Entrepreneurship and Innovation Three-Year Option


Major: Entrepreneurship and Innovation
Degree Awarded: Bachelor of Arts (BA)
Calendar Type: Quarter
Minimum Required Credits: 181.0
Co-op Options: None
Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) code: 52.0701
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code:

About the Program

The three-year BA in Entrepreneurship and Innovation program is a unique, accelerated plan of study that teaches entrepreneurship as a habit-of-mind that applies to both the student's career and life. Entrepreneurship is about being proactive, enterprising, and innovative. The three-year degree in Entrepreneurship and Innovation offered by the Close School is rigorous and sustains all the standards of our four- or five-year degree programs. It is a degree that is particularly appealing to the student who is determined, disciplined, and goal-oriented—as we find that many entrepreneurship students are.

Our holistic approach to teaching challenges students to think and act as an entrepreneur within companies, startups, or self-employment. We have developed a curriculum that teaches resilience, collaboration, negotiation, and communication. Students will learn how to manage growth, secure funding, or manage a family firm. We stress interdisciplinary work and flexibility with all Drexel schools through the required academic minor and offer three-year students advanced experiential learning in our exclusive Entrepreneurship Practicum. Students will also have access to the Baiada Institute for Entrepreneurship.

This is a rigorous program designed for the highly ambitious student ready to enter the workforce early, planning to launch a new venture upon graduation, or lead innovation in an established company. Ideal students are high achievers or self-starters.

Benefits of the Three-Year Degree

One of the main benefits of this program is that students receive the same education and experience from a typical four- or five-year degree program but in just three years. This results in:

  • Decreased living expenses for 1-2 years
  • Better utilization of school time and opportunities
  • Expedited path to graduation and career advancement
  • A unique, custom-designed practicum

The three-year degree not only takes a shorter time to achieve, but also offers students opportunities for funding, mentoring, and incubator space while giving them real-world experience and the ability to work alongside some of Philadelphia’s most driven and creative young entrepreneurs.

The three-year degree program offers practical experience and business education from highly regarded entrepreneurs who have been involved in many successful startups and ventures of their own. Our professors and mentors are TEDx speakers, experienced business executives, and serial entrepreneurs ready to help you learn and build your entrepreneurial mindset.

Questions about this program?

If you have any questions or would like to speak with an advisor, please contact:

Justin Fithian
Assistant Director of Academic Advising and Student Success
Charles D. Close School of Entrepreneurship
418 Pearlstein Building
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Email:​​ jmf465@drexel.edu 

