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CORE COURSES

ES 212/UC 270.013, .014 & .015 – Entrepreneurial Business Basics

3 credits
Fall, Winter, Summer

This business basics course covers how to make a product or service idea real in the form of a tangible, marketable product and an organization that can produce and distribute it.  Topic areas covered include:  motivation and social purpose of entrepreneurship, market research and product development activities, people resource management, capital resources management, and go-to-market management.

ALA/PSYCH 223 – Entrepreneurial Creativity
(formerly UC 270, and ALA 261/PSYCH 218)

3 credits
Fall, Winter
fulfills Social Science distribution

This course explores the relation between creativity, innovation, and problem-solving processes. We will consider the elements of creative thinking, explore insights from a variety of perspectives, and engage in projects designed to foster students’ own creativity and innovation. Is creative thinking somehow different from “normal” thinking? How do innovators frame problems and generate solutions? What is the relation between idea generation and collaborative team work? How do entrepreneurs in business, social goods, and technology develop and employ vital skills in persuasion, cooperation, communication as they bring ideas to life in the form of enterprises? This course will explore all these questions in order to ground students in both the theory and practice of creativity as it takes shape in entrepreneurial endeavors.


*BBA students only take Entrepreneurial Creativity


ELECTIVE COURSES

ARCH 409 – Designing Practices

3 credits

This seminar/workshop in design entrepreneurship is open to senior undergraduate students majoring in Architecture (UG3), Engineering, or Environment (LS&A). Individual or two-person teams will conceive and develop an ideal design services practice — of any size and type, and for any location in the US. Course topics include market research, strategic planning, practice modeling, profit planning, workplace design, branding and logo design, brochure design, interviewing and presenting. Sustained progress through weekly assignments is the principal course requirement. A final presentation to mock prospective clients will test the viability of your practice design. Grading is based on both individual and collaborative efforts. The course aims to provide a basic understanding of the professional practice realm, and thereby help students make better informed, future career decisions – in post-graduate education and/or practice in their chosen design profession.

ARTDES 194 – Building Design Prototypes

1 credits
This short course guides students through the basics of design prototyping and concept visualization. It is intended for students who do not typically engage in hands-on making as part of their major area of study. Topics covered include using accessible materials like paper, chipboard, foam core, and found objects to build models that are tangible representations of concepts for new designs. Simple drawing techniques for visualizing and communicating ideas under development will also be demonstrated. Students will learn a variety of prototyping approaches and techniques ranging from the quick and dirty (useful for the brainstorming stage) to more precise and sophisticated (best for final design presentation). The course focuses on building models of existing design concepts rather than on developing new concepts.

ARTDES 195 – Working With Wood

1 credits
This short course introduces students to basic woodworking tools and techniques. It is intended for students who do not typically engage in hands-on making as part of their major area of study. Students will learn to build objects with wood and gain the basic skills needed to be able to complete simple wood fabrication projects with confidence. This course will compliment studies in other fields, provide technical support and resources, and encourage continued development beyond the classroom. Tools and materials will be provided.

ARTDES 196 – Working With Metal

1 credits
This short course introduces students to basic metal fabrication tools and techniques. It is intended for students who do not typically engage in hands-on making as part of their major area of study. Students will learn to build objects with metal and gain the basic skills needed to be able to complete simple metal fabrication projects with confidence. This course will compliment studies in other fields, provide technical support and resources, and encourage continued development beyond the classroom. Tools and materials will be provided.

ARTDES 314 – Change by Design

3 credits

In this project-based class, students will respond to pressing social needs through design thinking processes, including visioning, concept generation, sketching ideas, everyday ethnography, creative experimentation, and extensive prototyping and validation. Students will form interdisciplinary teams to work on actual entrepreneurial design projects focused on food, education, health care and income issues facing our community partners. As part of the course, students acquire the theoretical frameworks and skills necessary for undertaking a social enterprise. They will then use those tools to design and develop their own ideas for aThe Entrepreneurship Practicum is an innovative, action-based learning lab led by the Center for Entrepreneurship that brings entrepreneurs across disciplines at the University to work on entrepreneurial endeavors. In this class, entrepreneurs form interdisciplinary teams and take steps to launch their own entrepreneurial ventures through a hands-on framework. You will learn to develop your entrepreneurial ideas and apply them into meaningful business models.

