Minor in Innovation & Entrepreneurship

The minor in Innovation & Entrepreneurship is open to all undergraduates and is designed to enable students to develop their own ideas, regardless of their field of expertise; to learn how to assess both the risk and potential of their ideas; and to develop their ideas in a way that creates economic or social impact.

A total of 20 credits, the minor is structured as one required course (Ideas2Impact), which provides a conceptual framework to guide innovation, and four electives chosen from the areas of Entrepreneurship, Creating Impact, and the Innovator’s Toolkit.

All students enrolled in the minor will have access to the many resources of Innovate@BU, including the ability to further progress on their own innovation programs. This includes engaging with a mentor, the innovation pathway program, or participating in one of the cocurricular activities.

Through the minor, students will be exposed to the following learning principles:

  1. Developing Insight—Learning how to observe and conduct field research (which may be quantitative or qualitative) on a particular problem or challenge, develop novel insights, and reframe problems to enable creative solutions.
  2. Creativity & Innovation—Understanding key elements and conditions that can amplify or inhibit the individual and collective creative process; understanding frameworks for ideation, experimentation, and prototyping and how to engage others in this process.
  3. Understanding Social Challenges—Learning the systemic nature of social and global problems; developing a holistic stakeholder view of how different parties both contribute to and alleviate social or business problems; identifying the root cause rather than surface solutions to systemic problems.
  4. Leadership & Risk Taking—Learning how to take creative risks and lead collaborative ideation processes; learning how to mobilize others to take action; learning how to manage the risks associated with introducing novel ideas.
  5. Creating Impact—Learning the tools to transition an idea into an economically viable and communicable concept that can gain support (financial and otherwise) from other stakeholders such as investors, suppliers, customers, regulators, donors, and supporters.

The requirements for the Innovation & Entrepreneurship minor are as follows:

Required (1 course, 4 credits):

  • QST SI 250 Ideas2Impact

Electives (4 courses, 16 credits):

To ensure that all students declaring this minor have equal exposure to innovation and entrepreneurship skills, students will be required to take four electives drawing from three areas.

  1. Entrepreneurship—must pick 1 and up to 3
    These courses teach students how to identify and scope a viable idea or concept that addresses a genuine need and obtain resources to responsibly nurture, support, and grow its development. All students must pick one entrepreneurship course.
  2. Creating Impact: Domains of Interest—can pick 0, 1, 2, or up to 3
    These courses teach students in-depth knowledge of a subject domain where students aim to apply their idea to achieve impact (e.g., social innovation, arts, environment, global development).
  3. Innovator’s Toolkit—can pick 0, 1, 2, or up to 3 (can pick no more than 1 in Communication)
    These courses teach students the skills needed to execute on their idea by researching, managing, developing, leading, communicating, and technically or legally launching their idea into the world.

(must pick 1, can pick up to 3)

General Entrepreneurship

  • QST FE 455 Financing New Ventures
  • QST MK 466 Selling and Partnership Development
  • QST SI 344 Entrepreneurship: Solving Problems in a Dynamic World
  • QST SI 445 Managing the Growing Venture
  • QST SI 448 Dilemmas in Scaling New Ventures
  • QST SI 464 Intellectual Property Strategy
  • QST SI 471 International Entrepreneurship
  • CAS EC 332 Market Structure and Economic Performance
  • CAS EC 436 Economics of Corporate Organization

Flavors of Entrepreneurship

  • QST SI 340 Family Business Management
  • QST SI 480 Business of Tech Innovation
  • QST SI 482 Strategy for Tech-Based Firms
  • COM FT 591 Media Business Entrepreneurship
  • ENG ME 502 Invention: Technology Creation
  • SHA HF 307 Hospitality Entrepreneurship

Creating Impact: Domains of Interest (can pick 0, 1, 2, or up to 3)

  • QST MO 356 Leadership & Management of Social Enterprises
  • QST PL 325 Introduction to the Health Sector: Issues & Opportunities
  • QST PL 330 The US Healthcare System in Transition
  • QST SI 453 Strategies for Environmental Sustainability
  • CAS EC 320 Economics of Less Developed Regions
  • CAS EC 379 Firms, Markets & Economic Development
  • CAS EC 387 Introduction to Health Economics
  • CAS EE 304/IR 304 Sustainable Development
  • CAS EE 425 Environmental Policy
  • CAS EE 519 Energy, Society & the Environment
  • CAS EE 524 Environmental Justice
  • CAS EE 599/IR 599 Science, Politics & Climate Change
  • CAS HI 226 Cities & Cultures
  • CAS HI 227 Living in the Cities
  • CAS IR 206 Introduction to the Sociology of Globalization
  • CAS IR 242 Globalization & World Poverty
  • CAS IR 304 Environmentally Sustainable Development
  • CAS IR 594 Global Environmental Negotiation & Policy
  • CAS SO 206 Sociology of Globalization
  • CAS SO 215 Sociology of Healthcare
  • CAS SO 244 Urban Sociology
  • CFA FA 510 Arts Leaders Forum
  • CFA FA 530 Collaborative Arts Incubator
  • CFA FA 560 The Creative Economy and Social Impact
  • HUB XC 433 A1 Zero Waste
  • HUB XC 433 B1 Hands-On
  • HUB XC 433 C1 Spirits of Border
  • HUB XC 433 D1 High Stakes: Creating Social Equity in the Cannabis Industry
  • HUB XC 433 E1 Justice Media Computational Journalism Co-Lab

Innovator’s Toolkit (can pick 0, 1, 2, or up to 3)

  • QST IS 474 Platform Strategy & Design
  • QST LA 245 Introduction to Law
  • QST LA 355 Employment Law
  • QST LA 365 Securities Regulations
  • QST LA 484 Online Privacy and Internet Law
  • QST MO 460 The Leadership Challenge
  • QST SI 352 Innovation & the Dynamics of Enterprise in America (IDEA)
  • QST SI 451 Organizing for Design and Innovation
  • QST SM 275 Management Communications
  • CAS AN 103 Anthropology through Ethnography
  • CAS AH 210 Learning to See
  • CAS AN 220 Urban Anthropology
  • CAS AN 309 Boston: An Ethnographic Approach
  • CAS CS 103 Intro to Internet Tech
  • CAS CS 491 Spark! Product Innovation Course
  • CAS CS 591 Spark! Special Topics X-Lab Practicum
  • CAS EC 323 Behavioral Economics
  • CAS EC 333 Market Structure and Public Policy
  • CAS EC 404 Economics of Information
  • CAS SO 302 Social Networks
  • CAS SO 304 Formal Organizations
  • CAS SO 313 Economic Sociology
  • CFA AR 210 Digital Tools
  • COM CM 215 Principles & Practice of Public Relations
  • COM CM 217 Introduction to Advertising
  • ENG ME 517 Product Development
  • HUB XC 475 A1 Spark! Technology Innovation Fellowship

Communication (can pick 0 or 1)

  • COM CM 211 Professional Presentations
  • COM CO 101 The Human Storyteller
  • COM CO 201 Intro to Communication Writing
  • COM JO 205 Visual Storytelling