The required entrepreneurship courses occur in a three (3) semester sequence starting in your first or second semester of your junior year (but no later than the first semester of your senior year).
ENT-101, MKT-210, SBS-220, and MKT-220(MKT-220 may be taken concurrently)
How do you create value within a new venture or existing firm? Entrepreneurs will explore their innovative mindset, action orientation, and willingness to assume the responsibility necessary to bring new products, services and businesses to the market. Methods of detecting pain or gaps in the market place (idea generation), pursuing dreams, and utilizing design thinking, as well as business models around leveraging new opportunities will be explored. Students will gain the knowledge necessary for generating and vetting opportunities.
ENT-280, ENT-309, ACCT-201, ACCT-202, FIN-200, SBS-220 and Junior Standing
This course provides students with the legal and financial information they need to successfully start, grow, or introduce innovation to a business concern (both for profit and non-profit). Legal topics covered include business formation, hiring and firing, compensation, contracts, intellectual property, patents, types of ownership, trade and service marks. Financial topics include access to capital, cash flow analysis, financial statements and planning, and tax planning.
ENT-300, ENT-319, MKT-220 and Junior standing
How does protection of intellectual property, and human, physical, and financial capital add value to the new or existing organization? Entrepreneurs will learn appropriate legal protections related to people and property associated with the firm. Major topics covered will include 1)legal protection (patents, copyrights, trademarks, service marks, trade secrets, business organizations, confidentiality and non-disclosure agreements, employment agreements, stock/ownership restrictions), 2)human resources(creating and managing teams, hiring, firing, organizational structure, employment/independent contractor issues, and compensation strategies), and 3)growing business value(merger, acquisition, and other expansion techniques).
In addition to the above four (4) courses, students from the College of Arts & Sciences are required to take ENT 101 Business Foundations (formerly SBS 101) before starting the entrepreneurship minor.