Social Entrepreneurship Learning Model
The Brock Social Entrepreneurship Program has three key, but interlinked, components. Students follow a rigorous curriculum that offers the necessary skills to design, operate, and grow an effective social enterprise. This material is matched with internships at successful social enterprises in both the for-profit and nonprofit sectors. Finally, students put their ideas to the test. Based on a program pioneered by MIT’s Poverty Action Lab, our students rigorously test new and innovative project ideas in a controlled and scientifically based environment.
In the Brock Social Entrepreneurship Program, we merge theory and practice from the start. Our students take what they have learned in the classroom and put it to work through internships and our experiential lab sections. Through our partnership with the Frances Marlin Mann Center for Ethics and Leadership, our students actively engage in ethical reflection during each stage of the program. This learning cycle creates graduates with the technical skills, practical experience, and ethical core to engage today’s complex social challenges.
What makes our program unique:
Unlike many programs of its type, our courses and faculty are spread across the Brock School of Business. Our interdisciplinary approach ensures that your peers in the program are just a likely to aspire to the corporate boardroom as a local nonprofit. From urban farming in downtown Birmingham to micro-lending in Lima, Peru, our students get a global perspective of Social Entrepreneurship and learn skills that extend to an entire world of opportunity.
The Brock Social Entrepreneurship Program is driven by the mission of Samford, informed by our collective Faith, and in the business of a better tomorrow for all.