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If you have a hunger to strike out on your own and develop your own business, our Entrepreneurship program will make sure you're ready by providing you the knowledge, skills and connections you need.

Degree Types
Complementary Programs
Distinctive Requirements
Introduction to Innovation course
Unique Programs
The Encompass Distinction

Starting Up

Students in the Entrepreneurship Minor will learn to develop their passion into purposeful next steps, by understanding and practicing the skills of entrepreneurs and appreciating the types of innovation that foster successful enterprises.

Interdisciplinary Approach

This minor is purposefully designed to be multidisciplinary. This means it can be taken with any combination of majors and minors, and can be tailored to meet particular student interests in innovation. You'll take core courses that will build your appreciation of risk and managing failure, while fully utilizing your liberal arts foundation. And of course, you'll be able to build on your own ideas and encouraged to enter the Innovation Challenge.

Distinctive Courses

BUA 2211 - Entrepreneurship

The study of entrepreneurship, the process of combining resources to produce new goods or services, will be examined. Critical success factors and common failures will be highlighted. The creation of an effective business plan in emphasized. Several case studies and classroom discussions with successful small business owners and entrepreneurs will supplement the required texts and lecture contents.

BUA 2216 - Small Business Management

An introduction to the management of a small business. The course begins by addressing macro issues, such as social responsibility, ethics, and strategic planning. The course then provides an in depth examination of the essential facets of managing a small enterprise, such as the business plan, accounting records and financial statements, small business finance, the legal environment, marketing, pricing, promotion, human resources, and operations management.

IDS 1133 - The Forest Online II

A three-week trip to Perú to explore and share the challenges forests, nonprofits, and communities face on the Amazon frontier. Itinerary includes flying into historic Cusco, then traveling through a variety of unique ecosystems and communities to reach the semi-remote region of Madre De Dios to do fieldwork at a “living laboratory” of protected rainforest. Each step of the way will inform both live web publishing and future digital narratives. Second module of a unique three-part, year-long course.

Entrepreneurship Program Requirements

McDaniel Commitment in Action

The McDaniel Commitment—a series of opportunities guaranteed to all students—provides enhanced mentoring and coaching, and ensures every undergraduate student completes at least two meaningful experiential learning opportunities.

Students in classroom.

Learning in an Innovative Environment McDaniel included in new ranking of top innovative colleges In Our DNA

Innovation is in our DNA. And to develop your skills, you need to be in an environment that fosters creative ideas and innovative thinking. We're that place. It's why we've been recognized as one of College Consensus’ “50 Underrated Colleges Doing Great Things”, a ranking that includes schools that are “doing something unique, something innovative, something meaningful, that deserves to be more widely recognized.” 

Students in business attire on Interviewing Day 2019.

Program in Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Students interested in the Entrepreneurship minor can engage with the Program in Innovation and Entrepreneurship. The unique Program in Innovation and Entrepreneurship combines courses, hands-on workshops, field trips, public showcases and other experiential opportunities, to move you from understanding basic business concepts to putting those skills to work in the development and understanding of how to manage your own innovative enterprise. Upon completing the Program in Innovation and Entrepreneurship, you will have the foundational skills of questioning, networking, observing, and experimenting, the key qualities necessary to turn passion into purpose. 

Nicole Rutherford ’16 teaches the deadlift as a platform coach at the L.A. Starting Strength seminar.

Impressive Outcomes Nicole Rutherford, ’16 Entrepreneurial Spirit

Nicole Rutherford ’16 was voted most likely to own her own business in high school, and it turns out her peers were right. After cosmetology school, she opened her own boutique, then later opened her own strength training business. As a dual Business Administration and Kinesiology major, when Rutherford wasn't in class, she was supporting her clients. Winning McDaniel's inaugural Innovation Challenge (now Innovation and Entrepreneurship Challenge) launched her entrepreneurship to the next level.