Entrepreneurship and Innovation Three-Year Option


Major: Entrepreneurship and Innovation
Degree Awarded: Bachelor of Arts (BA)
Calendar Type: Quarter
Total Credit Hours: 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, optimistic, 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. 

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.

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 101Life Strategies3.0
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
MKTG 201Introduction to Marketing Management4.0
ENTP Electives - Select 7 of the following:21.0
Retail Operations
Life Strategies II
Leading Start-Ups
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
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

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 1013.0Language 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
ENTP 2253.0Entrepreneurship Elective3.0Ethics Course3.0 
PHIL 1053.0Fine 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 1013.0ENTP 2153.0 
ENTP 2503.0ENTP 2053.0Language 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 2253.0PHIL 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

Nick Bayer, BS (Cornell University). Adjunct Instructor.
Roy Carriker, PhD (University of Connecticut). Teaching Professor.
Donna De Carolis, PhD (Temple University) Dean Silverman Family Professor Entrepreneurial Leadership.
Michael Kurzeja, MBA (Grantham University). Adjunct Instructor.
Roger Lee, MS (Drexel University). Adjunct Teaching Professor.
Barrie Litzky, PhD (Drexel University). Associate Professor.
Larissa Milne, MBA (Drexel University). Adjunct Teaching Professor.
Dean Musser, BS (Drexel University). Adjunct Instructor.
Ozlem Ogutveren-Gonul, PhD (Gazi University, Ankara, Turkey). Assistant Teaching Professor.
Scott Quitel, JD, MBA (Temple University) Director of Social Enterpreneurship. Assistant Teaching Professor.
Charles Sacco, MBA (Drexel University) Assistant Dean of Strategic Initiatives; Director of the Baiada Institute for Entrepreneurship.
Damian Salas, MBA (Drexel University) Assistant Dean of Entrepreneurship Programs. Assistant Teaching Professor.
Zahed Subhan, PhD, JD/LLB (Law) (University of Leeds (UK); London University). Teaching Professor.
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