Entrepreneurship Minor

Developing valuable leadership and business skills within an interdisciplinary liberal arts environment.

The Entrepreneurship Minor

The Entrepreneurship Minor is the most popular minor on campus, drawing students from both the School of Arts and Sciences and the School of Engineering. Students learn to work and think like entrepreneurs and speak the language of business by taking five dynamic courses taught by award-winning entrepreneurs and investors.

The Entrepreneurship Minor is anchored by our foundational course, ENT 101: “Entrepreneurship and Business Planning,” where you will learn the skills needed to start a new venture over the course of a semester. Then, you will choose from over 16 additional courses to round out your skillset, covering topics such as finance, marketing, leadership, law, team management, and sector-specific topics.

The ENT minor will help you develop the mindset and skillset you can apply to your life after graduation — whether you’re entering graduate school, starting or working for a startup or small business, joining a larger organization (for-profit or non-profit), or even joining a government agency.

ENT Minor Courses

Enhancements to Entrepreneurship Minor Available Fall 2022

In Fall 2022, students will have increased flexibility in how they earn the minor. The new requirements — and courses that fulfill those requirements — effective September 2022 are listed below. These changes are 100% backwards compatible with the legacy requirements. If you have already planned your courses with the legacy requirements, you will automatically qualify for the minor under these new requirements.

Note: No more than two courses used towards the minor may be used towards any other degree requirement.

Requirements

  • One foundational course
  • Plus, 12 additional credits (at least six of the 12 credits must be comprised of core courses)

Click into the courses below to view which semester each is offered. Students interested in studying innovation and entrepreneurship are welcome to take ENT courses whether or not they are planning to declare the ENT minor. All ENT courses include the following class attributes: BFA-Social Science, LA-Distribution-Social Sciences, SoE-HASS-Social Sciences.

TGI110 | ENT193.20 Preparing New and Aspiring Leaders

TGI110 | ENT193.20 Preparing New and Aspiring Leaders

Development and application of leadership skills across a range of contexts including startups, corporations, and nonprofits.
TGI114 | ENT193.24 Planning your career pathway

TGI114 | ENT193.24 Planning your career pathway

This course guides students through the process of developing a career plan across an individual's professional journey.
TGI111 | ENT193.21 Developing Financial Literacy

TGI111 | ENT193.21 Developing Financial Literacy

Introduction to sound money management in personal and professional finance.
ENT193.05 Team and Talent Management

ENT193.05 Team and Talent Management

This course focuses on the entire chain of team building and talent management from building high-performing teams, recruiting, hiring, and onboarding new employees to the overall personnel management of the business.
ENT199 Entrepreneurial Field Study

ENT199 Entrepreneurial Field Study

This immersive course enables students to apply the learning and skills acquired by other courses on Entrepreneurship to the creation and development of their own new venture.
ENT194.02 Inside the Classroom

ENT194.02 Inside the Classroom

"Inside the Classroom" allows students to serve as Classroom Operating Officers (COO), where they receive course credit for providing leadership, mentorship and student support for Entrepreneurship courses.
ENT194.01 Entrepreneurial Internship

ENT194.01 Entrepreneurial Internship

The Entrepreneurial Internship course allows students to earn credits while working as an intern for their company sponsor during the semester.
ENT162 Bringing Products To Market

ENT162 Bringing Products To Market

The Bringing a Product to Market course covers the design process of a consumer product from ideation to pre-production of a new product.
ENT161 Consumer Product Ventures

ENT161 Consumer Product Ventures

This course covers the entrepreneurial process from conception to commercialization or launch of a new venture focused on a consumer product.
ENT141 Innovative Social Enterprises

ENT141 Innovative Social Enterprises

Innovative Social Enterprises is structured to provide students a highly interactive exploration of core skills vital to social entrepreneurs.
ENT151 | CS150 Entrepreneurship for Computer Science

ENT151 | CS150 Entrepreneurship for Computer Science

This is an introductory entrepreneurship course for Computer Science students. The course provides an overview of entrepreneurship, develops an entrepreneurial perspective, and provides a framework for the essential elements of entrepreneurial ventures.
ENT163 Entrepreneurial Business Law

ENT163 Entrepreneurial Business Law

Entrepreneurial Business Law is an interactive class featuring speakers from the private equity, venture capital, and investment banking worlds as well as executives who have exited through a public offering or sale of their company.

Earning the Minor

declare the minor

Students must declare the minor with the Registrar’s office. Please visit the Major and Minor Declaration page to learn more about this process. You can complete this process at any point during your experience with the Entrepreneurship Minor.

Complete the minor certification form

After declaring the minor with Student Services, students must complete the Minor Certification Form. This can be completed before you have finished all required courses and before you have received final grades. Once the form is approved, we will return a signed copy to the student’s email address. Students will then bring the signed form to Student Services before their graduation period’s deadline.

