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Entrepreneurship Minor

Does entrepreneurship involve big ideas and the occasional pie-in-the-sky dreams? Yes. But the other side of the entrepreneurship coin is pretty straightforward: getting things done. If you want a minor that helps you develop your entrepreneurial spirit while equipping you to succeed, Dordt’s entrepreneurship minor is the way to go.

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Program Overview

Dordt’s entrepreneurship minor is the Swiss army knife of minors. It can be useful in nearly any career you pursue, regardless of your major. Applying principles of entrepreneurship to your chosen field will open you up to new ideas, perspectives, and ways to problem-solve. And your organization will benefit as a result.

Learn from highly-qualified professors who will challenge you to grow. Take part in on-campus and off-campus groups and internships that develop your practical skills. Strengthen your spiritual foundation. And leave Dordt ready to impact the world with your passion and your faith.

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What You'll Learn

The entrepreneurship minor coursework involves fundamental business courses like accounting and management. It also offers courses in communication, marketing, project management, operations management, and more. Ultimately, you’ll learn skills you can apply to your career—no matter which career you choose.

What You Can Do With An Entrepreneurship Minor

What do you want to do? That’s the better question. With an entrepreneurship minor, you’ll be ready to do almost anything, including starting your own business, joining a startup, thriving in sales and marketing, and bringing fresh ideas to an established organization.

Business Consultant

A Business Consultant is a professional advisor that helps a company achieve the desired outcome of their operations in a specific area of the business.

Sales Representative

A Sales Representative represents a company’s brand while helping them sell their products and services.

Researcher and Developer

Someone in Research and Development would research the market and customer needs in order to develop new products and services to fit these needs

To earn an entrepreneurship minor, students will take four business administration classes. Students will also pick six credits worth of electives from a list of classes in the business administration, communication, economics, English, and theatre arts departments.

  • Introduction to Accounting: This course provides exposure to basic accounting information concerning the recording of daily business transactions and the preparation, use, and interpretation of accounting records and reports.
  • Principles of Financial Accounting: Introduces the concepts and terminology of accounting and financial reporting for modern business enterprises. The course is centered around analyzing and interpreting accounting information for use in making decisions about organizations. There is a special emphasis on analyzing the balance sheet, the statement of income and expense, the statement of cash flows, and the statement of stockholders’ equity. Additional emphasis is placed on problem-solving, critical thinking, and communication skills that are necessary for forming conclusions about business activities and to communicate these conclusions to others.
  • Principles of Management: An introductory course in management theory and practice. Major topics covered include planning and strategic management, organizational design, leadership and motivation theory, and control mechanisms.
  • Principles of Marketing: A study of marketing institutions, product development, channels of distribution, price determination, promotion methods, government influences, and ethical problems facing marketing personnel. Includes a foundational study and discussion of business from a Christian perspective.
  • Entrepreneurship/Small Business Management: A study of the importance of entrepreneurship in both the for-profit and not-for-profit sectors to the development of a society, emphasizing the different paths to business concepts, interactions with entrepreneurs, and the development of a business plan.
  • Computer Literacy for Business/Accounting Majors: This course teaches important computer skills used in today’s world of business. Areas of study include beginning and intermediate Excel and Word, advanced PowerPoint, an introduction to Access, and Windows and file management basics.
  • Human Resource Management: Introduces students to the role that Human Resource Management (HRM) plays in organizational settings. Course content is geared towards developing the foundational body of knowledge required of entry-level HRM practitioners and is organized around the four foundation areas of HRM expertise: staffing and recruitment, employee and organizational development, compensation and benefits administration, and labor relations.
  • Payroll Accounting and Employee Benefits: In this course, students will explore payroll accounting and employee benefits as one of the most critical elements between accounting and human resources and one of the touch points between managerial and financial accounting. This class will explore payroll processing, legal and government regulations for payroll and benefits, record keeping rules, and employee benefit and compensation program design.
  • Introduction to QuickBooks: This elective course provides an introduction to and overview of QuickBooks, a computerized accounting software package popular in small- and mid-sized businesses. A main component of the course will be hands-on practice. By the time you complete this course you will have a good idea of all that QuickBooks offers, be familiar with the most common tasks, and know where to find information about more advanced features.
  • Project Management: This course is an introduction to the field of project management. The primary objective is to acquaint students with a broad basic overview of project management and the role of a project manager throughout the five primary processes of managing projects. The course will also cover common agile methodologies and principles because of how they relate to project management. The agile project management process encourages frequent inspection and adaptation, teamwork, accountability, self-organization, best practices that allows for rapid delivery and high quality, and a business approach that aligns development with customer needs and company goals.
  • Production and Operations Management: Designed to acquaint students with the theory underlying production and operations management, to give them practice in solving the kinds of problems confronted by managers of production and service operations, and to inform them of the opportunities and challenges in the field.
  • Serving through Selling and Retailing: Using lectures, class discussion, and small group activities, you will learn about the exciting fields of Personal Selling and Retailing. The basic areas of retail management will be covered: buying, merchandising, retail promotion, store location, store layout, credit management, and inventory control. Emphasis is on practical application of retail management principles. Also includes a study of the discipline of personal selling, including both sales strategies and sales management. Emphasis is given to both personal as well as business and industry sales applications. Topics include sales training, sales preparation, prospecting methods, types of presentations, handling buyer questions, closing methods, post-sales service, and sales management. Both areas will be approached from the perspective of serving others through these disciplines.
  • Interpersonal Communication: The study of concepts, problems, and responsibilities in communication between two or more persons, focusing on conversation with consideration of many variables and contexts.
  • Principles of Economics: Micro: The study of allocation of scarce resources at the level of the individual, household, and firm. Included are human motivation and preferences, the market, the function of prices, supply, demand, perfect and imperfect competition, and selected policy questions. Christian views on the nature of humanity, human motivation, and the market are also studied.
  • Principles of Economics: Macro: An introduction to the study of human choice in the allocation of scarce resources, concentrating on the aggregate or national level. Economic systems, national income accounts and analysis, income distribution, fiscal and monetary policy, banking systems, economic growth, and selected economic policy problems are covered. Christian views on the origin and nature of economic resources and humankind’s stewardship responsibilities are discussed.
  • Business and Technical Writing: Students will study the process, application, and characteristics of business and technical writing, and the way in which writing style, strategies, content, and clarity will relate practically to one’s profession. Concentrates on developing competence in a variety of writing tasks commonly performed in business, law, industry, social work, engineering, agriculture, and medicine. Satisfies Core Program writing-intensive requirement.
  • Improvisation for Theatre and Life: This class explores the history and techniques of improvisation from the renaissance through contemporary times. It challenges the student to grow in spontaneity and confidence in their creative capacities in all parts of life.

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