Entrepreneurship (ENTR)

Opus College of Business
Department of Entrepreneurship
Dunham (chair), Deeds, Ebben, Johnson, McVea, Sorenson, Spriggs

The study of entrepreneurship prepares students for a variety of career and life experiences. Being an entrepreneur may mean starting your own business, or it may mean working in an existing business. The key is you learn to think like an entrepreneur. You will learn to identify and analyze new opportunities, to think creatively, and to be action oriented in order to seize opportunities that create real value. These skills are important in all types of organizations, from small start-ups to large corporate settings.

Students completing a concentration in entrepreneurship will have the skills to start a business venture, to contribute to an existing company, and to be business leaders in their local communities.

Concentration in Entrepreneurship

Entrepreneurship - Major Field Guide

Business Core Courses

  • ACCT 210 Introduction to Financial Accounting (4 credits)
  • ACCT 215 Managerial Accounting (4 credits)
  • BETH 301 Business Ethics (4 credits)
  • BUSN 200 Business Learning Through Service (0 credit)
  • OPMT 310 Operations Management (4 credits)
  • FINC 321 Financial Management (4 credits)
  • MGMT 305 Management & Organizational Behavior (4 credits)
  • MKTG 300 Principles of Marketing (4 credits)

Plus four credits from the following:

  • BLAW 301 Legal Environment of Business (4 credits)
  • BLAW 302 Business Law for Accounting (4 credits)
  • BLAW 303 International Business Law (4 credits)
  • BLAW 304 Real Estate Law (4 credits)

Concentration Courses

  • ENTR 200 Foundations in Entrepreneurship (4 credits)
  • ENTR 350 Entrepreneurial Research: Developing New Market Space (4 credits)
  • ENTR 370 Entrepreneurial Financial Resource Management (4 credits)
  • ENTR 450 Entrepreneurship: Management and Strategy (4 credits)

Plus eight credits from the following:

  • ENTR 340 Social Entrepreneurship (4 credits)
  • ENTR 348 Franchising Management (4 credits)
  • ENTR 349 Family Business Management (4 credits)
  • ENTR 360 Creativity and Change (4 credits)
  • ENTR 380 Entrepreneurship in Practice (4 credits)
  • ENTR 490 Topics (4 credits) 

The following may be substituted for ONE of the courses listed above:

  • THEO 422 Christian Faith and the Management Profession (only when team-taught by an ENTR faculty member) (4 credits)

Allied requirements

  • ECON 251 Principles of Macroeconomics (4 credits)
  • ECON 252 Principles of Microeconomics (4 credits)
  • STAT 220 Statistics I (4 credits)

Note: STAT 220 should be completed by the end of the sophomore year. Transfer students who have not had an equivalent course must complete this course by the end of their first semester, junior year.

Plus four credits from the following:

  • MATH 101 Finite Mathematics (4 credits)
  • MATH 109 Calculus with Review II (4 credits)
  • MATH 111 Calculus for Business and Social Science (4 credits)
  • MATH 113 Calculus I (4 credits)

Note: The math requirement must be completed by the end of the sophomore year.

Plus four credits from the following:

  • COJO 100 Public Speaking (4 credits)
  • COJO 105 Communication in the Workplace (4 credits)
  • COJO 370 Intercultural Communication (4 credits)
  • ENGL 211 or above (4 credits)

Concentration in Family Business

Family business is the most common type of business organization in the world. The concentration in family business prepares students to govern and manage family firms. The overlap of family, owner, and business systems provide unique challenges for families in business. Students learn to analyze those three systems and to work with family members in managing and governing the business. They are provided the business knowledge necessary to understand business performance and to make strategic decisions. Students are provided conceptual tools and approaches for family planning and organizing. Because the family business courses focus on applying knowledge in family firms, parents or other significant family members are encouraged to audit those classes or to actively participate by reading class materials and helping students with many course assignments. The courses are designed to help families begin to implement practices that they deem useful to their businesses.

