Credits and costs
Enhance Your Penn State Degree
Add a minor to get even more value out of your education.
Gain Specialized Knowledge
Earning a minor enables you to complement your major, pursue a personal interest, or explore a different field of study.
Do you see yourself starting a business or leading the development of new products for larger organizations? If so, the entrepreneurship minor may be the ideal program to complement your undergraduate degree.
With the undergraduate Minor in Entrepreneurship, you can learn to play a crucial role in the way new ideas, opportunities, inventions, and technologies are created and introduced into the global marketplace. Whether you are a business owner or a member of an existing organization, the skill set you can gain as a student in the entrepreneurship minor will make you a valuable resource in developing new products.
The 19-credit entrepreneurship minor introduces you to a broad range of concepts, including problem-solving, teamwork, and communication, to help you succeed in any business setting. The course work spans many topics, such as finance and accounting for new ventures, the marketing of a start-up or new product, microeconomics, business writing, and more. This program will inspire you to succeed as an entrepreneur, as you learn how to:
- generate concepts to patent
- turn unique ideas into opportunities
- launch a successful business
- purchase an existing company or franchise
- develop as a leader, manager, and innovator
This minor is open to all interested undergraduate World Campus students who meet the prerequisites. Students in business or economics programs may find this minor particularly useful.
This 19-credit minor can provide a foundation of knowledge to help you take advantage of entrepreneurial opportunities. The core courses enhance what you are learning in your major field of study and give you an understanding of the financial forces that affect business ventures.
The Minor in Entrepreneurship is composed of four prescribed courses, plus two supporting courses. A grade of "C" or better is required in all courses that you take to fulfill requirements for the minor.
Prescribed Courses (13 credits)
Supporting Courses and Related Areas (6 credits)
- Select 3 credits at the 400-level from ENTR
- Choose any 400-level Business or Economics course instead of ENGL 419 OR select
If you're ready to see when your courses will be offered, visit our public LionPATH course search (opens in new window) to start planning ahead.
Costs and Financial Aid
Undergraduate tuition is calculated based on the number of credits for which you register and the number of total credits you have accrued at or transferred to Penn State. Tuition is due shortly after each semester begins and rates are assessed every semester of enrollment.
|How many credits do you plan to take per semester?||If you have 59 or fewer credits||If you have 60 or more credits|
|11 or fewer||$620 per credit||$664 per credit|
|12 or more||$7,527 per semester||$8,125 per semester|
Financial Aid and Military Benefits
Some students may qualify for financial aid. Take the time to research financial aid, scholarships, and payment options as you prepare to apply. Military service members, veterans, and their spouses or dependents should explore these potential military education benefits and financial aid opportunities, as well.
How to Apply
Please work with your adviser if you have questions about adding a minor. You can find your adviser's contact information in your student portal or by calling advising at 814-863-3283.
To be eligible for admittance into the entrepreneurship minor, you must:
- be a current Penn State undergraduate student in your fifth semester and be in a bachelor's degree major
- maintain a grade of C or better in all courses for the minor
- confirm that you do not have a matching minor code and major code
Adding a Minor
If you have achieved fifth-semester standing (60 credits completed), you can apply for admission to the minor. To begin, please follow these steps:
- Talk with your academic adviser about incorporating the minor into your major and to develop a semester-by-semester plan for meeting requirements.
- You can apply for the minor by adding it in LionPATH. You should do this as early as possible, but you can apply up to the late drop deadline of your graduating semester.
- You will receive a confirmation email once you declare the minor in LionPATH.
Review the technical requirements for this program.
To learn more about the Undergraduate Minor in Entrepreneurship, offered in partnership with Penn State Altoona, please contact:
World Campus Advisers
Email: [email protected]
Deborah K. Hommer
DegreeMBA, Information Systems focus, George Washington University
DegreeB.S., Business Management, Penn State
Deborah K. Hommer joined the business faculty at Penn State Altoona in August 1998. She is the coordinator of the Business degree program, a position she has held since May 2000. She has designed and taught classes in information systems, team-building, business statistics, and project management.
John Paul Weber
DegreePh.D., Organization and Management, Capella University
DegreeMBA, Finance, LaSalle University
DegreeB.A., Communications, Temple University
Dr. John Paul Weber is an associate teaching professor who teaches various business-related courses for both Penn State Berks and Penn State World Campus. Dr. Weber maintains a Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Broker of Record real estate license. His research interests include real estate, higher education course delivery methods, and the employer/employee relationship.