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. Fall.
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.

In addition to their major and minor areas of study, all undergraduate students follow a common program designed to complete their education in those areas that the University considers essential for a Catholic, Jesuit, liberal, and humanistic education. The University Core Curriculum consists of forty-five credits of course work, with additional designation requirements that can be met through core, major, or elective courses.

The University Core Curriculum is a four-year program, organized around one overarching question, which is progressively addressed through yearly themes and questions. Hence, core courses are best taken within the year for which they are designated. First year core courses encourage intellectual engagement and provide a broad foundation of fundamental skills. Second and third year courses examine central issues and questions in philosophy and religious studies. The fourth year course, the Core Integration Seminar, offers a culminating core experience. Taken at any time throughout the four years, broadening courses intersect with the core themes and extend students’ appreciation for the humanities, arts, and social and behavioral sciences. Finally, the designation requirements (writing enriched, global studies, and social justice) reflect important values and reinforce students’ knowledge and competencies.

Overarching Core Question: As students of a Catholic, Jesuit, and Humanistic University, how do we educate ourselves to become women and men for a more just and humane global community?
Year 1 Theme and Question: Understanding and Creating: How do we pursue knowledge and cultivate understanding?

  • The First-Year Seminar (DEPT 193, 3 credits): The First-Year Seminar (FYS), taken in the fall or spring of the first year, is designed to promote an intellectual shift in students as they transition to college academic life. Each small seminar is organized around an engaging topic, which students explore from multiple perspectives. The FYS is offered by many departments across the University (click here [PDF] for list of FYS courses).  
  • Writing (ENGL 101, 3 credits) and Reasoning (PHIL 101, 3 credits): The Writing and Reasoning courses are designed to help students develop the foundational skills of critical reading, thinking, analysis, and writing. They may be taken as linked sections. Writing (ENGL 101) carries one of the three required writing-enriched designations (see below).
  • Communication & Speech (COMM 100, 3 credits): This course introduces students to interpersonal and small group communication and requires the application of critical thinking, reasoning, and research skills necessary to organize, write, and present several speeches.
  • Scientific Inquiry (BIOL 104/104L, CHEM 104/104L, or PHYS 104/104L, 3 credits): This course explores the scientific process in the natural world through evidence-based logic and includes significant laboratory experience. Students pursuing majors that require science courses will satisfy this requirement through their major.
  • Mathematics (above Math 100, 3 credits): Mathematics courses promote thinking according to the modes of the discipline—abstractly, symbolically, logically, and computationally. One course in mathematics, above Math 100, including any math course required for a major or minor, will fulfill this requirement. MATH 100 (College Algebra) and courses without the MATH prefix do not fulfill this requirement.

Year 2 Theme and Question: Being and Becoming: Who are we and what does it mean to be human?

  • Philosophy of Human Nature (PHIL 201, 3 credits): This course provides students with a philosophical study of key figures, theories, and intellectual traditions that contribute to understanding the human condition; the meaning and dignity of human life; and the human relationship to ultimate reality.
  • Christianity and Catholic Traditions (RELI, 3 credits). Religious Studies core courses approved for this requirement explore diverse topics including Christian scriptures, history, theology, and practices as well as major contributions from the Catholic intellectual and theological traditions (click here [PDF] for a list of approved courses) .

Year 3 Theme and Question: Caring and Doing: What principles characterize a well lived life?

  • Ethics (PHIL 301 or RELI, 3 credits): The Ethics courses are designed to help students develop their moral imagination by exploring and explaining the reasons humans should care about the needs and interests of others. This requirement is satisfied by an approved ethics course in either Philosophy (PHIL 301) or Religious Studies (click here [PDF] for a list of approved courses).
  • World/Comparative Religion (RELI, 3 credits): Religious Studies courses approved for this core requirement draw attention to the diversity that exists within and among traditions and encourage students to bring critical, analytical thinking to bear on the traditions and questions considered. These courses carries one of the required two global-studies designations (see below) (click here [PDF] for a list of approved courses).

Year 4 Theme and Question: Imagining the Possible: What is our role in the world?” 

  • Core Integration Seminar (DEPT 432, 3 credits). The Core Integration Seminar (CIS) offers students a culminating core experience in which they integrate the principles of Jesuit education, prior components of the core, and their disciplinary expertise. Some CIS courses may also count toward a student’s major or minor. The CIS is offered by several departments across the University (click here [PDF] for list of CIS courses).

The Broadening Courses

  • Fine Arts & Design (VART, MUSC, THEA, 3 credits): Arts courses explore multiple ways the human experience can be expressed through creativity, including across different cultures and societies. One approved course in fine arts, music, theatre, or dance will fulfill this requirement (click here [PDF] for a list of approved courses).
  • History (HIST, 3 credits): History courses are intended to develop students’ awareness of the historical context of both the individual and the collective human experience. One course in History (HIST 101, HIST 102, HIST 112, HIST 201, HIST 202) will fulfill this requirement.
  • Literature (3 credits): Literature courses foster reflection on how literature engages with a range of human experience. One approved course in Literature (offered by English, Classics, or Modern Languages) will fulfill this requirement (click here [PDF] for a list of approved courses).
  • Social & Behavioral Sciences (3 credits): Courses in the social and behavioral sciences engage students in studying human behavior, social systems, and social issues. One approved course offered by Criminal Justice, Economics, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, or Women and Gender Studies will fulfill this requirement (click here [PDF] for a list of approved courses).

The Designations
Designations are embedded within already existing core, major, minor, and elective courses. Students are encouraged to meet designation requirements within elective courses as their schedule allows; however, with careful planning students should be able to complete most of the designation requirements within other core, major, or minor courses.

  • Writing Enriched (WE; 3 courses meeting this designation): Courses carrying the WE designation are designed to promote the humanistic and Jesuit pedagogical ideal of clear, effective communication. In addition to the required core course, Writing (ENGL 101), which carries one of the WE designations, students must take two other WE-designated courses (click here [PDF] for a list of approved courses).
  • Global-Studies (GS; 2 courses meeting this designation): Courses carrying the GS designation are designed to challenge students to perceive and understand human diversity by exploring diversity within a context of constantly changing global systems. In addition to the required core course, World/Comparative Religion (RELI 300-level), which carries one of the GS designations, students must take one other GS-designated course (click here [PDF] for a list of approved courses).
  • Social-Justice (SJ; 1 course meeting this designation): Courses carrying the SJ designation are designed to introduce students to one or more social justice concerns. Students must take one course that meets the SJ designation (click here [PDF] for a list of approved courses).

Major-specific adaptations to the University Core Curriculum

All Gonzaga students, regardless of their major, will complete the University Core Curriculum requirements. However some Gonzaga students will satisfy certain core requirements through major-specific programs or courses. Any major-specific adaptations to the core are described with the requirements for the majors to which they apply.