Entrepreneurship

Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA): 180.0 quarter credits

About the Program

Entrepreneurs and the new ventures they create fuel the economy. Entrepreneurs recognize market opportunities that others fail to see. A thriving population of entrepreneurs is essential to progress. Drexel's tradition of technological excellence and entrepreneurial spirit provide LeBow with an opportunity to offer a distinctive interdisciplinary entrepreneurship curriculum in the Philadelphia region. The entrepreneurship faculty bring a unique blend of research, experiences and teaching in this area. In addition, LeBow is able to integrate the resources and offerings of the Baiada Institute into our curriculum.

The major in entrepreneurship is designed for students interested in starting their own ventures, working for start-up companies, or pursuing traditional jobs with large corporations and consulting firms that may involve launching new business units, joint ventures, and creating strategic alliances.

The entrepreneurship major provides students with an opportunity to have a hands-on experience to study and work at the Baiada Institute. Moreover, the curriculum includes courses in finance, law and marketing that are geared toward the issues in entrepreneurship.

Degree Requirements

Business Administration (BSBA) Degree Requirements
General Education Requirements
ENGL 101Composition and Rhetoric I: Inquiry and Exploratory Research3.0
ENGL 102Composition and Rhetoric II: The Craft of Persuasion3.0
ENGL 103Composition and Rhetoric III: Thematic Analysis Across Genres3.0
COM 270 [WI] Business Communication (WI)3.0
MATH 101Introduction to Analysis I4.0
MATH 102Introduction to Analysis II4.0
PHIL 105Critical Reasoning3.0
PSY 101General Psychology I3.0
UNIV B101 [WI] The Drexel Experience2.0
English literature elective: (ENGL 200 through ENGL 399)3.0
Fine arts elective3.0
History (HIST) elective3.0
Select two of the following:6.0
Applied Cells, Genetics & Physiology
Applied Biological Diversity, Ecology & Evolution
Applied Chemistry
Applied Physics
General Education Category Electives
Students select seven (21.0 credits) general education electives, with a minimum of one course in each of the following three categories. Students take the remaining 12.0 credits from any of the topics listed under "Additional General Education Electives."
Society and Culture
Communication, English, Fine Arts, International Area Studies, Language, Philosophy 3.0
Social Science
Anthropology, History, Sociology, Political Science, Psychology3.0
Science
Computer Science, Information Systems, Science3.0
Additional General Education Electives
Communication, English, Fine Arts, International Area Studies, Language, Philosophy, Anthropology, History, Sociology, Political Science, Psychology, Computer Science, Information Systems, Math, Science12.0
Business Requirements *
BUSN 101Foundations of Business I4.0
BUSN 102Foundations of Business II4.0
ACCT 115Financial Accounting Foundations4.0
ACCT 116Managerial Accounting Foundations4.0
BLAW 201Business Law I4.0
STAT 201Introduction to Business Statistics4.0
ECON 201Principles of Microeconomics4.0
ECON 202Principles of Macroeconomics4.0
FIN 301Introduction to Finance4.0
MIS 200Management Information Systems4.0
MKTG 301Introduction to Marketing Management4.0
OPM 200Operations Management4.0
ORGB 300 [WI] Organizational Behavior (WI)4.0
INTB 200International Business4.0
MGMT 450Strategy and Competitive Advantage4.0
Select one of the following:4.0
Business Statistics II **
Introduction to Entrepreneurship
Management Simulation
Business Consulting
Major Requirements24.0
Free Electives28.0
Total Credits180.0

 

*

Online Business students take BUSN 111 and BUSN 112 [WI] (a four-day residency in Philadelphia) instead of BUSN 101 and BUSN 102. Online students should check with their advisors because additional requirements may apply.


 

Required Entrepreneurship Major Courses
MGMT 260Introduction to Entrepreneurship4.0
MGMT 363Directed Study in Entrepreneurship4.0
MGMT 364Technology Management4.0
MGMT 365Business Plan for Entrepreneurs4.0
Select two of the following:8.0
Entrepreneurial Law
Entrepreneurial Finance
New Product Development
Marketing for New Ventures
Total Credits24.0


Sample Plan of Study

 

