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The HWS Entrepreneurial Studies Program challenges students to become well-rounded leaders and resourceful innovators who are globally aware and community-centric. With an emphasis on the conceptual understanding, practical skills and ethical structure necessary for business or civic leadership, the Entrepreneurial Studies Program cultivates agents of change across a wide-range of causes and careers. These future leaders of the 21st century explore and hone the analytical and critical thinking skills of a liberal arts education as they stoke their passions and animate their ideas - whether creating new non-profit or for-profit enterprises, or leading innovation within existing organizations.

The Entrepreneurial Studies Program offers an interdisciplinary minor.

interdisciplinary, 7 courses
Three required core classes: ENTR 101 Entrepreneurial Leadership, ENTR 120 Economic Principles for the Entrepreneur OR ECON 160 Principles of Economics, ENTR 201 Quantitative Tools for the Entrepreneur OR Econ 196 Accounting AND Econ 202 Statistics; one ethics class; two electives from two different departments; and the capstone course ENTR 400. All courses must be passed with a grade of C or higher. Credit/no credit courses cannot be counted towards the minor.

Ethics Requirement
The minor requires that all students take an Ethics course from the following list of options:
ENG 234 Chaucer: Topics
ENG 235 The Once and Future King
ENG 313 Bible as Literature
ENG 432 Malory: Morte D'Arthur
ENTR 203 Doing Good Doing Well
PHIL 144/155 Morality and War
PHIL 150 Justice and Equality
PHIL 151 Crime and Punishment
PHIL 152 Philosophy and Feminism
PHIL 154 Environmental Ethics
PHIL 156 Biomedical Ethics
PHIL 157 Philosophy and Contemporary Issues: Ethical Inquiry
PHIL 157 Philosophy and Contemporary Issues: A Multicultural Approach
PHIL 159 Philosophy and Contemporary Issues: Global Justice
PHIL 162 Ethics of Civic Engagement
PHIL 234 Moral Theories: Understanding Right and Wrong
PHIL 235 Morality and Self Interest
PHIL 250 Feminism: Ethics and Knowledge
PHIL 315 Social Justice
REL 108 Religion and Alienation
REL 219 Intro to Islam
REL 225 Japanese Philosophy and Religious Thought
REL 226 Religion and Nature
REL 228 Religion and Resistance
REL 238 Liberating Theology
REL 239 Nihilism East and West
REL 242 Islamic Mysticism
REL 253 Creation Stories: why they matter
REL 255 Peace and Violence in the Qur'an
REL 257 What's love got to do with it?
REL 271 The Holocaust
REL 273 Jewish Thought
REL 278 Modern Judaism
REL 286 Islam and the Environment
REL 288 Religious Extremism
REL 311 Mahabharata
REL 345 Tradition Transformers
REL 401 Responses to the Holocaust
REL 461 Seminar: Theory in Religious Studies
SJSP 100 Intro to Social Justice
WMST 204 Politics of Health
WMST 212 Gender and Geography
WMST 219 Black Feminism(s)
WMST 305 Food Feminism and Health
WRRH 375 The Discourses of Rape in Contemporary Culture

Students are required to take two electives. The two courses must come from two different departments/programs. Students are encouraged to take at least one elective at the 300 level or higher.

