Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Bachelor of Arts Degree (BA): 181.0 quarter credits

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, 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.

PROGRAM FEATURE

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.

  • Three Minors: The concentration areas expand into minors for all University students.

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 210Theory and Models of Communication3.0
PHIL 105Critical Reasoning3.0
CIVC 101Introduction to Civic Engagement1.0
UNIV C101The Drexel Experience1.0
Two Mathematics Courses (MATH)6.0
Two Science Courses 6.0
Choose from Bioscience and Biotechnology (BIO), Chemistry (CHEM), 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), International Area Studies (IAS), Judaic Studies (JUDA), Philosophy (PHIL), Women's Studies (WMST); 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)
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
Communication Ethics
Computer Ethics
Engineering Ethics
Biomedical Ethics
Organizational Ethics
Global Ethical Issues
Entrepreneurship Requirements
ENTP 100Innovation Neighborhood1.0
ENTP 101Life Strategies I3.0
ENTP 102Life Strategies II3.0
CRTV 303Creativity in the Workplace3.0
ACCT 120Accounting Essentials for New Ventures4.0
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
Social Entrepreneurship
Clean Tech Ventures
Introduction to Renewable Energy
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, 275, 345, 360 and 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 Course3.0-4.0
Language Course4.0
UNIV 101CThe Drexel Experience1.0
 Term Credits15.0-16.0
Term 2
ENGL 102Composition and Rhetoric II: The Craft of Persuasion3.0
CIVC 101Introduction to Civic Engagement1.0
ENTP 102Life Strategies II3.0
Math Course3.0-4.0
Language Course4.0
 Term Credits14.0-15.0
Term 3
ENGL 103Composition and Rhetoric III: Thematic Analysis Across Genres3.0
ENTP 205Ready, Set, Fail3.0
CRTV 303Creativity in the Workplace3.0
PHIL 105Critical Reasoning3.0
Language Course4.0
 Term Credits16.0
Term 4
ACCT 120Accounting Essentials for New Ventures4.0
ECON 201Principles of Microeconomics4.0
ENTP 210Leading Start-Ups (WI)3.0
Fine Arts/Humanities Course3.0
 Term Credits14.0
Term 5
COM 210Theory and Models of Communication3.0
ENTP 215Building Entrepreneurial Teams3.0
ENTP 250Ideation3.0
Ethics Course3.0
Science Course3.0-4.0
 Term Credits15.0-16.0
Term 6
ENTP 325Early Stage Venture Funding3.0
Entrepreneurship Elective3.0
Technology Course3.0
Social/Behavioral Science Course3.0
Science Course3.0-4.0
 Term Credits15.0-16.0
Term 7
ENTP 340Managing Entrepreneurial Growth3.0
ENTP 329Entrepreneurship & New Technologies3.0
Ethics Course3.0
Technology Course3.0
Social/Behavioral Science Course [WI] 3.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 8
ENTP 350Dynamics of the Family Firm3.0
Entrepreneurship Elective3.0
Social/Behavioral Science Course3.0
Fine Arts/Humanities 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 Elective3.0
Entrepreneurship Elective3.0
Free Elective3.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 11
ENTP 450Launch It!3.0
Concentration Requirement3.0
Entrepreneurship Elective3.0
Free Electives7.0
 Term Credits16.0
Term 12
Concentration Requirement3.0
Entrepreneurship Elective3.0
Entrepreneurship Elective3.0
Free Electives7.0
 Term Credits16.0
Total Credit: 181.0-185.0

Courses

ENTP 100 Innovation Neighborhood 1.0 Credit

This course is designed to introduce students to the numerous activities that are part of Drexel University and the greater Philadelphia region. The course sparks curiosity about innovations and ideas not commonly encountered, and stimulates creative thinking about new opportunities.

College/Department: Close School of Entrepreneurship
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

ENTP 101 Life Strategies I 3.0 Credits

The Life Strategies series prepares students for current and future opportunities in an ever-changing workforce. Targeted at those interested in entrepreneurship, family enterprise, or being an individual contributor as a career alternative to a traditional job with a firm, the course is also well suited for any students wishing to broaden their career preparedness. The course builds awareness of global employment trends and reinforces entrepreneurship as an increasingly important life skill.

College/Department: Close School of Entrepreneurship
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

ENTP 102 Life Strategies II 3.0 Credits

The Life Strategies series prepares students for current and future opportunities in an ever-changing workforce. Targeted at those interested in entrepreneurship, family enterprise, or being an individual contributor as a career alternative to a traditional job with a firm, the course is also well suited for any students wishing to broaden their career preparedness. The course builds awareness of global employment trends and reinforces entrepreneurship as an increasingly important life skill. The second in the series, Life Strategies II presents arguments for an entrepreneurial opportunity.

