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Entrepreneurship Major

The entrepreneurial spirit is a mindset. Develop yours.


The economic development of our nation is sparked primarily by the entrepreneurial spirit. That spirit emerges from a unique segment of the population. A continual infusion of new ideas and energy brought forth by these entrepreneurs is the cornerstone of economic growth in our country. As such, entrepreneurs and their ventures are vitally important in the process of economic revitalization. If this describes you, consider majoring in entrepreneurship.

In the Ohio University College of Business, we recognize that success in entrepreneurship requires a broad base of knowledge, skills, and competencies. The required courses ensure a variety of rich developmental experiences that can include applied learning, case analysis, research projects, team-based active learning projects, and guest speakers, in addition to traditional classroom lectures and discussions.

This major places a strong emphasis on written and oral communications skills, teamwork, and personal initiative.

You can be assured of the academic quality of our program. The United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (USASBE) awarded us the 2015 Outstanding Emerging Entrepreneurship Program and the Deshpande Symposium awarded Ohio University the 2017 award for excellence in student engagement. Dr. Luke Pittaway was also named Entrepreneurship Educator of the Year by USASBE in 2018.

Courses in Entrepreneurship Major

The goal of OHIO's program is to provide you with an in-depth and rigorous study of the field of entrepreneurship. Courses within the major include Ideation and Business Models, Entrepreneurial Consulting, Technology Commercialization, Entrepreneurial Leadership, and more.


Beyond the Classroom

In addition to the rigorous curriculum and coursework, Ohio University has a Center for Entrepreneurship (which is a partnership between the College of Business and Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs). Because we know that there is no substitute for hands-on experience, our Center for Entrepreneurship empowers students to turn ideas into action by competing for capital to fund business ideas (Bobcat Seed Fund), or by bringing renowned guest speakers to campus like Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanion and Ohio University alumnus and Imgur founder Alan Schaaf.

In 2018 Ohio University opened the CoLab on the 3rd floor of Alden Library. CoLab is a new physical space designed to enable and empower students to live and grow through creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship. It provides space for student ideation, collaboration, formal meetings, classes, prototype development and venture launch.

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