Term 1Credits
BUSN 101Foundations of Business I4.0
ECON 201Principles of Microeconomics4.0
ENGL 101Composition and Rhetoric I: Inquiry and Exploratory Research3.0
MATH 101Introduction to Analysis I4.0
UNIV B101 [WI] The Drexel Experience1.0
 Term Credits16.0
Term 2
BUSN 102Foundations of Business II4.0
ENGL 102Composition and Rhetoric II: The Craft of Persuasion3.0
ECON 202Principles of Macroeconomics4.0
MATH 102Introduction to Analysis II4.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 3
ACCT 115Financial Accounting Foundations4.0
ENGL 103Composition and Rhetoric III: Thematic Analysis Across Genres3.0
PSY 101General Psychology I3.0
Society and culture elective3.0
General education elective3.0
 Term Credits16.0
Term 4
ACCT 116Managerial Accounting Foundations4.0
STAT 201Introduction to Business Statistics4.0
History (HIST) elective3.0
Select one of the following:3.0
Applied Cells, Genetics & Physiology
Applied Biological Diversity, Ecology & Evolution
 
Applied Chemistry 
Applied Physics 
 Term Credits14.0
Term 5
BLAW 201Business Law I4.0
COM 270 [WI] Business Communication3.0
MGMT 260Introduction to Entrepreneurship4.0
Select one of the following:3.0
Applied Cells, Genetics & Physiology
Applied Biological Diversity, Ecology & Evolution
 
Applied Chemistry 
Applied Physics 
 Term Credits14.0
Term 6
INTB 200International Business4.0
MIS 200Management Information Systems4.0
OPM 200Operations Management4.0
ENGL 200 - ENGL 399 course 3.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 7
FIN 301Introduction to Finance4.0
MKTG 301Introduction to Marketing Management4.0
ORGB 300 [WI] Organizational Behavior4.0
Science elective3.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 8
PHIL 105Critical Reasoning3.0
Select one of the following:4.0
Entrepreneurial Law 
Entrepreneurial Finance 
New Product Development 
Marketing for New Ventures 
Free electives 8.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 9
MGMT 365Business Plan for Entrepreneurs4.0
Fine arts elective 3.0
Social science elective 3.0
General education electives3.0
General education electives3.0
 Term Credits16.0
Term 10
MGMT 363Directed Study in Entrepreneurship4.0
UNIV B101 [WI] The Drexel Experience1.0
General education elective*3.0
Free electives7.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 11
MGMT 364Technology Management4.0
MGMT 450Strategy and Competitive Advantage4.0
Select one of the following:4.0
Entrepreneurial Law 
Marketing for New Ventures 
New Product Development 
Entrepreneurial Finance 
Free elective 3.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 12
Free electives14.0
 Term Credits14.0
Total Credit: 180.0

 

*

 See degree requirements.

Career Opportunities

The entrepreneurship concentration prepares students for a wide range of job opportunities.

  • Traditional jobs with large corporations and consulting firms: Careers may involve joint venture or strategic alliances that require the creation and launch of new business units.
  • Employment in new ventures: Because they are able to make valuable contributions, individuals with an academic background in entrepreneurial studies are in demand among start-ups and growing new ventures.
  • Entrepreneurs: Increasingly, students are interested in starting their own ventures. At Drexel, this is evidenced by the popularity of our Baiada Business Plan Competition and the incubating companies in the Baiada Center for Technology Entrepreneurship.

Visit the Drexel Steinbright Career Development Center page for more detailed information on co-op and post-graduate opportunities.

Minor in Entrepreneurship

The minor in entrepreneurship is designed for students from a range of backgrounds who are interested in starting their own ventures, working for start-up companies, or pursuing traditional jobs with large corporations and consulting firms that may involve launching new business units, joint ventures, and creating strategic alliances.

The curriculum draws upon Drexel University's tradition of technological excellence and the offerings of the Baiada Institute. Coupled with the student co-op experience, the program provides a distinctive curriculum that may encompass real entrepreneurial issues.

Requirements

  • No more than 2 courses or 8.0 credits required by a student’s major may be counted towards this minor.
  • A grade of “C” (2.0) or better must be earned for each course in this minor for it to be counted.
  • No more than two transfer courses may be used to complete this minor. Transfer credits must be taken before matriculated at Drexel.
  • Students should check the pre-requisites of all classes when selecting electives. It is the responsibility of the student to know pre-requisites.
  • Business administration and business & engineering students may complete any of the business minors, including:  accounting, business, economics, entrepreneurship, finance, international economics, legal studies, management information systems, marketing, and operations management.

All prospective students should meet with an advisor from the College as soon as possible. Call 215.895.2110 to set up an appointment.

