ACADEMICS & ADVISING
SOCIAL IMPACT & RESPONSIBILITY CONCENTRATION
Second Concentration Only
Department website: http://lgst.wharton.upenn.edu/
Prof. Philip Nichols (215.898.9369) and Lauretta Tomasco (632 JMHH, 215.898.1166)
The social impact & responsibility (SI&R) concentration seeks to examine the question: "How should business enterprises and business thinking be engaged to improve society in areas not always associated with business?" SI&R is an inter-disciplinary field that encourages students to approach their core courses and primary concentration courses from a socially oriented perspective.
Students will take one foundation course, one focus course, one application course, and one elective. One of the four credits for the concentration must contain a significant experiential component that gives students the opportunity to pursue field work or an in-depth project. The experiential requirement can be either course-based (e.g., a socially oriented project for the Wharton Field Challenge, an academically based community service course, or any other relevant course with a strong field component) or an independent study completed under the supervision of a faculty member. Students can use the experiential component to count as their elective, and under certain circumstances, the experiential component can also fulfill the application course requirement.
Required (foundation course)
- LGST 230: Social Impact & Responsibility
Plus one of (focus course):
- FNCE 230: Urban Fiscal Policy
- FNCE 381: Impact Investing
- HCMG 204: Comparative Healthcare Systems
- HCMG 213: Healthcare Strategy & Management
- LGST 202: Law of Corporate Management and Finance
- LGST 210: Corporate Responsibility and Ethics*
- LGST 215: Environmental Management
- LGST 216: Emerging Economies
- LGST 220: International Business Ethics
- LGST 224: Human Rights and Globalization
- MGMT 209: Political Environment of the Multinational Firm
- MGMT 625: Corporate Governance, Executive Compensation and the Board
- MKTG 233: The Social Impact of Marketing (0.5 CU)
Plus one of (application course):
- BEPP 214: Nonprofit Sector - Economic Challenges and Strategic Responses
- BEPP (BPUB) 261: Risk Analysis and Environmental Management
- BEPP (BPUB) 288: International Industrial Development Strategies
- BEPP (BPUB) 289: Nations, Politics and Markets
- HCMG 212: Healthcare Quality and Outcomes
- HCMG 302: Economics and Financing of Health Care Delivery
- LGST 213: Legal Aspects of Entrepreneurship
- LGST 231: Sports Ventures and Social Impact
- MGMT 212: Entrepreneurship & Societal Wealth Venturing
- MGMT 235: Technological Innovation and Entrepreneurship
- MGMT 255: Community Reinvestment
- MGMT 283: Strategies for Economic Inclusion
Plus one elective course:
Electives can fall under multiple categories. Students may choose to take a focus or application course. Additionally, students can choose to take a relevant non-Wharton course with the approval of the concentration advisor (for example, Urban Education).
Plus one experiential component:
Must be approved by concentration advisor. The experiential component of the SI&R concentration is described in greater detail above.
* If LGST 210 is taken as Societal Environment requirement, it may not be taken as a focus course.