The Department of Management and Entrepreneurship offers the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) in Entrepreneurial Studies. It also offers a minor in Entrepreneurial Studies. At Xavier, entrepreneurship is not limited to launching new businesses, but refers more broadly to the development of novel solutions to pressing business and social problems. Studying entrepreneurship develops creative problem-solving mindsets and skills, and prepares students to become innovative leaders in a variety of organizations and fields. Students will learn how to identify and evaluate pressing problems and unaddressed opportunities, how to generate and test creative solutions, and how to implement their ideas via sustainable business models in new or established organizations.
By studying entrepreneurship, you will:
- Learn to recognize and capitalize on new venture opportunities, and creatively solve problems in all types of organizations.
- Understand how to create and manage innovation.
- Examine the personal, ethical, marketing, financial, and operational factors relevant to success or failure.
- Assist and transfer knowledge to small businesses in the community.
- Build a portfolio of skills and accomplishments through real-world projects.
- Be prepared to start your own business based on a viable business model.
In addition to traditional studies, Entrepreneurial Studies majors:
- Gain practical experience through internships, earning competitive wages and academic credit while gaining relevant work experience at entrepreneurial firms.
- Get matched with an Executive Mentor who works with the student for his or her four years at Xavier. The mentor can provide professional guidance, networking support, and career connections. Xavier is one of the first schools in the nation to offer this type of mentor program to all business students.
- Join the Entrepreneurship Club, whose number one focus is starting student-run businesses. The club brings local entrepreneurs to campus for networking and discussion, and introduces students to entrepreneurs in the community. Students also actively participate in club operations and hosted events.