civic studies courses offered by Tisch College and learn how to take practical action that drives change via three additional courses in entrepreneurship. These courses explore how to apply entrepreneurial thinking to starting, building, and running social enterprises, including mission-driven for-profit companies, nonprofits, and government agencies.

Throughout the minor, you will learn to become an active citizen who knows how to take the first step towards solving the important problems of the world, wherever your personal and professional journey may take you.

Entrepreneurship for Social Impact Minor Courses

The minor is open to all students across Tufts University. To fulfill the Entrepreneurship for Social Impact Minor, students take six courses.


  • CVS 0020/PHIL 0020/PS 0020: Introduction to Civic Studies
  • ENT 141/AMER 0141: Innovative Social Enterprises
  • Two additional Civic Studies courses from the approved list
  • Two additional Entrepreneurship Courses. (We strongly recommend you choose one of the following: ENT 101: Entrepreneurship and Business Planning or ENT 194.03: Creativity, Innovation, and Entrepreneurial Thinking.)

Earning the Minor

declare the minor

Students must declare the minor with the Registrar’s office. Please visit the Major and Minor Declaration page to learn more about this process. You can complete this process at any point during your experience with the Entrepreneurship for Social Impact Minor.

Complete the minor certification form

After declaring the minor with Student Services, students must complete the Minor Certification Form. This can be completed before you have finished all required courses and before you have received final grades. Once the form is approved, we will return a signed copy to the student’s email address. Students will then bring the signed form to Student Services before their graduation period’s deadline.