Penn State Beaver to offer new minor this fall

MONACA, Pa. — Ever thought about starting your own business?

Then Penn State Beaver’s newest minor — Entrepreneurship and Innovation — may be the right one for you.

Using a combination of online and on-ground course offerings, Beaver students can begin studying the minor’s New Ventures cluster beginning in the fall.

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.

In short, the cluster develops a wide range of managerial skills not usually demanded of a single person in a large organization.

“So many of our students are creators and innovators who want the freedom to build their own businesses and careers,” said Interim Chancellor and Chief Academic Officer Carey McDougall. “I’m excited that we’re now able to offer our students this path toward entrepreneurship.”

The New Ventures cluster requires students to take 18 credits. Nine of those credits can be earned online by taking required courses MGMT 215, ENGR 310 and ENGR/IST/MGMT 425. The remaining credits can be earned at Beaver by taking BA 250, BA 243 and three credits of research topics, internship or independent studies focused on topics relevant to the New Ventures cluster.

For more information on the Entrepreneurship and Innovation minor, contact Gretchen Samchuck, coordinator, Division of Undergraduate Studies and Advising Program, at 724-773-3677 or [email protected]


April Johnston

Public Relations Director, Penn State Beaver

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