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Transformative Entrepreneurship Minor

Entrepreneurship is the creative process of developing sustainable, innovative ventures that solve problems and meet the needs of the greater community. Balancing opportunity and risk, the entrepreneur manages resources and constructs solutions that benefit both self and society.
(Approved by faculty 2/3/11)

Students at McPherson College can now pursue the Transformative Entrepreneurship minor.  The Transformative Entrepreneurship minor will help students better understand the risks and processes involved in beginning an entrepreneurial venture. The title transformative entrepreneurship was chosen because we see that students who engage in entrepreneurial ventures will make an impact and transform the world in some way.

Transformative Entrepreneurship at McPherson College is unique because it has a strong liberal arts emphasis. Students will take three core courses specific to entrepreneurship.  Students will also take three courses from across at least two divisions that will enhance their knowledge and/or skill in entrepreneurial endeavors.

Students who complete a minor in transformative entrepreneurship will be able to:

    • articulate the definition of transformative entrepreneurship.
    • articulate the roles that entrepreneurs have played in history.
    • identify and analyze opportunities and their related risks.
    • demonstrate creative processes required to develop entrepreneurial ventures.
    • determine their talents and role in effective teamwork.
    • demonstrate skill in project management and resource utilization.
    • demonstrate the process of resource acquisition through networking.
    • illustrate the interplay of economies and social change.
    • illustrate responsibility to a greater society.


Course Requirements:

To complete the minor, students will complete these three courses:
ET101 Creativity & Innovation for Transformation
ET201 Entrepreneurship on the Horizon
ET301 The Entrepreneur at Work

Additionally, students will select nine hours from the following courses. Students may choose one class from within her/his major coursework area. One class must be selected from outside the division where her/his major is housed.

G-PR104 Ethics
CM130 Interpersonal Communication
CM135 Journalism
CM140 Public Speaking
CM210 Multimedia Storytelling I
PA215 Seminars and Practica in Performance and Production
CM218 Business & Professional Communication
G-CM221 Intercultural Communication
AR230 Graphic Design I
PR304 Brethren History and Thought
CM310 Public Relations
EN313 Advanced Expository Writing
CM325 Conflict Communication
CM330 Persuasion
AR 340 Web-based Design

Science & Technology
TE333 Technology & Society
BI325 Human Ecology
TE301 Materials & Processes
BI415 Environmental Ethics
BI420 Biomedical Ethics

Social Sciences:
SO206 Social Problems
BA235 Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management
SO260 Intro to Human Services
PY405 Personality Theories

New Course Descriptions

ET101 Creativity & Innovation for Transformation (3 hours) NEW FALL 2011
Interactive seminar introduces students to readings and processes from various disciplines that elucidate the interdisciplinary nature of creativity and enable students to create conditions that stimulate it. Projects and assignments are designed to encourage a “critical creativity” that challenges participants through inquiry, multi-faceted exploration and strategic development. Topics examined through writing and design assignments, group projects, and discussions include consciousness, receptivity, risk, ethics, self agency, and social engagement with the express objective of fostering creative potential and its application in all areas of experience.

ET201 Entrepreneurship on the Horizon (3 hours) NEW SPRING 2012
Addresses the challenges of creating and sustaining organizations in today’s global environment. Provides an overview of the role and importance of entrepreneurship in the global economy and in society. Examines how individuals use entrepreneurial skills to craft innovative responses to societal needs.

ET301 The Entrepreneur at Work (3 hours) NEW SPRING 2012
Explores the process of managing and growing the entrepreneurial venture. The course is designed to provide exposure to topics critical to the success of the venture in startup and early growth: business planning; growth management and strategic planning; marketing and financial strategies; exit strategies; and different modes of venturing, such as franchising, venture acquisition, and technology licensing.