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Entrepreneurship Minor

Whether you are a computer scientist, engineer, artist, author, communications specialist, performer, or musician, entrepreneurship and innovation skills are essential in today's world. With the entrepreneurship minor, you will learn valuable skills to help you be one step ahead as a freelancer, entrepreneur, business owner, or innovator, regardless of your major.

A minor in entrepreneurship requires six courses. BUAD 140 Innovation! must be taken first as an introduction to the minor.  Reach out to your advisor to plan your career and choose the courses that match your entrepreneurial goals.

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Entrepreneurship Concentration

The entrepreneurship concentration is designed exclusively for Business Administration majors wishing to specialize their studies with an entrepreneurial track. The program provides the perfect setting to learn the systematic process behind forming a start-up and offers key resources for students to get started.

The B.A. degree in Business Administration with a concentration in entrepreneurship requires the Business Administration core courses, including a business internship and four additional credit courses, for a minimum of 49 semester hours.

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Core Courses

These are courses that must be completed in order to fulfill the entrepreneurship minor.


Buad 140 - Innovation!

Innovation is a core 21st-century skill. This course uses design thinking, lean entrepreneurship, and prototyping as the means of developing creative confidence and rapidly creating a successful new product or service. Multiple design projects are used.

Class Level Restriction: Sophomore and Junior and Senior only.


Buad 251 - Financial Accounting

Stresses the recording and analysis of business transactions. The accounting cycle and preparation of those financial statements required for evaluating the financial status of proprietorships and corporations are emphasized. Also covers specific categories of assets, liabilities, and equity, including corporations. Includes Excel applications and an Internet-based practice set.


Buad 320 - Marketing

An introduction to the principles of creating value for customers and building and managing strong, profitable customer relationships. Students study the nature of consumer and business-to-business markets and the role of strategic marketing planning, marketing research, pricing, distribution, and advertising. Students study and analyze contemporary cases to understand how marketing principles are used to guide decision-making in organizations.

Prerequisite: BUAD 251 (with a grade no lower than C).

Class Level Restriction: Junior and Senior only.


Buad 250 - Entrepreneurship

Students gain an understanding of how the functions of a business enterprise - management, marketing, accounting, finance, and information technology - are interrelated and interdependent. Students are assigned to a small business team in which they apply their understanding to the development of a business plan for a new venture.

Prerequisite: BUAD 140 and BUAD 320.

Class Level Restriction: Sophomore and Junior only

Field of Study Restrictions: Entrepreneurship Minors only.


Buad 375 - NEw Venture Incubator

This course is a project-based, hands-on learning course that supports students starting businesses and new innovation product ideas. The class will support the entrepreneurial drive of students in taking steps to start and nurture their own businesses by using a lean startup model of business development that supports testing business assumptions and by encouraging entrepreneurial learning and collaboration.

Class Level Restriction: Junior and Senior only.


Elective Courses

These are courses that are not required, but do contribute to the completion of the Entrepreneurship minor or concentration.


Arts 170 - Graphics Design I

In this course students will learn the foundational skills of creating graphic design using the principles of form and structure, and explore how graphic content shapes the structure of visual compositions. Demonstrations and instruction will engage students in developing conceptual thinking and visual problem-solving skills, observational/presentation skills, knowledge of basic typography, and design software tools.



Arts 290 - Web Design

Introduction to the design/management of websites with an emphasis on the development of design strategy processes. This course builds skills in terminology, design principles, and visual problem solving. Students learn skills in organizing information, loading and maintaining web pages, applying design theory and page layout, overcoming technical challenges, and publishing a portfolio site showcasing the class projects.

Prerequisite: ARTS 170.


Buad 321 - Marketing Research

Emphasizes the role of marketing research and consumer behavior in marketing management. Topics included are research design, test marketing, secondary sources, survey research, questionnaire design and data analyses, attitude measurement, and product, pricing, and promotional research. The course emphasizes the importance of consumer focus from recognizing needs to generating pre through post purchase satisfaction.

Prerequisite: BUAD 320.

Class Level Restriction: Junior and Senior only.


