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Social entrepreneurship is an emerging field in which passionate people driven by a desire to change the world lead, design, and launch businesses that solve social problems. This course specifically looks at how innovative people in China and the U.S. use business approaches to address poverty, environmental concerns, migrant education, caring for an aging population, urban unemployment, health care, orphan child welfare, women's rights, incarceration and other issues. This course explores China's social entrepreneurial landscape and similarities and differences between China and the U.S. In addition to classroom learning, students will engage in an industry immersion at the Dandelion School, a middle school in Beijing that serves the city's large and expanding migrant population. By volunteering at the school, students gain first-hand knowledge of how one venture is attempting to address one of China's greatest social problems: migrant education.


Sponsored by College of Liberal Arts


  • HIS 317L - History of Social Entrepreneurship in the U.S and China and
    L A 119 - Social Entrepreneurship in China

Academic Information

Students earn 4 hours of in-residence credit. LA 119 meets on campus during Spring term. HIS 317L starts at the end of May in China; both are part of spring registration. Grades are factored into the UT GPA. Courses meet core curriculum requirements for history and meets the Global Cultures and Ethics & Lead course flags.


Dr. Devin Walker will teach HIS 317L. Dr. Walker is the Director of Global Leadership and Social Impact with the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement. Guest professor, Dr. Anthony Brown, Department of Curriculum and Instruction, College of Education.

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Service Learning/Internship

  • Service Learning - Yes
  • Internship - No

Open To

Students from all colleges and schools

Program Cost

2019 Program Fee: $2950. Includes $500 non-refundable deposit, program activities, housing, local transportation and cell phone. Program fee does not include airfare, personal expenses, most meals, insurance and visa/passport costs.

Program Dates:

- Maymester
  • May 30, 2019 to June 27, 2019
  • Final Deadline: December 1, 2018

Application Code


Additional Resources

Program Website

Next Step

Application deadline extended to Dec. 1, 2018! Learn more by attending an information session, meeting with the professor, program coordinator, or a peer adviser. For more info contact Christian Fredericks at

Program information above is subject to change