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The Bachelor of Science in Business with a major in Entrepreneurship emphasizes the process of designing, launching, running and scaling a new business, often initially a small business through a period of rapid growth. Students develop an entrepreneurial mindset and apply knowledge and practical skills to identify new business opportunities, creatively solve problems within a design-thinking framework, analyze the industry and market, create revenue and business models, and develop management, market and financial strategies for the new venture or an established entrepreneurial organization to impact businesses, communities and society.   

Entrepreneurship majors pursue different career paths, including planning for start-up and growth of their own businesses, leading and managing small and medium-sized enterprises, and are hired by entrepreneurs and corporations as business developers, innovators, new product developers, and consultants.

Program Requirements Quarter Hours
Business Core Requirements 60
Liberal Studies Requirements 72
Major Requirements 42
Open Electives 18
Total hours required 192

Learning Outcomes

Students will be able to:

  • ​​Use analytical and reflective skills in decision making.
  • Communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
  • Recognize legal and ethical issues confronting them.
  • Contribute to the performance of a group within a business setting.
  • Know the differences among global economies, institutions, business practices and cultures.
  • Acquire knowledge of the functional areas of business and the interrelationships among the functional areas within a business.​
  • Understand and apply knowledge of the new venture creation process in entrepreneurial firms.
  • Demonstrate entrepreneurial skills to develop a concept, engage in the design thinking process, research the industry and market, define the value proposition and strategy, build the team and create revenue and business models to support the venture’s strategy.
  • Recognize and analyze ethical and legal issues within entrepreneurial businesses, and develop resolutions.
  • Communicate effectively orally and in writing to stakeholders, including crafting the pitch and pitching your idea to potential investors.
  • Exhibit knowledge of entrepreneurial practices to building and sustaining the environment for innovation in entrepreneurial firms.

College Core Requirements

Business Core Requirements

All undergraduate students in the Driehaus College of Business complete foundational courses in the areas of accountancy, economics, finance, management, and marketing. The core curriculum also includes courses that emphasize the increasingly quantitative and technological nature of business, the importance of the entrepreneurial mindset, and how students can use their business education to address important social challenges.

Course Requirements

For a student to complete the Bachelor of Science in Business, the following Business Core courses totaling at least 60.0 hours are required:

Course Title Quarter Hours
Business Core Courses
ACC 101INTRODUCTION TO ACCOUNTING I 14
ACC 102INTRODUCTION TO ACCOUNTING II 14
BUS 101INTRODUCTION TO DRIEHAUS: BUSINESS FUNDAMENTALS AND THE ENTREPRENEURIAL MINDSET4
BUS 102BUSINESS ANALYTICS4
BUS 103BUSINESS FOR SOCIAL GOOD4
ECO 105PRINCIPLES OF MICROECONOMICS4
ECO 106PRINCIPLES OF MACROECONOMICS4
FIN 310INTRODUCTION TO FINANCE4
MAT 137BUSINESS STATISTICS4
MGT 300PRINCIPLES OF MANAGEMENT4
MGT 301PRINCIPLES OF OPERATIONS MANAGEMENT 44
MKT 301PRINCIPLES OF MARKETING4
Business Technology 2
Select one of the following:4
BUSINESS TECHNOLOGY
INTRODUCTION TO COMPUTER SCIENCE I
SYSTEMS ANALYSIS AND DESIGN
Business Communication 3
Select one of the following:4
EFFECTIVE BUSINESS COMMUNICATION
BUSINESS AND PROFESSIONAL COMMUNICATION
Global Business Perspective 5
Select one of the following:4
EUROPEAN ECONOMIC HISTORY
RADICAL RESPONSES TO CAPITALISM
TOPICS IN GLOBAL ECONOMIES
UNDERSTANDING CHINA'S ECONOMY
ECONOMICS OF LOW-INCOME COUNTRIES
INTERNATIONAL TRADE
INTERNATIONAL MONETARY ECONOMICS
ECONOMICS OF THE EUROPEAN UNION
INTERNATIONAL FINANCE
GLOBAL IPOs & VENTURE CAPITAL
INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS SEMINAR
GLOBAL HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT
INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS
MARKETING ACROSS CULTURES: A CULTURAL PERSPECTIVE ON MULTICULTURAL MARKETS
MARKETING IN A GLOBAL ENVIRONMENT
INTERNATIONAL MARKETING
WORK IN A GLOBALIZED WORLD
A course taken as part of a term-long study abroad program
1

Strobel students take specially designated sections of all required ACC classes, including ACC 101 and ACC 102 (excluding ACC 250 and ACC 300).​

2

Actuarial Science and Economic Data Analytics majors must take CSC 241.

MIS majors must take MIS 360.

3

MKT majors and Sales minors must take MKT 276.

4

MGT 301-H is required if pursuing the Management Honors Program.

5

A course taken for Global Business Perspective that is in a student's major or minor field must be completed with a minimum grade of C- .

Business Core Timeline

  • BUS 101, BUS 102 and BUS 103 are intended to be completed by students during their first year of enrollment in the college.  
  • Business core requirements may be prerequisites to other courses.
  • Planning is essential to a student’s graduation timeline.
  • Academic advisors work with students to co-create customized degree completion plans and assist with balancing course load.

Business Ethics

All undergraduate students in the Driehaus College of Business complete a course in Business Ethics. It is recommended students take MGT 248 or PHL 248 in Philosophical Inquiry or MGT 228 or REL 228 in Religious Dimensions in the Liberal Studies Program (or University Honors Program) Requirements.