College/Department: Close School of Entrepreneurship
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: ENTP 101 [Min Grade: D]

ENTP 199 Independent Study in ENTP 1.0-12.0 Credit

Various topics of interest in the field of entrepreneurship will be reviewed. Topics will vary from term to term.

College/Department: Close School of Entrepreneurship
Repeat Status: Can be repeated multiple times for credit

ENTP 205 Ready, Set, Fail 3.0 Credits

There are many students who say they want to be an entrepreneur, but they are often not ready for the risk that comes with starting and growing a business. Taking risks requires a deep appreciation of failure. This course will teach students how to appreciate failure, learn from it, and use these experiences to build future success in an entrepreneurial setting.

College/Department: Close School of Entrepreneurship
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

ENTP 210 Leading Start-Ups 3.0 Credits

Entrepreneurs face unique leadership challenges, especially when founding a new company. This course provides the aspiring entrepreneur with tools and frameworks necessary for creating strategy, building companies, and assembling human capital with limited resources. By exploring what entrepreneurial leaders actually do, and how they do it, the student will learn through experiential exercises both the challenges and the excitement of starting a new venture.

College/Department: Close School of Entrepreneurship
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman

ENTP 215 Building Entrepreneurial Teams 3.0 Credits

The main vehicle for students to learn about building new venture teams in this course is the Virtual Entrepreneurial Team Exercise (VETE), a Harvard Business School simulation. The main purpose of this simulation (and the course) is to help students experientially learn how to establish and operate entrepreneurial teams by participating in role-play focused on starting a venture in Southeast Asia. Through this simulation and supplemental course readings, students will gain greater insight and experience into the building teams in new ventures.

College/Department: Close School of Entrepreneurship
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman
Prerequisites: ENTP 210 [Min Grade: D]

ENTP 250 Ideation 3.0 Credits

Innovation is the driving force behind today’s economy and ideation supports an individual’s ability to innovate. This course provides students with tools, methods and self‐reflection techniques necessary to bring new ideas into reality. Through creative innovation, successful entrepreneurs not only create new ventures but also re-invent companies to remain competitive in an ever-changing market. Students in this course will use ideation techniques to develop new ideas, change or build upon established practices and apply these techniques in approaching and analyzing business situations. Students will be able to apply creative skills more effectively both personally and professionally.

College/Department: Close School of Entrepreneurship
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

ENTP 270 Social Entrepreneurship 3.0 Credits

This course examines how social entrepreneurs launch successful ventures to address the world’s most challenging social and environmental problems. The course introduces students to frameworks and methodologies that challenge current models to advance original solutions to existing problems. A passion for social change is advanced by adopting a market orientation and data-driven approaches that encompass both social and financial outcomes.

College/Department: Close School of Entrepreneurship
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

ENTP 275 Women and Minority Entrepreneurship 3.0 Credits

Today, women and minority entrepreneurs are starting new business ventures at a quick pace. Yet they there are few resources for these business owners to improve the historically high failure rate or grow their new venture. In this course, students will understand how race, gender, or ethnicity plays a part in establishing a women- or minority-owned enterprise. The course examines the current state of minority and women’s entrepreneurship along with the conditions that support or block minority or women entrepreneurs.

College/Department: Close School of Entrepreneurship
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

ENTP 299 Special Topics in Entrepreneurship 1.0-12.0 Credit

This course covers various topics of particular relevance to the study of entrepreneurship.

College/Department: Close School of Entrepreneurship
Repeat Status: Can be repeated multiple times for credit

ENTP 325 Early Stage Venture Funding 3.0 Credits

This course provides students with an understanding of the process, opportunities and challenges associated with early stage venture funding. It exposes you to the concepts, practices and tools related to the funding needs of early stage ventures with a focus on bootstrapping, friends/family financing and angel-stage investment. The course will include an understanding of the unique needs of family businesses, small businesses and social ventures, as well as a deep look at alternative (but increasingly popular) fund raising techniques such as crowdfunding. This will be accomplished through a combination of field projects, readings, cases, and speakers designed to convey the unique environment of investments and new ventures. The course proposes to make extensive use of case studies and guest lecturers. Entre.

College/Department: Close School of Entrepreneurship
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman
Prerequisites: ACCT 120 [Min Grade: D]

ENTP 329 Entrepreneurship & New Technologies 3.0 Credits

Creating a new technology venture offers unique challenges. Indeed, innovation and advances in technology are prevalent, and technological innovation leads to competitive advantage. Students are introduced to the challenges of new technology- based companies that include: the complexity of intellectual property, research team development, and sources of funding. This course we will examine entrepreneurship in technology markets and take a deep view of what it takes to be a technology entrepreneur.

