Social Impact Core

Inside the Stern classroom, you will take part in the groundbreaking Social Impact Core curriculum. You will gain practical, real-world experience while exploring various experiential and minor offerings, including Social Entrepreneurship and Public Policy and Management.

Social Impact Core
The Social Impact Core is a four-year, four-course sequence designed to highlight the interconnectedness between business and other societal institutions.

In the Social Impact Core, you will take the following courses:
  • Business and Its Publics: This course combines a lecture series with small group discussion sections to introduce you to the many interconnections between business, society, markets, politics, art, culture, and life.
  • Organizational Communication and Its Social Context: This course reiterates themes introduced in Business and its Publics, as you study social processes of influence and persuasion and learn how to most effectively communicate your own verbal and written messages to different audiences.
  • Law, Business and Society: In this course you will study the role of law in shaping and governing the conduct of business and the role of commerce in our society.
  • Professional Responsibility and Leadership: Senior year, you will complete the social impact sequence with a course focusing on issues of professional responsibility.
Co-concentrate in Sustainable Business
Develop the perspective and future skills necessary to position yourself to lead organizations that effectively create economic, social and environmental value with the Sustainable Business Co-concentration.

Experiential Learning
Stern International Volunteers
Stern International Volunteers is an international service-learning course. It’s overall objective is to explore how business can create ‘shared value’ for the world’s ‘bottom billion'.

Experiential Learning Seminar: Social Impact at Work
The Experiential Learning Seminar: Social Impact at Work course is an experiential learning laboratory involving project-based collaboration among students, faculty, and community organizations.

Joint-School Minors
Social Entrepreneurship
Courses in the Social Entrepreneurship minor explore the concept of students as “changemakers”, entrepreneurship, and the implications of the domestic and international rise in social entrepreneurialism.

Public Policy and Management
The Public Policy and Management minor enables students to study the influences of politics and policy, explore sustainability issues, and understand the nuances of effective leadership.