Degree Requirements

General Education Requirements
CIVC 101Introduction to Civic Engagement1.0
COM 230Techniques of Speaking3.0
ECON 201Principles of Microeconomics4.0
ENGL 101Composition and Rhetoric I: Inquiry and Exploratory Research3.0
or ENGL 111 English Composition I
ENGL 102Composition and Rhetoric II: Advanced Research and Evidence-Based Writing3.0
or ENGL 112 English Composition II
ENGL 103Composition and Rhetoric III: Themes and Genres3.0
or ENGL 113 English Composition III
PHIL 105Critical Reasoning3.0
UNIV C101The Drexel Experience1.0
Ethics Requirements - Select two of the following:6.0
Business Ethics
Ethics and the Media
Ethics and Information Technology
Engineering Ethics
Biomedical Ethics
Organizational Ethics
Global Ethical Issues
Humanities/Fine Arts Requirements (2 courses) *6.0
Language Requirements (3 courses) **9.0-12.0
Math (MATH) Requirements (2 courses)6.0-8.0
Science Requirements (2 courses) ***6.0-8.0
Social/Behavioral Science Requirements (2 courses) 6.0
Technology Requirement (1 course) ††3.0
Writing-Intensive (non-major) (1 course)3.0
ENTP Core Requirements
ACCT 120Accounting Essentials for New Ventures4.0
BLAW 346Entrepreneurial Law4.0
ENTP 100Innovation Ecosystem1.0
ENTP 105Entrepreneurial Thinking3.0
ENTP 205Ready, Set, Fail3.0
ENTP 215Building Entrepreneurial Teams3.0
ENTP 225 [WI] Mindfulness & Wellbeing3.0
ENTP 250Ideation3.0
ENTP 395Entrepreneurship Practicum12.0
ENTP 410 [WI] Thought Leadership3.0
ENTP 440Launch It!: Early Stage3.0
MKTG 201Introduction to Marketing Management4.0
ENTP Electives - Select 7 of the following:21.0
Retail Operations
Life Strategies
Life Strategies II
Leading Start-Ups
Curiosity, Ecology, Empathy & Ethic
Social Entrepreneurship
Diversity Entrepreneurship
Organizational Development and Change for Corporate Entrepreneurs
Early Stage Venture Funding
Entrepreneurship & New Technologies
Managing Entrepreneurial Growth
Dynamics of the Family Firm
Global Entrepreneurship
3BL - Triple Bottom Line
Innovation in Established Companies
Energy Entrepreneurship
GreenStart: Applying Entrepreneurship to Cultivate Sustainable Solutions
Launch It!
Special Topics in Entrepreneurship
Special Topics in Entrepreneurship
Special Topics in Entrepreneurship
Special Topics in Entrepreneurship
Financial Literacy
Professional Personal Selling
New Product Development
History and Analysis of Product Design
Introduction to Product Design
Required Specialization Minor24.0
Free electives24.0
Total Credits181.0-188.0

Humanities/Fine Arts options: Undergraduate courses (100-499) in Africana Studies (AFAS), English (ENGL), Humanities, General (HUM), Global Studies (GST), Jewish Studies (JWST), Philosophy (PHIL), Women's & Gender Studies (WGST); Any course from the Westphal College of Media Arts and Design


Language options: Undergraduate courses (100-499) in Arabic (ARBC), Chinese (CHIN), French (FREN), German (GER), Japanese (JAPN), Korean (KOR), Spanish (SPAN) OR the following CS Language sequence: CS 150CS 171,

A computer science course cannot satisfy both a technology requirement and a computer language requirement.


Science options: Undergraduate courses (100-499) in Bioscience and Biotechnology (BIO), Chemistry (CHEM), Food Science (FDSC), Geoscience (GEO), Physics (PHYS), Physics-Environmental Science (PHEV)

Social/Behavioral Science options: Undergraduate courses (100-499) in Anthropology (ANTH), Communications (COM), Economics (ECON), History (HIST), Political Science (PSCI), Psychology (PSY), Sociology (SOC)


Technology options: Undergraduate courses (100-499) in Computer Science (CS), Information Science & Systems (INFO), Management Information Systems (MIS), Software Engineering (SE)

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 Program. 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.

Sample Plan of Study

Option 1:  Summer Classes First Year

First Year
ENGL 101 or 1113.0CIVC 1011.0ACCT 1204.0ECON 2014.0
ENTP 1001.0ENGL 102 or 1123.0ENGL 103 or 1133.0Free Elective3.0
ENTP 1053.0ENTP 2053.0ENTP 2253.0Language Course4.0
ENTP 2503.0ENTP 2153.0Language Course4.0Required Minor Course3.0
UNIV C1011.0Language Course4.0Social/Behavioral Science Course3.0Science Course3.0
Mathematics 3.0Mathematics Course3.0  
 14 17 17 17
Second Year
COM 2303.0MKTG 2014.0Entrepreneurship Elective3.0ENTP 39512.0
PHIL 1053.0Entrepreneurship Elective3.0Ethics Course3.0 
ENTP 4403.0Fine Arts/Humanities Elective3.0Non-Major Writing-Intensive (WI) Course3.0 
Entrepreneurship Elective3.0Free Electives6.0Required Minor Course3.0 
Required Minor Course3.0Required Minor Course3.0Social/Behavioral Science Course3.0 
Science Course3.0 Technology Course3.0 
 18 19 18 12
Third Year
BLAW 3464.0Entrepreneurship Elective3.0Entrepreneurship Electives6.0 
ENTP 4103.0Ethics Course3.0Free Electives3.0 
Entrepreneurship Elective3.0Fine Arts/Humanities Elective3.0Required Minor Courses6.0 
Free Elective3.0Free Electives6.0  
Required Minor Course3.0Required Minor Course3.0  
 16 18 15 
Total Credits 181

