Entrepreneurial Studies

Entrepreneurship Minor

The department of Management and Entrepreneurship offers a minor in entrepreneurship, which is offered to students in the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Professional Sciences, and the Williams College of Business. The minor requires 18 credit hours.

Required Courses

9 credit hours of Entrepreneurship:

  • ENTR 305, Creativity and Innovation, 3 credits
  • ENTR 311, Venture Planning, 3 credits
  • MGMT 495, Strategic Management, 3 credits


9 credit hours of business core courses:

  • ACCT 200, Introductory Financial Accounting, 3 credits
  • MKTG 300, Principles of Marketing, 3 credits

Choice of one of these 3-credit courses:

  • BLAW 300 (Legal Environment); or
  • SHRM 200 (Human Resources in a Diverse Society); or
  • ECON 200 (Microeconomic Principles)

The subject matter of entrepreneurship is inherently interdisciplinary, since individuals often pursue entrepreneurial activities due to a passion for a particular idea or opportunity within their area of expertise such as science, art, education, computer science, sociology, literature, etc. In Xavier's entrepreneurship courses the subject matter is approached as a) a mindset that can be developed through self-assessments and exposure to entrepreneurial role models inside and outside the classroom; and b) a set of critical skill areas that can be developed through classroom and experiential activities.

Required entrepreneurship courses in the minor draw upon a variety of disciplinary perspectives known to be important for independent and corporate entrepreneurs, including psychology, sociology, marketing, and management (e.g., self-assessments, founding team development, market research, and business planning, respectively). In addition, required business courses for the minor build on core business topics and skills, including accounting, human resources, and law. The educational background and research interests of the entrepreneurship faculty also span a variety of complementary disciplines for teaching entrepreneurship, including business communications, sociology and management