Campuswide ENTR Courses

Each semester the Center, and campus partners create new 2-4 credit entrepreneurial offerings for students to participate in. Below you will find a sampling of our past 101 courses, and what is being offered this semester. To find out more about these courses, come visit the Center for Entrepreneurship in Simons 350, SJU. 

ENTR 101 Topics in Entrepreneurship (1-2)

Introduction to entrepreneurial or innovation issues, perspectives, methodologies and/or skills at the lower-division level. In the context of the liberal arts, course will explore varied topics of entrepreneurship, creativity and innovation. Students will examine innovation and entrepreneurship as applied in a variety of nonprofit and for-profit settings. Students will consider major course of study, life-long learning, professional career and community engagement applications of course subject matter. Topics will vary each semester. Course may be repeated for credit when topics vary. Course is offered for S/U grading only. Faculty: Paul Marsnik 


ENTR 101A Entrepreneurship: A Film Study (1)

Explore the entrepreneurial mindset and skillset required for a successful entrepreneur through watching a series of major motion picture, TV series and/or documentary films. Class will unpack concepts of opportunity assessment, creativity and innovation, resources, risk taking, resiliency and relationship required to be an entrepreneur. Course offered for S/U grading only. Faculty: Paul Marsnik and Margrette Newhouse 


ENTR 101B Innovation & the Liberal Arts (2)

Webster defines innovation as the introduction of something new--a new idea, method or device. Adam Grant, in his recent book Originals, defines it as introducing and advancing an idea. It’s a concept that belongs to no particular major nor career path but is central to each of us: making our own unique contribution. Exploration of innovation through diverse array of readings and discussion from Machiavelli to contemporary organizational psychologist, Adam Grant. This class is appropriate for anyone intellectually curious, regardless of major. Course offered for S/U grading only. Faculty: Bill Pelfrey


ENTR 101C Improvisation (2)

Entrepreneurs are expected to “embrace ambiguity”. Expand your creativity and interpersonal skills through training in improvisation practices. Learn how to build on others ideas and contributions in a dynamic and applied classroom format. Course offered for S/U grading only. Faculty: Kaarin Johnstone 


ENTR 101D Social Ventures: Ideation to Impact (2)

Explore the concepts of opportunity/need assessment within the context of social change. Determine creative pathways to impact the social problem while learning the collaboration and benefit considerations for multiple stakeholders that will need to be engaged to create and sustain positive social impact. Course offered for S/U grading only.

ENTR 101G Prototyping (2)

In this class learn how to frame your venture idea into examples/prototypes to share in your network and customers in order to refine your idea before full production. Explore the principles of design thinking and foundations to using prototyping approaches including 3D printing. 

ENTR 310 Social Entrepreneurship Prototyping (2-4)

Social Entrepreneurs identify and address social issues using entrepreneurial principles and approaches. This course will engage students in identifying important issues in today's world and creating potential entrepreneurial approaches to address those issues. Recommended for 2nd, 3rd, and 4th years. Faculty: Tim Reardon 

ENTR 101H Storytelling for Entrepreneurs (2)

Every venture, and every person for that matter has a story to tell, a narrative that differentiates them from the pack. Consistent, complelling communication of that story in an authentic voice is key to creating a strong brand or public identity. Uncover your unique story and learn how to tell it through clear, creative, audience-focused communications, and polish those writing and video skills in the process. Faculty: Dana Drazenovich.

ENTR 101I Sales for Innovators and Entrepreneurs (2)

Sales is key for the generation of revenue in all organizations - to startups to large organizations, for profit to nonprofits. The concepts in sales are also critical for a nonprofit/social enterprise construct and cummunicate a compelling vision, mission and impact for individuals and entities to gain funding support or in some instances pitch your organization's value proposition for capital investment or funding. In this course students will be introduced to the foundational concepts of defining and understanding customer segments and their value propositions, opportunities and challenges while developing methods to develop strategies to communicate and negotiate the product/service impact to gain a win/win sales outcome.   Faculty: Margrette Newhouse

ENTR 304 Entrepreneurship (4)

Entrepreneurs search for change, respond to it, and exploit it as an opportunity. This course begins by examining the process of opportunity recognition. Students then conduct a feasibility analysis on one or more new venture ideas. Students will consider issues in marketing, strategy, operations, human resources and finance as they develop and present a business plan. Topics relating to ethics, social responsibility, technology and personality will be investigated. Faculty: Brad Matuska 

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