COURSE DESCRIPTION

Entrepreneurship is an interdisciplinary course designed to teach students how to think and act entrepreneurial. Students learn how to start-up and operate a business as early as while in school, thus turning their learning into earning.

This course introduces students to the opportunities and challenges associated with the creation and management of entrepreneurial and small organizations. It discusses innovative and contemporary approaches in addressing areas such as: starting, acquiring a business, succeeding in business, and franchising a small business venture. The course also provides the foundation for small business and an overview of business concepts, including topics such as: theories of entrepreneurship, types and characteristics of entrepreneurship, the business life cycle, entrepreneurial economics, accounting and financial management, legal issues, marketing research and planning, human resource management, ethics and social responsibility, product and service research development and acquisition, and the use of technology.

The course builds on cross-curricular academic skills, by integrating inquiry-based learning and business tools that will enable students to analyze, create, develop and pilot small businesses in a safe campus environment. Those who manage and operate a small business will bring their products directly to the consumer via the local marketplace or present venture to potential investors for financing. Concepts and skills are reinforced by a strong emphasis on hands-on experiences. Applications to society, individuals, and the utilization of technology are included.