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Penn State Offers New Entrepreneuriship and Innovation Minor

If you’re still looking to take on a minor but haven’t decided which one, you now have another option to choose from. Penn State will begin offering an entrepreneurship and innovation minor (ENTI) this fall. The minor is not specific to any academic major, and anyone from journalists to engineers can channel their inner entrepreneurial skills.

“This is truly a unique model for entrepreneurship education.” said provost Robert Pangporn. “As an intercollege program, the ENTI minor was built from the ground up through interdisciplinary collaboration to emphasize broader participation of Penn State students in the exciting domains of innovation and creative ventures.”

At the core of the program, any student enrolled in the minor initially takes the same three courses: New Venture Creation, Entrepreneurial Mindset, and Entrepreneurial Leadership. After those classes, the minor branches open into “clusters” which allows students to take entrepreneurial classes that focus on the area that interests them the most.

The clusters (each at least 9 credits), which are offered within an academic college, breakdown like this:

Food and Bio-Innovation (Agricultural Sciences)

Students will learn to address the challenges within the agricultural and life sciences field.

New Venture (Business)

This cluster focuses on the skills of creating and managing an entrepreneurial company.

New Media (Communications)

Students can specialize in the entrepreneurial and innovative side of distributing news and information.

Social Entrepreneurship (Engineering)

This cluster deals with creating a lasting social impact within communities.

Technology-Based Entrepreneurship (Engineering)

This cluster focuses on using entrepreneurial experience in a technology-based environment.

The clusters are not specific for any one major so if you’re an engineer looking for more experience in new media, then go for it.

However, if you’re disappointed with the current selection of clusters, know that more are on the way. There are plans for clusters within Arts and Architecture, College of Science and Information Services and Technology, along with the School of Hospitality Management and Penn State Berks.

Also, it’s important to note that any student in the Engineering Entrepreneurship minor can either continue with the minor or move their credits to the new ENTI minor.

Penn State students can be a creative bunch, and I’m excited to see this minor take off.

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Greg Schlosser

Greg is a senior majoring in energy engineering at Penn State. He is a big fan of Pittsburgh sports and sandwiches with coleslaw and french fries. You can email him at [email protected] or find him at the Phyrst drunkenly requesting the band to play "One Headlight."

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