Undergraduate Courses

Courses, by Title

ARCH 3070 Foundations in Design Thinking
COMM 1800 Making Business Work
COMM 3050 Entry Strategies for Emerging Markets
COMM 3790 Venture Capital and the Emerging Firm
COMM 3420 Commercial Law II
COMM 4250  Digital Innovation
COMM 4520  Digital Safari
COMM 4680 Entrepreneurship
COMM 4681 Entrepreneurship Capstone
EDLF 2050 What the Innovators Do: Strategies to Transform the Lives of Youth
EDLF 4000 Dream it, Design it, Do it: Youth and Social Innovation Capstone
ENTP 1010 Startup
ENTP 4000 Launch
PPOL 3050 Introduction to Social Entrepreneurship
PPOL 3290 Social Innovation in Emerging Markets: India and South East Asia
PPOL 3410 Social Innovation Imperative: Implications for Thinking Big and Having Impact
PPOL 4550 Global Field Experience – Social Entrepreneurship in India
PPOL 4730 Impact Investing
PPOL 4735 Experiential Social Entrepreneurship
PPOL 5225 Conscious Social Change
SOC 3710 Organizations, Institutions, Markets
STS 1800 Business Fundamentals for Engineers
STS 2730 Engineers and Art of the Deal
STS 2810 Introduction to Technology Entrepreneurship
STS 2820 Presentation Strategies for Entrepreneurs
STS 2830 Start-Up Operations for Entrepreneurs
STS 2850 Government and Entrepreneurship
STS 2890 The Entrepreneur and History
STS 4110 The Business of New Product Development

Courses, including Description

ARCH 3070: Foundations in Design Thinking

This design thinking course will focus on complex design challenges with the goal of generating relevant proposals that benefit the common good. Design thinking approaches will be used to leverage innovative scenarios from novel perspectives to frame new interdisciplinary relationships and design strategies. Design principles and iterative applications will frame project-based exercises and involve students from across the University.

COMM 1800: Making Business Work

A Commerce course designed for students without previous business courses. It introduces basic, useful, and useable concepts that under gird American business practice. Basic theory and skills in the areas of strategy, finance, accounting, and marketing will be covered. Lecture and case study approach will allow students to hone critical thinking, problem solving and analytical skills while addressing emergent issues in business practice.

COMM 3050: Entry Strategies for Emerging Markets

Course examines global corporate entrepreneurship & the processes through which established companies identify, launch and manage the entry of existing products into geographic markets in which the companies do not currently compete. Through a major integrative project, students apply competencies gained through the Integrative Core Experience to the development of entry strategies in emerging markets. Prerequisite: Third-year Commerce standing.

COMM 3410: Commercial Law I

Introduces the American legal system, emphasizing contracts, torts, agency, corporations, and partnerships. May be taken prior to enrollment in the McIntire School.

COMM 3420: Commercial Law II

Further introduces the American legal system, emphasizing debtor-creditor law, bankruptcy, product liability, and sale of goods, property, and commercial paper. Prerequisite: COMM 3410.

COMM 3790: Venture Capital and the Emerging Firm

This course provides both a macro view of Venture Capital within the continuum of Private Equity asset classes as well as a micro view of the day-to-day mechanics of finding, investing in and managing start-ups—particularly, how these ventures start and grow to scale. Students will utilize case studies, real world exercises, readings and outside speakers to gain an 'insider’ view into how to think and invest like a Venture Capitalist searching for the next ‘big’ thing.

COMM 4680: Entrepreneurship

Explores the entrepreneurship process as well as basic concepts and analytical tools that facilitate new venture success with a focus on a startup's ability to become sustainable while generating attractive financial and/or social returns. Examines various considerations for generating, screening, and evaluating new venture ideas, creating and presenting compelling business plans, acquiring early-stage funding and other required resources, as well as measuring value. Prerequisite: Fourth-year Commerce standing or instructor permission.

COMM 4681: Entrepreneurship Capstone 

(also listed as ENTP 4000) An accelerator-as-class, through which a select group of admitted students further develop over the course of a semester a venture of their own design. The course experience is comprised of not only a curriculum focused upon customer, product, and venture development, but also the mentoring of ventures by experienced founders, investors, lawyers, and other members of the new venture community.

COMM 4250: Digital Innovation

We will examine state-of-the-art innovations in many industries. We will focus on understanding what these innovations are, & how they generate business value. You will learn practical tools to analyze innovation such as hype cycles & business models. Working both individually & as a team you will be engaged in radically reinventing common consumer or business experiences (e.g. watching TV, going to a restaurant, answering email). Prerequisite: 4th Year Commerce Student or Instructor Permission.

