Innovation & Entrepreneurship Interdisciplinary Minor

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About

The interdisciplinary minor in Innovation and Entrepreneurship helps students develop a human-centered mindset that they can use to create new social or commercial ventures or to reinvent organizations that will remain competitive in an ever-changing landscape. Emphasis is placed on a hands-on experiential approach that will prepare students to thrive in a fast-paced complex environment that puts a premium on empathy and the exchange of diverse ideas to create innovative solutions. The 18-credit minor includes 36 courses from 19 different majors that encourage students to develop an individualized course of study that complements their existing major or professional interests. Students in Social Sciences, Humanities, Business, Natural and Applied Sciences, Education, and Allied Health majors are welcome to enroll.

Applying the Minor

Innovation & Entrepreneurship skills and practices are applicable to any career path, whether launching a new venture, working within a startup, or contributing to innovations in an existing organization. The Innovation and Entrepreneurship minor fosters the development of an innovative and entrepreneurial mindset. The courses emphasize developing a human centered approach that will prepare students to thrive in a fast-paced complex environment that puts a premium on empathy and the exchange of diverse ideas to create innovative solutions. Empathetic entrepreneurs better understand the needs of those they serve (customers and stakeholders) and the communities in which they work, increasing opportunities for their enterprise to have a positive social and economic impact. Students develop practical innovation and entrepreneurship skills and practices that apply to any career path, whether launching a new venture, working within a startup, or leading innovations within an existing organization for them to remain competitive in an ever-changing corporate climate. 

Student Testimonials 

The Interdisciplinary Minor - Outcomes

The minor is designed to allow students to develop a course of study that complements their existing major or professional interests and is open to students enrolled in all majors. I&E minors will:

  • Conceptualize how to start a business or contribute to transforming an existing business.
  • Understand the critical organizational and operational components of launching and growing an enterprise. 
  • Develop self-awareness of their own aptitude and attitude related to innovation and entrepreneurship to facilitate opportunities for personal growth.
  • Build practical skills and experiences to apply to their chosen career and professional aspirations.

Featured Courses & Programming

Foundation Course (1)
 Cornerstone Courses (2)
  • MG451 - Social Entrepreneurship
  • BA495 - Applied Angel Investing 
Electives (2)
  • Courses in a technical area of interest, including with a student's major that complement the I&E program
  • See "Electives" section below -  Wide selection of courses, including specific courses for non-business majors, enhances access to students outside of Sellinger
 Capstone (1)

Current Course Catalog - Requirements for Minor

Electives

Electives enable students to focus on courses in a technical area of interest, including within a student’s major that compliments the I&E program. The wide selection of courses listed below enhances access to the minor for students in all of Loyola’s major areas of study. 

A long list of the electives for the Innovation and Entrepreneurship minor

Loyola's Innovation & Entrepreneurship Ecosystem

The I&E Minor is an example of Loyola’s commitment to interdisciplinary, liberal art-oriented, and experiential learning. The program is part of an ecosystem organized within the Simon Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship (SCI&E) that fosters a creative mindset and develops skills and competencies that students can apply to nearly any academic and career goals. The SCI&E provide mentoring, programming, and resources to support Loyola students and the wider Baltimore community in their individual entrepreneurial pursuits. 

Additional Resources

Simon Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship The Simon Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship at Loyola nurtures student innovators through education, hands-on experiences, and creative experimentation.  
Student Steering Committee for the Simon Center Committee members have irreplaceable experiences as campus and community changemakers through regular meetings with the steering cohort and at the SCI&E Friday monthly innovation event.
Loyola Consulting Group The Loyola Consulting Group supports start-ups and small businesses in the Baltimore area and enables students to gain valuable professional experience by providing consulting services.

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Contact

Jon Weinstein
Entrepreneur in Residence, Assistant Teaching Professor
jweinstein1@loyola.edu

Transforming lives through innovation and entrepreneurship