Entrepreneurship Minor

Learn to become entrepreneurial and develop valuable leadership and business skills

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)

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Core Courses (At least 6 credits)

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Electives

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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: 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 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:

  • 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?