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Entrepreneurial Studies

The certificate program readies students to start their own businesses and work for small businesses.

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The Certificate in Entrepreneurial Studies prepares liberal arts majors (specifically non-business majors) for either starting their own business or working in small business. The certificate provides graduates with formal documentation of their competence in entrepreneurship.

Unlike traditional programs, a substantial portion of this certificate program involves an experiential component in which students work with either a faculty member in concert with the EDGE Center or at a small business. 

Business administration majors are eligible to complete the certificate.

Certificate requirements

Four core area courses (12 credits)

  • BUSN 320 - Marketing for Non-Business Majors or BUSN 321 - Marketing
  • ACCT 200 - Accounting Fundamentals or ACCT 201 - Principles of Accounting I
  • BUSN 308 - Entrepreneurship for Non-Business Majors or BUSN 309 - Entrepreneurship
  • Effective decision making (choose one of the following courses)
    • BUSN 305 (Employment Law), BUSN 306 (Diversity in the Workplace), BUSN 307 (Social Issues in Management), BUSN 341 (Business Law), BUSN 351 (Introduction to Management Information Systems), COMM 403 (Public Relations) and RELG 327 (Business Ethics)

Five core experience areas

  • Participation in the Internship and Career Office workshops and attend at least one career fair
  • Participation in four Entrepreneurial Studies workshops
  • Participation in the Entrepreneurial Studies student group
  • Completion of a 300-400 hour internship in an entrepreneurial organization 
  • Development of a presentation summarizing the work conducted in the experiential component for the certificate


 

Business plan competition winners

Inaugural business plan competition awards $14,000

Augustana’s Department of Business Administration held its inaugural Rogers Business Plan Competition this spring. The Howard and Helen Rogers Entrepreneurial Endowment provided the funds for prizes of $7,000, $4,500 and $2,500 for the first-, second- and third-place teams, respectively.