Family Business - Major Field Guide

Business Core Courses

  • ACCT 210 Introduction to Financial Accounting (4 credits)
  • ACCT 215 Managerial Accounting (4 credits)
  • BETH 301 Business Ethics (4 credits)
  • BUSN 200 Business Learning Through Service (0 credit)
  • OPMT 310 Operations Management (4 credits)
  • FINC 321 Financial Management (4 credits)
  • MGMT 305 management of Organizational Behavior (4 credits)
  • MKTG 300 Principles of Marketing (4 credits)

Plus four credits from the following:

  • BLAW 301 Legal Environment of Business (4 credits)
  • BLAW 302 Business Law for Accounting (4 credits)
  • BLAW 303 International Business Law (4 credits)
  • BLAW 304 Real Estate Law (4 credits) 

Concentration Courses

  • ENTR 349 Family Business Ownership (4 credits)
  • ENTR 449 Family Business Innovation and Entrepreneurship (4 credits)

Plus eight credits selected from the following courses. They should be selected in consultation with your adviser and your family to meet the unique needs of your family business.

  • ACCT 314 Tax Accounting (4 credits)
  • ENTR 200 Foundations of Entrepreneurship (4 credits)
  • ENTR 360 Creativity and Change (4 credits)
  • ENTR 370 Entrepreneurial Financial Resource Management (4 credits)
  • FINC 324 Corporate Finance (4 credits)
  • FINC 325 Investments (4 credits)
  • REAL 200 Real Estate Principles (4 credits)
  • REAL 360 Real Estate Property Management (4 credits)
  • MGMT 362 Attracting, Acquiring and Rewarding Talent (4 credits)
  • MGMT 382 Leadership Development (4 credits)
  • MKTG 360 Retailing (4 credits)
  • MKTG 390 Marketing Strategy (4 credits)

Allied requirements

  • ECON 251 Principles of Macroeconomics (4 credits)
  • ECON 252 Principles of Microeconomics (4 credits)
  • STAT 220 Statistics I (4 credits)

Note: STAT 220 should be completed by the end of the sophomore year. Transfer students who have not had an equivalent course must complete this course by the end of their first semester, junior year. 

Plus four credits from the following:

  • MATH 101 Finite Mathematics (4 credits)
  • MATH 109 Calculus with Review II (4 credits)
  • MATH 111 Calculus for Business and Social Science (4 credits)
  • MATH 113 Calculus I (4 credits)

Note: The math requirement must be completed by the end of the sophomore year.

Plus four credits from the following:

  • COJO 472 Family Communication (4 credits)
  • PSYC 288 Psychology of Marriage and the Family (4 credits)
  • SOCI 321 Marriage and the Family (4 credits) 

Plus four credits not previously taken to meet concentration requirements from the following:

  • COJO 220 Interpersonal Communication (4 credits)
  • COJO 274 Small Group Communication (4 credits)
  • COJO 320 Organizational Communication (4 credits)
  • COJO 472 Family Communication (4 credits)
  • PSYC 288 Psychology of Marriage and the Family (4 credits)
  • SOCI 321 Marriage and the Family (4 credits)
Course Number Title Credits
ENTR  200 Foundations of Entrepreneur 4
ENTR  243 Individual Study 2 OR 4
ENTR  269 Research 2 OR 4
ENTR  298 Topics 4
ENTR  300 Entrepreneurship Non-Majors 4
ENTR  340 Social Entrepreneurship 4
ENTR  348 Franchising Management 4
ENTR  349 Family Business Ownership 4
ENTR  350 Entrepreneurial Research 4
ENTR  360 Creativity & Change 4
ENTR  370 Entr/Financial Resource Mgt 4
ENTR  380 Entrepreneurship in Pract 4
ENTR  389 Research 2 OR 4
ENTR  393 Individual Study 2 OR 4
ENTR  449 Family Business Innov. & Entre 4
ENTR  450 Entr:Management/Strategy 4
ENTR  490 Topics 4
ENTR  491 Research 2 OR 4
ENTR  495 Individual Study 2 OR 4