Entrepreneurship Minor

The most popular minor on campus

The Entrepreneurship Minor

About the 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 the equivalent of five courses taught by award-winning entrepreneurs and investors.

What you’ll learn

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.

Earning the minor

Requirements

Students can earn the minor by taking one foundational course plus 12 additional credits, at least six of which must be comprised of core courses. The balance may comprise courses drawn from the core or elective lists. ENT courses range from 2 to 4 credits. See course list below.

Restrictions

For students in the School of Arts and Sciences, a maximum of two courses used to fulfill a foundation, distribution or concentration requirement may be used toward fulfillment of the minor. There are no  restrictions for students in the School of Engineering.

Course attributes

All ENT courses include the following class attributes: BFA-Social Science, LA-Distribution-Social Sciences, SoE-HASS-Social Sciences.

New for Fall 2022

Increased flexibility

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.

Foundational Courses (Choose One)

BME 193 Biomedical Entrepreneurship & Strategy

BME 193 Biomedical Entrepreneurship & Strategy

ENT101 Entrepreneurship and Business Planning

ENT101 Entrepreneurship and Business Planning

ENT151 | CS150 Entrepreneurship for Computer Science

ENT151 | CS150 Entrepreneurship for Computer Science

ENT161 Consumer Product Ventures

ENT161 Consumer Product Ventures

Core Courses (At least 6 credits)

EM 54 Engineering Leadership

EM 54 Engineering Leadership

ENT103 Entrepreneurial Finance

ENT103 Entrepreneurial Finance

ENT105 Entrepreneurial Marketing

ENT105 Entrepreneurial Marketing

ENT107 Entrepreneurial Leadership

ENT107 Entrepreneurial Leadership

Electives

EC 03 – Financial Accounting

EC 03 – Financial Accounting

EC 50 – Introduction to Finance

EC 50 – Introduction to Finance

EM 153 Management of Innovation

EM 153 Management of Innovation

EM 51 Engineering Management

EM 51 Engineering Management

EM 52 Technical and Managerial Communications

EM 52 Technical and Managerial Communications

ENT100 Creativity, Innovation & Entrepreneurial Thinking

ENT100 Creativity, Innovation & Entrepreneurial Thinking

ENT109 | CVS149 Societal Aspects of Design

ENT109 | CVS149 Societal Aspects of Design

ENT141 Innovative Social Enterprises

ENT141 Innovative Social Enterprises

ENT162 Bringing Products To Market

ENT162 Bringing Products To Market

ENT163 Entrepreneurial Business Law

ENT163 Entrepreneurial Business Law

ENT193.01 Introduction to Making (2 credits)

ENT193.01 Introduction to Making (2 credits)

ENT193.02 Paths to Entrepreneurship (2 credits, Second Half)

ENT193.02 Paths to Entrepreneurship (2 credits, Second Half)

ENT193.04 Nonprofits, Philanthropy and Impact

ENT193.04 Nonprofits, Philanthropy and Impact

REDESIGNED: ENT193.05 Team and Talent Management (2 credits, First Half)

REDESIGNED: ENT193.05 Team and Talent Management (2 credits, First Half)

NEW: ENT193.06 Designing your Life (2 credits, Second Half)

NEW: ENT193.06 Designing your Life (2 credits, Second Half)

ENT193 | NUTR280J Nutrition and Entrepreneurship (Boston Campus)

ENT193 | NUTR280J Nutrition and Entrepreneurship (Boston Campus)

TGI110 | ENT193.20 Preparing New and Aspiring Leaders (Not offered for AY2022-2023)

TGI110 | ENT193.20 Preparing New and Aspiring Leaders (Not offered for AY2022-2023)

TGI111 | ENT193.21 Mastering Money: Developing Financial Literacy (2 Credits, First Half)

TGI111 | ENT193.21 Mastering Money: Developing Financial Literacy (2 Credits, First Half)

TGI 112 | ENT193.22J Communication Skills for Personal and Professional Life (2 credits, First Half)

TGI 112 | ENT193.22J Communication Skills for Personal and Professional Life (2 credits, First Half)

TGI 113 | ENT193.23J Essentials of Marketing (2 credits, Second Half)

TGI 113 | ENT193.23J Essentials of Marketing (2 credits, Second Half)

TGI114 | ENT193.24 Planning your career pathway (2 credits)

TGI114 | ENT193.24 Planning your career pathway (2 credits)

TGI 115 | ENT193.25J Living a Life of Purpose: The Leader as Seeker (2 credits, Second Half)

TGI 115 | ENT193.25J Living a Life of Purpose: The Leader as Seeker (2 credits, Second Half)

ENT194.01 Entrepreneurial Internship

ENT194.01 Entrepreneurial Internship

ENT194.02 Inside the Classroom

ENT194.02 Inside the Classroom

ENT199 Entrepreneurial Field Study

ENT199 Entrepreneurial Field Study

UEP 130 | CVS 183 Negotiation, Mediation, & Conflict Resolution

UEP 130 | CVS 183 Negotiation, Mediation, & Conflict Resolution

How to get 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 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: entstudent@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 is a good course progression for a student interested in building software ventures?

Following is an example course progression for a student interested in building software ventures.

What is a good course progression for a student interested in a career in finance?

Following is an example course progression for a student interested in building software ventures.

What is a good course progression for a student interested in product design and product management?

Following is an example course progression for a student interested in product design and product management

What is a good course progression for a student interested in creative and media arts?

Following is an example course progression for a student interested in creative and media arts.

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

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

We also added cross listed courses from our parent organization, Tufts Gordon Institute (TGI) in areas spanning financial literacy, career pathfinding, marketing, communications and more. Look for cross-listed courses with the TGI prefix in the course list above.

I took courses at another institution (for example I am a transfer student, or I wish to study abroad), can I transfer these credits?

Yes, you can find complete details about the transfer credit process on this Tufts website. During this process, if you request ENT course credit, then your request will be routed to the Undergraduate Transfer of Credit Department Representative listed here for Entrepreneurship. In conjunction with faculty, this person determines the acceptability of the content of your requested course(s). When you input your request in SIS, it is imperative that you include a link to the course syllabus. If you are accessing the syllabus through the student portal of another university, then the Tufts representative will not be able to access the syllabus through the link you use. You will need to copy the syllabus, perhaps to a Google document, and upload an accessible link in SIS. If you wish for your request to be considered for equivalency to an existing course, then please indicate this in your SIS request. Please note that transfer credits are not typically issued for core course equivalencies. Transfer credits are only issued for elective course credit. Transfer credit requests are reviewed on a monthly basis. If you do not receive a response to your request in SIS within one month, then you can please reach out to ENTstudent@tufts.edu.  

I have questions about the new requirements. Who can I talk to?

Please email Carol Denning, Assistant Director of Derby Entrepreneurship Center and our Entrepreneurship Minor academic advisor, at entstudent@tufts.edu. Thanks!