 

Required Courses
ACCT 115Financial Accounting Foundations4.0
MGMT 260Introduction to Entrepreneurship4.0
MGMT 364Technology Management4.0
MGMT 365Business Plan for Entrepreneurs4.0
Select two of the following: *8.0
Entrepreneurial Law
Introduction to Finance
Entrepreneurial Finance
New Product Development
Marketing for New Ventures
Directed Study in Entrepreneurship **
Organizational Behavior
Total Credits24.0

*

Students select two of the following (or 8 credits of courses from a different college/school with approval from the Department of Management).

**

For seniors only, with permission from the Head of the Department of Management.


Courses

BUSN 101 Foundations of Business I 4.0 Credits

Introduces the fundamental structures and functions of business organizations and the opportunities for career advancement within such organizations. Develops relevant business skills for professional success, emphasizing teams, communication, and real-world examples.

College/Department: LeBow College of Business
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Can enroll if classification is Freshman or Sophomore .

BUSN 102 Foundations of Business II 4.0 Credits

Exposes students to the external environments (local, national, and international) within which business organizations operate. Continues to build on important managerial and communication issues.

College/Department: LeBow College of Business
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Can enroll if classification is Freshman or Sophomore .
Prerequisites: BUSN 101 [Min Grade: D]

BUSN 103 Advanced First Year Business Seminar 2.0 Credits

Continues to address topics and professional development introduced in the Foundations of Business I and II courses. Further develops students; knowledge and skills in a variety of areas, which may include effective boardroom presentations, individual financial strategy, leadership issues, corporate communication, career management and decision making. May be repeated once for credit.

College/Department: LeBow College of Business
Repeat Status: Can be repeated 2 times for 4 credits

BUSN 104 Career Management for Non Co-op Students 0.0 Credits

Covers career development topics including resume writing, job search strategies and interviewing. My LIFEfolio will also be introduced as a career planning tool. This class will equip non co-op students to develop a career strategy, utilize successful job searching techniques and integrate My LIFEfolio as part of their career progression.

College/Department: LeBow College of Business
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

BUSN 110 Orientation Seminar for Evening Students 1.0 Credit

Assists students in the transition to a university environment. Provides exposure to ideas and life skills that are essential to success at Drexel, in the business community, and beyond. Emphasizes faculty, administration, and peer contact.

College/Department: LeBow College of Business
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

BUSN 111 Foundations for Business 4.0 Credits

Provides an integrated foundation for future business courses. Orients transfer and evening students to the main disciplines and functions of business, in both the internal and external environments; enables hands-on analysis of information and decision-making in a competitive arena; and provides an opportunity to develop teamwork and to enhance communication, presentation, and other management skills.

College/Department: LeBow College of Business
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman or Sophomore

BUSN 112 [WI] Career Management Business Residency 4.0 Credits

Provides students with a practical framework for career planning through the use of career assessments, interactive exercises, and personal reflections. Students will investigate viable career paths, analyze internal and external motivators, and enhance their communication, leadership, and presentation skills through an online simulation, electronic portfolio, and employer site visit. This is a writing intensive course.

College/Department: LeBow College of Business
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

BUSN 200 Introductory Seminar in Business Research 4.0 Credits

This course provides an overview of methods used in business research. It will cover the development of research questions and hypotheses, research design and methods used in business, and the analysis and interpretation of data.

College/Department: LeBow College of Business
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Can enroll if classification is Freshman or Sophomore .

BUSN 211 Peer Mentoring & Leadership Practicum 2.0 Credits

This course is designed to highlight and develop mentoring and leadership skills required to guide and assist incoming freshmen in their transition to college. Students will develop critical thinking as it relates to leadership and the integration of those skills. The course is experiential in nature as students will immediately look to apply knowledge gained within the course.

College/Department: LeBow College of Business
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Can enroll if classification is Sophomore.
Prerequisites: UNIV 101 [Min Grade: B]

BUSN 301 Accounting and Finance for Nonfinancial Professionals 3.0 Credits

A study of the accounting process and financial evaluation to enable nonfinancial professionals to work effectively with accountants and financial specialists in order to understand financial responsibilities within their profession and to make sound financial decisions. Basic accounting principles, financial statements, and financial analysis techniques will be emphasized.

College/Department: LeBow College of Business
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Can enroll if classification is Junior or Senior.

BUSN 399 Independent Study in Business 0.5-12.0 Credits

College/Department: LeBow College of Business
Repeat Status: Can be repeated multiple times for credit

BUSN 401 Special Topics in Business I 1.0 Credit

Various special topics of particular interest to the business student.

