Entrepreneurship Curriculum

Major in Entrepreneurship

The Love School of Business offers a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree with a major in entrepreneurship.

The program's mission is to develop student curiosity and initiative to build self-managed critical thinkers who recognize, plan, & implement solutions.

To some people, entrepreneurship means ‘starting a company.’ At Elon, we think that perspective is too limiting. Research shows that only 3 in 1,000 college graduates start a company in any given year. In fact, the average age for founding an organization is 40 years old.

At Elon, entrepreneurship empowers students by instilling:

  • Opportunity Recognition. Opportunity recognition is a byproduct of curiosity. Most of us think we are curious. This program emphasizes an active process of curiosity that enables students to explore creative relationships between non-obvious things.
  • Initiative. Everyone wants to create, but we don’t always have the know-how to get started. This program helps students develop the activation energy to explore ideas, the knowledge to manage them, and the grit to see them to completion.
  • Purpose. People who have purpose tend to have the most impact. This program challenges students to find their own passion and trains them to solve meaningful problems in ways that create value for a broad range of stakeholders.
  • Design Thinking. Entrepreneurship involves exploration of the unknown, but the process for exploration is not unknown. This program trains students to employ a systemic approach to finding solutions. The design thinking process includes:
    • Empathize: Learn about the audience for which you are innovating and develop a deep understanding of the challenge.
    • Define: Redefine and focus your efforts based on what you have learned from your audience. Clearly define your problem
    • Ideate: Brainstorm and develop as many creative solutions as possible. Select one to focus on.
    • Prototype: Build a reproduction of one of your ideas to share with others.
    • Test: Return to your user group and solicit feedback for refinement. Engage in continuous refinement.

If you are majoring in entrepreneurship, then one of your major courses may count toward one of the minors listed below.

Minors

PHY221
University Physics I

BIO 212/214
Pop. Biology & Lab
CSC 130
Computer Science I
MTH 241
Discrete Structures
ENS/GEO 250
Intro to GIS
BIO 264
Human Physiology
ECO 301
Business Economics
Applied Mathematics       Yes      
Astonomy Yes            
Biology   Yes       Yes  
Computer Science     Yes        
Economics             Yes
Environmental & Sustainability Studies         Yes    
Exercise Science           Yes  
Finance             Dbl. Major
Geographical Information Systems         Yes    
Geography         Yes    
Infomation Science     Yes        
Management             Dbl. Major
Mathematics     Yes Yes      
Physics Yes            
Policy Studies         Yes    
Marketing             Dbl. Major
Public Health Studies   Yes     Yes Yes  

Minor in Entrepreneurship

The Love School of Business offers a minor in entrepreneurship. Students in all fields of study at Elon are able to pursue this minor. The interaction of students studying diverse disciplines, including art, science, business, communications, education and law, prompts the exchange of creative ideas and concepts critical to entrepreneurial thinkers. A focal point of the minor pedagogy is its emphasis on students taking ownership of their learning; advanced students in the minor will teach and mentor incoming students as a component of their studies.

If you are majoring in any of the areas below, then one of your major courses may count toward the minor in entrepreneurship.

MajorsPHY 221
University Physics I
BIO 212/214
Pop. Biology & Lab
CSC 130
Computer Science I
MTH 241
Discrete Structures
ENS/GEO 250
Intro to GIS
BIO 264
Human Physiology
Applied Mathematics (BA & BS)     Yes Yes    
Biochemistry (BS) Yes Yes        
Biology (BA)   Yes        
Biology (BS) Yes Yes       Yes
Chemistry (BA & BS) Yes          
Computer Science (BS) Yes Yes Yes Yes    
Dance Science (BS)           Yes
Engineering (BS) Yes   Yes Yes   Yes
Environmental & Ecological Science (BS) Yes Yes     Yes  
Environmental Studies (BA & BS)         Yes  
Exercise Science (BS)           Yes
Information Systems (BS)     Yes Yes    
Mathematics (BA)     Yes Yes    
Mathematics (BS) Yes   Yes      
Mathematics w/ Teaching Licensure (BS)     Yes      
Physical Education & Health (BS)           Yes
Physics (BA) Yes          
Physics (BS) Yes   Yes      
Policy Studies (BA)         Yes  
Science Education - Bio (BA) Yes Yes        
Science Education - Chemistry (BA) Yes Yes        
Science Education - Env. Science (BA)   Yes        
Science Education - Physics (BA) Yes Yes        
Special Education/Math (BA) Yes   Yes      
Statistics (BA)   Yes     Yes  
Statistics (BS)   Yes   Yes    

Questions? Contact Dr. Sean McMahon.