In this class, you will experience entrepreneurship firsthand though three progressive team projects. This framework teaches important skills of entrepreneurship, such as ideation, validation, and business models and culminate in the selection of a student-selected venture to validate and launch. You will understand and experience the mindset of an entrepreneur, develop the ability to share the story of your entrepreneurial pursuits, understand customer needs, make real sales to real customers, and validate business models.  venture that creates possibilities, products and systems in response to real world problems.

BA 201 – Business Entrepreneurship in Thought & Action

3 credits

This course introduces students to business.  In this course we foster development of the key skill of learning via reflection on one’s own experience.  The course will rely heavily on examination of individual organizations or industries from which generalizations can be made.  Specific situations will be selected to convey the excitement of business situations, the role of business in society and the global scope of business.  The primary purpose of this class is to educate students about the broad range of problems and opportunities that businesses face and the tools and skills that are necessary to face them.  A secondary purpose is to show the students the richness of business activity by ‘peeling back the onion’ via case discussions of situations and companies they have experienced in their lives.  Students will gain familiarity with different kinds of information resources: from trade magazines to mass market books to research journals.

BCOM 329 – Social Media and the Changing Nature of Business Communications

3 credits

Technological advances in business communication continue to evolve. Social media has forced past favorites to recreate themselves into new formats while new social media companies penetrated existing markets and businesses. Social media has transformed internal and external business communication, such that it is becoming more democratic, open, and participatory than ever before. All of these changes have been happening at a speed previously unforeseen in business communication. Businesses that have been slow to adapt are finding that their business practices are quickly becoming inefficient and outdated. This course will teach students about the rapidly changing landscape in social media to enable them to adapt to contemporary business communication challenges. The course will be broken down into three parts.

The first part of the course will provide students with the background necessary to understand the key concepts covered in the course. This background section will first provide students with a historical perspective of technological changes relevant to business communication. In addition, students will be provided with an overview of key business communication principles.

The second part of the course will provide an overview of the contemporary digital communication channels that are currently being used by corporations. In addition to examining current usage trends, each channel will be examined in terms of its strengths and potential pitfalls. Furthermore, students will be instructed on how to select the most appropriate message structure, delivery strategy, and argument support for the channel.

The third part of the course will review the “new rules” of business in the era of social media and their implications for business communication. This section also covers how to organize and display ideas in forms (e.g., images, videos, and infographics) most effective on social media.

ECON 490 – Economics of Entrepreneurship

3 credits

This course will apply insights from economic theory to the practice of starting a new business or expanding a current business. The course will combine elements of strategy, marketing, and entrepreneurial finance courses as typically taught in a business school and an industrial organization class as taught in an economics department. We start by examining general issues regarding entrepreneurship, in particular the search for markets that can support entrepreneurial profits. The next section turns to specific strategic decisions that entrepreneurs make: pricing, advertising, product location, deterring entry by competitors, etc. The last section examines practical issues in entrepreneurship, e.g., finding capital, business plans, and patent protection.

EECS 441 – Mobile App Development for Entrepreneurs

3 credits

Third Century Initiative Classification: Creativity and Innovation

The use of mobile technologies is fast becoming integral to lives of individuals and groups across the planet. In this course, working in teams, students will propose, design, develop, test, and market software for mobile devices. Not only will best practices for mobile software development be learned, but best practices for entrepreneurs will also be learned. As well, students will put their creations up for sale/distribution by uploading their apps to the appropriate market place.

ENGR/ChE 405 – Problem Solving, Troubleshooting, Entrepreneurship, Intrapreneurship, and Making the Transition to the Workplace

3 credits

This course goals are to help students enhance their problem solving, critical thinking, creative thinking, and troubleshooting skills and to ease the transition from college to the workplace.  The course includes a few speakers from industry.  Students work in teams to complete the home problems and the term project.