College/Department: LeBow College of Business
Repeat Status: Can be repeated multiple times for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman

BUSN 402 Special Topics in Business II 2.0 Credits

Various special topics of particular interest to the business student.

College/Department: LeBow College of Business
Repeat Status: Can be repeated multiple times for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman

BUSN 430 Mentoring & Leadership Development Practicum 2.0 Credits

The role of the Peer Mentor is one of a role-model, tutor and trusted colleague. This course is designed to teach mentoring skills required by Teaching Assistants in BUSN 101 and for early career managers.

College/Department: LeBow College of Business
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman
Prerequisites: FIN 301 [Min Grade: B] and ACCT 115 [Min Grade: B] and ACCT 116 [Min Grade: B]

BUSN 431 Mentoring & Leadership Development Practicum 2.0 Credits

The role of the peer mentor is one of a role model, tutor and trusted colleague. This course is designed to teach mentoring skills required by Teaching Assistants in BUSN 102 and for early career managers.

College/Department: LeBow College of Business
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman
Prerequisites: FIN 301 [Min Grade: B] and ACCT 115 [Min Grade: B] and ACCT 116 [Min Grade: B]

BUSN 432 Leadership & Mentoring Practicum 4.0 Credits

The role of the TA is one of a role-model, tutor and trusted colleague. This course is designed to guide and assist upperclassmen as they support BUSN 101/102 students in their initial journey into business as well as provide leadership insights and experiences that highlight theses secondary leadership roles.

College/Department: LeBow College of Business
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman
Prerequisites: FIN 301 [Min Grade: B] and ACCT 115 [Min Grade: B] and ACCT 116 [Min Grade: B]

BUSN 451 Business Consulting 4.0 Credits

Students work in small teams to consult with community partners on various business projects. Students evaluate, design, plan, and implement capstone projects that integrate various business disciplines, determine project scope and objectives, define conceptual and theoretical issues, conduct research, analyze data, present plans and recommendations. Case studies model relevant issues for discussion. Client team meetings during business operations occur.

College/Department: LeBow College of Business
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Can enroll if classification is Junior or Senior.

BUSN 460 Business Analytics Senior Project 4.0 Credits

The senior project serves as a capstone for business analytics majors. The course provides an opportunity for students to develop a project that draws on their skills in the areas of data management, mathematical modeling, and statistical analysis to support data driven decision-making processes. Student often choose a project in the area of their second major (marketing, finance, etc.) and thus the project provides deeper insight into organizational decision-making in a functional area of business.

College/Department: LeBow College of Business
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: OPR 320 [Min Grade: C-] and MIS 343 [Min Grade: C-] and MIS 349 [Min Grade: C-] and (STAT 331 [Min Grade: C-] or STAT 335 [Min Grade: C-] or ECON 350 [Min Grade: C-]) and (OPR 330 [Min Grade: C-] or MKTG 366 [Min Grade: C-] or ECON 301 [Min Grade: C-])

BUSN 481 Special Topics in Business 0.5-12.0 Credits

Covers various topics of particular interest to business students. All terms.

College/Department: LeBow College of Business
Repeat Status: Can be repeated multiple times for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman

BUSN 498 Special Topics in General Business 12.0 Credits

This course covers topics of particular interest to students in general business.

College/Department: LeBow College of Business
Repeat Status: Can be repeated multiple times for credit

BUSN 499 Independent Study in General Business 0.5-20.0 Credits

College/Department: LeBow College of Business
Repeat Status: Can be repeated multiple times for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman

