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COURSE CATALOGUE : Entrepreneurial Studies

The HWS Entrepreneurial Studies Program challenges students to become well-rounded leaders and resourceful innovators who are globally aware and community-centric. With an emphasis on the conceptual understanding, practical skills and ethical structure necessary for business or civic leadership, the Entrepreneurial Studies Program cultivates agents of change across a wide-range of causes and careers. These future leaders of the 21st Century explore and hone the analytical and critical thinking skills of a liberal arts education as they stoke their passions and animate their ideas – whether creating new non-profit or for-profit enterprises, or leading innovation within existing organizations.

The Entrepreneurial Studies Program offers an interdisciplinary minor.

interdisciplinary, 7 courses
Three required core classes: ENTR 101 Entrepreneurial Leadership, ENTR 120 Economic Principles for the Entrepreneur, ENTR 201 Quantitative Tools for the Entrepreneur; one ethics class; two electives from two different departments (see list below); capstone course ENTR 400.

ANTH 323 Ethnographies of Capitalism
ANTH 330 Anthropology of Creativity
ANTH 340 Anthropology of Global Commons
SOC 100 Introduction to Sociology
SOC 223 Inequalities
SOC 242 Sociology of Business
SOC 249 Technology and Society
SOC 259 Theories of Social Movements
AEP 335 Arts and Human Development
DAN 230 Community Arts
ECON 196 Principles of Accounting
ECON 198 Business Law
ECON 240 International Trade
ECON 315 Managerial Economics
ECON 338 Economics of Non-Profits
EDUC 225 Educational Leadership
ENV 215 Environmental Development in East Asia
ENV 330 Sustainability, Commodities and Consumption
MDSC 200 Cultures of Advertising
PHIL 158 Debating Public Policy
POL 180 Intro to International Relations
POL 236 Urban Politics and Public Policy
POL 248 Politics of Development
POL 254 Globalization
POL 387 State and Markets
POL 401 Varieties of Capitalism
PSY 243 Organizational Psychology
PSY 245 Intro to Cross Cultural Psychology
PPOL 364 Social Policy and Community Action
WRRH 352 Writing in the Professional World

ENTR 101 Entrepreneurial Leadership As technology and globalization continue to spur interconnectedness, leaders must navigate tumultuous environments where change is rapid, discontinuous and unpredictable. Innovation, ingenuity and an ability to add value by solving problems are necessary. This course will examine the attributes required of successful entrepreneurs in contemporary leadership roles. Students will learn how to take an idea to impact. They will consider important concepts, such as ethics, sustainability, economic Darwinism, and managing uncertainty. They will discuss product invention, service implementation, economic choice, risk and return, scale and scope, value creation, and small business generation. As a significant course assignment, students will develop a strategic plan for a product, service, startup or organization that is worthy of implementation.  No prerequisites required. (Forbes and Hamilton, offered annually)

ENTR 120 Economic Principles The course seeks to provide students with the foundational understanding of microeconomic theory necessary to pursue entrepreneurial enterprises in contemporary markets. Students will acquire the analytical tools for solving complex organizational or policy issues. Key topics will include: economic principles guiding various types of organizations; rational behavior; competition vs. monopoly power; simple game theory; pricing strategies; and production costs and behavior in the short and long-term. This course will be more applied than a traditional intro to economics class, relying on entrepreneurial case studies and news reports as appropriate.

ENTR 201 Quantitative Tools This course teaches the basic accounting, statistical, and Excel skills necessary for success in the Entrepreneurial minor. All of the examples will be done using Excel. The accounting techniques covered will include: accounting terminology; the accounting equation; how to prepare and analyze financial statements (the balance sheet, income statement, and statement of cash flows): operational costing considerations; cost behavior and cost-volume-profit analysis; differential analysis and product pricing; and budgeting. The statistical concepts which will be covered include: data collection; basic measures of summarizing data; presenting data in tables and charts; hypothesis formulation and testing; sampling techniques; normal distributions; and simple regressions techniques.

ENTR 220 Social Innovation for the Entrepreneur This course considers the two convergent streams of conceptual thought, activity, and impact associated with the emerging field of social innovation and entrepreneurship. First, we will discover who are social entrepreneurs defined as change agents and pioneers of social innovation. We will together try to understand the knowledge, courage, hope, dreams, personalities, cognition thought-patterns, behaviors, strategies, processes, and acumen of today's social entrepreneurs. Second, this understanding leads to our thinking about the application of entrepreneurship principles to social issues. Furthermore, the uniqueness of the nonprofit form in relationship to government and commercial enterprises is acknowledges, so that students may learn of the importance of social enterprise. Social enterprise- the second major stream of content for the course-utilizes earned income strategies to serve social missions. Students will explore, debate, and question whether purpose and profit can go together.

ENTR 400 Capstone Students in this senior capstone experience will identify and tackle real-life challenges in the social, economic and global environment using skills developed in other courses in the minor (and likely from their major). Capstone projects could include the development and launch of a product, service or organization (for-profit or non-profit). Projects will be required to demonstrate positive social and environmental impact regardless of legal structure. Students will be required to pitch their ideas for social, environmental, or economic innovation to HWS and local community experts. They will use this feedback to ensure their ideas and subsequent innovations have lasting community impact. This course will provide students with opportunities to think systematically and critically to identify and analyze real-world social, environmental, and economic issues. It will provide students with opportunities to brainstorm and construct sustainable and responsible solutions. This course not only focuses on the economic processes and outcomes (e.g., wealth generations and job creation) of entrepreneurship; but also, it explores other domains and bottom lines (e.g., social, environmental, etc.) that must be addressed for the betterment of our world and our diverse societies. Students will be challenged to discover where they fit in regarding bettering our world and society.

ENTR 450 Independent Study

ENTR 456 1/2 Credit Independent Study

Preparing Students to Lead Lives of Consequence.