Entrepreneurship is the pursuit of opportunity without regard to resources currently controlled. Anyone can be an entrepreneur provided they can recognize opportunities where others do not and do not feel constrained because they lack resources. Pursuing a major in entrepreneurship enables individuals to develop conceptual thinking skills needed to make decisions on options available, generate new ideas and ask questions related to why and how things work. Successful entrepreneurs must learn how to communicate their ideas clearly and get other people excited about their ideas.
Entrepreneurs are ambitious and visualize success by learning about successful startups and gaining insight into how businesses start and grow. Entrepreneurs are flexible in adjusting to the unexpected while learning to think in a creative and critical manner.
USF’s entrepreneurship classes are designed to give budding entrepreneurs the tools to turn a new idea into reality and to view their careers in a different light. The USF College of Business & Health Administration entrepreneur major enables students to build a practical foundation to building and creating a business through coursework and experiential learning opportunities. Students “learn by doing” throughout the course of their studies and are provided a foundation for the start-up of their own businesses.
Entrepreneurship is available as a stand-alone major. Some students also choose to double major. In some cases, there are only seven (7) additional courses to achieve a double major (check catalog for details) (Accounting, Computer Science, Finance, International Business, Health Care Management, Management, Marketing, Transportation and Logistics Management) or a College of Arts & Sciences major like Digital Audio Recording Arts .
The Acceleration Club for Entrepreneurs (ACE) helps members create businesses of their own by fostering collaboration in the creation of business and marketing plans, budgets and more.
The St. Francis Incubator supports the economic development of the region by fostering new business development; a secondary aim of the incubator provides students from St. Francis and neighboring junior colleges entrepreneurial education in a lab setting. The incubator is located on the first floor of St. Bonaventure Hall at the university’s downtown Joliet campus. Business startups collaborate and build their businesses in a co-working environment. Entrepreneurship majors have the ability to interact with these businesses and student employment opportunities are available.
In the final two semesters before graduation, senior business majors who intend to continue with an M.B.A. at the University of St. Francis may take graduate level M.B.A. courses for undergraduate credit to meet undergraduate requirements. Students who take two M.B.A. courses in their senior year are eligible to complete their M.B.A. in one year (attending full-time). See course catalog for additional details.