The Entrepreneurship degree program provides students with the tools they need to be successful launching their own ventures or working in entrepreneurial environments.
Students explore traditional business areas, such as finance, accounting and marketing; but they also learn how to adapt to constant change. Through participation in startup competitions and hackathons, students experience both success and failure. They evolve an idea from initial concept to growing business, and they innovate, with sustainable and ethical business strategies.
The degree program focuses on three areas that fill an important need in the market: small and mid-size business, family business and social entrepreneurship. The coursework provides students with the knowledge and skills to:
Entrepreneurship is an important and thriving component of central Texas’ economy, and our curriculum addresses what industry leaders, such as the City of Austin Economic Development Department, Gerson Lehman Group and Ticketbud, say they need.
Major Requirements: The BBA in Entrepreneurship requires 39 hours of core business coursework and 21 hours of major coursework.
General Education Requirements: All majors require 57 hours of general education that students complete over the course of four years, in addition to their major courses.
A few examples of the Entrepreneurship courses students take:
Our Entrepreneurship faculty members work closely with Austin business leaders and local co-working communities to bring expertise to the classroom. Capital Factory, TechStars, Impact Hub Austin and SKU have collaborated with The Bill Munday School of Business to support Entrepreneurship students. Faculty members also have affiliations with a variety of professional organizations, including the American Marketing Association, Austin Technology Council and United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship.
"The Entrepreneurship program has been redesigned to provide practical, real-world education in the areas of entrepreneurial thinking, new business creation and entrepreneurial finance. Entrepreneurship students examine different types of businesses, ranging from consumer product firms to technology firms to social/non-profit groups, and engage with the Austin business community. They are prepared for successful careers in business – whether in a startup or an established firm."
– David Altounian, assistant professor of Entrepreneurship
Along with personal attention and mentorship from their professors, our students have access to offices and programs outside of the classroom that support their success. We encourage students to take advantage of these resources that help them excel:
In 2017, Austin ranked No. 8 on best place to start a business (WalletHub), No. 4 on best cities for job seekers (Indeed), No. 3 on America’s top small business city (Biz2Credit) and No. 1 on best place to live in the United States (U.S. News and World Report). Entrepreneurship students can access resources, mentors and opportunities – steps from campus.
Each academic year, The Bill Munday School of Business hosts iChallenge on the Hilltop, a competition where students form innovative ideas (with the help of 3 Day Startup), pitch their concepts, collaborate with mentors and present their work at a Business Plan Competition. iChallenge on the Hilltop is open to students from all majors, but Entrepreneurship students often lead the way.
Students can also gain experience with solving community problems during ATX Hack for Change, a civic hackathon held each June on campus. Or they can work behind-the-scenes and meet local entrepreneurs during Austin Startup Week. A group of Entrepreneurship students attends each fall to volunteer.
The Bill Munday School of Business offers a roster of local partnerships where students can get their foot in the door and gain hands-on experience – Austin Technology Council and Impact Hub Austin, to name a few. The school also has five co-work lite memberships at Capital Factory that give students access to shared workspaces, where they can collaborate directly with other entrepreneurs and attend Capital Factory events.
This student organization serves as an outlet to promote the entrepreneurial experience. Activities include co-sponsoring iChallenge on the Hilltop, facilitating field trips and presentations, volunteering at local events and hosting meetups for members to network.
Entrepreneurship majors graduate with a strong foundation in critical thinking. They are prepared to join organizations in leadership roles or start their own businesses. Job titles our graduates can take on include:
Wes Hurt ’05 launched Hey Cupcake! – one of Austin’s most successful food trailers – in 2007. After expanding to six locations, Hurt sold his majority stake in the business in 2014. Struggling with addiction, he needed to switch gears and focus on getting clean. His current venture, CLEAN Cause, reflects his new commitment. CLEAN Cause is a purified-water and energy drink company that provides jobs and support for recovering addicts. At the 2017 Business Plan Competition, Hurt received the first-ever Entrepreneur of the Year award, presented by the Student Entrepreneurship Club.
Read about other successful Entrepreneurship alumni, and see what they have to say about life after St. Edward’s.
Students from any major at St. Edward's University can minor in Entrepreneurship to enhance their business knowledge and skills in new venture creation.
Total Hours: 15 credits for business majors; 18 hours for non-business majors. (Principles of Accounting is a required course for the minor).
Are you a current student? Contact your advisor for next steps on declaring your major or minor.