Entrepreneurship is what powers the economy, and the entrepreneurship major provides students with the knowledge and tools to make ideas real.
The Entrepreneurship major offers a wide variety of opportunities for students to develop both fundamental and in-depth knowledge within the disciplines of management, marketing, finance, accounting, business law and organizational behavior. Students participate in comprehensive, hands-on simulations and learning opportunities that help them develop the knowledge, skills and abilities required to launch or assume leadership roles in entrepreneurial organizations.
The program provides students with practical experience through partnerships with local businesses and is designed to integrate with programs beyond the business school. Entrepreneurship students take classes from Shenandoah Conservatory, the School of Health Professions and the College of Arts and Sciences.
Hear about Entrepreneurship from Dean Davis
Dean Miles Davis of the Harry F. Byrd School of Business talks about “inspiring future generations of community business leaders.”
Learn More About This Program
Our program is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. AACSB International accreditation is the hallmark of excellence in management and business education. It represents the highest standard of achievement for business schools worldwide, and it recognizes that the Harry F. Byrd, Jr. School of Business offers high-quality business programs. Processes are in place to ensure continuous improvement in the future. Therefore students and alumni can be proud of earning a degree from an institution that has taken its place among other world-wide leaders in business education.
Minor in This Program
The Minor in Entrepreneurship enables students across the curriculum to prepare themselves to be founders, owners, and managers of new, small, and family-based businesses. The program of study explores the mind of the entrepreneur as well as develops the knowledge and skills needed to have a reasonable prospect of success as an entrepreneur. Completion of the program requires experience-based learning through an internship.
All courses are three credit-hour courses:
|BA-112||Mind of the Entrepreneur|
|BA-303||Legal Environment of Business|
Accounting & Finance for Entrepreneurs or
Introduction to Finance
|BA-360||Introduction to Marketing|
|BA-393||Small Business Management & Entrepreneurship|
Declaring A Minor
Shenandoah students work with their Academic Advisor to declare a minor. Academic Advisors will continue to work with students to ensure that they fulfill all of the requirements to complete the minor.
Incoming students should not indicate their intended minor on their Shenandoah application. Applications are for intended majors only.
Internships are required for this program and allow students to gain valuable experience while enhancing necessary skill sets.
The Career Services office helps place Shenandoah students in internships related to their major and career goals. Internships differentiate you as an applicant in your future job searches, gives you hands on experience in your field, allows you to sample different career paths for your major, and helps your find a specific position that fits your passion before graduation.
Career and Salary Possibilities
The Entrepreneurship program prepares graduates for the following roles:
- Corporate entrepreneurship (also known as intrapreneurship), where graduates work to develop new operations or products for existing corporations;
- Independent entrepreneurship, where graduates start their own for-profit firms;
- Family business where graduates go into the family firm as new or future management;
- Social entrepreneurship, where graduates start new or develop existing not-for-profit or community service-oriented firms.
Career and Salary Examples for Entrepreneurship Majors:
- Business Development Director: $127,000
- Operations Manager: $65,000
- Senior Product Manager: $141,069
- Business Development Manager: $105,000
- Management Consultant: $114,882
The Career Services Office provides a comprehensive range of services and resources to assist Shenandoah students in their career search. Services offered include resume and cover letter building, mock interviews, and professional dining etiquette workshops.
Students complete the same initial requirements that those in the general BBA program do as listed below:
- General Education – 30 credit hours
- Non-Business Electives – 24 credit hours
- Business Core – 42 credit hours
In addition, students majoring in Entrepreneurship are required to complete the following courses:
Mind of the Entrepreneur
Marketing Research & Development
Small Business Management & Entrepreneurship
Innovation & Design Thinking
New Venture Creation & Launch
Business Internship (Entrepreneurship Focus)
Learning support services are available to all students in every course at Shenandoah. Free peer tutoring with a student who has previously succeeded in the course is available for any course across the university. The Writing Center is available for every stage of the writing process from thesis development to proofreading and bibliography assistance. The Math Enrichment Center is available for math and science assistance. Professors and Academic Advisors across the university also have office hours and open door policies to ensure Shenandoah students succeed academically.
There’s a special bond between Byrd School of Business students and their professors. Students enjoy close professional relationships with academically and professionally experienced faculty who mentor them in and out of the classroom. This remains a hallmark of a Shenandoah University business education. Students also benefit from our executive-in-residence who works with both professors and students to broaden the student’s focus beyond the classroom.
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Students interested in this program should also look into these other majors, graduate degrees, minors, and certificates.
These minors complement this program well:
You may want to think about enhancing your degree with these certificates that pair well with this program:
Continue your education by earning a graduate degree:
Shenandoah University operates on rolling admissions. This means that applications are accepted throughout the year, without specific application deadlines.
Undergraduate Applicant Materials
- Complete the Undergraduate Application
- Submit official high school transcripts from each institution attended
- Submit official SAT or ACT test scores
Fast-Track To Your MBA
4 + 1 Option
Students enrolled in Shenandoah’s four-year Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) program can take advantage of the new 4 + 1 option to earn an MBA with one additional year of classes.
2 + 2 + 1 Option
Transfer students with two years of college credits can take advantage of the 2 + 2 + 1 option that allows them to transition from an associate of arts degree in business degree to the BBA degree and subsequently to the MBA degree — all in five years.
Make studying abroad the highlight of your college experience! Whether you go for a year, a semester, or just a few weeks, you will never forget learning in another culture! The Center for International Programs is here to help you plan your study abroad experience. Start your planning early to ensure the courses you complete abroad count toward your degree and you graduate on time.
Global Experiential Learning (GEL) Program
The Global Experiential Learning (GEL) Program offers Shenandoah students a short-term, faculty-led, study-abroad experience for academic credit. These short-term, credit-bearing, faculty-led programs are offered winter break, spring break, and during the summer. If a course is not within your major, it might be used as an elective.
Shenandoah University is a member of the International Student Exchange Program (ISEP), a global network of 300 universities. This partnership allows students to study for a full semester or year at other member campuses abroad. By working closely with their academic advisors and the study abroad advisor, students can take classes taught in English abroad while receiving Shenandoah credit.
Shenandoah University also maintains direct partnerships with several universities around the world. These relationships allow students from SU to study abroad as exchange students and students from these universities to study at SU. All partner universities offer courses taught in English.
Business students looking to study abroad should consider studying at Audencia. Located in the city of Nantes, France, 2 hours from Paris, Audencia is an AACSB accredited university that specializes in courses in Business and Mass Communications.
Short Term Exchange Program
The January Business exchange program with SU partner university Audencia in France provides an experience of a lifetime while completing undergraduate or graduate credit hours. Through coursework, city tours, and company visits, you will have the opportunity to strengthen your knowledge and understanding of European management practices and the European market. All courses are taught in English.