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Undergraduate Business Majors

Given that 95% of all firms are considered small and medium enterprises and small businesses produce the majority of new jobs, the Entrepreneurship/Family Business major provides preparation in starting your own venture or working for a small, entrepreneurial, and/or closely-held firm. Emphasis is placed on practical issues and interactions with individuals who work with and/or advise such firms across individual, social, and corporate entrepreneurship. While it is anticipated that Entrepreneurship majors are interested in starting their own ventures, majors are also well-prepared to work for businesses and organizations that interact with small, entrepreneurial, and family ventures on a regular basis, including firms in the accounting, banking, financing, information systems, legal, and marketing industries.

The Entrepreneurship major includes the process of ideation, conceptualization, formulation, and implementation of new venture ideas. In addition, it includes detailed information on organizational forms (C-corps, S-Corps, partnerships, proprietorships, and LLC's); accounting, financial, information systems, tax, and legal issues for new venture start-ups as well as those issues that are unique to family and privately held firms. All Entrepreneurship majors are required to complete a senior capstone field experience in which they work directly with a small, entrepreneurial, closely held firm, larger organization, or non-profit to apply first hand the knowledge and skills gained throughout the curriculum.

While the aspiring entrepreneur will find this program quite appealing, students are well prepared to work for larger businesses and support organizations that interact with small, entrepreneurial, and family owned ventures. In addition, coupling the Entrepreneurship major with another major and/or minor enhances the student's entrepreneurial and/or organizational career options. For instance, a double major with information systems could lead to work as an independent consultant or work for a larger firm servicing small, entrepreneurial, and/or family owned ventures; a double major with accounting could lead to opening an independent tax consulting business or a career with a larger accounting firm in its small and medium sized business division.

While it is anticipated that Entrepreneurship majors are interested in starting their own ventures, majors are also well-prepared to work for business and organizations that interact with small, entrepreneurial, and family ventures on a regular basis. Although the Entrepreneurship major can be taken as a stand-alone major, it is structured to be an excellent double major with such other majors as Accounting, Finance, Marketing, Operations, and Information Systems.

Entrepreneurship Major Curriculum

Majors take a total of six courses (three required and three electives totaling eighteen semester hours) that cover the following five broad concepts: 

  • Developing Individual, Corporate, and Social Ventures 
  • Analyzing New Venture Finance 
  • Marketing the New Venture 
  • Securing Competitive Advantage 
  • Innovation, Validation, and Strategic Planning 

Required Courses (pre-requisites are noted in parenthesis)

Course Name and [Credit Hrs]

22-ENTR-4005 Essential Entrepreneurial Skills [3]

22-ENTR-5070 (BBA Junior Core) Entrepreneurship: New Venture Creation [3]

22-ENTR-5098 (22-ENTR-4005) Capstone in Entrepreneurship [3]

Entrepreneurship Elective [3]

Entrepreneurship Elective [3]

Entrepreneurship Elective [3]

Entrepreneurship Electives

Course Name and [Credit Hrs]

22-ENTR-3015 Digital Entrepreneurship [3]

22-ENTR-3071 Business Startup Experience [3]

22-ENTR-4010 (BBA Junior Core or permission) Mgmt of Closely Held & Family Bus. [3]

22-ENTR-4025 (BBA Junior Core or permission) International Entrepreneurship [3]

22-BLAW-4035 (22-BLAW-2080) Legal Aspects of Entrepreneurship [3]

22-ENTR-4060 (BBA Junior Core or permission) Fin. Mgmt. in Privately Held Firms [3]

22-ENTR-4001 (BBA Junior Core or permission) Introduction to Innovation [3]

22-ENTR-5001 (BBA Junior Core or permission) Corporate Entrepreneurship [3]

22-ENTR-5093 (BBA Junior Core or permission) Special Topics in Entrep. and Fam. Bus. [3]

22-ENTR-5099 (BBA Junior Core or permission) Guided Study in Entrepreneurship [3]

22-ACCT-6076 (22-ACCT-3031 or 3032) Not-for-Profit Accounting [3]

22-MKTG-5000  (22-MKTG-2080) Intro to Direct Marketing [3]

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