Management Faculty

Shanti Dewi Anak Agung Istri, PhD (Georgia Institute of Technology ). Assistant Professor. Technology commercialization; technology entrepreneurship.
Murugan Anandarajan, PhD (Drexel University) Head of Department, Management. Professor. Individual Internet usage behavior (specifically abuse and addiction); Application of artificial intelligence techniques in forensic accounting and ophthalmology.
Orakwue B. Arinze, PhD (London School of Economics). Professor. Client/Server computing; Enterprise Application Software (EAS)/Enterprise Resource Planning Software (ERP); knowledge-based and decision support applications in operations management.
Suresh Chandran, PhD. Associate Clinical Professor. Corporate entrepreneurship; corporate social responsibility; global management; intellectual property and employee rights.
Qizhi Dai, PhD (University of Minnesota). Associate Professor. Business to Business E-Commerce; information technology adoption; economic analysis of information systems.
Donna Marie De Carolis, PhD (Temple University) Dean, Close School of Entrepreneurship. Professor. Pharmaceutical/biotechnology industries; entrepreneurship; technology & strategy; technology commercialization, strategic alliances; social capital.
David Gefen, PhD (Georgia State University). Professor. Strategic IT management; IT development and implementation management; research methodology; managing the adoption of large IT systems, such as MRP II, ERP, and expert systems; research methodology.
Azi Gera, PhD (University of Maryland). Assistant Professor. Business planning, new venture performance and survival, social networking, cognition and strategy, determinants of firm performance, attention based view, business angles and VC firms, interfirm signaling, private equity investments.
Cuneyt Gozu, PhD (University of Albany). Associate Clinical Professor.
Jeffrey H. Greenhaus, PhD (New York University) William A. Mackie Professor of Management. Professor. Career management, career decision making, work-family linkages, managing diversity,career and adult life development, organizational behavior/human resources, job design, models of work motivation and job attitudes, human resource staffing.
Mazhar Islam, PhD (University of Minnesota). Assistant Professor. New markets in emerging countries, alliances, corporate entrepreneurship, emerging countries, pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry, technological innovation, transaction cost economics.
Robert W. Keidel, PhD (Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania). Clinical Professor. Organization design and change, management of technology, strategic cognition.
Keisha Liggett-Nichols, EDB (Georgia State University). Associate Clinical Professor. Corporate entrepreneurship, determinants of firm performance, evidence-based management.
Frank Linnehan, PhD (Temple University) Interim Dean, LeBow College of Business. Professor. Affirmative action; workforce diversity; equal employment; school-to-work transitions for younger workers. Research focuses on issues of race and diversity in the workplace.
Yu-Chieh Lo, PhD (University of Southern California). Assistant Professor. Organization theory, technology entrepreneurship.
Mark Loschiavo, MS (University of Kentucky). Clinical Professor. Business planning; new venture performance and survival; strategic management; strategic thinking; technology entrepreneurship.
Dali Ma, PhD (University of Chicago). Assistant Professor. Status dynamics, social networks, founding team formation; venture capital syndication; family business; Chinese private entrepreneurship.
Michele K. Masterfano, DBA (Argosy University of Sarasolta). Associate Clinical Professor. Entrepreneurship/small business administration, business planning, social capital, social networking.
Mary Mawritz, PhD (University of Central Florida). Assistant Professor. Abusive supervision; deviant behavior; leadership.
Suchet Nadkarni, PhD (University of Kansas). Associate Professor. Strategic management, cognition and strategy.
V. K. Narayanan, PhD (University of Pittsburgh) Delloitte Touche Jones Stubbs Professor; Associate Dean of Research, Department of Management. Corporate and business strategy; management of technology and innovation; strategy implementation; macro environmental analysis; knowledge management; competitor analysis and intelligence.
Haemin Park, PhD (University of Washington). Assistant Professor. Corporate entrepreneurship; IPO; knowledge-based view of the firm; new venture performance and survival; technology entrepreneurship; venture capital.
Christian Resick, PhD (Wayne State University). Associate Professor. Linkages between CEO personality with organizational culture, climate, and effectiveness; cross-cultural studies of ethical leadership beliefs and behaviors; roles of team leadership and member personality in building shared cognition and effective teamwo
Stanley Ridgley, PhD (Duke University). Assistant Clinical Professor. Business communication; cognition and strategy; competitive intelligence; determinants of firm performance; new markets in emerging countries; Russian business culture.
Raja Roy, PhD (University of Pittsburgh). Assistant Professor. Technology entrepreneurship, determinants of firm performance, technological change, technological innovation.
Samir Shah, DPS (Pace University). Associate Clinical Professor.
Daniel Tzabbar, PhD (University of Toronto). Assistant Professor. Business planning, social capital, technology entrepreneurship, alliances, human capital, innovation management, strategic management.
Joan Weiner, PhD (The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania). Professor. Business ethics, leadership, communication and decision making; educational innovation; health system management design.
Jonathan C. Ziegert, PhD (University of Maryland). Associate Professor. Leadership; team dynamics; group performance; attraction and recruitment; discrimination.

Emeritus Faculty

Sidney R. Siegel, PhD (Drexel University). Professor Emeritus. Organizational change, development and behavior.
Milton Silver, PhD (Columbia University). Professor Emeritus. Strategic planning and control systems, analysis and design of information systems, and executive and management development and training.
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