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 then begins with 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 includes participation in a campus wide business plan competition.
Each year, Entrepreneurial Studies students participate in the University of Hartford Business Plan Competition. Students from the Barney School and other colleges have faculty advisors who help them transform great ideas into viable strategies for success. Each team presents their plan to a panel of industry experts. Cash prizes are awarded to the first place and runner-up teams. Read about the latest Business Plan Competition.
The Innovators Group
A group of Barney Entrepreneurial 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 Frank Finelli at Finelli@hartford.edu
Requirements for the Major
Required credits: 21
(To fulfill professional major requirement in the standard degree program for business administration)
|Course #||Course Title||Offered|
|ENT 314||Principles of Entrepreneurship ||Spring only|
|MKT 325||Marketing Communication ||Fall and Spring|
|AC 410||Personal Finance ||Spring only|
|FIN 484||Small Business Finance ||Fall only|
|ENT 414||Seminar in Entrepreneurship ||Fall only|
|Elective||Major Elective ||Each semester|
|ENT 480||Internship ||Each semester|
The following electives can enhance entreprenurial studies by providing exposure to an industry of special interest (e.g., Human Resources, Leadership, Real Estate). This includes taking advantage of what other schools at the University of Hartford offer (e.g., Engineering, Art, Education). Such exposure provides experience and skills necessary to compete in the entrepreneurial world. Students are urged to contact the program advisor for guidance and advice prior to taking any elective courses.
|Course #||Course Title||Offered|
|MGT 315||Group Dynamics and Interpersonal Relationships||Spring only|
|MGT 410||Human Resource Management||Fall only|
|MGT 425||Introduction to Negotiation||Spring only|
|MGT 430||Process and Project Management||Spring & Fall|
|MKT 335||Personal Selling and Sales Management||Fall only|
|MKT 340||Consumer Behavior||Spring & Fall|
|EC 464||Economics of the City||Fall only|