Frequently Asked Questions

 

Have a question not listed here?

Please reach out to Carol Denning, Assistant Director of the Derby Entrepreneurship Center at: carol.denning@tufts.edu.

What is the difference between “Entrepreneurial Leadership Studies” (ELS) and “Entrepreneurship” (ENT)?

ELS (Entrepreneurial Leadership Studies) was the original name for our minor. In 2020, we changed the name of the minor to ENT (Entrepreneurship). The name better reflects the focus of our courses and minor.

As a title, “Entrepreneurship” more clearly encompasses all of the courses offered within the minor. Any ELS courses that have been successfully completed will count towards the ENT minor. Students completing the minor’s graduation requirements on or after June 2020 can receive the ENT minor. Students who matriculated in 2019 or earlier have the option to receive the ELS minor if  preferred. Registration for Fall 2020 forward will use the ENT course coding; however, the numerical course identifiers will not change.

I heard that there is an exciting expansion coming to the ENT Minor. What is that about?

Exciting changes are coming for the ENT Minor effective from September 2022 onward! We are moving to more flexible requirements to allow students the opportunity to obtain a solid foundation in entrepreneurship along with the flexibility to pursue courses that align with students’ interests. These requirements are 100% backward-compatible with existing requirements, so students who are on track to earn the minor will not need to change their plans. Students who have not yet completed their minor requirements will have more flexibility to choose courses in their area of interest while receiving a solid foundation for the entrepreneurial method.

Are the changes only relevant for incoming freshmen?

No. The changes are relevant for anyone graduating in Fall 2022 and beyond. We understand that if you are graduating in 2022, you may have already planned to take courses according to the old requirements. Don’t worry – you can earn the minor on time because the changes to the minor are 100% backward-compatible.

Do the new requirements mean I don’t have to take all core courses, for example, Entrepreneurial Finance?

Yes, you can earn the minor without taking all the core courses. You only need to earn 12 credits — 6 of which need to be chosen from the core courses. That said, we strongly recommend all ENT students take at least one course in accounting or finance. For AY2022-23, if you elect not to take Entrepreneurial Finance (4 credits) — a must-have for students contemplating a career in investment banking or financial services in any capacity — you can choose to take EC3 Financial Accounting or EC 50 Introduction to Finance. For AY2023-24 and beyond, we anticipate introducing additional finance courses at an introductory level (2-3 credits) for entrepreneurial students.

What new courses are you planning to add in AY2022-23?

We will be adding a number of electives in 2022-2023, including:

  • ENT193.01 Introduction to Making (2-credits) – Open to all students, including freshmen. Taught by Mac Cameron and Elaine Chen – both entrepreneurs and master makers with lots of experience building interactive/connected things. You will learn to create things, design circuits, and write code with zero previous experience necessary. You will learn how to fail fast and how to make rapid prototypes and iterate – all of which are fundamental tenets of the entrepreneurial mindset. By the end of the semester, you will be building interactive prototypes with lights and moving parts. Labs will be held in the NOLOP Fast facility.
  • ENT193.02 Paths to Entrepreneurship (2-credits) – Open to all students, including freshmen. Taught by Phillip Ellison and Alex Ocampo – both Tufts alumni who have forged their own paths towards entrepreneurship. You will learn how entrepreneurs have an impact through the prototypical startup path as well as non-traditional paths, including but not limited to building side hustles, consulting, and building new ventures within a larger company.

We also anticipate adding exciting new cross-listed 2-credit courses with our parent organization, Tufts Gordon Institute (TGI) covering topics such as Financial Literacy, Communications Skills, and more.

I will be spending my semester abroad. How do I get transfer credits for ENT courses?

You can get transfer credits for entrepreneurship courses taken abroad if our faculty reviewer approves your course as either a direct substitute for an existing course or as a course with relevant subject matter that is acceptable as an elective. We do not issue transfer credits for core courses – typically transfer credits are only issued for elective courses.

To get transfer credits, please follow these instructions:

  1. Read the registrar’s article on transfer credits carefully and verify your institution and course meet the criteria for transfer credits.
  2. Get the course syllabus from the school where you will be taking the course.
  3. Map the number of credits that the other university issues to equivalent SHUs based on the number of hours of work expected. (A 3 SHU course in the ENT department involves 3 hours in class and 6-9 hours outside the classroom per week for 14 weeks.)
  4. Email the credit mapping, course syllabus, and a summary of what ENT courses you have already taken and what career path you are interested in pursuing to carol.denning@tufts.edu and tgistudent@tufts.edu.
  5. We will forward your request to the most relevant faculty member who teaches a related course for review. If the faculty member recommends that we accept your course as transfer credit, you can then make the request through SIS.
I have questions about the new requirements. Who can I talk to?