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Entrepreneurship

Become an Innovative Leader

As an Entrepreneurship major or minor at St. Thomas, you’ll gain the knowledge and skills to start your own business, purchase and expand an existing business, go into a family business or work for a large company. Learn how to develop a business plan, identify opportunities and manage resources. Many people with an entrepreneurial background want to start their own business, but you can also use these skills to lead inside a large corporation, and help launch new products and services. A highly engaged faculty and small class sizes ensure that you receive plenty of individual attention, and your faculty advisor offers guidance and support. Earn a versatile BA with a concentration in Entrepreneurship, and pave the way to many possible career paths.

Program Overview

  • Course Requirements
  • Four-Year Plan
  • Degree Awarded
  • Tutoring
  • Internships
  • As an undergraduate studying Entrepreneurship, you’re required to take core courses, concentration courses related to your major, and allied courses, which take place outside of the Opus College of Business.

    Entrepreneurship Program Courses

    For non-business majors, St. Thomas offers the Entrepreneurship Minor, so you can pair savvy entrepreneurial skills with your passion.

    Entrepreneurship Minor Program

     

    Year 1

    ACCT 100 Principles of Accounting I 
    BUSN 100 Business for the Common Good 
    ENTR 100 Introduction to Entrepreneurship & Innovation 
    Allied courses in economics, math, and statistics.

    Year 2

    ACCT 200 Principles of Accounting II 
    BETH 300 Ethical Principles in Business
    BLAW 300 Law for Business Leaders I
    BUSN 200 Business Learning Through Service 
    FINC 310 Core Financial Management
    MGMT 200 Working Skillfully in Organizations
    MKTG 200 Introduction to Marketing
    OPMT 300 Operations and Supply Chain Management

    Years 3 & 4

    At the end of your sophomore year, you’ll declare a business major. As a junior and senior, you’ll take courses specific to your chosen concentration as well as business electives. And, if you choose to study abroad, you’ll likely do so sometime during year 3 or 4.

    In addition to your major courses, you’ll also take courses in the St. Thomas Core Curriculum throughout your four years.

    Students who complete this coursework receive either a BA in Business Administration with a concentration in Entrepreneurship or a minor in Entrepreneurship to complement their non-business major.

     

    Your professor is always available to help you with your coursework. If you need extra help with your core courses in accounting, finance, or operations, free tutors are also available. Whether you’re stuck on an assignment or want help preparing for an exam, our tutors are always glad to work with you. You can schedule a 30-minute one-on-one appointment, or drop in during open hours.
    St. Thomas maintains a large network of alumni and local business connections, which leads to real-world learning opportunities, internships and—oftentimes—employment after graduation. When you’re ready for an internship, the Career Development Center can help you find a position that supports your professional goals.

    The Schulze School of Entrepreneurship also offers a unique Summer Internship Grant to help students intern at companies that may not be in a position to pay market wages, such as startups and nonprofits.

    Course Requirements

    As an undergraduate studying Entrepreneurship, you’re required to take core courses, concentration courses related to your major, and allied courses, which take place outside of the Opus College of Business.

    Entrepreneurship Program Courses

    For non-business majors, St. Thomas offers the Entrepreneurship Minor, so you can pair savvy entrepreneurial skills with your passion.

    Entrepreneurship Minor Program

     

    Four-Year Plan

    Year 1

    ACCT 100 Principles of Accounting I 
    BUSN 100 Business for the Common Good 
    ENTR 100 Introduction to Entrepreneurship & Innovation 
    Allied courses in economics, math, and statistics.

    Year 2

    ACCT 200 Principles of Accounting II 
    BETH 300 Ethical Principles in Business
    BLAW 300 Law for Business Leaders I
    BUSN 200 Business Learning Through Service 
    FINC 310 Core Financial Management
    MGMT 200 Working Skillfully in Organizations
    MKTG 200 Introduction to Marketing
    OPMT 300 Operations and Supply Chain Management

    Years 3 & 4

    At the end of your sophomore year, you’ll declare a business major. As a junior and senior, you’ll take courses specific to your chosen concentration as well as business electives. And, if you choose to study abroad, you’ll likely do so sometime during year 3 or 4.

    In addition to your major courses, you’ll also take courses in the St. Thomas Core Curriculum throughout your four years.

    Degree Awarded

    Students who complete this coursework receive either a BA in Business Administration with a concentration in Entrepreneurship or a minor in Entrepreneurship to complement their non-business major.

     

    Tutoring

    Your professor is always available to help you with your coursework. If you need extra help with your core courses in accounting, finance, or operations, free tutors are also available. Whether you’re stuck on an assignment or want help preparing for an exam, our tutors are always glad to work with you. You can schedule a 30-minute one-on-one appointment, or drop in during open hours.

    Internships

    St. Thomas maintains a large network of alumni and local business connections, which leads to real-world learning opportunities, internships and—oftentimes—employment after graduation. When you’re ready for an internship, the Career Development Center can help you find a position that supports your professional goals.

    The Schulze School of Entrepreneurship also offers a unique Summer Internship Grant to help students intern at companies that may not be in a position to pay market wages, such as startups and nonprofits.

    Fuel Your Entrepreneurial Journey

    Students studying entrepreneurship have access to apply to funding their entrepreneurial education and efforts through Schulze School of Entrepreneurship scholarships, funds, and competitions.

    Ten Schulze Innovation Scholars pose for a photo with Dick Schulze.

