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Semester Curriculum Requirements

The Entrepreneurship Minor does not have an application process. In order to graduate with an Entrepreneurship Minor under semesters, you must meet the guidelines listed on the curriculum requirements listed below. Upon completing the requirements, a student need only to file the Entrepreneurship Minor Program Form with their college office. No approval from Fisher College of Business is required.

Entrepreneurship Minor Requirements (Semesters)

Required Courses on Semesters

BUS-MHR 2500 - Entrepreneurship
Approved for GEC Credit - Social Sciences
Credits: 3; Prerequisites: None
Examines the theoretical foundations of innovation and entrepreneurship, including their influence on industry and market evolution.
BUS-MHR 3510.01 - New Venture Creation
BUS-MHR 3510.02 - Creating Social Venture
Credits: 3, Prerequisites: BUS-MHR 2500
New Venture Creation: Explores the process for creating new ventures, including ideation, evaluation of business opportunities, business planning, and assembling business resources.
Creating Social Venture: Examines the creation of entrepreneurship ventures in the non-profit sector.

Elective Courses

The minor requires students to successfully complete at least three elective courses. It is recommended that students complete one elective from each of three content areas listed below.

Regardless, students will not be permitted to count more than two courses from any one content area for credit toward their minor. In addition, students are encouraged to take at least two electives outside their major areas of study.

Creativity, Innovation, and Idea Generation

BUS-M&L 3241 - Introduction to Entrepreneurial Marketing
Credits: 3; Prerequisites: Econ 2001.01 or AEDEcon 2001 or equivalent and Math 1130 or equivalent
Focuses on marketing concepts and methods of entrepreneurs leading growth-oriented companies.
BUS-MHR 3665 - Personal Creativity and Innovation
Credits: 3; Prerequisites: None
Explores how people, places, and practices foster personal creativity. Develops student's ability to create innovative concepts for new products and services.
ISE ME 5682 - Fundamentals of Product Design
Credits: 3; Prerequisites: Senior, graduate student, or by permission
Takes students through the product design process, from listening to the voice of the customer to idea generation and evaluation, system level design and system architecture, design for assembly and manufacturing, and lean manufacturing.
PSYCH 2462 - The Psychology of Creativity
Credits: 3; Prerequisites: Psych 1100 or 1100H
Examines the theories, definitions, processes and measurement of personal creativity.

Opportunity Evaluation and Venture Planning

AEDEcon 3102 - Principles of Agribusiness Marketing
Credits: 3; Prerequisites: AEDEcon 2001, 2001H, Econ 2001, or 2001H
Focuses on in-depth assessment of the marketing environment in specific food and natural resource industries and what it takes to successfully lead an entrepreneurial enterprise in these industries.
BUS-FIN 3290 - Foundations of Entrepreneurial Financing
Credits: 3, Prerequisites: BUSFIN 3120 or 3220
Presents a dynamic two part process in which companies invest in both real and human capital assets and then find the financial capital necessary to pay for those investments.
BUS-MHR 5530 - Value Creation in Social Entrepreneurship
Credits: 3; Prerequisites: BUS-MHR 2500 and Econ 2001.01

Progressive social organizations are seeking to be more entrepreneurial in the manner in which they run their nonprofit businesses. This course is offered to honors students throughout the university. Content will include a group assignment where students will focus on completing a social enterprise project for a non-profit organization in Central Ohio. (This course counts toward the Minor in Entrepreneurship.)

BUSMHR 5530 LEC 33086-Value Creation in the Social Enterprise

Autumn, 2014: 11:10 to 12:30 Mon - Wed

     “. . . an increasing number of forward-looking nonprofits are beginning to appreciate the increased revenue, focus and effectiveness that can come from adopting "for profit" business approaches. Increasingly, they are reinventing themselves as social entrepreneurs, combining ‘the passion of a social mission with an image of business-like discipline, innovation, and determination.’"[1] J. Gregory Dees, Duke University

The social sector is making a concerted effort to sustain and, indeed, amplify its impact, applying specific business principles that translate effectively and have been proven in the private sector. Specifically, progressive social organizations are seeking to be more entrepreneurial in the manner in which they run their nonprofit businesses. This movement is commonly called social enterprise. Although there are a variety of definitions of social enterprise, the most common theme is the notion of delivering blended value. Also known as the “double bottom line” or even “triple bottom line”, a commitment to blended value purports to encompass the financial impact familiar to any for-profit organization but also considers social and even environmental impacts familiar to nonprofits. A blended value approach links the profitability and sustainability of a social venture with its commitment to social change.

Course Highlights: This course counts toward the Minor in entrepreneurship (Opportunity Evaluation and Venture Planning).

It also may count toward the minor in Humanitarian Engineering. The content of this course will include a group project that will focus on completing a project or business plan for a project associated with the Social Innovation Center in the College of Engineering or another social entrepreneurship project. You can also discuss a project you would like to pursue with me.

The purpose of this course is to (1) help you understand the theory of social enterprise and to be able to develop a business plan for a non-profit or social enterprise, (2) help you develop your interpersonal, communication and presentation skills, (3) offer you the opportunity to interact with individuals in a non-profit organization or social enterprise and (4) help you develop your ability to function as a member of a creative team charged with identifying problems or opportunities, solving problems and creating business plans.


The faculty administrator for the course is Dr. Judy Tansky, Department of Management and Human Resources. Contact Professor Tansky for more information email, cell phone 614-361-6413. If you have trouble registering for the course, contact Dr. Tansky.

BUS-MHR 3542 - The Accelerator: Planning the Entrepreneurial Adventure
Credits: 3; Prerequisites: BUS-MHR 2500

Leading High-Performance Ventures

AEDEcon 3160 - Human Resource Management in Small Businesses
Credits: 2; Prerequisites: Junior standing or by permission
Study of characteristics of small businesses that make many of their human resource management problems unique, such as recruiting only in local labor markets in relative geographic isolation, limited alternatives for organizational structure, and irregular coverage of labor laws.
BUS-MHR 3541 - Global Innovation and Entrepreneurial Leadership
Credits: 3; Prerequisites: BUS-MHR 2500 and Econ 2001.01
BUS-MHR 4520E - Leading High-Performance Ventures
Credits: 3; Prerequisites: Econ 2001.01 and BUS-MHR 2500
Explores the key managerial practices and skills necessary to lead a successful growing business.
CSC FFS 3270 - Families in Business
Credits: 3; Prerequisites: Sophomore standing or above
Offers students the opportunity to explore family business topics, such as family dynamics, conflicts, and relationships relative to the business, formation and growth, strategic management, professionalization, and succession planning.
SOCIOL 3464 - Work, Employment, and Society
Credits: 3
Provides an overview of social science knowledge about organizational functioning, labor force composition, and human relations issues.