Feb 23, 2024
The Entrepreneurship major provides students with a strong foundation in entrepreneurial concepts along with the flexibility to specialize in a secondary area based on academic tracks, or take courses to obtain a minor or another major.
Because the resources required for this major are limited, there is an acceptance process for students seeking to pursue the Entrepreneurship degree. Upon acceptance into the Haworth College of Business, students requesting the Entrepreneurship Major will be conditionally designated as an Entrepreneurship major to facilitate registration for courses. Acceptance will only be confirmed when the student completes the application process, has completed the MGMT 2140 course, and is accepted into the program. Students who either do not complete the application process or who are not accepted into the program will be removed from any classes restricted to students in the Entrepreneurship major.
Students must complete the application process for spring semester admission by December 1st and will be notified of their status no later than December 30th. The application process for acceptance in fall semester must be completed by May 1st and students will be notified of their status no later than June 1. Students must begin the application process in the Haworth College of Business Office of Advising and Admissions, 2130 Schneider Hall. Students applying to the Entrepreneurship program must be eligible for and complete an application to the Haworth College of Business or already be accepted into the Haworth College of Business.
In addition to the curriculum requirements for all students pursuing the Bachelor of Business Administration Degree, Entrepreneurship majors must also complete 24 credit hours of the following:
And one of the following:
Students are given the flexibility to focus their course work in a specific area by taking 9 credit hours from one of the tracks outlined below, another major, or a minor. If students select to follow a track by taking electives, they must take all 9 credits within one track. Courses in a given track cannot be counted towards another major or minor.
Select three additional courses (9 credit hours) from any of the following tracks:
If students choose to take MGMT 3140 - Small Business Management or MGMT 4340 - Family Business Management, as an elective, they cannot count either one of the courses toward the Capstone course requirement for the major.
Business Information Systems Track
Students may take any three courses from one of the mini-tracks to develop their BIS specialty. If a student does not have a special interest in one of the mini-tracks in BIS, he or she may select any three courses listed in the BIS track. Thus, the BIS mini-tracks are provided to guide students based upon content themes in the BIS courses.
Information Systems Mini-track
And two of the following:
Business Intelligence and Data Analytics Mini-Track
Networking and Information Assurance Focus Mini-Track
Instead of the elective tracks, students may choose to earn a minor or a second major in the following areas if offered and available: accounting, business analytics, computer information systems, finance, food and consumer package goods marketing, foreign language, international business, management, marketing, or sales and business marketing.
Creativity and innovation is a vital part of entrepreneurship in regards to discovering opportunities, being resourceful, and creating competitive advantage for both new and established firms. There is no one course in the curriculum that focuses on creativity and innovation. Rather, creativity and innovation activities and topics are integrated into the curriculum of the courses throughout the entrepreneurship program.
Students take two courses of accounting as part of the general requirement for the Bachelor of Business Administration: ACTY 2100 - Principles of Accounting I and ACTY 2110 - Principles of Accounting II. Students are expected to understand accounting principles as part of the finance courses that are in the curriculum. Thus, the two principles of accounting courses will be necessary for students in the Entrepreneurship major. If students want to learn more about finance, accounting, and tax issues, they are advised to pursue a manor or a minor in accounting or finance to go along with their Entrepreneurship major. An information sheet for how to obtain an Accounting minor with an Entrepreneurship major is available.
It is encouraged that students are familiar with computer technology, as computers are a necessity in today’s business. Courses can be taken in the BIS department to improve one’s knowledge of computer technology as it relates to business.
As part of the globally engaged theme at WMU, entrepreneurship students are encouraged to look for and take advantage of global opportunities through study abroad programs. In addition, instructors in the entrepreneurship program have the possibility of integrating a global business activity in their courses by working with entrepreneurship around the world and/or with partner universities in other countries (e.g., Hogeschool Utrecht University - The Netherlands, University of Passau - Germany, Swinburne University - Australia).