Entrepreneurship Minor

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Deadline: October 25 at 11:59 p.m.

Applications to the entrepreneurship minor are accepted in Fall, Winter and Spring quarters. The application deadlines are: October 25 for Winter admission, January 25 for Spring admission, and April 25 for Fall admission. A link to the application will be made available on this webpage in the first week of Fall, Winter and Spring quarters.

Some people are just born to change the world. They see opportunities everywhere—from the daily annoyances to the grand challenges that face our society. But we can tell you that it takes more than a great idea. It takes the savvy skill set, knowledge, and energy of an entrepreneur. If you’re a visionary with the passion and determination to shape the future, get the business know-how with the Foster School’s new, competitive Entrepreneurship Minor for undergraduates. Students who pursue the minor are creative and motivated, and looking for ways to apply the knowledge they’ve gained from their major to an entrepreneurial endeavor. Open to all non-business undergraduates, this minor offers students the opportunity to leverage their unique talents, as well as their new-found business knowledge, to achieve their start-up goals.

Students can choose one of two tracks to complete the minor. Track One is 31 credits and allows students to take more accounting coursework. Track Two is 29 credits and allows students to take more entrepreneurship coursework.

Prerequisites*

Track one

  • ECON 200 Microeconomics (5)
  • ACCTG 215 Financial Accounting (5)
  • ACCTG 225 Managerial Accounting (5)

Track two

  • ECON 200 Microeconomics (5)
  • ACCTG 219 Essentials of Accounting (4)

Required ENTRE Courses

Track one

  • ENTRE 370 Intro to Entrepreneurship (4)
  • ENTRE 472/473 Creating a Company I & II (8)

Track two

  • ENTRE 370 Intro to Entrepreneurship (4)
  • ENTRE 472/473 Creating a Company I & II (8)

Required ENTRE Electives

(A minimum of four elective credits are required for students in track one, and a minimum of eight elective credits are required for students in for track two)

  • ENTRE 432 Software Entrepreneurship (4)
  • ENTRE 440 Business Plan Practicum (2)
  • ENTRE 443 Environmental Innovation Practicum (2)
  • ENTRE/MKTG 455 Entrepreneurial Marketing (4)
  • ENTRE 459 Venture Investing (4)
  • ENTRE 490 Special Topics (4)

Track one total credits: 31

Track two total credits: 29

Why is accounting a prerequisite for the Entrepreneurship Minor? Every successful entrepreneur knows that cash is king. You need to know where your money comes from, where it goes, and how to use the numbers to tell the financial story of the start-up. You need to understand the language of accounting.

In ACCTG 215, you will practice the art of creating balance sheets, income statements, and cash flow statements from underlying transactions. In ACCTG 225, you will learn to analyze and evaluate accounting information as part of the managerial process of planning, decision making and control. ACCTG 219 is a hybrid of ACCTG 215 and ACCTG 225 and provides students an opportunity to learn accounting essentials. The skill set you will learn in these classes are those that allow entrepreneurs to understand the true state of affairs of their business. As a student, these classes will give you skills that you will depend upon throughout your entrepreneurial career.

Students may apply for the entrepreneurship minor if they have completed ECON 200 and ACCTG 215 and have either completed or are in progress with ACCTG 225 (on Track One) or if they have completed ECON 200 and are in progress with ACCTG 219 (on Track Two).

Learn more about the Foster School’s Buerk Center for Entrepreneurship.