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Course Catalog

Hogan Entrepreneurial Leadership Program

Director: Dan Stewart, Ph.D.

The Hogan Entrepreneurial Leadership Program is a three-year undergraduate minor that immerses students in the fundamental concepts and practices of creating new enterprises in the private and public sectors. Students complete the Entrepreneurial Leadership minor in conjunction with their chosen major in any academic field, including business, engineering, computer science, biology, chemistry, math, education, and the liberal arts. The program has four distinguishing features:

  1. An honors program model that attracts outstanding students.
  2. Curriculum in the student’s major and in entrepreneurial leadership
  3. Co-curriculum that immerses students in entrepreneurial organizations and practices through guest lecturers, internships, site visits, mentor relationships, and a student-managed consulting lab
  4. Emphasis on Jesuit educational ideals of ethical leadership and commitment to the common good

Admission to the Hogan Entrepreneurial Leadership Program is competitive and based on the student's grade point average, and demonstrated leadership, creativity, and community service.


Students in the Hogan Entrepreneurial Leadership Program complete the requirements for a Bachelors degree in business, engineering, the arts and sciences, professional studies, or education, along with a minor in Entrepreneurial Leadership. Students must satisfy the University and college core curricula relevant to their major.

The courses listed below constitute the minor in Entrepreneurial Leadership for students majoring in arts and sciences, business administration or accounting, education, and engineering. The program is designed flexibly so that students with any major can graduate in four years. Waivers and substitutions for department requirements may be granted to meet special academic needs. In addition, the University waives the fees for credits in excess of the usual eighteen-credit per semester limit for qualified students, up to 21 hours per semester.

An approved internship is required for completion of the minor in Entrepreneurial Leadership. Approved internships will consist of a minimum work requirement of 180 hours, and may be completed in any field and at any time, pending instructor approval.  This requirement is fulfilled via the ENTR 497 course, which may be taken for credit or as a zero-credit option.

In addition to the Hogan ENTR courses, Hogan students must also complete coursework in accounting and economics. This coursework depends on the major field of study. These courses may be completed at any time prior to second semester of the student's junior year, including the pre-Hogan freshman year.

The following course requirements for the Entrepreneurial Leadership minor amount to 18 credit hours for business administration majors and up to 24 credit hours for all other majors, exclusive of double-counted or shared course content.

Second Year
ENTR 201 Idea to Solution 3 credits
ENTR 202 Solution to Execution 3 credits
Third Year
ENTR 301 Strategic Leadership 3 credits
ENTR 302 Strategic Thinking 3 credits
Fourth Year
ENTR 401 Senior Incubation* 3 credits
ENTR 402 Ethics and Moral Leadership 3 credits

* Engineering majors fulfill this requirement with Senior Design.

Co-Requisite courses (may be completed at any time during years 1-2)
Arts and Sciences and Engineering Students:
One of the following two Accounting courses: 3 credits
ACCT 260 Principles of Accounting I1
ACCT 263 Accounting Analysis
One of the following three Microeconomics courses: 3 credits
ECON 200 Economic Analysis
ECON 270H Honors Economics
ECON 201 Microeconomics1
Business Administration Students:
ACCT 260 Principles of Accounting I1 3 credits
ACCT 261 Principles of Accounting II1 3 credits
ECON 201 Microeconomics1 3 credits

1 satisfies Business Administration common curriculum requirements

To maintain good standing in the Hogan Program, students must maintain a 3.0 or higher grade point average (GPA) both overall and in their Hogan (ENTR) courses.

In addition to the course work above, Entrepreneurial Leadership students participate in a variety of co-curricular activities introducing them to entrepreneurial organizations, leaders, and practices.

Lower Division
ENTR 201 Idea to Solution
3.00 credits
Every entrepreneur begins at the same starting point - the idea. In this course, students will start with an idea and build it to a potential solution. Major topics will include: identifying opportunities, creating value, identifying and connecting with the customer, understanding markets and the competition, measuring return on investment, and understanding the purpose of the venture.
ENTR 202 Solution to Execution
3.00 credits
A solution is only valuable if you can make it a reality. In this course, students will take a potential solution and build in the processes and structure required to define and execute it. Major topics will include: business models, feasibility analysis, forecasting demand, budgeting and financing, and organizational structure.
ENTR 201 Minimum Grade: D
Upper Division
ENTR 301 Strategic Leadership
3.00 credits
Success as an entrepreneur requires the ability to get people behind your idea and your organization. In this course, students will explore what leadership means, how to be a good leader, and how to inspire trust and commitment in others. Major topics will include: team dynamics, managing people, trust, leading by example, managing projects, shared goals, and setting expectations.
ENTR 201 Minimum Grade: D and ENTR 202 Minimum Grade: D
ENTR 302 Strategic Thinking
3.00 credits
Many of the challenges of starting a venture come after it has begun. In this course, students will learn how to create or build a venture that is sustainable, scalable, and provides lasting value to their communities. Major topics will include: strategic analysis, venture scaling, goal-setting, measuring success, diversification and growth, and exit strategies.
ENTR 201 Minimum Grade: D and ENTR 202 Minimum Grade: D
ENTR 401 Senior Incubation
3.00 credits
Entrepreneurship is an active experience- we learn best by doing. In this course, students will focus on integrating the entrepreneurial tools they have developed in the context of a venture launch. Major topics will include: enterprise launch, legal issues, financing, investor relationships, and negotiation.
ENTR 201 Minimum Grade: D and ENTR 201 Minimum Grade: D
ENTR 402 Ethic and Moral Leadership
3.00 credits
The value we create as entrepreneurs is more than economic. In this course, students will explore how to create ventures that provide lasting value to society and serve as examples of Jesuit and humanistic leadership. Major topics will include: ethical and moral development, Magis, the responsibility of leaders, and building an ethical organization.
ENTR 201 Minimum Grade: D and ENTR 202 Minimum Grade: D and ENTR 301 Minimum Grade: D
ENTR 490 Independent Study
1.00- 4.00 credits
Course content to be determined by the instructor.
ENTR 495 New Venture Lab
1.00- 3.00 credits
This experiential course provides hands-on experience in developing ideas for new commercial and/or social enterprises. Students work on teams to develop their own or other entrepreneurs' ideas. Projects typically include feasibility analysis, market research, and business planning. Students receive one credit for each 60 hours worked in the New Venture Lab. Course requirements include keeping a journal, completing assigned project tasks, and submitting a final report detailing learning outcomes. Open to any major at the university (for Hogan Program students and those not in the Hogan Program).
ENTR 497 Internship
.00- 3.00 credits
An approved internship is required for completion of the concentration in entrepreneurial leadership. The ideal internship allows the student to apply concepts and analytical tools from the curriculum in an entrepreneurial context. Approved internships consist of a minimum work requirement of 180 hours and completion of a written report summarizing the learning experience. Instructor approval required.