The Minor in Entrepreneurship is an Interdisciplinary Minor designed for all majors and all career paths.
Entrepreneurship classes introduce students to an entrepreneurial skill set with significant emphasis on collaborative and creative learning, in addition to a more directed study of business methodology. A liberal arts education provides the necessary lens to view the entrepreneurial mindset and encourages students to find creative and innovative ways to apply their knowledge.
As part of the program students will learn to:
- Experiment with innovative ideas
- Seek professional and experienced advice from mentors
- Create opportunities that utilize their initiatives and their talents
- Apply the knowledge acquired within the public sphere
- Solve problems within traditional job settings using creative thought processes
The Minor in Entrepreneurship introduces students to the skills needed to effectively and creatively implement successful initiatives that will shape their community, lead to great personal satisfaction, and be a key economic driver. The ability to think creatively, examine challenges, and identify opportunities are important for lifelong success in all career paths.
Requirements: (15 credits)
ENTR201 The Entrepreneurial Mindset (3)
ENTR301 The Entrepreneurial Skill Set (3)
ENTR401 Entrepreneur in Action (3)
6 credits: Students will propose the completion of 6 additional credits relevant to their area of interest. Proposed studies are subject to the approval of the Program Director.
Entrepreneurship Courses (ENTR)
ENTR 201: The Entrepreneurial Mindset (3)
Fulfills core competency: Critical Thinking and Problem Solving. This course identifies and analyzes the values, abilities, and personal attributes of successful entrepreneurs. The primary premise of the course is that all people have the inborn ability to be successful. Students will be guided through a self awareness of the skills and attributes common to successful entrepreneurs. Concepts to be explored include creativity and innovation, creative problem solving and brainstorming, opportunity recognition, networking, technology utilization, effective written, verbal, and non-verbal communication, new venture development and entrepreneurship as it relates to profit, non-profit, and social ventures.
ENTR 301: The Entrepreneurial Skill Set (3)
Fulfills core competency: Critical Thinking and Problem Solving. In this course, students will develop the skills necessary to transition an idea into action. Building off of ENTR 201, students will utilize techniques to effect creative thinking in combination with the practical skills for implementation. They will learn how to identify the critical tasks and hurdles in building an entrepreneurial venture (social action, business idea, or other venture), brainstorm creative solutions, and identify the necessary means for realization. These challenges and resulting solutions will fall within the following categories: financing, planning, networking, and growing (or exiting) a business. Students will learn how to develop their leadership skills and organizational effectiveness with an emphasis on recognizing the critical importance of high ethical standards necessary for success. Prerequisite: ENTR 201. Offered As Needed.
ENTR 401: Entrepreneurship in Action (3)
Fulfills core competency: Critical Thinking and Problem Solving. This course is designed to explore entrepreneurial and business competencies by interconnecting ideas and objectives, through practical experience of assessing, planning, implementing, measuring and controlling a new business or social venture. Students will apply their knowledge of organizational management, best practices, problem solving, and strategic planning on real business scenarios. The course is relevant to entrepreneurs from all disciplines who want to develop or expand a venture in realistic terms, or to develop new ventures inside existing organizations. It is also relevant to students who are interested in pursuing social ventures, establishing non-profit organizations and creating a business with a strong mission. Prerequisites: ENTR-201; ENTR-301. Offered as needed.