Iowa State’s entrepreneurship minor is an interdisciplinary curriculum that provides opportunities for students to learn about entrepreneurship – the process of creating value by recognizing and developing opportunities. The entrepreneurship minor serves to complement the student’s major area of study in any college discipline at Iowa State.
Students in the entrepreneurship minor will develop skills and knowledge in the entrepreneurial process, business feasibility analysis, customer discovery, business planning, innovation, opportunity recognition, technology transfer, industry analysis, and startup strategy. Students will learn to develop an entrepreneurial mindset that applies to business creation or employment within an existing firm or organization.
The ISU Pappajohn Center for Entrepreneurship enhances the classroom experience by providing opportunities to collaborate with other entrepreneurial-minded students across campus, and offers a variety programs for the entrepreneurial-minded student. Students have the opportunity to pitch their ideas, receive feedback, and network with successful entrepreneurs. They may also participate in the CYstarters student accelerator.
Required Courses (6 cr):
- Entrepreneurship/Management 310 (3 cr) Entrepreneurship and Innovation
CHOOSE ONE OF THE FOLLOWING THREE COURSES*:
- Entrepreneurship 313 (3 cr) Feasibility Analysis and Business Planning
- Entrepreneurship/Management 320 (3 cr) Corporate Entrepreneurship, Innovation, and Technology Management
- Entrepreneurship 410 (3 cr) Social Entrepreneurship
*Choose either Entrepreneurship 313, 320 or 410. Entrepreneurship 310 is required.
Elective Courses (6 cr):
Electives from an approved list of entrepreneurship-related courses or other choices under required courses above. Students are encouraged to take electives within their major college.
2020 – Present Elective List
2017-Present Elective List
2011-2017 Elective List
Experiential Learning (3 cr):
Students will engage in the process of entrepreneurship to earn experiential learning credits. The required three credits of experiential learning can be earned by either taking a course that has been designated as an experiential learning course or using some other experiential learning activity as the basis to receive credits through a graded independent study. Three options are explained in more detail below.