Entrepreneurship Minor

Department of Economics

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107 Gardner Hall, CB# 3305

(919) 966-2383

Donna Gilleskie, Chair


Geetha Vaidyanathan, Director of Undergraduate Studies


Kevin Allen, Undergraduate Student Advisor


This minor is designed for students who wish to major in another discipline but who have an interest in the process of entrepreneurship. Entrepreneurship is the mechanism by which new products, services, and organizational processes are identified, refined, and ultimately realized as a sustainable part of the society. There is a common process for realizing all types of ventures. The minor will provide the student with the background to undertake entrepreneurial activity in the business, social, artistic, or scientific realm. The venture workshop course requirement allows students to select an area of focus from among topics including commercial, media, social, arts, science, marketing, sports, computer science, and public health. An internship opportunity is a key component of the minor.

Students must apply to and be admitted to the Shuford program minor in entrepreneurship. Information on this application process is available on the program Web site.

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In addition to the program requirements listed below, students must:

  • take at least nine hours of their minor "core" requirements at UNC–Chapel Hill
  • earn a minimum of 12 hours of C or better in the minor (some minors require more)

For more information, please consult the degree requirements section of the catalog.

The minor consists of five courses:

Core Requirements
One principles of economics course:3-4
Introduction to Economics (with a grade of C or better) H
The Economics of Entrepreneurship and Innovation (with a grade of C or better) 1
One principles of entrepreneurship course:3
Introduction to Entrepreneurship 1
First-Year Seminar: Engines of Innovation: the Entrepreneurial University in the 21st Century 1
The core course in entrepreneurship: 3
Entrepreneurship: Principles, Concepts, Frameworks, and Fluency 1, H
One track course: 23
How to Build a Software Startup
Business Venturing Workshop (sections in commercial, arts, science, sports, and media tracks.) 1, H
Workroom FashionMash Product Design
Social Entrepreneurship H
Public Health Entrepreneurship
Capstone course:
ECON 393Practicum in Entrepreneurship 1, H3
Additional Requirements
Complete a 320-hour internship with a start-up or employer approved by the internship coordinator of the minor.
Total Hours15-16

Honors version available. An honors course fulfills the same requirements as the nonhonors version of that course. Enrollment and GPA restrictions may apply.

It is also possible to complete the entrepreneurship minor through completing one economics course and then a one-semester Shuford Away program in Silicon Valley (California) or London. These are programs run jointly with Honors Carolina. To learn more, contact the Minor in Entrepreneurship office.  

For more information, visit the Minor in Entrepreneurship Web site