Entrepreneurship (ENT)

ENT 210. Fundamentals of Entrepreneurship.3 Credits.

This course introduces students to what it means to be an entrepreneur, and helps them develop an understanding of the philosophy of entrepreneurship and how it can relate to both starting a business and improving an existing business. Students develop their need for achievement and assess themselves as nascent entrepreneurs.

Offered: Every year, All

ENT 250. Entrepreneurial Skills.3 Credits.

This course builds on the skills introduced in ENT 210. Students learn advanced ways to validate their ideas and get extensive hands-on practice using them. They also see how ideas evolve in light of new information, how to identify when they are pursuing a solid idea, and how to help support their fellow entrepreneurs.

Prerequisites: Take ENT 210;
Offered: Every year, Spring

ENT 290. Digital Businesses.3 Credits.

Students form their own teams to develop a digital business idea into a viable business and compete to win money to launch their businesses. Students learn about content creation, business concepts, and presentation skills in preparation for a successful launch.

Prerequisites: Take ENT 210;
Offered: Every year, Fall

ENT 299. Special Topics in Entrepreneurship.3 Credits.

Topics vary. Permission of department chair required.

Prerequisites: ENT 210;
Offered: As needed

ENT 310. Entrepreneurial Creativity.3 Credits.

This course helps students gain an understanding of entrepreneurial creativity as related to the entrepreneur and the venture. Topics of exploration include the creative process, development of a viable product/service, and how to sell creative ideas. From the enterprise level, students learn to proactively manage and promote creativity throughout the venture, develop the creative potential of others, and protect their intellectual capital.

Prerequisites: Take ENT 210;
Offered: Every year, Fall

ENT 320. Small Business Marketing.3 Credits.

This course applies the principles of marketing to the process of developing a marketing plan and strategy for the small business. Students explore how the marketing plan integrates into the overall business plan and how it applies to small business operations and strategy implementation. By reviewing case studies of successful contemporary entrepreneurs, participants develop a further understanding of what personal characteristics and insights the entrepreneur and small business owner must cultivate to be successful in marketing.

Prerequisites: Take ENT 210;
Offered: Every year, Fall

ENT 330. Entrepreneurial Finance.3 Credits.

This course addresses the myriad finance problems faced by the entrepreneur and by new and emerging businesses. The sources of capital--bootstrap, debt and equity--each have their merits and caveats for ownership and management of the new company. Other topics include: valuation of the business for liquidation, purchase, sale or harvest; use of financial ratios; and measuring and evaluating financial performance.

Prerequisites: Take ENT 210;
Offered: Every year, Spring

ENT 340. Opportunity Recognition and Negotiation.3 Credits.

This course helps students identify which resources they need for their business, how to find and assess the quality of entities that can fulfill those needs, and negotiate for the best deal.

Prerequisites: Take ENT 210;
Offered: Every year, Spring

ENT 350. Ventures in Social Enterprise.3 Credits.

Social enterprises use the skills and strategies of business to innovatively and sustainably solve social, environmental and/or economic problems. The ventures created by social entrepreneurs can be nonprofit, for-profit or an innovative hybrid of the two. Drawn from the public service dimension of the University mission, this course provides guidance in the conception, design and execution of experiential service learning projects that fall under the social enterprise domain.

Offered: Every year, Spring

ENT 360. Small and Family Business.3 Credits.

This course helps students understand how to start and/or successfully operate a small or family business. It covers how to develop a business plan, strategies for the business, how to secure financing, marketing the firm, estate planning and succession planning. The course further covers the unique characteristics that distinguish a family business from other small businesses.

Prerequisites: Take ENT 210;
Offered: Every year, Spring

ENT 371. Business Plan Competition.3 Credits.

Students immerse themselves in an intensive entrepreneurial experience where they either delve deep into their own idea or work to develop another's idea. The course functions as a group tutorial in which faculty members coach junior and senior students entering local and national business plan competitions. Permission of instructor and chair required.

Prerequisites: Take ENT 210 ENT 250;
Offered: Every year, Spring

ENT 410. Business Plan Creation.3 Credits.

Students learn to create a comprehensive business plan that provides a step-by-step process to actually create a business.

Prerequisites: Take ENT 210;
Offered: Every year, Fall

ENT 420. Entrepreneurial Implementation I.3 Credits.

In this intensive course, students learn and apply the fundamentals of implementing a successful business. Students implement the business idea that they formulated in ENT 410. Any type of business may be implemented and may include technology firms, service businesses, manufacturing businesses, etc. This course is taken concurrently with ENT 430. Enrollment is by permission only.

Prerequisites: Take ENT 210 ENT 410;
Offered: Every year, Spring

ENT 430. Entrepreneurial Implementation II.3 Credits.

This intensive course is an extension of ENT 420. Students apply the fundamentals of implementing a successful business. This course is taken concurrently with ENT 420. Enrollment is by permission only.

Prerequisites: Take ENT 210 ENT 410;
Offered: Every year, Spring

ENT 488. Entrepreneurship Internship.3 Credits.

Students gain work experience under the joint supervision of a faculty member and practicing manager or business owner. Students must meet School of Business internship requirements. This course is graded on a pass/fail basis.

Prerequisites: Take ENT 210;
Offered: Every year, All

ENT 490. Field Projects.3 Credits.

Students work independently or as part of a team on a project or topic of their choice under the supervision of a faculty member. The project may involve researching a special entrepreneurship topic, working on an aspect of a new business startup or working with a business or organization.

Offered: As needed

ENT 499. Independent Research in Entrepreneurship.1-6 Credits.

Approval of a sponsoring faculty, the department chair and the dean is required.

Offered: As needed