ENGR 520 – Entrepreneurial Business Fundamentals

3 credits

This course provides students with a perspective in looking to form or join startup companies and those that are looking to create corporate value via industrial research.  The students are taught the entrepreneurial business development screening tools necessary to translate opportunities into businesses with focus on:  strategy, finance, and market positioning.

ENGR 521 – CleanTech Entrepreneurship

3 credits

The course teaches the students how to screen venture opportunities in various cleantech domains.  Venture assessments are approached through strategic, financial and market screens, and consider the impact of policy and regulatory constraints on the business opportunity.

ENGR/EECS 406 – High Tech Entrepreneurship

3 credits

Third Century Initiative Classification: Entrepreneurial Mindset

Four aspects of starting high-tech companies are discussed: opportunity and strategy, creating new ventures, functional development and growth and financing. Also, student groups work on reviewing business books, case studies, elevator and investor pitches. Different financing models are covered, including angel or VC funding and small business (SBIR) funding.

EECS/ENGR 410 – Patent Fundamentals for Engineers

4 credits

This course covers the fundamentals of patents for engineers. The first part of the course focuses on the rules and codes that govern patent prosecution, and the second part focuses on claim drafting and amendment writing. Other topics include litigation, ethics and licensing.

ENTR 390.006 – Intro to Entrepreneurial Design

1 credit for main lecture and 1 credit for required hands-on experience section

This class covers topics in 3D modeling and 3D printing, machining and metal working, embedded systems and microelectronics, apps and web development as it relates to design and entrepreneurship. Are you…Designing doorknobs for a Mars colony? Tired of browsing crappy university web pages? Inventing the best app ever for the Nest or the Apple Watch? Have ideas and want to prototype them before the next pitch to investors? Wondering why you aren’t going to an online college instead? Entrepreneurial Design is a cross-disciplinary course and lab for current and potential entrepreneurs, designers, hackers, makers, founders, and doers. The focus is on learning to hack things together and experience the fun of building, with minimal technical mumbo-jumbo.

Also select an additional lab:
Machining/Metal Working
Hardware/Coding Internet of Things
3D Printing/Prototyping
Web/App Development Internet of Things

ENTR 390.011 – E-Commerce Entrepreneurship

2 credits

The E-Commerce Entrepreneurship course is designed to introduce students to the online world of business, retail, and commerce. With the increasing popularity of shows like Shark Tank and the ease of setting up an online business, people are more than ever interested in setting up their own online business. The class will address the expected challenges and help students gain the knowledge they would need to start their own online business upon completion of the course.

Topics covered: Estimating Startup Costs; Case Studies of Other Businesses; Website Development / SEO; Presentation Style; Product Photos/Videos; Investigating Trends; Fulfillment /Shipping; Small Business Accounting; Advertising Streams; Social Media; Sourcing (Domestic & Intl.); Crowd Funding

While students are able to learn the more technical aspects of entrepreneurship in the other classes that are offered, this class hopes to engage the students in a hands-on environment where they will not only learn the skills necessary to start an online business, but also apply them first hand. By the end of the class the students will be required to present a turn-key business with a functioning website, product photos/videos, sourcing plan, shipping/fulfillment plan, and advertising plan to the class.

ENTR 407 – Entrepreneurship Hour

1 credit

This weekly seminar series invites disruptive, influential, and respected entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, and business leaders to speak to students about their personal experiences founding, financing, and managing a startup venture. Following the lecture, students will be able to meet the guest speaker and network with members of the entrepreneurial community.

ENTR 408 – Patent Law

1 credit

Inventors and entrepreneurs have four concerns related to patent law: protecting inventions during product development, determining invention patentability, avoiding infringement, and leveraging a patent as a business asset. This course addresses these concerns through the application of case law and business cases to an invention of the student’s choice.

ENTR 409 – Intro to Venture Capital

1 credit

Successful entrepreneurship and early stage venture capital appear to require a mixture of four very different traits and abilities: innovation/vision, evaluation, operation/management, and dedication. This course dives deep into these four pillars of success for the next generation of entrepreneurs and venture capitalists.

Junior standing or above.  This class will be held M, T, W, Th January 4th – January 26th from 4:30-6:30PM.

