Entrepreneurship and Innovation Major
Department Chair: Mark V. Cannice, Ph.D.
The San Francisco Bay Area is the global epicenter of new venture creation, technology innovation, and venture capital, and the USF Undergraduate Entrepreneurship Program has been recognized among the top 20 in the nation (U.S. News 2017/2018).
The USF Entrepreneurship and Innovation Major (E&I) takes advantage of USF’s strategic location in Silicon Valley and is designed to prepare students to become creative, thoughtful, and determined professionals who are able to apply their analytical skills in developing well-planned and socially responsible innovations and ventures which they can persuasively present to executive audiences. If your goal is to join a venture-capital backed startup, take on a business development role in a larger corporation, contribute to a social enterprise, support your family business, or launch your own venture, the USF Entrepreneurship and Innovation Major may be a great start.
Entrepreneurship and Innovation students will develop skills in physical and on-line design, strategic and financial entrepreneurial planning and communication, and gain professional entrepreneurial and innovative experience with E&I faculty guidance. Students will be able to tailor their Entrepreneurship and Innovation Major with course selections that include Family Business, Social Entrepreneurship, and Thought Leadership in Entrepreneurship and Innovation, among others. Additionally, students will have the opportunity to pitch a new business venture plan before a professional panel of Silicon Valley executives and investors in the capstone entrepreneurial management class.
Program Learning Outcomes
Entrepreneurship and Innovation students will build capability in following areas:
- Creativity, innovation, and applied design for products and services
- Technology and online business expertise (e.g. business website development and on-line tools)
- Entrepreneurial planning – financial, marketing, strategic (e.g. business plan)
- Entrepreneurial and Innovative experience in area of interest (e.g. technology start-up, social venture, family business)
Business Core plus 20 or more units of E&I electives and "Entrepreneurial Management" Capstone BUS 406 and minimum 100 hours E&I internship practicum experience as approved by Entrepreneurship and Innovation Faculty.
The McLaren School of Management continually updates its curriculum to satisfy the latest AACSB requirements and to assure that its students receive the full experience of studying at an excellent liberal arts and sciences university. Recognizing our students as individuals with unique interests and talents, the faculty have designed the business curriculum to support the focus and breadth each individual student requires. Course requirements are divided into the following areas:
- University Core Curriculum
- General Electives
- Business Core Curriculum and Foundation Coursework
- Major Courses
Entrepreneurship and Innovation Major Courses
Required Courses (8 UNITS)
Entrepreneurship and Innovation Electives (12 UNITS)
Select three (3) or more classes from among the following:
- BUS 373 – Entrepreneurship and Innovation Practicum (satisfies the 100 hour E&I professional experience requirement)
- BUS 378 – Family Business
- BUS 379 – Special Topics: Entrepreneurship
- BUS 432 – Entrepreneurial Finance
- BUS 473 – Thought Leadership in Entrepreneurship and Innovation
- BUS 474 – Practicum in Family Business
- BUS 476 – Social Entrepreneurship
- BUS 477 – Family Business Academic Global Immersion in Cali
Senior Capstone Course
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