College/Department: Close School of Entrepreneurship
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman

ENTP 340 Managing Entrepreneurial Growth 3.0 Credits

Managing growth includes leveraging assets at every stage and controlling the risk. This course will focus on areas that are essential to a new venture’s growth, including planning, marketing, talent management, and financial performance. Students will examine the growth opportunities of a venture and develop an experiential growth plan that will provide the greatest impact for a firm.

College/Department: Close School of Entrepreneurship
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman

ENTP 350 Dynamics of the Family Firm 3.0 Credits

This course studies the unique dynamics of family firms and the complex issues involved with creating, owning, and successfully operating a family business. Students will examine ownership structures, strategic human-resource issues, governance, strategy, marketing, family dynamics, culture, and philanthropy. The class will involve case discussions, guest speakers, experiential assignments, and presentations.

College/Department: Close School of Entrepreneurship
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman

ENTP 360 Franchising 3.0 Credits

Franchising is rapidly increasing worldwide. There is a growing need among franchise owners for employees with industry experience and know-how, and there are growing opportunities for entrepreneurs who want to start a franchise. Together, these developments present a unique and great opportunity for the entrepreneur. This course offers various aspects of starting, developing, and managing a franchise.

College/Department: Close School of Entrepreneurship
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman

ENTP 370 Global Entrepreneurship 3.0 Credits

This course focuses on international opportunity identification for new and emerging companies; market analysis; joint ventures, regional legal and cultural issues and financing foreign ventures. The course will provide students with an understanding of the complexities faced by entrepreneurs doing business in a global environment and with knowledge, which will help them to be successful within the global context. In classroom discussion, emphasis will be placed on entrepreneurship in China, India and Latin America however class projects will touch upon numerous countries across the globe.

College/Department: Close School of Entrepreneurship
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman

ENTP 385 Innovation in Established Companies 3.0 Credits

This course provides students with an understanding of how companies remain competitive using innovation as the driving force behind product or service development. Entrepreneurs challenge assumptions and create value in established organizations. While most executives would agree that innovation is the key to a sustainable business in the 21st century, few seem to understand how to make it a reality. Students will be introduced to various kinds of internal and joint ventures, such as corporate venture-capital investments, alliances, mergers, and acquisitions to create value and promote entrepreneurship within an organization. Students will develop skills that are important for careers in an entrepreneurial setting and corporate venture activities.

College/Department: Close School of Entrepreneurship
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman

ENTP 390 Clean Tech Ventures 3.0 Credits

This course will provide the groundwork to understanding new venture development in clean energy markets. Through experiential learning, specifically, field visits to local energy companies, and through guest speakers, students will develop an appreciation and understanding of the market conditions and policy implications of new ventures in this sector.

College/Department: Close School of Entrepreneurship
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman

ENTP 398 Independent Study in Entrepreneurship 1.0-12.0 Credit

Provides supervised, individual study of topics within the field of entrepreneurship.

College/Department: Close School of Entrepreneurship
Repeat Status: Can be repeated multiple times for credit

ENTP 399 Special Topics in Entrepreneurship 1.0-12.0 Credit

This course covers various topics of particular relevance to the study of entrepreneurship.

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

ENTP 410 Thought Leadership 3.0 Credits

The individual entrepreneur faces many challenges. This course takes a philosophical and ethical approach to developing the entrepreneurial mindset. This course examines the ethical challenges in a start-up venture or high-growth firm, as illustrated through discussions by guest speakers–serial entrepreneurs. Students will be required to reflect on the varying viewpoints presented by the distinguished experts, and will develop their own approaches and philosophies regarding "the entrepreneur" and the "process of entrepreneurship.

College/Department: Close School of Entrepreneurship
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman

ENTP 440 Launch It!: Early Stage 3.0 Credits

This course is designed for students interested completing one of three minors offered by the Close School of Entrepreneurship: Social Entrepreneurship, Energy and Sustainability or Health Innovations. In the course, students will be expected to identify an opportunity and propose the launch of a company. Working in teams, students will also learn how to experiment with different business models, validate a market need, and build all facets of a start-up company. Students will be expected to achieve milestones and propose key risks on which the business’ success depends.

College/Department: Close School of Entrepreneurship
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

ENTP 450 Launch It! 3.0 Credits

This course is designed for those serious about being entrepreneurs. Students will be expected to work on the actual launching of a start-up. The course involves talking to customers, partners, competitors, experimenting with different business models, validating a market need through customer development, and building all facets of a start-up company. *Admission to this course requires submission of a business application form and approval of the application by the professor.

College/Department: Close School of Entrepreneurship
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman
Prerequisites: ENTP 205 [Min Grade: D] and ENTP 250 [Min Grade: D] and ENTP 325 [Min Grade: D]

ENTP 499 Special Topics in Entrepreneurship 1.0-12.0 Credit

This course covers various topics of particular relevance to the study of entrepreneurship.

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

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