Under the direction of successful entrepreneurs and accomplished academics, we help students start their own micro-businesses, offer them exposure to rapid-growth, scalable companies, and facilitate regular contact with successful entrepreneurs.
Our programs provide a distinctive approach to university entrepreneurship education. They challenge students to value the person along with achieving profitability.
We are inspired by Pope Francis, who said that business is "a noble vocation, provided that those engaged in it see themselves challenged by a greater meaning in life; this will enable them truly to serve the common good by striving to increase the goods of this world and to make them more accessible to all."
We aim to inspire and equip our students with the virtues, skills, and initiative needed to launch ventures for impact as principled entrepreneurs, integrating virtue with sound business practice, designing dynamic enterprises that create value for customers and allow employees to flourish.
The business world is always changing and is rife with uncertainties. Anticipating new market conditions, adapting to change, and creating new goods and services through innovation all have something in common: they are different facets of entrepreneurial activity. Indeed, while entrepreneurship is often associated with start-ups, it is much more! Entrepreneurship is an expression of creativity ordered toward the service of others, and of the human capacity to introduce novelty in the world. In any field of business, an entrepreneurial mindset will help students move from idea to impact: seizing possibilities, solving problems, implementing change within an organization, and transforming communities large or small.
Entrepreneurship is offered as a cospecialization, always to be taken in conjunction with another specialization. It is also available as a minor (4+2 courses), permitting a deeper dive into the discipline. Our students are required to study the theory and history of entrepreneurship, dozens of entrepreneurial cases, and are immersed into our network of small businesses in Brookland and greater Washington DC to obtain first-hand knowledge of the life of small business entrepreneurs. They may also start their own venture (in the minor). Studying entrepreneurship at The Busch School provides students with a deep understanding of the human person as a problem solver and an opportunity-seizer: one capable of integrating personal virtue, cutting-edge entrepreneurial tools and long-term perspective to launch and grow enterprises that harness human creativity at the service of individuals and communities.
Specialization courses include:
- ENT 372: Entrepreneurship & Venture Capital
- ENT 472: Principled Entrepreneurship
- ENT 455: Small Business Growth Lab
- ENT 476: The Spirit of Entrepreneurial Capitalism
Students must also complete the core university requirements, specific to their major, in order to complete their degree. Business students are required to complete courses which include: philosophy, theology, humanities, literature, writing and composition, and free electives.
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