AEP 335 Arts and Human Development
AFS 326 Black Popular Culture
AMST 202/ARCS 202 Drawing for Study and Storytelling
ANTH 206 Early Cities
ANTH 212 NGOs and Development
ANTH 247 Urban Anthropology
ANTH 280 Environment and Culture
ANTH 298 Modern Japan
ANTH 330 Anthropology of Creativity
ANTH 323 Ethnographies of Capitalism
ANTH 326 Mesoamerican Urbanism
ANTH 350 Food, Meaning and Voice
ANTH 340 Anthropology of Global Commons
ARTS 115 Three-Dimensional Design
ARCH 312 Theories of Modern Architecture and Urbanism
ARCH 351/ENV 402 Sustainable Community Development Methods
ARCS 405 Senior Seminar: Arch Portfolio Design
ARTH 212 Arts of Modern China
ASN 236 Contemporary China Literature
ASN 268 China Goes Global
BIDS 325 Creative Placemaking
DAN 230 Community Arts
ECON 196 Principles of Accounting
ECON 198 Business Law
ECON 203 Between Labor and Management: Unions
ECON 212 Environmental Economics
ECON 219 Behavioral Finance
ECON 240 International Trade
ECON 315 Managerial Economics
ECON 316 Labor Market Issues
ECON 331 Institutional Economics
ECON 338 Economics of Non-Profits
ECON 348 Natural Resource Economics
ECON 344 Economic Development
ECON 415 Game Theory
EDUC 225 Educational Leadership
EDUC 321 Creating Children's Literature
ENG 270 Globalization and Literature
ENV 201 Environment and Society
ENV 202 Human Values and the Environment
ASN/ENV 215 Environmental Development in East Asia
ENV 330 Sustainability, Commodities and Consumption
ENV 402/ARCH 351 Sustainable Community Development Methods
HIST 215 American Urban History
HIST 234 History of American Thought from 1865
HIST 256 Technology and Society
HIST 310 Rise of Industrial America
HIST 311 20-Century American
HIST 312 The United States Since 1939
HIST 354 Lives of Consequence
HIST 473 Britain in the Age of Industry and Empire
MDSC 200 Cultures of Advertising
MDSC 206 Script to Screen
MDSC 209 Media Industries & Alternatives
MDSC 330 Special Topics: Propaganda, PR, and the News (MDSC 330)
MDSC 330 Special Topics: Global Video Game Cultures (MDSC 330)
PHIL 158 Debating Public Policy
PHIL 220 Semiotics
PHIL 230 Aesthetics
POL 180 Introduction to International Relations
POL 211 Visions of the City
POL 236/326 Urban Politics
POL 248 Politics of Development
POL 249 Protests, Movements, and Unions
POL 254 Globalization
POL 387 State and Markets
POL 401 Senior Research Seminar (topic: Varieties of Capitalism)
PSY 220 Intro to Personality
PSY 227 Intro to Social Psychology
PSY 231 Cognitive Psychology
PSY 245 Intro to Cross Cultural Psychology
REL 287 Asking Questions, Getting Answers
ROM 219 Italian Food, Culture, and Society
RUSE 112 Tsars, Mad Cats, & Comrades
RUSE 209 Flora, Fauna, and Society
SOC 100 Introduction to Sociology
SOC 223 Inequalities
SOC 225 Working Families
SOC 226 Sociology of Sex and Gender
SOC 242 Sociology of Business
SOC 251 Sociology of the City
THTR 280 Stage Management
THTR 290 Theater for Social Change
WRRH 311 Introduction to Publishing
WRRH 225 Professional Writing


ENTR 101 Entrepreneurial Leadership As technology and globalization continue to spur interconnectedness, leaders must navigate tumultuous environments where change is rapid, discontinuous and unpredictable. Innovation, ingenuity and an ability to add value by solving problems are necessary. This course will examine the attributes required of successful entrepreneurs in contemporary leadership roles. Students will learn how to take an idea to impact. They will consider important concepts, such as ethics, sustainability, economic Darwinism, and managing uncertainty. They will discuss product invention, service implementation, economic choice, risk and return, scale and scope, value creation, and small business generation. As a significant course assignment, students will develop a strategic plan for a product, service, startup or organization that is worthy of implementation. No prerequisites required. (Forbes, Hamilton, offered annually)

ENTR 110 Leadership Theory With rigid systems limited by rapid globalization, widespread technology use and the complexities of today's social challenges, traditional forms of leadership have given way to contemporary models that emphasize authenticity, collaboration and multi-level change. Contemporary leaders are required to engage in extensive self-reflection, develop intercultural competences and be able to initiate sustainable action plans. Through the study of foundational leadership theory to modern day constructed leadership concepts, this course will challenge students to deepen their understanding of ethical, inclusive, values-based leadership and offer them the opportunity to practice it.

