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Academics | Social Responsbility

Socially Responsible Leadership

The minor in socially responsible leadership provides students with the specific leadership, ethical, and technical skills necessary to effectively contribute to solving social problems in ethically responsible ways. The interdisciplinary approach recognizes that leadership is a concern in all areas of life. It also integrates moral and ethical frameworks with the analysis of communities from a variety of disciplinary perspectives and in various real-world scenarios.

Within the minor, students can choose from two different emphases: Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation; and Community Engagement and Service Learning. Each option will allow students to specialize in particular approaches to socially responsible leadership. The minor is designed for students who desire to contribute to the social good in the non-profit, educational, private, and public sectors.



Mary Avery


Jacqueline Clark

Marc Eaton

Paul Jeffries

Mollie Oblinger

Henrik Schatzinger

Paul Schoofs

David William Scott

Brian Smith

Emily Stovel


Socially Responsible Leadership

Requirements for a minor in socially responsible leadership:

Core requirements for a minor in socially responsible leadership:
REL 115, one ethics elective, and one leadership and management elective.

Social entrepreneurship and innovation emphasis: BSA 309 and BSA 310

Community engagement and service learning emphasis: IDS 330 and IDS 340

Ethics electives:
PHL 202: Business Ethics
PHL 241: Ethics 211
PHL 245: Professional Ethics
PHL 353: Human Rights
POL 346: Morality and Public Policy
REL 231: History of Christian Theology and Ethics
REL 321: Ethics and International Affairs (same as IDS 321 and POL 383)
REL 332: Comparative Religious Ethics

Leadership and management electives:
ANT 300: Topics in Anthropology: Activist Anthropology
ART 377: Arts Management
BSA 310: Nonprofit Organization Management
BSA 315: Strategic Management
BSA 413: Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management
ECO 354: Managerial Economics
PSC 225: Human Resource Management
PSC 226: Organizational Behavior
PSC 300: Departmental Studies: Personnel Selection
REL 235: Religious Models of Servant Leadership: Mohandas K. Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr.
SOC 201: Social Problems
SOC 301: Social Movements
SOC 304: Sociology of Inequalities
SOC 308: Public Sociology and Activism

Notes: A course may not be used to meet the emphasis requirement and the leadership and management elective. Please be aware that some electives may have prerequisites.

View the entire course catalog HERE.



Ripon College encourages all students to embrace a Four-Year Career Development Plan. This plan is based on the premise that career planning is a development process that involves learning and decision-making over an extended period of time.

First Year

  • Incoming students are assigned a Faculty Mentor based on their interest area(s). Please see the FACULTY tab under your major area;
  • All Freshman are required to enroll in a First-Year Seminar, which is designed as a transition from high school to college learning, providing an interdisciplinary introduction to the liberal arts and the pursuit of in-depth study;
  • Freshman are encouraged to meet the career development staff early on and complete interest and skills inventories, and self-assessment tools; and,
  • Attend the pre-Fall Break “Major Fest” to explore the various major options and career tracks.

Third Year

  • Assume leadership positions in on-campus clubs and organizations;
  • Participate in mock interviews with the Career Development Office;
  • Attend the Wisconsin Foundation of Independent Colleges Job Fair in February and other relevant career fairs;
  • If relevant, begin to research potential graduate school programs and take the appropriate entrance exam(s);
  • Continue to meet regularly with your Faculty Mentor;
  • Continue to build a solid network and a list of work references, and build your resume;
  • Consider off-campus study: Semester and/or alternative Spring Breaks;
  • Continue to job shadow; and,
  • Gain further career experience associated with your education during the academic year and as part of a summer job or internship.

Second Year

  • Get involved with on-campus clubs and organizations, athletic teams and/or intramural sports;
  • Attend the pre-Fall Break “Major Fest” to explore the various major options and career tracks;
  • Declare a major;
  • Meet regularly with your Faculty Mentor or match your interests with a faculty member in your major department. Determine which professors have areas of expertise most similar to your interests. Talk to people in the academic department to find out about faculty research, scholarly, and creative interests;
  • Attend on-campus career workshops;
  • Work with the Career Development Office to create an approved resume;
  • Job shadow people involved in various careers and professions of interest; and,
  • Gain further career experience associated with your education during the academic year and as part of a summer job or internship.

Fourth Year

  • Complete a Senior Capstone/Thesis in your major area(s);
  • Continue to meet regularly with your Faculty Mentor;
  • Perfect your interviewing skills;
  • Expand your existing network of contacts;
  • Finalize your resume and prepare cover letter;
  • Build a credential file in the Career Development Office;
  • Interview with on-campus recruiters;
  • Set-up informational interviews with target companies;
  • If relevant, apply to graduate school programs, and if necessary, re-take entrance exams; and,
  • Practice career goal-setting.


What can I do with a minor in Socially Responsible Leadership?

The minor in Socially Responsible Leadership will, in conjunction with other majors and minors, prepare students to be effective, socially responsible leaders in a variety of fields including non-profit, business, government, and education.

Creative Enterprise ConsultantsThe minor will, in particular, prepare students for work in the following career areas:

Non-profit management
Social innovation
Social entrepreneurship
Community organization
Social policy development
Social activism
Religious leadership


Off-Campus Study

Students on Service Project in JamaicaIn addition to the many opportunities that Ripon College offers to study around the world, in conjunction with the Center for Social Responsibility, students are encouraged to participate in the Project ME program. Every student is welcome and encouraged to participate in these specially designed alternative breaks. Students experience opportunities such as building a dam in Panama, constructing homes in Kentucky, assisting with a camp for visually impaired children and much, much more. You can learn more about Project ME: HERE.

You can learn more about other off-campus study options, on our Off-Campus Study Page.