Family Business and Entrepreneurship Major

Associate Professors

  • Patton (Chair)
  • Robson,
  • Saparito

Assistant Professors

  • Kury

Visting Instructor

  • Kramer

Substantial research suggests entrepreneurial and family ventures are major contributors to economic and employment growth and represent nearly 50 percent of U.S. gross domestic product. Entrepreneurial and family ventures face many hurdles in achieving success and long-term growth. The major in Family Business and Entrepreneurship is designed to provide students with the tools, theory, and practical knowledge required to launch new ventures and function within a family business environment. Students may also minor in Family Business and Entrepreneurship in support of other academic pursuits. The minor is appropriate for both Haub School of Business and Arts and Science majors alike.

Learning Goals and Objectives

Goal 1: Communication - Students will communicate effectively through written and oral modes of expression across academic, professional, and social contexts using appropriate technology

Goal 2: Critical Thinking and Inquiry – Students  will think critically and construct reasoned arguments to support their positions using skills appropriate to the context, such as deductive reasoning, scientific inquiry, quantitative reasoning, aesthetic judgment, or critical examination of form, style, content and meaning.

Goal 3: Ethics, Social Justice, and Ignatian Values – Students will assess ethical issues and social justice within the framework of Ignatian values and will articulate theoretically informed responses to these issues.

Goal 4: Diversity -  Students will engage respectfully, in a local and global context, with diverse human beliefs, abilities, experiences, identities, or cultures

Goal 5: Discipline or Program Specific Competencies - Students will acquire the essential knowledge and skills to succeed and make well--‐ reasoned judgments personally, professionally, within the field of Family Business and Entrepreneurship.

The traditional undergraduate programs include 40 courses 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 areas:

  1. Diversity, Globalization or Non-western Area Studies,
  2. Ethics Intensive, and
  3. Writing Intensive. Overlay requirements are part of the forty-course requirement.

General Education Signature Courses

See this page about Signature courses. Six courses

General Education Variable Courses

See this page about Variable courses. Six to Nine courses


  1. Check the current Academic Catalog for any pre-requisites to the courses. You are responsible to complete any necessary pre-requisites.    
  2. Check the Course Schedule for overlays as many ILCs are approved overlay courses.  
  3. Check with the appropriate department for course scheduling as not all courses are offered every semester.

General Education Overlays

See this page about Overlays.

General Education Integrative Learning Component

See this page about Integrative Learning Component. Three courses

NOTE: In no case may an ILC course be double counted towards completing other requirements of the Family Business and Entrepreneurship  major.

Required of All HSB Students
ECN 102Introductory Economics Macro3
Select two from the following:6
International Trade
International Macroeconomics
Economics of Labor
Industrial Organization
Economic Development
Environmental Economics
The Economics of Healthcare
Economic Forecasting
Modern Economic Systems
Ecn. of Multinatnl Enterprises
African Economies
Consumer Economics
Ethical Values & the Marktplce
Chinese Economics
Ecns of Poverty & Income Dist
Ecns of Migration & Immigratn
Public Speaking & Presentation
Writing for Organizations
Nature Writing in America
Environmental Science
Environ Theory & Ethics Sem
Interdisciplinary Health Services Courses
HlthCareSystem/ Responsibility
Food and Justice
Philosophy of Sports
Political Science
Intro to American Politics
Intro to Comparative Politics
Introduction to Global Politcs
Intro to Political Thought
American Political Institution
Advising the Presidency
Const Law:Rights & Civil Lib
Public Policy
Public Administration
Women and American Politics
Race & Ethnic Politics in U.S.
Protesting Inequality
Environmental Politics in Am
Latin American Politics
Politics of Japan
Asian Democ at the Crossroads
Russian Politics
Democracy:Perspect. from Rome
Ethics in Interntionl Affairs
Women, Gender & World Politics
Introductory Psychology
Psychology of Men and Women
Personality Psychology
Multicultural Psychology
Social Psychology
Psychology of Gender
Intro to Sociology
Social Problems
Ethnic & Minority Relations
Sociology of Gender
Classical Sociological Theory
Gender and the Law
White Collar Crime
Fair Trade:Coffee-Co-Op to Cup
Classes and Power in US
Law and Social Policy
Poverty, Ethics & Soc.Policy
Consumr Cult & Globl Perspctve
Phila: In Black and White

Free Electives

Six courses

Business Foundaton

Ten courses, including:

ACC 101ECExcel Competency1
ACC 101Concepts: Financial Accounting3
ACC 102Managerial Accounting3
DSS 200Intro to Information Systems3
DSS 210Business Statistics3
DSS 220Business Analytics3
FIN 200Intro to Finance3
Select one of the following:
Essent'ls of Organzational Beh
Essentials of Management
Organizations in Perspc Honors (University Honors students only)
MGT 361Introduction to Law Honors (University Honors students only)3
or MGT 360 Legal Environment of Business
MKT 201Principles of Marketing3
BUS 495Business Policy4

Family Business and Entrepreneurship Major Concentration

Six courses (four required, two elective)

Required Courses
FBE 230Intro:Entrepreneur/New Venture3
FBE 231Family Business3
FBE 360Bus Law-Entrepreneurial Firms3
FBE 495Family Bus &Entrepren Capstone (Senior standing)3
Phase Two
Select two of the following electives:6
Social Enterprise & Soc Change
Spec Topics: FBE
FBE Speciial Topics
FBE Special Topics
FBE Internship I
Family, Bus & EntrepResearch I
Small Business Finance
Personal Financial Planning
Estate Planning
Overview of the Globl Food Ind
Undrstndg Food Cust & Consumrs
New Product Development
Intro International Busines
Business Stakeholders & Ethics
Perspectives on Leadership
Organizational Sustainability
Intro: Managing Human Capital
Diversity in the Workplace
Employment and Labor Law
Marketing Research
Corporate Risk Management