Shippensburg University is the only state university to offer an Entrepreneurship, B.S.B.A. program. This AACSB-accredited program prepares you for the challenges involved in new venture creation, new product development and small business management.
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What Will I Learn?
Entrepreneurship is what powers the economy and you will develop the skills and contacts necessary to make ideas real. This program gives you a broad skill set for traditional venture startup or lean entrepreneurship. You will learn to recognize opportunities and convert new ideas into business plans with a focus on implementation. The program also helps you understand risk and develop an entrepreneurial perspective to overcome challenges and achieve success. You'll also receive a thorough background in marketing, management and contemporary economic theory.
The Entrepreneurship, B.S.B.A. provides customized paths for success in specific business systems, including:
- New ventures
- Corporate ventures
- Socially responsible companies
- Green startups
- Family-controlled enterprises
What are the requirements for this degree?
You will need to complete 120 credits in the following areas:
- General education courses: All students are required to complete the university's general education program, which provides a balanced liberal arts foundation.
- Business core courses: All business majors take the same core curriculum. This core includes economics, finance, information systems, marketing, organization behavior and business law as well as other business subjects.
- Entrepreneurship courses: A sequence of courses for entrepreneur students that provides the necessary technical knowledge with respect to tools, techniques and concepts.
The Undergraduate Catalog provides details about program requirements.
Possible double majors include finance, accounting, MIS and supply chain management.
Recommended minors include psychology, computer science, technical/professional communications, French, Spanish and German studies.
What Types of Careers Could I Get With This Degree?
If you have an idea of your own, for a product, a service, or just a way of life for yourself, there is no alternative to going independent. For any of these goals, an entrepreneurship major from Shippensburg University can get you where you want to be. This degree program will prepare you for any one of the following career tracks:
- Corporate entrepreneurship (intrapreneurship): Developing new operations or products for existing corporations
- Independent entrepreneurship: Starting your own for-profit firm
- Family business: Working for the family firm as new or future management
- Social entrepreneurship: Starting new or developing existing not-for-profit or community service oriented firms
- Green entrepreneurship: Launching a environmentally sustainable business
What Kinds of Experiences Could I Have on Campus?
The John L. Grove College of Business is internationally accredited by the most prestigious business-accrediting agency, AACSB International - The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. Shippensburg University offers small class sizes and plenty of opportunities for one-on-one contact with faculty members.
There are a number of clubs you can participate in to learn more about your area of study outside the classroom. Student professional organizations will provide you with a variety of opportunities to develop professional contacts, enhance your course of study with hands-on application and build lasting friendships within the business community.
Internships provide great opportunities for on-the-job experience while you gain credits. They often turn into job offers for our students.
The Small Business Development Center is a great asset to our campus. It helps entrepreneurs make sound decisions and provides no-cost confidential consulting and low cost training to small business owners and potential entrepreneurs in Adams, Cumberland, Franklin and York counties.