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Entrepreneurship offers a range of courses over several programs to teach students practices to enhance innovation, and to create social and sustainable start-ups using design thinking and lean start-up methodologies.
A major in Entrepreneurship is offered within the Bachelor of Commerce and the Bachelor of Arts. The major is administered by the Department of Management. Arts students pursuing a major in Entrepreneurship are not eligible for a Minor in Business.
The Entrepreneurship Program works closely with the Saint Mary’s University Entrepreneurship Centre.
The Bachelor of Commerce is a well-established, foundational degree and requires the requirements listed below alongside general graduation requirements.
To complete an Entrepreneurship Major, Bachelor of Commerce students must complete five (5) out of the seven (7) ENTR courses listed below. They can distribute these five (5) courses between Years 2, 3 and 4. The entrepreneurship courses that Entrepreneurship Majors may select from are:
In addition to all other requirements, the Entrepreneurship Major requires a minimum GPA of 2.2 in:
Suggested course plan:
Students cannot receive credit for both Planning and Control (ACCT 3332) and Cost Management: Measurement Systems (ACCT 3333) or Intermediate Managerial Accounting (ACCT 3335).
The Bachelor of Arts (BA) is a well-established, foundational degree and requires the requirements listed below alongside general graduation requirements.
Students must have a CGPA of at least 2.0 and have completed a minimum of 15 credit hours from the Entrepreneurship Stream courses (listed below) to be permitted to declare a major in Entrepreneurship. Additionally, a minimum GPA of 2.2 required in:
To complete an Entrepreneurship Major, Bachelor of Arts students must complete five (5) out of the seven (7) ENTR courses that comprise the courses in the Entrepreneurship Stream. They can distribute these five (5) courses between Years 2, 3 and 4. The entrepreneurship courses that Entrepreneurship Majors may select from are:
The course suggestions noted below are intended as an illustration of when major requirements may be taken, however, the five (of seven) required Entrepreneurship courses may be distributed throughout the student’s degree according to their own academic schedules and the course prerequisites. Entrepreneurship Majors are encouraged to take Creative Destruction and Innovation: Theories and Concepts (ENTR 2494) in Year Two if their schedule permits.
The Minor in Entrepreneurship is designed for students who want to enhance their academic experience by participating in studies that lead them to conclude that their initiative and creativity can encourage an aptitude to see change as an opportunity and to see themselves as not only receptive of world changes, but changers of the world. We refer to this an entrepreneurial mindset.
By participating, students can develop the mindsets and the skills necessary to see the problems that other people don’t see, and to turn discovery and research into ideas and then concepts, innovations and eventually, entrepreneurial successes. Entrepreneurs can take conceptual ideas and craft from them new services which can be made available to the world.
Building on the values of academic growth, intellectual curiosity, imaginative solution design, and demonstrating resilience, the Minor intends to provide an opportunity for ALL students to participate in and benefit from Saint Mary’s commitment to graduating students with creative and entrepreneurial mindsets.
A minor in Entrepreneurship provides students with the knowledge, aptitude and skills to help in the development of creative, innovative and entrepreneurial mindsets. Learning outcomes for the minor are to develop critical thinking skills, the ability to identify problems, an aptitude to seek opportunities through discovery and design thinking, the courage to take risks, the resilience to deal with failure, enhanced self-reflection, and an aptitude to act ethically in order to create social and economic value.
To complete a minor in Entrepreneurship students must obtain at least eighteen (18) credit hours from across a wide variety of courses. A minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 is required for the minor in Entrepreneurship. The following 6 credit hours are required as part of the 18 credit-hour total.
In addition to the six required credit hours, students must also complete a minimum of 12 credit hours from the following list of courses from Arts, Science or the Sobey School of Business. Please note that some of these courses have prerequisites that may restrict enrollment. By ‘letter of permission’ from the Minor coordinator, students may apply to have additional or special topic courses considered towards the Minor requirements.
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