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Bachelor of Science in Entrepreneurship: Curriculum

Curriculum Details


In the online entrepreneurship degree program from Spring Hill College, your courses will give you a foundational understanding of entrepreneurship strategy, marketing management, e-commerce and small business management.

Coursework also includes networking opportunities with business leaders and entrepreneurs, which gives you practical experience.

You can complete the Bachelor of Science in Entrepreneurship in four years. Transfer the maximum of 96 credits to finish faster.

Lower Division Courses

An introduction to the nature and scope of economics. Emphasis is placed upon macroeconomic aspects of the study of economics. Topics include: supply and demand analysis, inflation, unemployment, aggregate output, economic growth and money and banking. Monetary and fiscal policy options are emphasized.

An introduction to economics with primary emphasis on microeconomic aspects of the United States economy, such as: supply and demand, profit maximization, market structure, factor markets, public policies toward business and some current economic problems.

An introduction to the Windows-based applications used for solving business and non-business problems. Emphasis is placed on spreadsheets using Excel, word processing using Word, presentation design using PowerPoint and database design using Access. Substantial Windows lab work will be required. Ethical issues in computer applications are addressed.

A study of accounting principles and concepts related to the preparation of financial statements and communication of economic information to management and other interested parties.

A continuation of the study of financial accounting emphasizing corporate accounting. Payroll accounting, cash flow management and financial statement analysis will be covered for all forms of the business organization. In addition, management accounting and management’s use of accounting data will be studied. Prerequisite ACC 201.

An analysis of organizing and summarizing data, probability concepts, probability distributions, statistical inference (estimation and hypothesis testing), Chisquare analysis, regression and non-parametric analysis. Prerequisite: MTH 111 and CIS 115.

An introduction to a broad range of topics in the field of management science including: decision theory, linear programming, non-linear and dynamic programming, transportation and assignment models, network models (PERT-CPM), Markov chains, game theory, inventory models, queuing theory and simulation models. Prerequisite: BUS 263.

MTH 111. Precalculus with Trigonometry (3) Analytic geometry; the concept of function with analysis of polynomial, rational, exponential, logarithmic, and trigonometric functions, their properties, graphs, and use in applied problems. This course is intended for students planning to take MTH 121 or MTH 140. Prerequisite: MTH 010, satisfaction of placement criteria (based on high school mathematics background and College Board test scores), or equivalent demonstrated proficiency. A grade of C- or above is required to pass the course; otherwise, a NC (no credit) is assigned. Subsequent retakes will result in the student receiving a letter grade of (A-F).

MTH 121. Calculus I (4) Analytic geometry, functions, limits, continuity, the derivative and its applications, the integral and its applications. Prerequisite: MTH 111, satisfaction of placement criteria (based on high school mathematics background and College Board test scores), or equivalent demonstrated proficiency.

This course will develop and enhance written and oral communication skills with particular attention to the skills required for successful communication in the business firm. The course is designed to assist students in developing their skills in interpersonal communication, public speaking, and effective business writing. (Bibliographic instruction course. Writing enhanced course.) Prerequisites: ENG 123 and at least one sophomore-level English course.

An introduction to the role of business in society highlighting the importance of Ignatian business and leadership principles and global business citizenship. Students will also study the traditional business disciplines of accounting, finance, economics, information technology, marketing, management and business ethics and strategy. Moreover, this course will have a service-learning component.

Upper Division Courses

This course will give an introduction into many areas of the law, including contracts, torts, criminal law, civil procedure, corporate law, property, the court system and all areas of employment law. Practical application of such law will be heavily emphasized.

An overview of business in an international environment, incorporating economic, management, marketing and financial implications of international transactions. Topics include exchange rates, trade policy, international institutions, global theory and cultural aspects of business.

A study of the nature and principles of management. An integrated approach to the study of principles is taken through consideration of the functional, behavioral and management science schools of thought. Prerequisites: ECO 101 and ACC 201, or permission of instructor.

A basic study of principles and policy for marketing decisions concerning the distribution of goods and services in both the profit and not-for-profit sectors. Special attention is given to formulation of policies and strategies as they relate to products, price, promotion, and distribution channels within the internal and external environment of the business. Prerequisites: ECO 101 and ACC 201, or permission of instructor.

 Introduction to the concepts and techniques of financial management within a business organization. Topics include the financial marketplace in which business decisions are made, valuation, forecasting, capital budgeting, financing decisions, and working capital management. Prerequisites: ECO 101, ACC 202, or permission of instructor.