ENTR 417 – Entrepreneurship Hour Discussion Session

1 credit

This class is a complimentary, graded discussion group to ENTR 407. In this one-credit course, students will learn about, discuss and debate the key characteristics of entrepreneurship and learn how to apply it to their own life goals. A brief weekly assignment is required.

ENTR 410 – Finding Your Venture

2 credits

It’s hard to start a company, but doesn’t have to be complicated. This course dramatically improves your odds of starting a viable business by providing a framework for identifying large, attractive opportunities. Every student will leave with a viable business opportunity to pursue and a set of valuable and repeatable skills that will be an asset in any entrepreneurial setting.

ENTR 413 – Entrepreneurial Marketing

2 credits

This course presents a pragmatic approach to marketing for new ventures. The course examines general marketing terms and principles, including the nature, dynamics, and strategies of marketing decision for new ventures. Students will apply these concepts to situations and problems relating to real ventures.

ENTR 490.012 – Urban Entrepreneurship

3 credits
The Urban Entrepreneurship course is designed for students who want to learn how to make lasting improvements in urban quality-of-life throguh the creation of for-profit businesses. Urban communities can be vibrant, exciting, and highly productive places, but residents and visitors are often faced with an array of unique challenges. Governments, foundations, and not-for-profit companies have long been associated with efforts to make improvements, but in spite of those efforts, significant urban needs persist. Students in Urban Entrepreneurship course will explore the creation of sustainable, scalable, for-profit companies that address the needs of urban communities. Entrepreneurs have a long history of service to urban communities, and rapidly accelerating technology and knowledge in a variety of fields give rise to new business models for solving previously intractable problems.

ENTR 490.014 – Organizational Management in Startups (How to build a killer team)

3 credits

This course is designed to teach the fundamentals of identifying and prioritizing the “who” (human resource capital) and the “what” (skill sets) needed for your venture to grow and thrive. Building and managing a world-class team is one of the most critical factors determining the success of a company. You will learn the fundamentals of establishing and protecting a corporate culture, and best practices in recruiting, interviewing, and managing your organization. You will learn how to keep employees motivated, accountable, and happy. Students will also study what to do in failure mode to resolve internal conflicts and terminate team relationships when necessary. Course work includes selected readings in organizational structure and development, case study review, in-class discussion and active role play exercises designed to demonstrate skill proficiencies.

ENVIRON 412 – Environmental Values in Public Policy

3 credits

Public policy embodies an assortment of value systems. While individual value systems express coherent, consistent approaches, public policy expresses an amalgam of values, with corresponding decrease in coherence/consistency. This course explores the relationships between various environmental values and public policy through analysis of policy issues at local, state, and national levels.

Students in this course reflect on and refine their own approach to environmental ethics through a close examination of a set of current environmental issues. They develop skills in detecting the value systems presently underlying public policy as expressed in laws, administrative regulations, and government action. Discussion and presentations by participants and by outside speakers who are professionals in the field will give insight into the challenges of meeting stakeholder expectations and forging a coherent, effective approach to environmental challenges. Issues such as water protection/preservation in the Great Lakes Basin, the sustainability and survivability of endangered species, the management of wildlife in rural, suburban, and urban areas, and formulation of energy policy will provide the basis for investigation.

ES 250 – Introduction to Entrepreneurship

3 credits

Introduction to Entrepreneurship — Introduction to Entrepreneurship is designed for all freshman, sophomores and juniors, including non-business students, who wish to learn about entrepreneurship, its role and importance in our society, and how to bring new ideas to marketplace both in the startup and corporate setting. This is an introductory course intended to provide students with a solid foundation on how entrepreneurs and entrepreneurship play a key role in the 21st century global economy.

In the course, we will assess, explore, and critique the world of entrepreneurship. Entrepreneurship is approached as a way of thinking and acting, as an attitude and a behavior. Our emphasis is on entrepreneurship as a process that can be applied in virtually any organizational setting.


The principle focus will be on the creation of new ventures, the ways that they come into being, and factors associated with their success. This is a course of many ideas and questions, and you will be encouraged to develop and defend your own set of conclusions regarding each of these issues. This course mixes theory with practice, and you will be challenged to apply principles, concepts and frameworks to real world situations.

