Lycoming College’s entrepreneurship minor encourages students to turn their passion into a profession. The program, by its design, is meant to enhance any major or primary field of study—not just the business major. By pursuing an entrepreneurship minor, students are pursuing their potential to create added value in this world. Whether their aspirations are to start their own business venture, work within an entrepreneurial organization, or simply contribute to any organization in a more innovative manner, the entrepreneurship minor gives students the skills to build long-term, sustainable success.
The Lycoming Experience
Intimate class sizes facilitate discussions and simulations, and give all entrepreneurship students the opportunity for practical application. Guest lecturers and group trips take learning beyond the classroom and help students build a network with other entrepreneurs. In close collaboration with the Center for Enhanced Academic Experiences, students will receive support in obtaining internships or practical experiences that expose them to the facets of owning or managing an entrepreneurial organization.
The entrepreneurship minor is achieved by completing three required core courses and one additional course of the students’ choosing. In addition to promoting critical thinking and problem-solving skills, the curriculum covers skills and topics such as:
- Entrepreneurship in for-profit, non-profit, and social endeavors.
- Human performance skills such as self-awareness, leadership, time management, and goal setting.
- Financial management and financing methods such as angel investing, bootstrapping, venture capital, grants, and crowdfunding.
- Intellectual property protection through trademarks and patents.
- Digital marketing strategy and planning for new businesses.
- Living the entrepreneurial lifestyle (creating/finding opportunities and evaluating/acting on them).
- Roles of risk and uncertainty in entrepreneurial ventures.