ENTR 120 Economic Principles The course seeks to provide students with the foundational understanding of microeconomic theory necessary to pursue entrepreneurial enterprises in contemporary markets. Students will acquire the analytical tools for solving complex organizational or policy issues. Key topics will include: economic principles guiding various types of organizations; rational behavior; competition vs. monopoly power; simple game theory; pricing strategies; and production costs and behavior in the short and long-term. This course will be more applied than a traditional intro to economics class, relying on entrepreneurial case studies and news reports as appropriate.

ENTR 201 Quantitative Tools This course teaches the basic accounting, statistical, and Excel skills necessary for success in the Entrepreneurial minor. All of the examples will be done using Excel. The accounting techniques covered will include: accounting terminology; the accounting equation; how to prepare and analyze financial statements (the balance sheet, income statement, and statement of cash flows): operational costing considerations; cost behavior and cost-volume-profit analysis; differential analysis and product pricing; and budgeting. The statistical concepts which will be covered include: data collection; basic measures of summarizing data; presenting data in tables and charts; hypothesis formulation and testing; sampling techniques; normal distributions; and simple regressions techniques.

ENTR 203 Doing Well and Doing Good: Ethical Perspectives of Entrepreneurship Ethical structures are a necessary feature of any proper entrepreneurial endeavor. In the liberal arts tradition, this course brings together, in a rich dialectic, a series of fascinating entrepreneurial narratives and a set of profound ethical writings. We will pursue such questions as: How do we act with ethical awareness in entrepreneurial activity? What lessons can we learn from historical experience? How might ethical writings inform our entrepreneurial ventures? Narratives include: the racial integration of Major League Baseball; the global expansion of McDonald's hamburgers; the founding of Genentech and the biotech industry; the management of difficult emotions in family businesses; the domination of cigarettes in U.S. cultural history; the construction of the worldwide pornography industry. Ethics readings include selections from: Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics (virtue ethics); Machiavelli's The Prince (political ethics); Kant's Groundwork of the Metaphysics of Morals (deontological ethics); J.S. Mill's Utilitarianism (utilitarianism); Karl Marx's Economic and Philosophic Manuscripts of 1844 (Marxist ethics); Carol Gilligan's In a Different Voice (feminist ethics). Also featured will be guest presentations by entrepreneurial HWS graduates, including previous winners of The Pitch. This course fulfills the "ethic course" requirement for the Entrepreneurial Studies minor.

ENTR 220 Social Innovation for the Entrepreneur This course considers the two convergent streams of conceptual thought, activity, and impact associated with the emerging field of social innovation and entrepreneurship. First, we will discover who are social entrepreneurs defined as change agents and pioneers of social innovation. We will together try to understand the knowledge, courage, hope, dreams, personalities, cognition thought-patterns, behaviors, strategies, processes, and acumen of today's social entrepreneurs. Second, this understanding leads to our thinking about the application of entrepreneurship principles to social issues. Furthermore, the uniqueness of the nonprofit form in relationship to government and commercial enterprises is acknowledges, so that students may learn of the importance of social enterprise. Social enterprise- the second major stream of content for the course-utilizes earned income strategies to serve social missions. Students will explore, debate, and question whether purpose and profit can go together.

ENTR 400 Senior Capstone for Entrepreneurial Minor Students in this senior capstone experience will identify and tackle real-life challenges in the social, economic and global environment using skills developed in other courses in the minor (and likely from their major). Capstone projects could include the development and launch of a product, service or organization (for-profit or non-profit). Projects will be required to demonstrate positive social and environmental impact regardless of legal structure. Students will be required to pitch their ideas for social, environmental, or economic innovation to HWS and local community experts. They will use this feedback to ensure their ideas and subsequent innovations have lasting community impact. This course will provide students with opportunities to think systematically and critically to identify and analyze real-world social, environmental, and economic issues. It will provide students with opportunities to brainstorm and construct sustainable and responsible solutions. This course not only focuses on the economic processes and outcomes (e.g., wealth generations and job creation) of entrepreneurship; but also, it explores other domains and bottom lines (e.g., social, environmental, etc.) that must be addressed for the betterment of our world and our diverse societies. Students will be challenged to discover where they fit in regarding bettering our world and society.

ENTR 450 Independent Study

ENTR 456 1/2 Credit Independent Study