Introducing Millersville’s New Entrepreneurship Minor

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Millersville University’s new interdisciplinary minor in entrepreneurship has been approved by the Council of Trustees and will be the only minor of its kind in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. The Entrepreneurial Leadership Center, established in 2009, laid the groundwork for the creation of this new minor, which will allow students in any major to bring an entrepreneurial prospective to their specific area of study.

Dr. Diane Umble

Students will learn to identify resources and tools to translate opportunities into sustainable solutions, formulate business plans and develop ethical orientations to build informed decisions, strategies and relationships. The entrepreneurship minor will require students to complete a minimum of 18 credits, which includes an introductory seminar on entrepreneurial thinking, two core courses, a practicum and a capstone course on business skills for entrepreneurs.

“Students enrolled in the minor will be receiving a one-of-a-kind education, as the minor does not duplicate course offerings at any other university within 50 miles of Millersville University,” explained Dr. Diane Umble, interim dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences.

While the minor will be housed in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, the participating departments that will offer courses include art and design, business administration, chemistry, communication and theatre, computer science, economics, English, music and women’s studies.

The entrepreneurship minor will help drive the University’s commitment to “create, innovate and engage”; to connect education to life beyond campus and to meet the economic needs of the region, the Commonwealth and the nation.

For more information, contact the Office of the Dean, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, at 717-872-3553.

  1. Anthony Thomas says:

    “Millersville University’s new interdisciplinary minor in entrepreneurship has been approved by the Council of Trustees and will be the only minor of its kind in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education.” — The first sentence of your article, and yet, Shippensburg University has an Entrepreneurship Minor also. Is there a reason Millersville’s is in any way, shape, or form different from that minor at other state schools?

  2. Editor’s Note:
    Millersville’s new minor is unique in its interdisciplinary focus. The minor in Entrepreneurship is interdisciplinary and is really about teaching students to recognize opportunity and bring an idea related to that opportunity into an actuality. This could be starting a new business. This could also be creating a solution to a social problem (referred to as social entrepreneurship). Entrepreneurship, as taught at Millersville draws from research and practice in a variety of disciplines including Communication, Economics, Art, Music, Theater, Computer Science and Business Administration.

    While other PASSHE universities may offer a major or minor in entrepreneurship, typically the program is part of the business curriculum. Shippensburg, for example, does offer a concentration in entrepreneurship, but it is part of the Management degree and the curriculum consists of courses from the management and marketing programs.

  3. Joel Ogle says:

    I received my bachelors from MU but have been extremely pleased with the work I’ve done at York College and their Entrepreneurship program which happens to have a minor. Just thought it was strange to say in this article it’s the only college in 50 miles that offers this type of degree.

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