Successful leaders do more than generate profit—they create social and economic value that creates positive change in their communities and worldwide.

Emmanuel’s Leading for Social Impact minor focuses on the skills and competencies needed to enact change by exploring environmental, social, and governance factors from a corporate perspective. Through research and the utilization of data, you will develop the skills to advance progress in equity, innovation, strategy and leadership. This interdisciplinary program includes electives in economics, sociology, biology, history, political science and more to truly tailor it to your interests, enabling you to make connections, hone critical thinking skills, and develop a personal leadership vision that will one day advance positive and effective change for your organization. 

The Curriculum

View the 2023-2024 Academic Catalog to find course titles, numbers and descriptions.

Requirements for a minor in Leading for Social Impact

The minor in Leading for Social Impact consists of three core courses and two elective courses focused on the pillars of ESG.

  1. MGMT2211 Leadership: Person and Process (SA)
  2. MGMT2310 Business Analytics
  3. MGMT3212 Leading for Social Impact (SJ)
  4. Choose one course from two of the following ESG dimensions:


  • BIOL2121 Human Health and the Environment (SJ)
  • ECON3115 Economics and the Environment 
  • HIST2103 Introduction to Environmental History (H)
  • PHYS1121/1122 Energy and the Environment (SI-L) 
  • PHYS2410/IDS2410 Sustainability Science 
  • SOC2705/POLSC2705 Sustainable Development: Paradigms and Policies


  • BIOL1999 Biology in the Larger World (SI)
  • ECON3113 Economics of Health Care
  • HIST1101 Introduction to Migration Studies (H) (SJ)
  • HIST2222 The Business of America: An Economic History of U.S. (H)
  • IDS1201 Perspectives on Public and Global Health
  • MGMT2307 Organizational Behavior (SA) (SS) (DM) 
  • PHIL2107 Philosophy of Justice & Equity (M) (ER)
  • POLSC2801 Food Policy and Social Justice (SA) (SS) (SJ)
  • PSYCH2211 Race, Gender and Sexuality: Intersection of Privilege and Oppression (SA) (SS) (DM)
  • SOC1111 Introduction to Social Work
  • SOC2105 Race, Ethnicity and Group Relations (SA) (SS) (DM)
  • SOC2123 Health Care: Systems, Structures and Cultures
  • SOC2127 Social Class and Inequality (SA) (SS)


  • PHIL1115 Recent Moral Issues (M) (ER)
  • PHIL1205 Health Care Ethics (M) (ER)
  • PHIL1207 Ethics at Work (M) (ER)
  • POLSC2409 The Politics of International Economic Relations (SS) 
  • POLSC2421 The Model United Nations
  • POLSC2603 Problems of Law and Society
  • POLSC2613 Law, Health and Public Policy
  • HONOR2601 Developing Leadership and Creating Community Change (SA) 

Upon completion of this course, students will have the ability to:

  • Develop a comprehensive understanding of the U.N.’s sustainable development goals and identify the responsibility of leaders in driving their organizations to meet these goals.
  • Learn to collect and analyze relevant data for measuring and assessing an organization’s impact on environmental, social, and governance externalities.
  • Develop a personal leadership vision and strategies for creating social impact in the context of organizational leadership.
  • Identify opportunities for leading change through the ESG (Environmental, Social, Governance) framework by engaging in the interdisciplinary study of issues faced in these contexts.
  • Understand the connections between public and private sector institutions and the shared responsibility for sustainability stewardship.