Academic Programs Catalog

The Eli Broad College of Business and The Eli Broad Graduate School of Management

Minor in Entrepreneurship and Innovation

The Minor in Entrepreneurship and Innovation is designed to provide students with the mindset and skills that will enable them to passionately pursue and engage in opportunities without regard to currently controlled resources.

The minor demonstrates entrepreneurship as an activity that involves the discovery, evaluation, and engagement of opportunities to either solve a problem, or bring about desired change. At its core, the minor prepares students to become change agents. It focuses on two aspects of the entrepreneurial experience: the entrepreneurial mindset and the venture creation process, as well as placing great emphasis on experiential learning. Students completing the minor will have an appreciation of innovation in all aspects of society and an awareness of entrepreneurship as a viable career option. Students will become capable of being effective innovators and change agents in an organization and will develop the execution capability to launch a venture of their own.

The Minor in Entrepreneurship and Innovation is administered by The Eli Broad College of Business and is available as an elective to students who are enrolled in bachelor’s degree programs at Michigan State University. Students who are interested in the minor must contact the MSU Director of Undergraduate Entrepreneurship in The Eli Broad College of Business or visit

At least 6 credits counted towards the requirements for this minor must be unique. Unique credits must not be used to fulfill another university, college, or major requirement in the student’s program.

Requirements for the Minor in Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Students must complete 15 credits in courses from the following list. A 2.0 grade-point average must be maintained in courses completed for the minor. Students must also complete two Entrepreneurship and Innovation Experiences Options (E&I Experiences Options). At least one of the E&I Experiences Options must be completed in a course that is not being counted toward the 15 credits required for the minor.

1.  Complete both of the following courses (6 credits):
BUS 190 The Art of Starting 3
CAS 114 Creativity and Innovative Entrepreneurship 3
2. Complete 9 credits from the following courses (9 credits):
ACM 271 Introduction to Arts and Cultural Management 3
ACM 465 Leadership and Innovation for Arts and Cultural Management 3
AL 300 Starting your Business in the Creative, Visual, and Theatre Arts 2
BUS 170 Business Model Development: The Hive Startup 1
BUS 230 The Entrepreneurial Mindset 3
BUS 231 Venture Launch 3
CAS 214 Social Media and the Start-Up 3
CSUS 200 Introduction to Sustainability 3
CSUS 473 Social Entrepreneurship and Community Sustainability 3
EAD 361 Educational Reform and Policy Analysis 3
EGR 100 Introduction to Engineering Design 2
EGR 440 Engineering Entrepreneurship 3
FI 444 Entrepreneurial Finance 3
GBL 467 Emerging Enterprise Law 3
HRT 404 Horticulture Management (W) 3
HRT 407 Horticulture Marketing 3
LB 268 The Business of Medicine 3
MGT 352 Entrepreneurship: New Venture Process 3
MI 301 Bringing Media to Market 3
MI 450 Creating Human-Centered Technology (W) 3
MI 452 Media Entrepreneurship and Business Strategies 3
MI 462 Social Media and Social Computing 3
MI 472 Digital Business and Commerce 3
MI 480 Information and Communication Technologies and Development 3
MI 488 Information and Communication Technology Development Project (W) 3
MKT 355 Entrepreneurship: Strategic Marketing Planning and Launch 3
MKT 380 Entrepreneurship: Planning, Modeling and Adaptive Execution 3
MKT 410 Product Innovation and Management 3
MKT 420 New Product Design and Development 3
MKT 480 Entrepreneurship Capstone Experience 3
MUS 101 Freshman Seminar: Practical Foundations for Success in Music 1
MUS 496 Your Music Business 1 or 2
PLS 302 Urban Politics 3
REL 185 Introduction to Religion and Nonprofits 3
STA 303 Design Thinking 3
TE 201 Current Issues in Education 3
THR 208 Innovation through Improvisation 2
UP 201 Introduction to Urban and Regional Planning 4
Students who are interested in packaging their elective courses in a focus area may consult the Director of Undergraduate Entrepreneurship for a list of courses that are approved. See A track in Social Innovation is available. See
3. Completion of two Entrepreneurship and Innovation Experiences Options
An Entrepreneurship and Innovation Experiences Option (E&I) is a project consisting of independent and original work that builds on the content of a course in which a student is enrolled but extends the experience of that course beyond the typical scope and content. E&I Experiences Options allow undergraduates the opportunity to add entrepreneurial content to courses already in the student’s program, thus providing a flexible alternative for those interested in exploring entrepreneurial ideas beyond the normal course requirements. An E&I Experiences Option can be in any course in any discipline. Students propose the E&I Experiences Option to the instructor of record for the course. E and I Experiences Option requests must be accompanied by the Application for Entrepreneurship and Innovation Experiences Option form. E&I Experiences Options that are approved and completed will be designated on the student’s transcript.  For more information, students should contact the undergraduate advising office of their college. Certain restrictions apply for students completing an E&I Experiences Option to satisfy the requirements of the Minor in Entrepreneurship and Innovation.