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Entrepreneurial Studies course catalog


Advisor: AMANDA BAUGOUS, Associate Professor
B.S., Drake; M.B.A., Ph.D., Tennessee

The purpose of the Certificate in Entrepreneurial Studies is to help prepare liberal arts majors (specifically non-business majors) for either starting their own business or working in small business and to provide them with formal documentation of their competence for doing so.

Unlike traditional programs, a substantial fraction of the 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 in a role which applies the concepts learned in the academic component to a real-world setting.

The program offers a valuable, rigorous experience and, at the same time meets the need of our students who could benefit from entrepreneurial experience to realize their goals and aspirations.

The course work and experiential learning opportunities incorporated in the certificate are intended to develop professional leaders who can:

  • Build and communicate a shared organizational vision. (Lead and Communicate)
  • Use systems thinking to analyze and address complex situations from multiple perspectives (i.e. financial, ethical, and managerial).(Analyze, Interpret, Respond)
  • Encourage collaboration and synergy among diverse constituents. (Lead and Relate)
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the fundamental objectives and operations of a business.(Understand)
  • Question and evaluate assumptions and models that guide practice (Create).

*( ) indicate relationship of goal to college learning outcomes

The requirements are as follows:

A. Four core area courses (12 credits) Students must receive at least a C in each ofthe four core area courses in order to be awarded the certificate.

  • Competent marketing and communication

BUSN 320 - Marketing for Non-Business Majors or BUSN 321 - Marketing

  • Effective financial management

ACCT 200 - Accounting Fundamentals or ACCT 201 - Principles of Accounting I

  • Knowledgeable of entrepreneurial skills

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)

B. Five core experience areas

  • Participation in the Internship and Career Office workshops on social media and other job search strategies, resume writing, interview preparation, and attendance at least one career fair.
  • Participation in four Entrepreneurial Studies (ES) sanctioned workshops held on campus or in the community, chosen in consultation with the certificate advisor. Workshops will focus on topics such as the history and foundation of business, future issues facing entrepreneurs, capital markets and financing, event planning, social entrepreneurship, marketing and social media, legal and regulatory issues, audits and fraud investigation, and strategic planning.
  • Participation in the ES student group (defined as attending at least 70 percent of the meetings).
  • Completion of a 300-400 hour internship in an entrepreneurial organization with a satisfactory supervisor evaluation, or development of a business plan with a satisfactory advisor evaluation. This requirement involves a student working with Augustana's Associate Vice President (AVP) for Career Development and/or the EDGE Center Director to find an approved internship in an organization in which the AVP for Career Development and/or EDGE Center Director feels is reflective of the experiences required of an individual wishing to start one's own business. The student will meet with them to discuss their individual interests in order for them to make the best determination for an internship. If the student chooses the business plan option, the student will work with the AVP for Career Development and/or EDGE Center Director. The AVP for Career Development and/or the EDGE Center Director are responsible for supervising and evaluating the student's business plan.
  • Development of a presentation summarizing the work conducted in the experiential component for the Certificate. This involves a presentation to the academic fellows and Augustana's Career Development office personnel. A satisfactory evaluation of the presentation is required.

Business Administration majors are eligible to complete the Certificate. However, a student does not automatically earn the Certificate by completing a Business Administration major.

For a complete list of the college policies and guidelines about certificates, see the catalog section on Organization of the Curriculum.

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.