It is estimated that there are over 31 million entrepreneurs in the United States. These entrepreneurs have created and run businesses that span between home-based businesses to international companies. All industries are represented as fertile ground for entrepreneurs to capitalize on opportunities. Entrepreneurs have been a driving force in our economy and will continue to be an integral component as we move forward.
The best way to predict your future is to create it. That's the thinking behind Saint Joseph's University’s Entrepreneurship major. This program will help you learn the skills, theories and tools needed to launch your own business, to bring an entrepreneurial mindset to the corporate world, enhance a family business, or to develop a social venture to make a difference in the world. Several of our entrepreneurship students have developed or enhanced their own entrepreneurial ventures.
The curriculum is structured around a skills-based, multidisciplinary, hands on approach to entrepreneurship that offers students a chance to not only understand the field of entrepreneurship, but to do so in an experiential learning environment. The major allows students flexibility based on their individual career goals.
The major is designed in a way that students gain experience with the key skills needed to successfully recognize opportunities, plan the venture, leverage networking, build an effective entrepreneurial team, and to integrate the important components of Accounting, Finance, Marketing, Management, and Business Law. We have developed specific learning objectives for the Entrepreneurship major and coordinated them throughout the curriculum to allow students to build on their entrepreneurial skillset as they progress through the curriculum.
Goal 1: Communication in Entrepreneurship
Outcome 1.1: Students will demonstrate the ability to effectively communicate both orally and in writing.
Goal 2: Critical Thinking and Entrepreneurship
Outcome 2.1: Students will demonstrate the ability to problem solve and apply critical thinking in an entrepreneurial setting.
Goal 3: Jesuit Tradition/Ethics/Social Justice in Entrepreneurship
Outcome 3.1: Students will demonstrate the role of ethics and social justice in entrepreneurship.
Goal 4: Recognizing Entrepreneurial Opportunities
Outcome 4.1: Students will learn skills and demonstrate the ability to recognize entrepreneurial Opportunities.
Goal 5: Business Planning in Entrepreneurship
Outcome 5.1: Students will learn skills and tools to understand and engage in all facets of an action-based approach to business planning.
Goal 6: Role of Networking/connections in Entrepreneurship
Outcome 6.1: Students will learn the value of the importance of networking/connections to a successful entrepreneurial venture.
Goal 7:Roles of Teams in Entrepreneurship
Outcome 7.1: Students will understand the role of teams in entrepreneurial ventures and develop skills of working in teams.
Goal 8: Multi-discipline Nature of Entrepreneurship
Outcome 8.1: Students will develop skills and understanding of the multi-disciplinary nature of entrepreneurship.
The traditional undergraduate programs includes a minimum of 120 credits distributed across three components: A General Education component divided into Signature Courses, Variable Courses, and an Integrative Learning requirement; a Major and Divisional component; and Free Electives. In addition to course requirements as specified in each area, students must complete one certified course in each of the following overlay areas1:
- Diversity, Globalization or Non-western Area Studies,
- Ethics Intensive
- Writing Intensive, and
Overlay requirements are part of the 120 credit requirements
General Education Signature Courses
General Education Variable Courses
See this page about Variable courses. Six to Nine courses
General Education Overlays
- Check the current Academic Catalog for any pre-requisites to the courses. You are responsible to complete any necessary pre-requisites.
- Check the Course Schedule for overlays as many ILCs are approved overlay courses.
- Check with the appropriate department for course scheduling as not all courses are offered every semester.
General Education Integrative Learning Component
See this page about Integrative Learning Component. Three courses:
In no case may an ILC course be double counted towards completing other requirements of the Entrepreneurship major.
|Required of All HSB Students|
|ECN 102||Introductory Economics Macro||3|
|Select two from the following:||6|
|Economics of Labor|
|The Economics of Healthcare|
|Econ of Poverty & Income Dist|
|Race and the Economy|
|Public Speaking & Presentation|
|Writing for Organizations|
|The Authentic Self|
|Topics in Moral Psychology|
|Philosophy of Sports|
|Intro to American Politics|
|Intro to Comparative Politics|
|Intro to Global Politics|
|Intro to Political Thought|
|Advising and Advocacy|
|Const Law:Rights & Civil Lib|
|Women and American Politics|
|Race & Ethnic Politics in U.S.|
|Latin American Politics|
|Asian Democ at the Crossroads|
|Global Political Economy|
|Ethics in Internation Affairs|
|Women, Gender & World Politics|
|Psychology of Men and Women|
|Psychology of Culture|
|Psychology of the Self|
|Psychology of Gender|
|Intro to Sociology|
|Ethnic & Minority Relations|
|Sociology of Gender|
|Classical Sociological Theory|
|Race and Social Justice|
|White Collar Crime|
|Fair Trade Coffee: Study Tour|
|Classes and Power in US|
|Law and Social Policy|
|Poverty Ethics & Social Policy|
|Race Relations in Philadelphia|
Ten courses, including:
|ACC 101||Concepts of Financial Acct||3|
|ACC 102||Managerial Accounting||3|
|DSS 100||Excel Competency||1|
|DSS 200||Intro to Information Systems||3|
|DSS 210||Business Statistics||3|
|DSS 220||Business Analytics||3|
|FIN 200||Intro to Finance||3|
|or FIN 225||Fund of Quantitative Finance|
|MGT 110||Essent'ls of Organzational Beh||3|
|or MGT 120||Essentials of Management|
|MGT 360||Legal Environment of Business||3|
|MKT 201||Principles of Marketing||3|
|BUS 495||Business Strategy 1||3|
|or ACC 423||Accounting Control Systems|
|MGT 230||Intro:Entrepreneur/New Venture||3|
|MGT 231||Family Business||3|
|or MGT 330||Social Enterprise & Soc Change|
|or MKT 304||Principles of Selling|
|or MKT 312||Selling and Sales Management|
|MGT 364||Bus Law-Entrepreneurial Firms||3|
|MGT 435||Family Bus &Entrepren Capstone||3|
|Select one of the following electives:||3|
|Social Enterprise & Soc Change|
or MGT 222
|Spec Topics: FBE|
or FBE 370
|FBE Special Topics|
or FBE 470
|FBE Special Topics|
|FBE Internship I|
|Family, Bus & EntrepResearch I|
|Small Business Finance|
|Overview of the Globl Food Ind|
|Undrstndg Food Cust & Consumrs|
|New Product Development|
|Intro Internat. Business|
|Business Stakeholders & Ethics|
|Perspectives on Leadership|
|Intro Human Resource Managemen|
|Diversity in the Workplace|
|Employment and Labor Law|
|Corporate Risk Management|