ES 395 – Entrepreneurship Management

3 credits

Entrepreneurship is about overcoming ambiguity, risk and failure, embracing it, and learning from it.  This course will explore entrepreneurship and identify and many contexts in which entrepreneurship manifests, including start-up, corporate, social, and public sector.  It will prepare students for starting and succeeding in an entrepreneurial venture.  The main course deliverable is a complete business plan and a presentation to an outside group of investors.

This course will enable participants to sharpen their ability to find and evaluate opportunities for a new venture, as well as to think creatively and solve problems in highly unstructured situations.  A broad range of topics essential to entrepreneurial ventures will be covered, including idea generation, feasibility analysis, raising capital, marketing strategies, financial modeling, attracting a capable team, creating a culture, and preparing for growth.  In addition, the course will cover buying a business, franchising, and family business.

ES 427 – Family Business

1.5 credits

This course explores the strategic, operating, financial, legal, family, career and business issues found in family-owned and managed companies or privately-held firms. The challenge of the course is to provide the tools to be successful, whether as part of a family business, work for one, or want to be a consultant to a family business.

ES 444 – Introduction to Microfinance

3 credits

Microfinance provides financial services to the poor, including credit, savings, and insurance. The field is undergoing a period of transition as microfinance institutions begin to seek money from capital markets. This course will explore how microfinance institutions are organized, how they raise money and are managed, and emerging trends that are shaping the field, all with an eye towards understanding the interplay between business models and poverty alleviation.

ES 569/451 – Managing the Growth of New Ventures

1.5 credits
Managing the Growth of New Ventures — New entrepreneurial ventures, once successfully past the formation stage, often encounter problems caused by their very rapid growth. Different functional and technical skills are needed. More reliable information is a must. External support groups (bankers, attorneys, accountants, and investors) and new company employees both have to be integrated into the goals and operations of the firm. The activities of the entrepreneur have to change, from innovation to delegation, communication, and organization. This is a very basic change that many entrepreneurs never make. The purpose of the course is to convey in a very pragmatic fashion the reason, the areas, the tools, and the urgency of that critical leadership change.

IOE 422 – Entrepreneurship

3 credits

Engineering students will explore the dynamics of turning an innovative idea into a commercial venture in an increasingly global economy.  Creating a business plan originating in an international setting will:  challenge students to innovate; manage risk, stress and failure; confront ethical problems:  question cultural assumptions; and closely simulate the realities of life as an entrepreneur.

MECHENG 499 - Front-End Design (formerly ENGR 345)

2 credits
Processes of design, focusing on front-end strategies, including opportunity discovery, problem definition, developing robust mechanisms to gather information from users and other stakeholders, data synthesis methods for translating user data into design requirements, creating innovative solutions during concept generation, and decision-making systems for evaluating possible solutions.

MKT 322 – Digital Marketing

1.5 credits

Technology has significantly transformed marketing. The last several years have seen an explosion of digital options to engage consumers and attract client marketing budgets. This course is designed for students who have taken marketing management. It will focus on the tools and techniques of digital marketing. We will explore such topics as search engine advertising, the effectiveness of banner ads, and how to use viral marketing, email marketing, and consumer-generated media. The approach is to bring a healthy dose of action-based learning into the classroom. Readings will include recent research, cases, and books on key industry trends. Grades will be based on team presentations built on a live project, as well as several one-page essays and classroom contributions.

MKT 425/ES 425 – Innovation and New Product Development

3 credits

This course is designed to focus on the new product development process which is key to the success of any organization. The course will expose students to (a) creative techniques for idea generation, (b) fine-tuning these ideas to develop products and services that meet specific consumer needs, and (c) testing the feasibility of these ideas.  The course uses lectures, cases, and outside speakers. Moreover, the course includes a project wherein student teams need to use the creativity techniques covered in this class to come up with new product ideas and perform a concept test to evaluate their feasibility. The course will be useful to students interested in product/brand management, management consulting, and entrepreneurship.

