Most people think an entrepreneurship major is just for those who want to start their own business, but that’s not the case. The skills you learn are transferrable to many fields. UIndy’s entrepreneurship major will teach you the ins and outs of nearly every aspect of business, which is valuable for running your own business or for working in businesses of all sizes. You’ll learn how to identify, analyze, evaluate and develop business-based solutions and opportunities—skills that are important to all employers. As an entrepreneurship major, you’ll also have the chance to develop fully operational business plans based on your own ideas and present it to real business executives and venture capitalists.
UIndy also offers a minor in entrepreneurship and is the only school in Indiana to offer an entrepreneurship minor for non-business majors. The program will give you a strong background in the many aspects of business, which is a great compliment to majors in all fields.
The entrepreneurship courses are taught by professor Stan Osweiler, a highly regarded instructor who brings more than 35 years of real-world business experience to the classroom, including top management of small to medium-size businesses; senior management in domestic and international consumer and industrial corporate businesses; multiple successful business start-ups and development; and ongoing venture capital and angel investment activities.
- Emphasis on practical application of concepts and hands-on experiences
- Students develop at least two complete, operational business plans based on their own ideas for a successful business
- Students have the opportunity to present their business plans to real business executives and venture capitalists
- Strong focus on helping students develop unique critical thinking skills and an “entrepreneurial mindset”
- Courses taught by a knowledgeable instructor with decades of business experience
- Networking opportunities with local business owners
"I started my business in 2004 and it started to take off in 2008. I took entrepreneurship classes because I wanted to know how to run a business, Stan Osweiler taught me so many great things and gave me so many great tools to use in business. Ever since I met him he has always answered any questions I might have about my business and gave me some great insight on things I should include in my business. Stan knows so much about businesses and it was great to have a teacher who you could go to and bounce ideas off of.
Entrepreneurship students and grads have interned or work for:
- Ingersoll Rand
- Royal United Mortgage
- Backhaul Direct
Businesses started by UIndy entrepreneurship grads:
Potential careers with an Entrepreneurship degree
A common misconception about the entrepreneurship major is that it’s only for students who want to start their own businesses. While this is an important aspect of the program, the skills you’ll learn through the entrepreneurship major also are critical in any organization, from a small business to a large corporation. In the entrepreneurship program, you’ll learn how to effectively plan for a business’ future by taking into consideration the many controllable and uncontrollable factors that businesses must contend with. These skills can help you run your own business, or they can transfer to business careers in many fields.
Entrepreneurship might be for you if:
- You are inquisitive, curious, thoughtful, insightful and organized
- You think independently
- You are confident
- You are interested in learning how to manage the inherent risks in business
- You like solving problems
- You are interested in many aspects of business, including marketing, finance, human resources, regulatory issues and sustainability
"In the entrepreneurship courses we had projects where we had to go find investors, write business plans, and interview current business owners. These projects are as real-world as you can get. I made some good connections through these projects while also developing my first business concept as a class project
These curriculum guides outline the classes you’ll need to take as an Entrepreneurship major. The general education curriculum guide lists your class options and requirements to fulfill UIndy’s general education requirements, while the Entrepreneurship curriculum guide lists the classes needed to major in Entrepreneurship. You’ll need to look at both guides to get a complete picture of what classes you’ll take at UIndy.