Minor in Small Business Management and Entrepreneurship

Contact UsContact Admissions Request InfoGet on our mailing list Visit SHUSchedule a Campus Visit Apply NowCreate your account

Minor in Small Business Management and Entrepreneurship

The minor in small business management and entrepreneurship prepares students to run a business or start their own business. The minor is designed to be interdisciplinary drawing on best practices in management, marketing, and finance with a focus on making decisions as the business owner. Emphasis is placed on developing a business idea, assessing the feasibility and risks associated with the business, and understanding how to launch and grow a new business. Many of our students whose families have successful family businesses also are attracted to the minor in small business management and entrepreneurship. These students see the minor as a platform to better understand how to make good business decisions in their own family firms.

Signature Freshmen Business Experience BU 121

The Welch College of Business has a signature freshman course called Introduction to Business. In this class, students learn the basics of the disciplines accounting, finance, management and marketing and apply these concepts to a business idea. The course is experiential where students work with team members and the faculty member throughout the semester. The course culminates in all students presenting their work in a forum, and the top group from each class presenting to a board of professionals with entrepreneurial/venture capital backgrounds in a shark tank competition. Students who are interested in entrepreneurship after this class are channeled into the Entrepreneurship club or the Minor in Entrepreneurship/Small Family Business Management where they can further develop their interests.


Entrepreneurship Club, Competitions, Student Run Businesses, West Campus Location.

The West Campus takes advantage of expanded new facilities. These include a maker’s laboratory and innovation center that allows for business entrepreneurs to work with business, engineering and computer science students in creative entrepreneurial ventures.

Students are encouraged to participate in external business competitions, such as the CT New Venture Challenge, and activities, such as the Harvard Entrepreneurship Club Conference, which will facilitate launching their own business. Students can also participate in the SHU Entrepreneurship Club, a student run organization where students who are running their own businesses or are interested in starting their own business have meet-ups to discuss issues as a new business owner.

Some of our successful student run businesses at SHU include: The Peak, Greek Life Gives, Locals Only, Madley Clean Cleaning Services, and Nantucket Buckets.

Small Business Management and Entrepreneurship Minor for BUSINESS MAJORS (12 credits)

Required Courses:

  • MGT 270 Social Entrepreneurship  or  MGT 232 Advanced Business Law
  • MGT 373 Launching a New Business
  • MGT 374 Small and Family Business Management
  • MGT 364 Negotiation Skills

Small Business Management and Entrepreneurship Minor for NON BUSINESS MAJORS (15 credits)

This minor prepares an individual to inherit or work in a family business or to launch a new venture and start your own business.

Required Courses:

  • MGT 101 Organization Management  or  BU 121 Introduction to Business
  • MGT 270 Social Entrepreneurship  or  MGT 232 Advanced Business Law
  • MGT 373 Launching a New Business
  • MGT 374 Small and Family Business Management
  • MGT 364 Negotiation Skills