Entrepreneurship and Innovation Minor

Entrepreneurship and Innovation Minor

Skills attributed to entrepreneurial behavior and innovative thinking are beneficial for students in most, if not all, majors and are critical to career success in established companies and new organizations to address pressing needs around the globe.

This interdisciplinary minor uses problem-based learning pedagogy to prepare students to create value and be agents of positive change in their discipline and their careers. The courses develop skills in problem solving, opportunity recognition, self-efficacy, leadership, communications, and learning from failure.

To meet the students’ broad range of entrepreneurship and innovation interests, core courses (9 credits) establish foundational knowledge, and then students select a concentration cluster aligned to specific contexts, such as entrepreneurship in food, technology, art, journalism, or internet.

Students who complete the Entrepreneurship and Innovation (ENTI) minor will be better prepared to be innovation leaders in their chosen career path, such as being entrepreneurial in an existing company (intrapreneurship), engaging in a start-up venture (full or part time), finding avenues to leverage their art or craft, or creating alliances to meet social or business needs.

Advising for students in this minor and approval of curriculum exceptions will be available through the ENTI adviser, Ashu Kumar.

Note that, although the University offers several clusters for this minor, Penn State Beaver only offers the New Ventures Cluster. Other cluster course requirements may be available online through other campuses. More information can be found in the University Bulletin.

Requirements

18-19 credits

Required courses (9 credits, offered online every semester including as a 12-week course in the summer)

  • MGMT 215: Entrepreneurial Mindset (3)
  • ENGR 310:  Entrepreneurial Leadership (3)
  • ENGR/IST/MGMT 425: Introduction to Entrepreneurship (3)

New Ventures Cluster

This specialization helps students develop the skills and ways of thinking required to create, develop, innovate, and manage entrepreneurial companies. Students learn about acquiring and balancing limited resources, changing business direction quickly, building a coherent team, managing intellectual property, and creating new markets. This cluster develops a wide range of managerial skills not usually demanded in one person within a larger organization.

  • BA 250: Small Business Management (3) (offered each fall)
  • BA 243: Social, Legal, and Ethical Environment of Business (4) (offered each spring)
  • 3 credits of research topics, internship, or independent studies focused on relevant topics, to be coordinated with the ENTI adviser and field faculty.

Note

Students may not use a required course from their major in their chosen cluster. Other courses, such as technical electives, out-of-college electives, and general education courses may be able to be used to meet requirements in major as well as the ENTI minor. Each cluster is structured to provide a clear course path, so any student from any major can complete the cluster and therefore the ENTI minor.