An intensive study of the effective application of database design, development and management functions in businesses. Database projects in Access database software and investigation of e-commerce techniques will be covered. Ethical and policy issues related to database development and e-commerce (data mining, data retrieval, World Wide Web, privacy issues, etc.) will be discussed. Prerequisites: CIS 115 and junior standing.

An examination of major ethical theories and their application to the professional problems and conduct of persons engaged in business and management.

A capstone course in top management strategy and policy formulation. Actual cases are used as a basis for discussions and preparation of reports which call for executive decision-making. The course builds upon and integrates the core subjects in the business curriculum, including the topic of sustainability. This is the comprehensive experience for all business majors and must be taken in the senior year of study. (Writing enhanced course.)

Required Courses

This course will cover the fundamentals of being an entrepreneur. The knowledge needed and the steps taken to form a business will be explored. Topics covered include forming partnerships, family business characteristics, evaluating new business ideas, financing a business, and the characteristics of successful startups.
This course will explore entrepreneurial markets and learn how to identify and evaluate opportunities for new businesses. Topics covered include market analysis, researching venture creating opportunities, creating business prototypes, and business hypothesis testing.
This course will evaluate entrepreneurial strategies used in various businesses. The challenges of developing dynamic strategies new startups face will be explored. Topics include creating a competitive advantage, analyzing the competitive marketplace, and implementing a dynamic strategy. Case studies and existing literature will be analyzed in this course.
This course will cover the financial opportunities available for startups and the financial management of entrepreneurial ventures. Topics covered include financial policy, local government incentives, tax code and policy, and current economic conditions. Financial management principles are a major component of this course.

A course in the opportunities and challenges associated with starting, owning and managing “new” and “small” businesses. Emphasis will be placed on entrepreneurial activities; legal constraints and advantages for small businesses; and the particular marketing, management, administrative and financial issues related to small businesses. The intent is to provide students the information they need to turn inspiration and dedication into successful businesses.

The course covers the business and technological aspects of business-to-business and business-to-consumer commerce on the Internet. The student will design, construct and present a web business using one of several web page design packages available. Prerequisites: CIS 115 and CIS 381. MKT 311 highly recommended.

A course designed to address topics of special interest to management students. Possible areas include labor relations, leadership and research methods. Prerequisites: MGT 301 and permission of instructor.

Under the supervision of the Division of Business Internship Coordinator and an experienced business professional (Internship Site Supervisor). The internship is a pre-arranged, credit-bearing work experience that allows a student to achieve learning objectives that are aligned with the goals of a supervising professional or organization. Internships provide opportunities to explore career options, test career choices and encourage the development of skills within a chosen field. An internship allows students to relate classroom theory and concepts with practical job experience as well as develop new skills that will be transferable to future employers. Variable credit (up to 3 hours per semester); may be repeated for up to six credit hours. Fee: $10.

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Strategies and techniques in marketing management. This course focuses on opportunity analysis and problem solving in the context of marketing decision-making in the areas of product, pricing, distribution, and integrated communication strategies. The usual pedagogy will be case analysis.

A course in which students, working in teams, act as a full-service agency to prepare a comprehensive campaign for a real-world client, including research, planning and materials production using all KSAs (knowledge/skills/abilities) expected of an entry-level professional. Industry professionals, the client and the instructor critique student campaigns.

This course involves an extensive discussion of capitalism and socialism, including the various permutations and sub-types of each theory. Students will explore which economic system best promotes social justice, possible moral limitations of free markets, and potential for synthesizing the productivity and efficiency of capitalism with the Jesuit and Catholic commitment to serve others.

This course begins with a close look at the Scottish Enlightenment of the 18th Century, when thinkers such as David Hume and Adam Smith first systematically discussed “commercial society” (nowadays termed “capitalism” or “liberal democracy”).  The course then traces the key political and economic developments of the subsequent 250 years, as free-market ideas extended in influence well beyond their Anglo-American roots.  Among themes explored: the philosophical justifications for and against government regulation; the evolution of key constitutional and legal institutions related to private property and contracts; the social effects of trade, consumption and competition.

A course designed to introduce the student to website development incorporating data technology. Technologies used to create dynamic data-driven web pages will include Dreamweaver, PHP, MySQL, XHTML and CSS. In addition, the student will learn to interact with and manage a website on a remote server. Substantial lab work will be expected. Cross-listed as ART 371.

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