EOS Curriculum

The best way to predict the future is to create it.

 

Every one of us must ask, “What can I do, and what we can we do, as a community to frame the vexing problems of our time, find collaborators and together explore and discover solutions?”

The interdisciplinary minor in Entrepreneurship, Organizations, and Society (EOS) offers students a knowledge framework and practical competencies to make a positive contribution to communities, locally and globally.

Envisioning socially impactful action requires an understanding of problems from multiple perspectives, of difference along multiple axes, of the dynamics of organizations, and of individual and collective agency in social context. And advancing solutions demands creative thinking, resilience and risk-taking, collaboration with multiple stakeholders, and command of basic business practices.

In EOS, students learn to develop such understandings and competencies through engagement in four subject areas, applied learning experiences, and connections with practitioners in the field.

Curriculum

A student minoring in EOS must take one course from each subject area, with at least one course at the 300 level.  

Entrepreneurship

Being an entrepreneur in today’s rapidly changing world requires the ability to apply critical, analytical and creative thinking to the global and local problems at hand, process large amounts of information from a range of knowledge areas, work in teams, assess financial resource requirements and feasibility, and communicate effectively. In these courses, students start to develop these capabilities.

  • EOS 210: Entrepreneurship: Opportunity and Impact
  • EOS 229: Entrepreneurship Start-ups and Social Entrepreneurship
  • EOS 310: Social Entrepreneurship Capstone

Organizations and Power

Organizations are central structures of society. Nonprofits, public institutions, and private businesses are all shaped by the particular histories, legal traditions, and relationships of power in different societies. To function well in organizations and leverage them to affect social needs, students need to understand the roles of different types of organizations, hierarchies of power, regulatory frameworks, social impacts, and ethical decision-making in organizational structures. These courses provide students with such understandings.

  • ECON 280: Nonprofit Business Practice  
  • EOS 299 (03): Individuals and Organizations
  • ECON 205: Women in Business
  • ECON 345: Corporate Governance
  • SOC 316: The Business of Culture: Marketing & Selling Symbolic Goods  
  • EOS 260: Business and Entrepreneurship Ethics  
  • SOC 316: Sociology of Organizations   

Structures of Inequality

To effect positive change, students need to understand the structures of inequality underlying many of the problems they aim to address. In these courses, students learn how systemic forces shape inequality along different axes (e.g., race, class, gender, sexuality, religion, and nationality), and how individual, collective and government actions interact with these dynamics in pursuit of greater social justice.

  • ES 210: Political Ecology
  • GEOG 208: Global Movements: Migrations, Refugees, & Diasporas
  • LATST 201: Introduction to Latina/o Studies: Structural Inequalities
  • POL 302: Urban Policy
  • SPAN 250: Spanish Migrations
  • HIST 214: History of Global Inequality
  • GEOG 313: Third World Development
  • ECON 314: Economic Development in the Age of Contested Globalization  

Financial Analysis

Assessing, accessing and effectively employing resources to address social needs are important elements of entrepreneurship. In these courses students learn and gain practice in understanding, analyzing and using financial resource information and processes.

  • EOS 239 Fundamentals of Business Organizations and Finance
  • Econ 270: Accounting   

Students minoring in EOS choose one approved course from each of the four areas, with at least one course at the 300 level. We strongly encourage students to integrate their course work with applied learning experiences and to interact with practitioners in their field. Students should select a coherent set of courses and applied learning experiences that fit their specific interests and aspirations. We urge students to seek advice from the member of the EOS committee who best matches their interest.

Zhang Yang next to a tray of macaroons.

Applying Asian studies to business

Audrey Zhang Yang ’13: My experiences and connections at Mount Holyoke continue to motivate me to thrive in many areas of my post-graduate life.
Clinton Global Initiative University

Clinton Global Initiative University

MHC students take action on pressing global issues—from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe—through CGI U and with support from the McCulloch Center.
Woyneab Habte '17, Mount Holyoke College

Creating jobs for Ethiopian college women.

Empowered by the skills she gained at Mount Holyoke, Woyneab Habte ’17 founded a copy shop in her country to provide peers an alternative to sex work.