Barney School of Business

Entrepreneurial Studies

Entrepreneurial Studies gives you the tools you need to start or expand a business, manage a small business, lead innovation efforts in a corporate environment, or become an effective manager in a fast-growing enterprise.

About the Major

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This interdisciplinary major gives you a background in many disciplines, including marketing, finance, accounting, and law. You will graduate with understanding of all aspects of business.

Gain hands-on experience by providing resources, training, and support to a local micro-business. You will complete a professional business plan to use to start your own venture. You may also choose to enter our annual Business Plan Competition. Our faculty advisors will help you every step of the way.

Degree Requirements

The program combines core classes, specialized courses, electives, and an internship. You will graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration.

For course descriptions and complete list of requirements, visit our course catalog.

Featured Core Classes

  • World of Business
  • Business and Professional Communication
  • Operations Management
  • Exploring and Planning Career Options

Featured Entrepreneurship Courses

  • Law for Entrepreneurs
  • Financing a Small Business
  • Small-Business Practicum
  • Internship in Management or Entrepreneurship

Elective Options

  • International Economics
  • International Finance
  • Managing in a Global Environment
  • Multinational Marketing

Career Outlook

The majority of new job openings in the United States today are in small businesses, and most successful business leaders have strong entrepreneurial skills. But you won’t be limited to starting your own business. An Entrepreneurial Studies major will also prepare you for careers as managers, consultants, advisors, and many others.

About the Minor

We also offer an Entrepreneurial Studies minor. Visit our course catalog for specific requirements for Barney students and non-Barney students.

James Slayton

Entrepreneurial Studies, '20

The Barney School of Business hosted its 17th annual University of Hartford Business Plan Competition this past winter. Open to undergraduate and graduate students across the University, the contest awards $6,000 in prize money, earmarked to help the students get their business plans off the ground. James Slayton ’20, an entrepreneurial studies major, who was also a standout goalkeeper for Hawks’ men’s soccer the past four years, won first place in the undergraduate business plan competition. Read more.

This event allowed hundreds of students to pursue and showcase their amazing business ideas and provides a valuable channel to enrich students’ learning experience and to invigorate campus life.


Applications for admission are considered on a "rolling basis." We look forward to welcoming you to Barney!

Emily Kestyn '21, Accounting Major with an Entrepreneurial Studies Minor

Congratulations to Emily Kestyn ’21 on receiving the second-place prize at the 2021 Connecticut Business Pitch Competition!

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2021 Spring Hawk Hunt Business Pitch Competition Winners Announced

The Barney School of Business hosted its third annual UHart Hawk Hunt Business Pitch Competition in a virtual format this spring. Alyssa Viscardo ’23 with LifeLine received first place, Jee Woo (Kevin) Kim ’23 with Life Pillow and Harvey Gibbs ’24 with Aqua Smart tied for second place.

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Barney School’s Entrepreneurship Classes Are Preparing Students to Take Challenges in the Real Business World

ENT 314: The Principles of Entrepreneurship, as a core entrepreneurial studies program, translates into client-specific consulting projects that provide students with hands-on experience.

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