Requirements + Courses
Lower Division Requirements
ACCT 2110, 2120; AIMS 2710; BADM 1010, 1020, 1030, 1040; BLAW 2210; ECON 1050 or 1100 and 1200, 2300; MATH 112
Upper Division Requirements
AIMS 3770; BADM 4950, 4970; FNCE 3410; INBA 3810; MGMT 3610; MRKT 3510
Core, Major and Elective Entrepreneurship Courses
ENTR 3310 Introduction to Entrepreneurship
This course is designed to introduce students to entrepreneurship as an integral part of our economy at the local, regional, national, and global level. Students will learn about the processes involved in taking entrepreneurial ideas from conception to new venture launch, with emphasis placed on the creativity, critical thinking skills, and flexibility essential to recognizing business opportunities and assessing those opportunities’ feasibility in uncertain, dynamic markets. At a more detailed level, students will be exposed (through readings and experiential exercises) to issues of creativity and innovation, feasibility analysis, “proof of concept” development, and new venture leadership.
Junior standing required.
ENTR 3330 Social Entrepreneurship
In this course, students are introduced to the field of social entrepreneurship-the process of using an entrepreneurial mindset and business skills to create innovative approaches to societal problems. We explore the social entrepreneurship landscape and examine the latest innovations in business models, legal forms, financing alternatives, and management strategies. Students are expected to identify their passions and work on relevant business ideas or field projects that will equip them with hands-on experience.
Junior standing required.
ENTR 3350 New Venture Creation
This course is designed to provide students with a hands-on opportunity to learn how a new venture opportunity is developed. In the process of completing a business plan, students will 1) learn to think critically about business concepts, and 2) complete primary and secondary research about fundamental strategic, operational, financial, marketing, and HR issues.
ENTR 3380 Small Business Management
This integrative course allows students to combine skills learned in all business disciplines. The focus is on the identification and analysis of operating problems confronting the small business manager.
Junior standing required.
ENTR 4310 Entrepreneurial Finance
In this course, students are introduced to the financial aspects of small businesses and entrepreneurial ventures. The key topics include evaluating new business ideas and ventures, reading and understanding financial statements of rapidly growing companies, and developing financing strategies. We also discuss various debt and equity alternatives of financing, the different valuation techniques, and key tactics and approaches to negotiating term sheets.
ENTR 4320 Real Estate Finance, Investment, and Entrepreneurship
This course introduces students to gathering relevant data (both primary and secondary data) to build financial models for analyzing, interpreting, and making decisions on evaluation of alternative real estate investment opportunities with alternative financial structures. Hands-on entrepreneurial learning makes use of cases, gathering primary data, financial modeling, and estimating the most an investor should pay for a specific property. More specifically, this course includes determining a property’s “investment value,” financing strategy, risk analysis, taxation, market area supply and demand analysis by property type (e.g., single-family homes, apartments, office, retail, warehouses, and other industrial properties), alternative investment ownership (e.g., sole proprietorships, REITs, Limited Partnerships, LLCs, etc.), as well as evaluating alternative financing instruments in both primary and secondary markets.
ENTR 4340 International Entrepreneurship
This course focuses on developing knowledge and skills in three key components of international entrepreneurship: initiating entrepreneurial ventures, managing international business transactions, and dealing with multicultural business environments. The course includes a feasibility study of an international small business venture start up, case study, and experiential learning.
ENTR 4370 Product and Business Design
This course, a joint venture between LMU and OTIS College of Design, provides an overview of the key concepts, frameworks, and issues in product design and development. Students are expected learn to work effectively in an interdisciplinary team to construct a business concept, design a new product, and complete a prototype.
ENTR 4381 Managing New Ventures
This course is designed to provide students with theoretical and practical knowledge about new and young businesses. Print and live cases will be used to facilitate in-depth exploration of the typical start-up, operating, and growth challenges facing entrepreneurial companies. Guest speakers (founders of or investors in new ventures) will share their entrepreneurial journeys. Students will participate in a team project where they meet with the founder(s) of a local entrepreneurial venture, identity key challenges facing that venture, and develop an in-depth plan to address those challenges.