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Entrepreneurial Studies

This experiential minor program readies students to start their own businesses and work for small businesses.


The Entrepreneurial Studies Experiential Minor prepares liberal arts majors (specifically non-business majors) for either starting their own business or working in small business. The minor provides graduates with formal documentation of their competence in entrepreneurship.

Unlike a traditional minor, a substantial portion of this program involves an experiential component in which students work with either a faculty member in concert with the EDGE Center or at a small business. 

Business administration majors are eligible to complete the minor.

Experiential Minor requirements

Four core academic courses (16 credits). Student must get a C or better in these courses

BUSN 320 - Marketing for Non-Business Majors or BUSN 321 - Marketing

ACCT 200 - Accounting Fundamentals or ACCT 201 - Principles of Accounting I

BUSN 308 - Entrepreneurship for Non-Business Majors or BUSN 309 - Entrepreneurship

Effective decision making (choose one of the following courses)

ACCT 314 - Tax Accounting

HIST 336 - A Consumer's Republic

PUBH 350 - Health Behavior and Promotion

PHIL 301 - Game Theory

PHYS 370 - Engineering Design

REL 356 - Business Ethics

Experiential Component: To culminate the experiential minor, students will be expected to engage in a four-credit experience to fulfill the requirements of the minor. This four-credit component can be fulfilled by completing one of the two following options.

The student writes an in-depth and extensive business plan. The plan will include extensive customer research, marketing plan, financial projections and break even analysis. The student will be expected to research the smallest details of their business, including but not limited to, insurance and utility costs for their enterprise. Students are also expected to validate their idea with bankers, investors, or SCORE throughout the planning process. This is expected to take 200 hours of work supervised by the director of the EDGE Center. This will be considered an internship for credit purposes.

The student can complete a four-credit internship at an entrepreneurial firm or organization. The firm is expected to be in the formative stage of the life cycle. Managers must agree to train the student and provide them a unique experience at the firm that they would not receive at a more mature organization. This must be pre-approved by the director of the EDGE Center. 

For more information and other official requirements, please see the Course Catalog linked on this page.

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