    Schulze Innovation Scholarship Program

    The Schulze Innovation Scholarship program is a four-year, full-tuition scholarship and premier academic program. It’s designed to help launch the careers of students ready to tackle big challenges through innovation and entrepreneurial leadership. Receive guidance launching new start-up ventures, pursuing careers that drive innovation within large corporations or leading new social impact ventures.
    A student signs up at a registration event.

    Schulze Innovation Fund

    The Schulze Innovation Fund is invested in entrepreneurial students and alumni to help launch and grow their businesses. Recipients of the fund are also connected to valuable mentors and advisors who help them plan for sustainable success. Selected ventures can receive up to $75,000 as equity or a convertible note with possible follow on investment.
    Two students speak on stage at the Fowler Business Plan Competition event.

    Competitions

    Entrepreneurship competitions offer students the chance to sharpen and showcase their innovative talents. Competitions include the Fowler Business Concept Challenge, the Fowler Global Social Innovation Challenge, the St. Thomas Business Plan Competition and the national e-Fest competition. These competitions offer opportunities to win scholarships as well as funding for your business idea.

    Quick Facts

    10
    10 four-year, full tuition Schulze Innovation Scholarships awarded to incoming entrepreneurship students each year
    $100k
    More than $100k awarded annually in St. Thomas student competitions
    71%
    71% of businesses started by undergraduate alumni in the last 10 years are still in business

    Learning Through Service: Business 200

    We believe that businesses need to be socially responsible in the communities where they operate. All undergraduate business majors and minors are required to complete BUSN 200, a zero-credit, tuition-free course that includes 40 hours of community service and a series of reflective seminars. This service learning helps you grow into a highly principled global business professional, and an effective and ethical leader who’s prepared to make positive contributions in both your profession and community.

    St. Thomas Career Services

    The experts in the Career Development Center can help you find internships, develop job hunting skills, and put you in touch with business leads—both alumni and St. Thomas connections in the broader Twin Cities business scene. We can help you:

    • Clarify your strengths and how they relate to majors and career fields
    • Map out a career plan
    • Create your résumé and prepare for interviews
    • Look for internships and jobs

    Scholarships

  • Schulze Innovation Scholarship
  • The Willis Drake Young Entrepreneurship Scholarship
  • Pentair Scholarship for Entrepreneurship
  • Murray and Ruth Harpole Scholarship
  • The Schulze Innovation Scholarship program is a four-year full-tuition scholarship and premier academic program. It’s designed to help launch the careers of students ready to tackle big challenges through innovation and entrepreneurial leadership. Students selected into the program will receive support and guidance to:

    • Launch their own start up ventures
    • Pursuing careers that drive innovation within large corporations
    • Leading new social impact venture

    Each year, up to four incoming first-year students planning to major in the entrepreneurship program are given this $2,000 award. Must demonstrate outstanding entrepreneurial potential and the intention to major in Business with a concentration in Entrepreneurship. Application required.

    This scholarship recognizes one outstanding student in the entrepreneurship program who demonstrates creativity, initiative and success. This scholarship is only available to students entering their junior or senior year at St. Thomas, and the scholarship is awarded senior year.

    To be eligible for this memorial scholarship, you must qualify for need-based financial aid and be a junior or senior at St. Thomas. (Seniors graduating in May of the current academic year aren’t eligible.) Students also must be an Entrepreneurship major, be involved in the Entrepreneurship Society and have a minimum GPA of 2.5.

    To learn more about scholarships and how to apply, please contact us.

    Schulze Innovation Scholarship

    The Schulze Innovation Scholarship program is a four-year full-tuition scholarship and premier academic program. It’s designed to help launch the careers of students ready to tackle big challenges through innovation and entrepreneurial leadership. Students selected into the program will receive support and guidance to:

    • Launch their own start up ventures
    • Pursuing careers that drive innovation within large corporations
    • Leading new social impact venture

    The Willis Drake Young Entrepreneurship Scholarship

    Each year, up to four incoming first-year students planning to major in the entrepreneurship program are given this $2,000 award. Must demonstrate outstanding entrepreneurial potential and the intention to major in Business with a concentration in Entrepreneurship. Application required.

    Pentair Scholarship for Entrepreneurship

    This scholarship recognizes one outstanding student in the entrepreneurship program who demonstrates creativity, initiative and success. This scholarship is only available to students entering their junior or senior year at St. Thomas, and the scholarship is awarded senior year.

    Murray and Ruth Harpole Scholarship

    To be eligible for this memorial scholarship, you must qualify for need-based financial aid and be a junior or senior at St. Thomas. (Seniors graduating in May of the current academic year aren’t eligible.) Students also must be an Entrepreneurship major, be involved in the Entrepreneurship Society and have a minimum GPA of 2.5.

    To learn more about scholarships and how to apply, please contact us.

    Student Reuben Thompson-Amarteifio talks with other participants during the Fowler Business Concept Challenge November 20, 2015 in Schulze Hall.

    The Schulze School of Entrepreneurship

    This hub of entrepreneurial thinking is truly one of a kind. Innovators, change makers, small business owners and future business leaders come together to explore and create opportunities. The Schulze School’s centers and institutes provide consulting, networking and small business incubators to help launch new businesses and fortify existing ones. Learn, grow and connect at the Schulze School.
    Students and recruiters at a job fair.

    Career Opportunities

    The practical knowledge and innovative mindset you gain with a concentration in Entrepreneurship will serve you well in any career. Here are just a few of many roles that require entrepreneurial skills:

    • Business Owner
    • Internal Consultant
    • New Venture Manager
    • Manufacturing Manager
    • Employment Services Consultant
    • Process and Innovation Specialist
    • Manager of Strategic Growth and Innovation