Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Major: Entrepreneurship and Innovation
Degree Awarded: Bachelor of Arts Degree (BA)
Calendar Type: Quarter
Total Credit Hours: 181.0
Co-op Options: Three Co-op (Five years); One Co-op (Four years); No Co-op (Four years)
Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) code: 52.0701
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code:
11-1011; 11-1021; 11-9199

About the Program

The BA in Entrepreneurship and Innovation is designed to prepare students to think and act entrepreneurially, in the context of established companies, in working for small and growing ventures, in starting a new venture or self-employment, and in an overall general approach to their personal and professional lives.

Within this innovative curriculum, students build entrepreneurial skills such as resilience, opportunity recognition, collaboration, negotiation and effective communication. Students will learn to manage the growth of their venture, secure funding, and how to run a franchise or family firm.  

The program emphasizes interdisciplinary coursework in collaboration with other Drexel colleges and schools providing entrepreneurship students with the opportunity to take classes with future engineers, scientists, artists, and business leaders.

For additional information about the BA in Entrepreneurship and Innovation, please contact Jamuna Saha at js3599@drexel.edu.

Degree Requirements

  • Required Courses:
    • The Individual as Entrepreneur: This is a suite of courses that addresses individual entrepreneurial skills such as resiliency, collaboration, innovative thinking and communication. These courses develop personal and interpersonal skills needed to be a successful “entrepreneur” in several contexts.
       
    • The Process of Entrepreneurship: This set of required courses covers a broad range of topics that immerse students in the entire landscape of entrepreneurship.
       
    • A choice of three concentration areas: Social Entrepreneurship, Energy Innovations, Health Innovations. These three areas are not only relevant for students as they begin their careers upon graduation, but they also reflect Drexel University’s strategic research and outreach priorities.
  • Interdisciplinary electives: Constitutes a group of courses from across the University that reflect the themes of innovation and entrepreneurship. These courses require few or no prerequisites.
     
  • A capstone course for the Close School student, “Launch It,” provides seed funding for student ideas.
     
  • Minors: The Close School offers four minors available to all undergraduate students.

