School of Business offers new entrepreneurship major

The Dr. Robert K. Jabs School of Business is offering a bachelor of science in entrepreneurship starting in the fall for all incoming freshmen and current students.

The new bachelor’s in entrepreneurship is similar to a bachelor’s in business administration , except it requires students to take an additional 12 units in entrepreneurship courses and complete a minor in a program outside of business.

The School of Business previously offered entrepreneurship as a concentration, but Dr. Andrew Herrity, professor of entrepreneurship and director of the Business Entrepreneurship Program, began the major as a direct response to students’ desire for a program that allowed them to pursue other interests, too.

This desire and the vision of Herrity led to the formulation of a desirable bachelor’s program few other schools offer.

“I gained the courage to pursue this program from Timothy J. Keller, (lead pastor at Redeemer Presbyterian Church), from his book ‘Every Good Endeavor,’” Herrity said. “In his text he stresses his central idea God made us all in his image as a creator. He has given us the ability to be a creator. That is the energizing piece behind this major.”

The main requirement that differentiates the bachelor’s in entrepreneurship from a bachelor’s in business administration is the requirement of a minor outside of the field of business.

“After a study group with students, there was a consensus students wanted their program to give them room to pursue other interests,” Herrity said. “I left that study group wondering how I could facilitate that desire. The minor is a requirement of the B.S. in entrepreneurship for that reason.”

Herrity also conducted a study group with students and global talent acquisition representatives for companies last year such as Wells Fargo, Target and Enterprise. The represented companies expressed the view a bachelor’s degree in entrepreneurship would be equivalent to a bachelor’s in business administration when hiring.

“The companies said they would be extremely interested in students with a B.S. in entrepreneurship because (the companies) want them to think entrepreneurly — outside of the box — and seek new ways to grow a business and be successful,” Herrity said.

Andrew Rotundo, 2016 alumnus and master’s in business administration candidate, said he has always had a desire to become an entrepreneur and feels Herrity’s courses helped fuel that desire and find ways to better present and create items for consumers.

“I really enjoyed the freedom to come up with an invention or a new product,” Rotundo said. “It taught me as an entrepreneur how to get other students interested in my inventions and through the use of presentations I was able to get feedback and tips on how to make whatever it was better and more user-friendly along with other aspects that our consumers would like.”

While students may not want to run their own business, they may desire to grow within a company. Herrity said the skills relayed in the entrepreneurship program are still relevant and create balance regardless of the students’ career path.

In any course Herrity teaches, he said he provides his students with basic skills, identifying opportunities, experimenting with ideas, networking as well as identifying and seeking of resources.

With the requirement of a minor and the courses in ethics based on biblical principles, business accounting and leadership, the degree offers students a well-rounded knowledge and critical-thinking capabilities to help lead businesses to prosperity.

To find out more specifics on which classes to take for the degree, visit the CBU website.

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