Entrepreneurs see the world around them differently than most - they see possibilities for change and improvement. Students with a degree in entrepreneurship will cultivate the skills to create, lead, innovate, and own ventures. This program will teach you to recognize opportunities, assess risks, and find resources - skills that are essential to long-term career success.
At Millikin, entrepreneurship is in our DNA, and we practice the tools, skills, and techniques needed for creating and capturing value. 17% of Millikin students are involved in entrepreneurship coursework at some point in their college careers.
The entrepreneurship major could be for you if:
- You're part of a growing number of students who want to run their own businesses.
- You want to be a freelance professional in charge of your own career.
- You want to lead innovative projects within an existing organization.
- Pursue a rigorous and diverse Bachelor of Science.
- Explore the skills needed to excel in strategy and product development.
- Build skills for creating and articulating possible solutions to challenges.
- Build a team to launch a business.
Entrepreneurship Minor (for non-business majors)
- Develop an entrepreneurial mindset and learn business basics.
- Create a portfolio to strategically position yourself for any opportunity.
- Whether you are a sculptor, dentist, or architect, learn what it takes to own your career.
Interested in entrepreneurship but not sure how to fit it into your schedule? Check out our two undergraduate certificate programs.
Arts entrepreneurship: Learn about essential startup tools and the art of pitching a business ideas. Start your own micro-venture and manage a student-run venture with a team of diverse students. Most students reflect that they learn valuable insights about themselves and gain tremendous confidence throughout this process. This certificate is compatible with studio art, music, dance, theatre, English, and many other majors.
Entrepreneurship: Learn about opportunity recognition, innovation tools, and problem-solving techniques through your work with student-run ventures and innovation challenges. This certificate is well-suited for students majoring in science, nursing, pre-professional programs, information systems, and other business majors.
$48,705 Average starting salary for graduates
*National Association of Colleges and Employers, 2017
Some entrepreneurship graduates initially work for companies and organizations directly or through contracts as they build a unique portfolio of experiences, networks, and achievements.
Entrepreneurs often gauge their careers by what value they have created for their clients, what opportunities they have captured, and what impact they have made on the world around them. Our economy is driven by small business owners!
Departmental Course Offerings
Courses change each semester, so this list should not be considered a commitment to these individual topics. However, this does represent a list of many of our current and popular courses. The list is provided so that you can begin to imagine your academic career at Millikin in this major.
|ET260. Create, Lead, & Own YOU||This 1 credit hour course will provide students with the opportunity to explore entity creation and leadership as a career direction. Create, Lead, & Own YOU is designed to help students embrace creation and leadership as life-long activities. This class will explore how each of us is capable of creating the future, whether by founding a fast-growing innovative business, giving life to a community event to raise awareness and funds for a good cause, effectively steering and developing an artistic career, or simply by facing a nagging day-to-day problem head on. Students will use self-analysis, observations, readings, and discussions to move students foward. (1 credit)|
|ET310. Social Entrepreneurship||This 5 week course module will examine how social entrepreneurship balances moral imperatives and profit motives while addressing social problems or needs that are unmet by private markets or governments. (1 credit)|
|ET320. Funding New Ventures||This 5 week course module will cover how to determine the initial capital requirements, capital needs, and the planning of future capital requirements for business startups. Raising the needed capital for a startup is ultimately up to the entrepreneur so this course will also cover the sources of funding, how to find them, how to relate to them, and how each funding source impacts the business and the entrepreneur. (1 credit)|
|ET330. Corporate Entrepreneurship||This 5 week course module is about investigating and understanding the frameworks of corporate entrepreneurship as a strategy for business renewal and capturing value in the marketplace by creating an innovative and entrepreneurial culture. Students will gain an understanding of the nature of entrepreneurship as a catalyst for change through innovation. (1 credit)|
|ET340. Foundations of Entrepreneurship||This course will provide students with the understanding of hte entrepreneurship process: Recognize opportunity, identify target market, convert idea to concept, determine and acquire resources, implement and lead the organization, and harvest and exit. Searching for a valid business model, students will take their business idea through the process and create a feasibility study and operating plan. Students will also acquire an understanding of business ethics and social responsibility in business creation. Pre-requisite: AC230 or AC210. (3 credits)|
|ET360. Special Topics in Entrepreneurship||This course provides either an in-depth study of a particular topic or broad view of several topics of current interest in the entrepreneurship area. The course incorporates relevant experiential learning activities such as case and field trips where appropriate. (1-3 credits)|
|ET380. The Art of Entrepreneurship||The course provides students with the full range of practical application of entrepreneurial theories behind new venture creation. Students will ideate, pitch, fund, launch, and harvest a micro-venture of their own imagination and/or passion. The course focuses on understanding the process of creativity and opportunity recognition and introduces students to the risks and rewards of ownership through a venture of their own design. The course engages in new venture creation, customer empathy, sales and income generation, and documentation. Finally, students keep the profits from their venture, and some students choose to continue their venture following the course. (3 credits)|
|ET381, 382. Entrepreneurship Practicum||The course/practicum involves students working with problems that confront small businesses and entrepreneurs. It provides a supervised experience entailing work on one of several projects to assist mostly, but not limited to, campus-located ventures in developing systems and strategies for successful outcomes. Students will interact with business school faculty, staff, student supervisors, and student owners in an environment that will require idea-sharing and teamwork. The course is available in 1, 2, or 3 credit hour segments. The course will satisfy off-campus Tabor requirements. Pre-requisite: BU100 and consent of instructor. (1-3 credits)|
|ET383. Innovation Lab||This course will provide innovators with the frameworks to innovate within their discipline(s), define and understand customer markets, research opportunities, develop a prototype. The course focuses on understanding the process of creativity regardless of discipline and from idea through prototype, and introduces students to the meaning and implications of innovation. This is primarily a Performance Learning course with measurable objectives and activities. Prerequisites: ET340 and ET380, ET390, or approved Student-Run Venture Experience. (3 credits)|
|ET390. Blue Connection||Students enrolled in ET390 are the Gallery Team of Blue Connection, Millikin's student-run retail art gallery. The Gallery Team meets weekly to establish goals for management, inventory, marketing, collaboration, and finance. They set timelines and execute plans in addition to presenting reports to faculty and advisory boards. Emphasis is placed on strategic planning, opportunity recognition, and ownership. (1-3 credits)|
|ET400. Small Business Consulting||Designed to help students integrate previously studied business disciplines by consulting with firms seeking management assistance. Students work in teams to apply theoretical knowledge to the solution of real business problems. Pre-requisites: Senior standing and consent of instructor. (3 credits)|
|ET410. Entrepreneurial Consulting: An International Experience||Provides students with the opportunity to apply concepts learned to real world situations. Operating in teams, students will provide consulting to small/medium-sized business enterprises under the direction of a faculty team. Students will explore potential markets in the US for international businesses not presently importing to the United States. Pre-requisite: Senior standing and consent of instructor. (3 credits)|
|ET430. International Entrepreneurship||This course takes students beyond the introductory aspect of international business (BU330) and focuses on the exploration of entrepreneurial opportunities in an international theater. The course is practice oriented and will involve engagement in activities such as business plan creation, creation of a marketing or business development plan, or participation in an international business plan competition. Students will refine their skills in business plan creation and will expand learning in organizational planning, international market research, accounting and finance, marketing and management. (3 credits)|
|ET470, 471. Entrepreneurial Internship||A cooperative course between the University and selected businesses to develop further professional training of entrepreneurship majors. Combination of work experience and written reports. Pre-requisites: consent of instructor and Entrepreneurship coordinator. (1-3 credits)|