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Entrepreneurial Studies

The majority of new job openings in the United States today are in small businesses, and most successful business leaders display a great deal of entrepreneurial behavior. Entrepreneurial Studies is an interdisciplinary major that focuses on the tools needed to start a new business, manage a small business, expand a family business, lead innovation efforts in a corporate environment, or become an effective manager in a fast-growing enterprise.

As part of the business core, students take upper-division business requirements, including Introduction to Marketing, Managing Organizational Behavior, Business Finance, Management Information Systems, and Operations Management. The major program then begins with a Principles of Entrepreneurship, and continues with upper-level courses in all of the business disciplines, including Marketing Communications, Small Business Finance, Accounting/Tax for Small Business, and Business Law. The capstone Seminar in Entrepreneurship pulls it all together, giving students an opportunity to complete a professional business plan that can be implemented to start a new venture of their own creation and including participation in a campus wide business plan competition.  Read about the latest business plan competition.

The Innovators Group

A group of Barney Entrepreneurship Studies majors started this organization dedicated to learning how to innovate successfully. Watch a video where they discuss the intent and strategy of the group.  All University students are welcome to join; email Eric Hillemeir at

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The Entrepreneurial Center

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Learn more about the University of Hartford's Entrepreneurial Center, now part of the Barney family.

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