Bachelor of Science in Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management
Program Contact: Patrice Luoma 203-582-8320
Entrepreneurship is an important driver of growth for both the national and international economy. Students are prepared to think innovatively, develop new ideas for existing businesses, and create new business ventures. However, entrepreneurship is even more than the creation of a new business venture. Entrepreneurship encompasses seeking opportunity, identifying and acknowledging risk and, most importantly, persisting until the idea becomes reality. Entrepreneurial thinking can be applied to all contexts and organizations. At Quinnipiac University, we facilitate the development of an entrepreneurial mindset and attitude in our students; this enables them to apply their unique attributes and skills to realize innovative ideas in a variety of settings including profit and not-for-profit organizations, new and existing ventures, and in business and non-business activities. The development of an entrepreneurial mindset creates career opportunities for students whether starting their own business or going to work in a large or small organization.
The Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management program includes a rigorous and rounded academic curriculum complemented by extracurricular and service learning involvement in the region’s business activity. The program develops entrepreneurial thinking, establishes a foundation in sound business practices along with an appreciation and understanding of the arts and sciences, and hones the skills necessary for successful entrepreneurship and small business management. This is accomplished through a distinct and innovative curriculum.
The program is highly experiential, allowing students to work on team and individual projects to develop and improve businesses and business ideas. Students compete in regional and national business plan competitions and interact with various agencies and financial institutions supportive of entrepreneur and small business success. The program includes local, regional and national companies and small business owners sharing their expertise and experiences as an important element in the program’s educational process.
BS in Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management Curriculum
Students majoring in entrepreneurship are required to complete 122 credits.
|Business Core Curriculum|
|Complete the Business Core Curriculum||43|
|Complete the University Curriculum for School of Business||34|
|Entrepreneurship & Small Business Management Core|
|ENT 210||Introduction to Entrepreneurial Thinking and Practice||3|
|ENT 250||Entrepreneurial Skills||3|
|ENT 310||Creativity and Innovation||3|
|ENT 320||Small Business Marketing||3|
|ENT 330||Entrepreneurial Finance||3|
|ENT 340||Opportunity Recognition and Negotiation||3|
|ENT 410||Creating New Business Models||3|
|Select three of the following entrepreneurship electives:||9|
|Creating Digital Businesses|
|Special Topics in Entrepreneurship|
|Family or Small Business Financing|
|Small and Family Business|
|Managing the Family or Small Business|
|Business Plan Competition|
|Entrepreneurial Implementation I|
|Entrepreneurial Implementation II|
|Introduction to Global Entrepreneurship|
|Transportation and Logistics Management|
|International Business Immersion|
|Select 15 credits||15|
Student Learning Outcomes
Students who graduate with this degree will demonstrate the following competencies:
- Business Knowledge: Students apply basic business theories and concepts to understand and solve business problems.
- Business Analytics: Students effectively gather, assess and utilize data to understand, improve and communicate business decisions using Excel and other analytical tools.
- Communication: Students communicate business ideas effectively through written communications, oral communications and presentations, and digital media.
- Critical Thinking: Students utilize information and research findings to analyze problems and determine appropriate solutions.
- Business Ethics: Students apply ethical frameworks to evaluate situations and determine appropriate solutions.
- Cultural Adaptability: Students recognize and apply knowledge of diversity within and across individual and groups.
- Professionalism: Students exhibit professional behavior, including a strong work ethic in their classes, in their interactions with faculty, staff and colleagues, and in their team assignments.
Admission Requirements: School of Business
The requirements for admission into the undergraduate School of Business programs are the same as those for admission to Quinnipiac University.
Admission to the university is competitive, and applicants are expected to present a strong college prep program in high school. Prospective first-year students are strongly encouraged to file an application as early in the senior year as possible, and arrange to have first quarter grades sent from their high school counselor as soon as they are available.
For detailed admission requirements, including required documents, please visit the Admissions page of this catalog.
Seamless Transfer Agreement with Gateway Community College (GCC), Housatonic Community College (HCC) and Norwalk Community College (NCC)
Under this Transfer Agreement, GCC, HCC and NCC graduates will be guaranteed admission into a bachelor’s degree program with third year (junior) status at Quinnipiac University on the condition that they:
- Graduate with an associate in arts, an associate in science in business, College of Technology engineering science, nursing or an allied health degree with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (this may be higher in specific programs).
- Satisfy all other Quinnipiac University transfer admission requirements and requirements for intended major.
Suggested Transfer Curriculum for BS in Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management
A minimum of 60 credits is required for transfer into the BS in Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management program. Below is a sample plan of study for the first two years prior to matriculation at Quinnipiac University.
|Introduction to Business||3|
|Science Elective with Lab||4|
|Social Science Elective||3|
|Additional Elective (Business or other)||3|