Most people think an entrepreneurship major is just for those who want to start their own business, but that's not the case. The skills you learn are transferrable to many fields. UIndy's entrepreneurship major will teach you the ins and outs of nearly every aspect of business, which is valuable for running your own business or for working in businesses of all sizes. You'll learn how to identify, analyze, evaluate and develop business-based solutions and opportunities—skills that are important to all employers. As an entrepreneurship major, you'll also have the chance to develop fully operational business plans based on your own ideas and present it to real business executives and venture capitalists.
UIndy also offers a minor in entrepreneurship and is the only school in Indiana to offer an entrepreneurship minor for non-business majors. The program will give you a strong background in the many aspects of business, which is a great compliment to majors in all fields.
“In the entrepreneurship courses, we had projects where we had to go find investors, write business plans, and interview current business owners. These projects are as real-world as you can get. I made some good connections through these projects while also developing my first business concept as a class project.”
- Emphasis on practical application of concepts and hands-on experiences
- Students develop at least two complete, operational business plans based on their own ideas for a successful business
- Students have the opportunity to present their business plans to real business executives and venture capitalists
- Strong focus on helping students develop unique critical thinking skills and an "entrepreneurial mindset"
- Networking opportunities with local business owners
Entrepreneurship students and grads have interned or work for:
- Ingersoll Rand
- Royal United Mortgage
- Backhaul Direct
Businesses started by UIndy entrepreneurship grads:
“In one class, it was required that we pitch a business plan we'd written in an earlier class to actual investors within the city. I had the opportunity to tap my professional network and to speak with professionals in the personal investment industry in regards to funding my idea. In addition, nearly every one of my classes was put to the true test throughout the duration of my internships.”
Potential careers with an Entrepreneurship degree
A common misconception about the entrepreneurship major is that it's only for students who want to start their own businesses. While this is an important aspect of the program, the skills you'll learn through the entrepreneurship major also are critical in any organization, from a small business to a large corporation. In the entrepreneurship program, you'll learn how to effectively plan for a business' future by taking into consideration the many controllable and uncontrollable factors that businesses must contend with. These skills can help you run your own business, or they can transfer to business careers in many fields.
Entrepreneurship might be for you if:
- You are inquisitive, curious, thoughtful, insightful and organized
- You think independently
- You are confident
- You are interested in learning how to manage the inherent risks in business
- You like solving problems
- You are interested in many aspects of business, including marketing, finance, human resources, regulatory issues and sustainability
These curriculum guides outline the classes you'll need to take as an Entrepreneurship major. The general education curriculum guide lists your class options and requirements to fulfill UIndy's general education requirements, while the Entrepreneurship curriculum guide lists the classes needed to major in Entrepreneurship. You'll need to look at both guides to get a complete picture of what classes you'll take at UIndy.