Paul H. Slaugh, Jr. Entrepreneurship Minor
Millersville University’s interdisciplinary minor in entrepreneurship, the only truly interdisciplinary minor of its kind throughout the entire Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education, was offered starting Fall 2012. This minor allows students in any major to bring an entrepreneurial perspective to their specific area of study.
The minor in entrepreneurship is a dynamic interdisciplinary program that provides opportunities to Millersville students from different disciplines to interact and learn about entrepreneurship—the process of creating value through recognizing and developing opportunities. It serves to complement the student’s major area of study by providing the knowledge and skills needed so that students can create or start their own ventures, work for start-up companies, family business, pursue traditional jobs that may involve launching new business units or joint ventures. The goal of the Entrepreneurial Minor is to learn to think entrepreneurially, identify resources and tools, formulate business plans, and devise clear and compelling value propositions as well as ethical practices.
Entrepreneurship has a role in every field of study;
therefore, the Entrepreneurship Minor is for students in any major!
Students will learn to identify resources and tools to translate opportunities into sustainable solutions, formulate business plans and develop ethical orientations to build informed decisions, strategies and relationships. The entrepreneurship minor will require students to complete a minimum of 18 credits, which includes an introductory seminar on entrepreneurial thinking, two core courses, a practicum and a capstone course on business skills for entrepreneurs.
Course list for Entrepreneurship Minor:
Art of Entrepreneurship (3 Credits)
This course introduces and explores the mindset and process of Entrepreneurism in: (1) Social Entrepreneurism (Solving social issues); (2) Business Entrepreneurship (starting an innovative enterprise); (3) Employee Entrepreneurism (as a worker in an existing business) and (4) Academic Entrepreneurism (the pursuit of a valuable and productive education). Emphasis will be on identifying opportunities and value; developing the art of creative problem solving; and effectively expressing those solutions. Prereq: none
Entrepreneurial Practicum (3-6 Credits)
This course serves as training for entrepreneurial leadership and emphasizes experiential learning in the practice and the development of skills that are needed by entrepreneurs, including effective leadership, collaboration, planning, and communication. Prerequisite Entr201 or permission of instructor
Social Media Campaigns (3 credits)
This course emphasizes theory and practice in the strategic planning, writing, communication design, management and analysis of social media campaigns for mobile communications, social media, and online social networking. Prereq: ENGL 110, COMM 100, junior status (60 credits earned) and COMM 251, or permission of instructor for ENTR minors.
Creativity, Innovation and Engagement (3 Credits)
Principles of Business for Entrepreneurship (3 Credits)
18 credits are required for the minor, which may include an approved elective.
This course serves as a capstone for the Entrepreneurship Minor and providesstudents with the opportunity to work on a simulated or real startup company, as well as examining case studies from leading entrepreneurs. Multidisciplinary teams of students work on mentor-defined or mentor-approved projects, from product or process conception towards commercialization. The course is intended to show what it takes to assemble teams with core competencies in different areas into a successfully functioning business organization. Teams work on a variety of issues including intellectual property, marketing, definition of a product requirements document, human factors, safety and environmental concerns, and legal matters. Prereq: ENTR 201, ENTR 315 (co- or prerequisite)
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