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Undergraduate Degree Programs

Entrepreneurship and Innovation Minor  

Intercollege Program (ENTI)

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 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 Entrepreneurship and Innovation (ENTI) Adviser for each cluster.

Food and Bio-innovation Cluster [College of Agricultural Sciences ]
This specialization will develop future entrepreneurs and innovators to address opportunities and challenges in the agriculture and life sciences space. The cluster focuses on the cornerstone challenge for agriculture: producing food for the world with entrepreneurial activity and innovation to develop, convert and use biological materials and natural resources (plants, animals, ecosystems and organisms, etc.) to meet the material and energy needs of society.  Students are encouraged to take a series of courses in the cluster that complement their personal venture interests and engage in a series of immersive venturing experiences that can range from creating new ventures to mentoring with seasoned entrepreneurs or working within entrepreneurial organizations. 

New Media Cluster [College of Communications]
This specialization examines opportunities and challenges in the creation and distribution of news, entertainment and information. The same technological innovations that make it easy to start a media enterprise have introduced a host of editorial and business complexities. Media production and distribution skills and knowledge of media business, technologies, law and ethics are critical.

New Ventures Cluster [Smeal College of Business]
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.

Social Entrepreneurship Cluster [College of Engineering]
This specialization focuses on creating sustainable social impact within marginalized communities. The cluster grounds students in social business, user-centered design for extreme affordability, systems thinking and scholarly research to develop innovative and appropriate technology-based solutions to address compelling global challenges. Travel and fieldwork in which students work in multidisciplinary teams to research, design, test, and commercialize ventures are required.

Technology Based Entrepreneurship Cluster [College of Engineering]
This specialization develops skills and knowledge through a practical entrepreneurial experience in a technology based environment.  Technology and engineering design topics form the practical content of the cluster.  General entrepreneurial business topics and tracking current and emerging technologies provide additional foundation structure for this cluster. Students understand and apply fundamental engineering design skills, product feasibility analysis and marketing techniques to move innovative products toward commercialization.

A grade of C or better is required for all courses in the minor.

Scheduling Recommendation by Semester Standing is given as (Sem:1-2)

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MINOR: 18-19 credits, depending on cluster

REQUIRED COURSES (9 credits)
MGMT 215(3) (Sem: 1-5)
ENGR 310(3) (Sem: 2-6)
ENGR/IST/MGMT 425(3) (Sem: 4-8)

ADDITIONAL COURSES
Select 9 or more credits from one of the following clusters.
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.   In all clusters, students may substitute up to 3 credits of research topics, internship or independent studies courses focused on relevant entrepreneurship or innovation topics in consultation with an adviser. 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.

Food and Bio-innovation Cluster
Select up to 6 credits of the following 200-300 courses in the College of Agricultural Sciences: A S M 391(2), A S M 392(2), AEE 201(3), AG BM 200(3), AG BM 220(3), AG BM 302(3), AG BM 308W(3), AG BM 338(3), AN SC 207(3), AN SC 306(4), AN SC 308(4), AN SC 309(4), AN SC 310(3), AN SC 311(4), AN SC 324(3), AN SC 327(3), AN SC 350(2), CED 375H(3), E R M 300(3), FD SC 200(3), FD SC 206(3), FD SC 208H(3), FOR 201(3), HORT 250(3) (Sem:1-8)
Select at least 3 credits of the following 400 level courses in the College of Agricultural Sciences:
AG BM 407(3), AG BM 408(3), AG BM 440(3), AG BM 460(3), AN SC 410(4), AN SC 429(3), AN SC 450(3), CED 417(3), E R M 411(3), E R M 412(3), E R M 413W(3), FD SC 411(2), FD SC 417(2), FD SC 430(3), FOR 440(3), HORT 410W(3), HORT 450(3), HORT 453(3), HORT 455(3), R SOC 452(3), TURF 436W(3), W P 416(3), W P 435(3), W P 437W(4) (Sem:1-8)

New Media Cluster
Select 9 credits from the following area. The course marked with * must be selected.  COMM 271(3)*, COMM 461(3), COMM 481(3), COMM 483(3), COMM 484(3), COMM 490(3), COMM 491(3), COMM 492(3), COMM 493(3) (Sem:1-8)

New Ventures Cluster
Select 9-10 credits from the following area.
(students may only count one of the following course options B A 241 and B A 242; B A 243, B LAW 243, or B LAW 341 towards the minor): B A 250(3), B A 241(2) and B A 242(2), B A 243(4), B LAW 243(3), B LAW 341(3), MGMT 420(3), MGMT 426(3), MGMT 427(3) (Sem:1-8)

Social Entrepreneurship Cluster
Required courses to be taken in the following order: ENGR 451(3), EDSGN 452(2) and EDSGN 453(1) concurrent, EDSGN 454(0.5), and ENGR 455(3) (Sem:1-8)

Technology Based Entrepreneurship Cluster
Required courses: ENGR 411(3), ENGR 407(3) in sequence or concurrent, and ENGR 415(3) (Sem:1-8)

Last Revised by the Department: Spring Semester 2013

Blue Sheet Item #: 41-05-126

Review Date: 02/19/2013