BUad 350 - Business Law

Fundamentals of business law. Law as a process for resolving and preventing business problems. Study of impact of law and government regulations on business organizations and activities. Practical exercise in negotiating contracts, handling lawsuits, and understanding legal principles.

Class Level Restriction: Junior and Senior only.


CSCI 171 - Intro to Programming

Focus on fundamental concepts of problem solving by analyzing problems and using a computer language (C++, Java, or Python) as a tool to design, code, document, and test solutions, learned through textbook study, lectures, examples, and considerable practice in the computer science programming laboratory. Professional approaches are emphasized.


ENGR 242 - 3D Printing Technology

This course provides an overview of open-source hardware in theory and practice introducing the Maker movement and 3-D printing. Each student builds a custom 3D printer and designs objects for printing using a variety of open-source software design programs. The body of the course involves using the 3D printer and design software for a progressive series of projects.

Class Level Restriction: Junior and Senior only



BUAD 335 - International Business

Business competition and strategy is global, and to successfully manage and operate an international corporation requires an understanding of complex economic, political, cultural, and governmental issues. This course uses case studies, discussions, papers, and projects to explore the methods and operational strategy of businesses and multi-nationals within a global context. ECON 203 and ECON 204 are recommended but not required.

Class Level Restriction: Junior and Senior only.

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Grants & Awards

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ACcess to grants

Grants and awards are provided on a case by case basis evaluating the commitment and dedication of the student to their start-up idea.

Students who have proven a solid commitment to the Entrepreneurship program can apply for a grant of up to $400 to aid them in initial expenses as they shape their start up. These funds can be used for expenses such as prototyping, legal advising or expenses, initial batch expenses, among others. The funds of the grant are applied directly to the vendor of your choice. 

To apply for this grant, you must have completed at least 3SH of BUAD 375 New Venture Incubator.  Please complete the form attached and reach out to your Entrepreneurship Professor/Advisor to aid you in the process.

For more information please contact the Director for the Center of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Lucia De Paz, by clicking below.

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Innovation Challenge

The Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation hosts an Innovation Challenge every spring for students that have successfully developed a complete and mature business idea.

Students are encouraged to participate in our Innovation Challenge which provides a safe space to learn how to pitch ideas. Three awards are granted in each Innovation Challenge in these categories.

  • Most Disruptive Idea
  • Most Innovative Idea
  • Most Complete Idea

Prizes will be awarded based on the three criteria.  No single innovation can win more than two prizes. Participation priority will be given to students in the BUAD 440 New Venture Creation class as well as the BUAD 375 New Venture incubator class.

For more information on how you can participate, please contact the Director for the Center of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Lucia De Paz.

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The idea factory challenge

Starting Fall 2021, the Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation will host an Idea Bounce Challenge designed for students in the Ideation/Early development stage to “bounce” their ideas off of business professionals and have the opportunity to win small prizes. Priority of participation will be given to students in the BUAD 140 Innovation! class.

For more information on how you can participate, please contact us by clicking below.

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Student Mentorship Program

Our program provides a solid mentorship program with a total of up to 3SH recognized for academic credit as you shape a start-up idea. Mentorship can be selected for 1SH, 2SH or 3SH in any given semester to allow you to build your start-up throughout your entire college experience. This enables you to apply the knowledge from your academic courses towards your idea in a progressive manner. Furthermore, it provides an appropriate learning space for you to balance the multiple activities in your college experience.

For more information on how to organize your mentorship and entrepreneurial academic path, please contact us by clicking below.

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Principia College has partnered with other higher learning institutions to provide a platform to share innovative and entrepreneurial ideas, sound board concepts and network with other students, faculty and community members in the region.

Idea Bounce is a learning collaboration space that allows everyone to connect, discuss ideas openly, at any stage in which your start-up concept may be at, regardless of whether they are at napkin or prototype level.

Idea Bounce partnering schools and institutions include: Washington University, Harris-Stowe State University, UMSL, Missouri Science and Technology, Morehouse Innovation & Entrepreneurship Center, Lincoln University, and University of Missouri.

Participant schools will be able to attend events held by partner institutions in a 2-minute pitch style, as well as gain access to additional resources.

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