Entrepreneurship Major Overview
Housed in the Department of Entrepreneurship, Strategy and Information Systems, the Entrepreneurship major offers students traditional case-study learning while providing opportunities for innovative, hands-on application. Starting a year earlier than other undergraduate business majors, these students take introductory courses in entrepreneurship and specialized courses in technology commercialization, strategy formulation, organizational design and venture finance. The curriculum also features team project planning, launching, managing and harvesting a venture financed through The Jim Moran Institute for Global Entrepreneurship. Courses are designed and kept relevant through input from faculty, the college’s Entrepreneurs-In-Residence, and The Jim Moran Institute Advisory Board members.
The Entrepreneurship major is the only undergraduate major in the college that requires a separate application (Word document). Only 40 students are accepted each year, and they progress through the program as a cohort, developing collegial relationships and networks that continue beyond graduation. Students also receive support from the college’s 12 Entrepreneurs-In-Residence, who offer mentoring and advice, and the InNOLEvation® Center, which provides resources to help students grow their startups into independent operations.
Admission Requirements for the Entrepreneurship Major
The undergraduate Entrepreneurship major is a limited-access, three year program that admits students beginning their sophomore year. Application to the major is made during the spring semester of the student’s freshman year, and admission criteria include academic achievement, evidence of prior entrepreneurial activity and a compelling essay describing the student’s desire to be an entrepreneur. Although students are recommended to apply at the end of their freshman year, all students are welcome to apply to the three year program, including transfer students and students who are already in their sophomore year. Enrollment is limited to 40 students per year. To continue in the Entrepreneurship major after completing the sophomore year, the student must meet the admission requirements for limited-access programs in the College of Business. Upon completing all requirements for this major, the student will graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a major in Entrepreneurship.
For 2015-2016 academic year, the Entrepreneurship application (Word document), essay and resume are due by Friday, April 10, 2015, to Kirsten Frandsen or to the Department of Entrepreneurship, Strategy and Information Systems in RBB 325. Admission decisions are announced in early summer after spring grades have posted.
Courses for the major are updated each academic year. Students must use the course requirements from the academic year they were accepted in the Entrepreneurship major. The academic year runs fall through summer.
Mapping is Florida State University’s academic advising and monitoring system that provides the student with a recommended eight semester map for completing their bachelor’s degree in four years. Summer semesters are not included in degree mapping, but the student may use summer terms to either get ahead or catch up in their degree program.
Students do not have to complete all of the recommended classes on the map to remain on course; they simply must meet certain minimum requirements known as "milestones." Milestones include a minimum grade point average (GPA), completion of specific classes and minimum grades (“C-” or better) in the milestone classes. Milestones are identified on each major map. All incoming freshmen are monitored for Semester 1 milestone criteria, regardless of the number of hours brought in through dual enrollment and/or credit by examination.
Students will be contacted if they are not making the appropriate progress. Students who do not satisfy the appropriate milestones at the end of any semester will be notified of such status by the university. The first time a student is off course, a Hold will be placed on registration; and the student will be required to contact an adviser to have the registration Hold removed. The adviser will discuss: (1) what is necessary to get back on course; and/or (2) possible alternative majors. If the student is off course for two consecutive semesters, a Hold placed is placed on registration; and the student will be required to change their major to an area outside of business.
Entrepreneuship Major Opportunities
Students learn outside the classroom through our internship program and international programs and are offered many networking and leadership opportunities through student organizations, such as the Collegiate Entrepreneur’s Organization (CEO) and the Young Entrepreneurs Society (YES), and our events. Generous scholarships help support students along the way.