General Education Requirements
CIVC 101Introduction to Civic Engagement1.0
COM 210Theory and Models of Communication3.0
ENGL 101Composition and Rhetoric I: Inquiry and Exploratory Research3.0
ENGL 102Composition and Rhetoric II: Advanced Research and Evidence-Based Writing3.0
ENGL 103Composition and Rhetoric III: Themes and Genres3.0
PHIL 105Critical Reasoning3.0
UNIV C101The Drexel Experience1.0
Two Mathematics Courses (MATH)6.0
Two Science Courses 6.0
Choose from Bioscience and Biotechnology (BIO), Chemistry (CHEM), Food Science (FDSC), Geoscience (GEO), Physics (PHYS), Physics-Environmental Science (PHEV)
Social/Behavioral Science
Social/Behavioral Science Electives 6.0
Choose 2 courses from Anthropology (ANTH), Communications (COM), Economics (ECON), History (HIST), Political Science (PSCI), Psychology (PSY), Sociology (SOC)
ECON 201Principles of Microeconomics4.0
Choose one of the following writing intensive courses:3.0
Business Communication
Technical Communication
Environmental Communication
Science Writing
Grant Writing
Economic Ideas
Abnormal Psychology
Sports Psychology
Industrial Psychology
Three Humanities/Fine Arts Courses9.0
Choose from Africana Studies (AFAS), English (ENGL), Humanities-General (HUM), Global Studies (GST), Judaic Studies (JUDA), Philosophy (PHIL), Women's & Gender Studies (WGST); Any course from the Westphal College of Media Arts and Design
Two Technology Courses6.0
Choose from Computer Science (CS), Information Science & Systems (INFO), Management Information Systems (MIS), Software Engineering (SE)
Three Language Course (Language to completion of 103 level)12.0
Arabic (ARBC), Chinese (CHIN), French (FREN), German (GER), Greek (GREC), Hebrew (HBRW), Italian (ITAL), Japanese (JAPN), Korean (KOR), Portuguese (PORT), Russian (RUSS), Spanish (SPAN)
Two Ethics Courses6.0
Select two of the following:
Ethics
Business Ethics
Ethics and the Media
Ethics and Information Technology
Engineering Ethics
Biomedical Ethics
Organizational Ethics
Global Ethical Issues
Entrepreneurship Requirements
ACCT 110Accounting for Professionals4.0
CRTV 303Creativity in the Workplace3.0
ENTP 100Innovation Neighborhood1.0
ENTP 101Life Strategies I3.0
ENTP 102Life Strategies II3.0
ENTP 205Ready, Set, Fail3.0
ENTP 210Leading Start-Ups3.0
ENTP 215Building Entrepreneurial Teams3.0
ENTP 250Ideation3.0
ENTP 325Early Stage Venture Funding3.0
ENTP 329Entrepreneurship & New Technologies3.0
ENTP 340Managing Entrepreneurial Growth3.0
ENTP 350Dynamics of the Family Firm3.0
ENTP 385Innovation in Established Companies3.0
ENTP 410Thought Leadership3.0
ENTP 450Launch It!3.0
Concentration Requirements12.0
Select a concentration from the following options:
Social Entrepreneurship
Social Entrepreneurship
Women and Minority Entrepreneurship
Select two of the following:
Clean Tech Ventures
Global Entrepreneurship
Public Health 101 *
Energy Innovations
Introduction to Renewable Energy
Social Entrepreneurship
Clean Tech Ventures
Introduction to Engineering Management
Health Innovations
Biotechnology for Society
Health Care Administration
Entrepreneurship for BMES
Public Health 101 *
Entrepreneurship Electives **21.0
Select seven of the following:
Entrepreneurial Law
Entrepreneurship for BMES
Creative Concept Design
Retail Principles
Strategic Management for Entertainment and Arts Management
Principles of Macroeconomics
Women and Minority Entrepreneurship
Social Entrepreneurship
Franchising
Global Entrepreneurship
Clean Tech Ventures
Introduction to Engineering Management
Management Information Systems
Introduction to Marketing Management
New Product Development
Marketing for New Ventures
Introduction to Product Design
Applied Human Centered Design
Introduction to Social Psychology
Power of Retail Brands
Sociology of the Future
Free Electives26.0
Total Credits181.0
*

 Students may also take any 3 credit Health and Society (HLSO) course.

**

BMES 409, ENTP 270, ENTP 275, ENTP 360, ENTP 370 and ENTP 390 cannot satisfy both a concentration requirement and an entrepreneurship elective requirement.

Writing-Intensive Course Requirements

In order to graduate, all students must pass three writing-intensive courses after their freshman year. Two writing-intensive courses must be in a student's major. The third can be in any discipline. Students are advised to take one writing-intensive class each year, beginning with the sophomore year, and to avoid “clustering” these courses near the end of their matriculation. Transfer students need to meet with an academic advisor to review the number of writing-intensive courses required to graduate.

A "WI" next to a course in this catalog may indicate that this course can fulfill a writing-intensive requirement. For the most up-to-date list of writing-intensive courses being offered, students should check the Writing Intensive Course List at the University Writing Center. Students scheduling their courses can also conduct a search for courses with the attribute "WI" to bring up a list of all writing-intensive courses available that term. Transfer students need to meet with an academic advisor to review the number of writing-intensive courses required to graduate.

