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Course Development

First-Year Seminars

The Office of Innovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship provides support for  the development of new first-year seminars that focus on entrepreneurship in the liberal arts environment. First-year seminars are designed to elicit intense intellectual interchange, both written and oral, in a seminar setting in which all participate in critical thinking and analysis of arguments.

We encourage faculties from the various disciplines to frame discussions of entrepreneurship within their disciplines, from perspectives as wide ranging as the potential impacts on commerce, politics, the arts, the development of Western thought, or scientific discoveries.

Upper-Level Seminars on Entrepreneurship

We also encourage the development of upper-level seminars in entrepreneurship across the arts, humanities, sciences, and social sciences that meet the goals of the program. 

First Year and Upper Level Seminar Types of Course and Examples

1) The study of entrepreneurs from a particular disciplinary viewpoint, for example, Entrepreneurs in the American Economy; Arts and Activism; Global Literature and Green Entrepreneurship; Women Entrepreneurs in Literature and Life.
2) The exploration of theories of entrepreneurship from a particular discipline, for example, Understanding Entrepreneurship: A Sociological Perspective.
3) The analysis of the impact of entrepreneurship on society, for example, Entrepreneurship in Commerce, Philanthropy, and Politics; Free Trade, Fair Trade: The Independent Entrepreneur in the Global Market; Entrepreneurs in American History; The Dirt on Development: Entrepreneurial and Environmental approaches to Solving the World's Problems.
4) The examination of a particular entrepreneurial venture or types of ventures, for example, Professional Baseball: The Entrepreneurial Globalization of a National Past Time; Games and Dreamers: The Rise of the Computer Game Culture; Social Entrepreneurship: Doing Good, While Doing Well; Arts Entrepreneurship; Sustainable Energy Entrepreneurship.
5) Ways in which entrepreneurial principles, process, or approaches can add value within a liberal arts discipline, for example, Biological Innovation and Entrepreneurship; Vaules, Entrepreneurship and Environmental Sustainability.
6) The examination of the processes of planning, initiating, and growing entrepreneurial organizations, for example, American Indian Communities in Urban America: Toward Cultural and Economic Well Being; Entrepreneurship in Art Education and Educational Outreach.
7)Exploration of venture opportunities in liberal arts disciplines, for example, Biomimetics: Nature's Way.
8) The actual forming of a venture, for example, Designer Antibodies: Building a Bio-tech Company; Building a Better Biology Textbook: The Accessible Textbook Project
9) Ways in which liberal arts disciplines can add value to entrepreneurs, for example, Introduction to PRofessional Writing: Writing for a Purpose; Creativity in Thought and Action.

Sample Syllabi

The Office of Innovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship has made available sample syllabi from past successful entrepreneurship-themed courses. The syllabi are available online.

For more information about course development and proposals, contact Dr. Bill Conner, Program Director, Curriculum Initiatives, Office of Entrepreneurship and Liberal Arts, (336) 758-5315, conner@wfu.edu.