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Non-profit and Social Entrepreneurship

Non-profits and voluntary organizations employ 12 percent of Canada’s workforce and contribute $75.9 billion to the nation’s economy. These numbers continue to grow as business approaches are being used to talk about social issues like poverty or the environment. This means there is an increasing demand for business graduates in this sector. Students who choose this specialization are taught by faculty and practitioners in courses including Cross-Cultural and Diversity Management, Environmentally and Social Sustainable Business, and Managing Public, Non-Profit and Voluntary Organizations

Listed below are a few career paths in this stream:

  • Humanitarian Aid Worker
  • Sustainability Specialist
  • Government Policy Analyst
  • Development Director
  • Social Entrepreneurs

Course selection
In addition to the required general courses for a BCom, students specializing in Non-profit and Social Entrepreneurship must take the following:
BUSI 343 - Managing Public, Non-Profit and Voluntary Organizations
BUSI 345 - Cross-Cultural and Diversity Management
BUSI 348 - Operations Management
BUSI 430 - E-Commerce
Any Relevant BUSI 399 or 410 courses (Special Topics)

The timing of the program is very flexible, so you can plan your schedule to fit your needs.  Most students choose to take several business courses and then complete many foundation and breadth courses in the first year.  This is to give them greater flexibility in their second or third year to participate in an exchange at one of our partner institutions around the globe. Every student is assigned a faculty advisor to help with course selection throughout their program. 

Sample course schedule
The following is one example of what your course schedule could look like. Several courses, such as Leadership, are offered in the spring/summer semesters:

Year Fall Semester Winter Semester
1

BUSI 200 (Intro to Business)
BUSI 253 (Intro to Financial Accounting)
ENGL 204 (Intro to Literature I)
HIST 202 (European History)
ASTRO 200 (Intro to Astronomy I)
IS Conference 

BUSI 355 (Accounting)
ENGL 205 (Intro to Literature II)
HIST 204 (History 1500-Present)
ASTRO 201 (Intro to Astronomy II)
THEO 250 (Intro to the Bible)
IS Conference 
2 BUSI 345 (Cross-Cultural & Diversity Mgmt)
BUSI 320 (Statistics for Business)
BUSI 396 (Intro to Marketing)
PHIL 230 (Intro to Philosophy)
IS Conference 
BUSI 369 (Commercial Law)
PHIL 320 (Philosophy of Environment)
THEO 310 (Biblical Theological Themes)
MATH 200 (Intro Calculus)
Elective
BUSI 385 (Leadership - summer)
IS Conference 
or international exchange (required courses can be completed abroad or scheduled during a different semester) or international exchange (required courses can be completed abroad or scheduled during a different semester)
BUSI 339 (Org Behaviour & Mgmt)
BUSI 370 (Intro to Finance)
BUSI 489 (Internship Prep)
ECON 203 (Economics I)
BUSI 399 or 410 (Special Topic)
Elective
IS Conference
BUSI 343 (Managing Public, Non-Profit & Voluntary Orgs)
BUSI 365 (Business, Society & Environment)
ECON 204 (Economics II)
BUSI 490 (Internship -Spring/Summer)
Elective
IS Conference 
 or international exchange (required courses can be completed abroad or scheduled during a different semester) or international exchange (required courses can be completed abroad or scheduled during a different semester)
 4  BUSI 348 (Operations Mgmt)
BUSI 420 (Business Ethics)
BUSI 471 (Business Strategy)
ARTH 200 (Intro to Art History I)
Elective 
BUSI 344 (Human Resources)
BUSI 496 (Senior Business Project)
BUSI 399/410/499 (Special Topic or Directed Studies)
CMNA 201 (Intro to Communication Arts)