Option 2: Summer Vacation First Year

First Year
ENGL 101 or 1113.0CIVC 1011.0ACCT 1204.0VACATION
ENTP 1001.0ENGL 102 or 1123.0ENGL 103 or 1133.0 
ENTP 1053.0ENTP 2053.0ENTP 2253.0 
ENTP 2503.0ENTP 2153.0Language Course4.0 
UNIV C1011.0Language Course4.0Social/Behavioral Science Course3.0 
Mathematics Course3.0Mathematics Course3.0  
 14 17 17 0
Second Year
ECON 2014.0COM 2303.0MKTG 2014.0ENTP 39512.0
ENTP 4403.0PHIL 1053.0Entrepreneurship Elective3.0 
Language Course4.0Entrepreneurship Elective3.0Fine Arts/Humanities Elective3.0 
Required Minor course3.0Free Elective3.0Free Elective(s)3.0-6.0 
Science Course3.0Required Minor course3.0Required Minor Elective3.0 
 Science Course3.0  
 17 18 16-19 12
Third Year
ENTP 4103.0BLAW 3464.0Entrepreneurship Elective3.0Entrepreneurship Elective3.0
Entrepreneurship Elective3.0Entrepreneurship Electives6.0Ethics Course3.0Free Electives6.0
Ethics Course3.0Free Elective3.0Fine Arts /Humanities3.0Required Minor Courses6.0
Non-Major Writing-Intensive Course (WI)3.0Social/Behavioral Science Course3.0Free Electives6.0 
Required Minor Course3.0Required Minor Course3.0Required Minor Course3.0 
Technology Course3.0   
 18 19 18 15
Total Credits 181-184

Entrepreneurship and Innovation Faculty

Donna De Carolis, PhD (Temple University) Founding Dean, Silverman Family Professor of Entrepreneurial Leadership.
Liza Herzog, JD, PhD (Temple University, University of Pennsylvania). Adjunct Instructor.
Barrie Litzky, PhD (Drexel University). Associate Professor.
Larissa Milne, MBA (Drexel University). Adjunct Assistant Professor.
Ozlem Ogutveren-Gonul, PhD (Gazi University, Ankara, Turkey). Assistant Teaching Professor. Entrepreneurship education, Entrepreneurial failure, Entrepreneurial mindset, Ideation, Social capital, Person-job fit, Person-organization fit, Social entrepreneurship.
Scott Quitel, JD, MBA (Temple University). Associate Teaching Professor. Novel ecosystems; Ecological impacts of climate change, rising sea level, and saltwater intrusion; Water quality and aquatic ecosystem health; Organic, lightly structured education
Charles Sacco, MBA (Drexel University) Associate Dean for Strategy and Innovation; Director of the Baiada Institute for Entrepreneurship.
Damian Salas, MBA (Drexel University) Associate Dean for Academic Partnerships. Assistant Teaching Professor. Strategic Entrepreneurship; Entrepreneurial Growth; Human Capital Management
Zahed Subhan, PhD, JD/LLB (Law) (University of Leeds (UK); London University). Teaching Professor. Marketing, Entrepreneurship, Innovation Management
John Wilson, PhD (Regent University). Assistant Teaching Professor. Intrapreneurship, Corporate Entrepreneurship, Self-Leadership, Employee Empowerment, Corporate Social Responsibility, Leadership, Innovation
Kahlil Wyche, MS (Drexel University). Adjunct Instructor.
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