Sample Plan of Study

Term 1Credits
ENGL 101Composition and Rhetoric I: Inquiry and Exploratory Research3.0
ENTP 100Innovation Neighborhood1.0
ENTP 101Life Strategies I3.0
Mathematics Course3.0
UNIV 101CThe Drexel Experience1.0
Social/Behavioral Science course3.0
 Term Credits14.0
Term 2
CIVC 101Introduction to Civic Engagement1.0
ENGL 102Composition and Rhetoric II: Advanced Research and Evidence-Based Writing3.0
ENTP 102Life Strategies II3.0
Math Course3.0
Language Course4.0
 Term Credits14.0
Term 3
CRTV 303Creativity in the Workplace3.0
ENGL 103Composition and Rhetoric III: Themes and Genres3.0
ENTP 205Ready, Set, Fail3.0
PHIL 105Critical Reasoning3.0
Language Course4.0
 Term Credits16.0
Term 4
ACCT 110Accounting for Professionals4.0
ECON 201Principles of Microeconomics4.0
ENTP 210Leading Start-Ups (WI)3.0
Language Requirement4.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 5
COM 210Theory and Models of Communication3.0
ENTP 215Building Entrepreneurial Teams3.0
ENTP 250Ideation3.0
Ethics Course3.0
Science Course3.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 6
ENTP 325Early Stage Venture Funding3.0
Entrepreneurship elective3.0
Science Course3.0
Technology Course3.0
Fine Arts/Humanities course3.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 7
ENTP 329Entrepreneurship & New Technologies3.0
ENTP 340Managing Entrepreneurial Growth3.0
Ethics Course3.0
Social/Behavioral Science Course [WI] 3.0
Technology Course3.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 8
ENTP 350Dynamics of the Family Firm3.0
ENTP 450Launch It!3.0
Fine Arts/Humanities Course3.0
Social/Behavioral Science Course3.0
Free elective3.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 9
ENTP 385Innovation in Established Companies3.0
Concentration Requirement3.0
Fine Arts/Humanities Course3.0
Free electives6.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 10
ENTP 410Thought Leadership (WI)3.0
Concentration Requirement3.0
Entrepreneurship electives6.0
Free elective3.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 11
Concentration Requirement3.0
Entrepreneurship electives6.0
Free electives7.0
 Term Credits16.0
Term 12
Concentration Requirement3.0
Entrepreneurship electives6.0
Free electives7.0
 Term Credits16.0
Total Credit: 181.0

Minor in Entrepreneurship and Innovation

The minor in entrepreneurship and innovation is designed for students from a range of backgrounds who are interested in starting their own ventures, working for start-up companies, or pursuing jobs within established corporations that embrace innovation. Students interested in launching a venture or innovate within a company will learn the process of how to test assumptions related to their new ideas using the lean startup model.

For additional information about the entrepreneurship minor, please contact Jamuna Saha at js3599@drexel.edu.

Required Courses
ACCT 110Accounting for Professionals4.0
ENTP 101Life Strategies I3.0
ENTP 325Early Stage Venture Funding3.0
ENTP 440Launch It!: Early Stage3.0
Select four of the following:12.0
Ready, Set, Fail
Leading Start-Ups
Building Entrepreneurial Teams
Ideation
Social Entrepreneurship
Dynamics of the Family Firm
Total Credits25.0

Entrepreneurship and Innovation Faculty

Roy Carriker, PhD (University of Connecticut) Director of Global Programs. Teaching Professor.
Troy Carter Visiting Professor. Founder and CEO of Atom Factory, a pioneering media and music management company.
Jonathan Corle Adjunct Instructor.
Donna De Carolis, PhD (Temple University) Dean; Silverman Family Professor Entrepreneurial Leadership.
Ozlem Ogutveren-Gonul Assistant Teaching Professor.
Charles Sacco, MBA (Drexel University) Entrepreneur-In-Residence and Director of External Relations ;Director of the Baiada Institute for Entrepreneurship.
Damian Salas, MBA (Drexel University) Director, Entrepreneurship Living-Learning Community. Assistant Teaching Professor.
Zahed Subhan, PhD, JD/LLB (Law) (University of Leeds (UK); London University). Teaching Professor.
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