Second Majors and Minors

The addition of a second major or minor may affect the Business Core classes required for a student. Meet with an academic advisor to confirm requirements.

Math Requirements for all business majors (except Actuarial Science majors)

Global Business Perspective

If a course is shared between Global Business Perspective and the Entrepreneurship major, additional hours of Open Elective credit are required.

Grade Minimums for Management Major

A minimum grade of C- is required for the following: ACC 101, ACC 102, BUS 101BUS 102, BUS 103, BUS 202, ECO 105, ECO 106, MAT 137, MGT 300, MGT 301, and any MGT or major course used for Global Business Perspective.

Liberal Studies Requirements

Honors program requirements can be found in the individual Colleges & Schools section of the University Catalog. Select the appropriate college or school, followed by Undergraduate Academics and scroll down.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year ProgramHours
Chicago Quarter  
LSP 110
DISCOVER CHICAGO
or EXPLORE CHICAGO
4
Focal Point  
LSP 112 FOCAL POINT SEMINAR 4
Writing  
WRD 103 COMPOSITION AND RHETORIC I 1 4
WRD 104 COMPOSITION AND RHETORIC II 1 4
Quantitative Reasoning  
Not Required  
Sophomore Year
Race, Power, and Resistance  
LSP 200 SEMINAR ON RACE, POWER, AND RESISTANCE 4
Junior Year
Experiential Learning  
Required 4
Senior Year
Capstone  
ICS 392 SENIOR SEMINAR 1 4

Learning Domains

Arts and Literature (AL)

  • 3 AL Courses Required

Historical Inquiry (HI)

  • 2 HI Courses Required 

Math and Computing (MC)

  • Not Required

Philosophical Inquiry (PI)

  • 2 PI Courses Required1

Religious Dimensions (RD)

  • 2 RD Courses Required1

Scientific Inquiry (SI)

  • 1 Lab Course Required

Social, Cultural, and Behavioral Inquiry (SCBI)

  • 1 SCBI Course Required

Notes

Specified required courses within Liberal Studies may have grade minimums (e.g. C- or better). Please consult your advisor or your college and major requirements.​

Courses offered in the student's primary major cannot be taken to fulfill LSP Domain requirements. If students double major, LSP Domain courses may double count for both LSP credit and the second major. Students who choose to take an experiential learning course offered by the major may count it either as a general elective or the Experiential Learning requirement.

In meeting learning domain requirements, no more than one course that is outside the student’s major and is cross-listed with a course within the student’s major, can be applied to count for LSP domain credit. This policy does not apply to those who are pursuing a double major or earning BFA or BM degrees.

Major Requirements

Course Requirements

In addition to MGT 300 and MGT 301,  a student majoring in Entrepreneurship is required to complete the following courses totaling at least 42.0 hours:

Course Title Quarter Hours
MGT 250CAREER MANAGEMENT SKILLS2
MGT 270INTRODUCTION TO ENTREPRENEURSHIP4
MGT 314BUSINESS ANALYTICS FOUNDATION TOOLS4
MGT 370BUSINESS PLAN DEVELOPMENT4
MGT 373CREATIVITY & ENTREPRENEURSHIP4
or MGT 390 INNOVATION & TECHNOLOGY
MGT 374ENTREPRENEURSHIP LAW4
MGT 395SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP4
ICS 394ENTREPRENEURSHIP STRATEGY4
FIN 355GLOBAL IPOs & VENTURE CAPITAL4
MKT 377SALES FUNDAMENTALS4
One elective from:4
LEGAL & ETHICAL ASPECTS IN THE BUSINESS ENVIRONMENT
MANAGING PROJECTS AND TEAMS
SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT
SUSTAINABLE MANAGEMENT
RECRUITMENT AND SELECTION
SERVICE SECTOR MANAGEMENT
THE BUSINESS OF ESPORTS
HEALTH CARE MANAGEMENT
INTRODUCTION TO SPORTS MANAGEMENT
LEADERSHIP
ENTREPRENEURSHIP PRACTICUM
WOMEN ENTREPRENEURS
MANAGEMENT INTERNSHIP
SPECIAL TOPICS (when related to Entrepreneurship)
INDEPENDENT STUDY (with department approval)
INTRODUCTION TO HOSPITALITY
SPECIAL TOPICS IN HOSPITALITY (Restaurant Entrepreneurship Only)
INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS SEMINAR (when related to Entrepreneurship)
NEW PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT

Open Electives

Open elective credit (18.0 hours) is needed to meet the minimum graduation requirement of 192 hours.

Global Business Perspective

If an course is shared between Global Business Perspective and the Entrepreneurship major, additional hours of Open Elective credit are required. Any course used toward the Entrepreneurship major and Global Business Perspective must be passed with C- or higher.

Career Management Course

Students are required to complete the Career Course (250) associated with the major. Students who double major may choose the Career Course (250) associated with either major provided that hours for graduation are satisfied. Students should take the Career Course as soon as possible.

Experiential Learning

If either MGT 393 or ICS 350 is completed in the Entrepreneurship major consult with academic advisor regarding options for Experiential Learning.

Graduation Requirements

All Management (MGT) and other courses used toward the Entrepreneurship major must be completed with a minimum grade of C- and with a combined GPA of 2.000 or higher.