COMM 4520: Digital Safari

The objective of this course is to expose students to the different types of digital innovation found in the unique ecosystem of Silicon Valley. The primary focus will be on understanding how diverse companies strive to evolve profitable, sustainable business models, which are often disruptive to other parts of the economy. To this end, students will be asked to analyze the business models of each firm they visit, and provide strategic recommendations going forward. Student learning will be evaluated through class participation and assignments.

EDLF 2050: What the Innovators Do: Strategies to Transform the Lives of Youth

Inequalities persist at every level of education. Throughout this course we will study innovations designed to address these disparities. We will investigate the process by innovations are designed and will critically assess the efficacy of a wide range of innovations. The course will feature numerous guest speakers involved in innovation design and implementation, including leaders in the private, educational, and government sectors.

EDLF 4000 Dream it, Design it, Do it: Youth and Social Innovation Capstone

With a team, you will design and implement an innovation to address a community issue facing youth. You will become an expert in the issue, and develop the skills needed to 1) assess a social issue, 2) evaluate and integrate multiple perspectives on social issues, 3) collaborate with a diverse team of stakeholders to design and implement an innovation to address a social issue, and 4) assess and revise an innovation to improve its effectiveness. Prerequisite: YSI major

ENTP 1010: Startup

The Startup class is a fourteen-week course-plus-simulation designed to provide First- and Second-year students with not only the basic tools and vocabulary of new ventures, but also a sense of what it feels like to start, fund, and manage such a venture. The course, by way of in-class case discussions, mentored group work, and startup simulations introduces students to a broad range of issues faced by founders and funders of both for-profit and non-profit ventures. Listed as COMM 2610 in Fall 2015. ENTP 1010 is the pre-requisite for declaring the Entrepreneurship Minor.

PPOL 3290 Social Innovation in Emerging Markets: India and South East Asia

This is an introductory course, aimed at exposing students to modern Indian and South Asian society, culture, business and policy through a variety of materials. While this class is primarily for students who have no previous familiarity with this subject, those with some experience of it will have the opportunity to find and articulate new ways of approaching and interpreting these regions. The course may be particularly important due to the rising stature and importance of India and more generally, South Asia, in the global economy. Foreign direct investment (FDI), Entrepreneurship and Innovation related businesses have dramatically increased in these regions. This course will provide an overview of the emerging trends and activities and an opportunity to study them in more detail.

PPOL 3410 Social Innovation Imperative: Implications for Thinking Big and Having Impact

This course introduces students to the strategies and processes required in the contemporary economy to leverage innovation in order to maintain overall competitiveness and make a difference. Students will gain knowledge of strategies of change that include the innovative activities of social entrepreneurs, activists, organizations, and social movements. Students will examine several individuals and groups who have catalyzed important positive social change through different organizational platforms –in the market, in government, within the nonprofit sector, and increasingly in the space between these three sectors. Consequently, sophisticated integration and multifaceted leadership are usually essential for successful technology and innovation strategy. An important objective of this course is to enhance a participant’s ability to marshal the varied competencies required to innovate effectively and make a difference. Throughout the course students will examine innovation and it’s social impact through case studies, lectures, relevant readings, guest speakers, and student presentations.

PPOL 4550 Global Field Experience – Social Entrepreneurship in India

Focusing on the Indian context, the course will leverage case studies, lectures and site visits to help participants learn to think strategically and act tactically, with an economic mindset and a social conscience. The academic foundation for this course will be provided in Dr. Mulloth's Introduction to Social Entrepreneurship course held in Fall 2015. Subsequently, with a series of new case and article discussions, site visits and in partnership with India based venture philanthropy organizations/ nonprofit foundations, students will have the opportunity to apply their classroom learning to real-world issues by conducting preliminary fieldwork projects in select India cities. In addition to in class case discussions, student teams will work in collaboration with locally based partner organizations to deliver on discrete projects designed to meet existing needs. Host organizations will be asked to consider student team recommendations and provide critical feedback that could then form the basis for additional data gathering, fieldwork and further development of the project by way of potential student internships.  The students will also be asked to write individual reports of the key lessons learned and their overall course takeaways.

PPOL 5225 Conscious Social Change

An experiential learning course and social venture incubator integrating and applying contemplative practice, mindful leadership skills, conscious social change methodologies and social entrepreneurship frameworks in the development of new ideas to solve local and global social issues. The uAcademy provides future change leaders with the skills to invest in their own self-understanding and initiate social change with impact at home and abroad.