MO 463 – Creativity at Work

3 credits

This course is designed to introduce the student to the practices necessary to stimulate and manage creativity in a business. Students will be given frameworks and methods for designing, developing, and implementing creativity in real work situations. The aim of the course is to provide students with the perspective and skill base necessary to manage creative projects, people and ventures.

Each class will consist of two basic components: 1) a theatrical framework, and 2) a methodology or tool. Each segment of the course is designed to engage the student in a conceptual and experiential application of creativity practices that will be applied to a real challenge.

ORGSTUDY 201 – Leadership and Collaboration

*course no longer offered
3 credits

This project-based class uses organizational sociology, psychology, economics, and political science to ask what good leadership is and how people can be effective when they lack formal authority. Practical exercises, academic readings, and leader profiles ground this exploration of collaborative leadership, a process with deep roots in Michigan organizational research.This class begins with idea that much important leadership takes place in situations that are neither highly visible nor characterized by the exercise of authority. Instead, understanding, evaluating, and exercising leadership requires attention to collaboration, social influence, and persuasion when potential leaders lack any ability to command the attention, respect, or effort of others. Such influence-based, collaborative processes are the primary mechanism for exercising leadership in civic, religious and voluntary organizations, mission-driven non- profit organizations, and among younger and entry level employees in multiple settings. In other words, the ideas and practices this course seeks to develop have wide ranging potential uses. We draw on a classical and contemporary social science to address three key questions about the process and practice of collaborative leadership. Those questions are: (1) What is good leadership? (2) Why do effective leaders often fail? (3) How can people and institutions improve the practice of leadership? Readings and exercises grounded in organizational approaches to sociology and psychology are leavened with ideas from economics and political science.We will integrate a rigorous academic introduction to the features and implications of collaborative leadership with more pragmatic work that develops skills students can use they pursue effective collaborations within and across multiple organizational settings. 

ORGSTUDY 202 – Practicum in Leadership and Collaboration

*course no longer offered
3 credits
In this experiential learning class, student teams implement and evaluate projects developed in ORGSTUDY 201. Reading and discussion, combined with practical exercises and team-level coaching, help students identify, understand, and develop key leadership skills. Our approach to leadership education integrates rigorous academic theories and evidence with practical experience in challenging, collaborative projects. Exercises in systematic, critical reflection bring that knowledge and experience together. This course provides tools and support for student teams to implement projects designed to identify and remediate a problem facing our campus, community, or region. Only project proposals that were completed during the course of ORGSTUDY 201 will be eligible for this class, but existing project plans can be revised to reflect changing group interests, feedback from the prior semester, or the addition or removal of group members. Students will use the experience of implementing and evaluating a collaborative, real-world project as grist for group discussion, classroom exercises, and team level coaching interactions with the professor. These activities are designed to promote cycles of thinking, action and reflection that will allow students to link project work to both academic theories of leadership and their own individual goals and skills. ORGSTUDY 201 emphasizes academic theories and research about leadership and efforts to design, describe, and pitch a concrete and challenging but realistic group project. ORGSTUDY includes academic reading and discussion but emphasizes the process of implementing and evaluating that project.

As a result, this recitation course will have two unusual features: 1) project funding to support student teams will be available through small grants; and 2) many classes will be organized around group and individual exercises rather than lecture. After the initial weeks of the semester, Monday classes will generally emphasize a mix of lecture, discussion, and instructor-facilitated group work. Wednesday class periods will be less structured in order for student teams to work on project tasks. As the semester progresses, more of the instructor-facilitated classroom exercises will take place in intensive “coaching sessions” that will allow course topics to be discussed in small groups that will directly connect class materials to the details of individual projects. Students whose teams are not scheduled for coaching sessions will use time in class to conduct project work. Thus the class will match larger group exercises with intensive opportunities to address developments and challenges in individual projects. The success of the course and of student projects will depend upon students’ maintaining a degree of flexibility, full participation in class and coaching exercises as well as significant out of class work to implement with assigned teams.

PSYCH 388 – Negotiations

3 credits

Merging theory and practice, this course aims to provide students with the theoretical perspective and practical skills they need to become effective negotiators. By the end of the term, students will have learned the fundamentals of distributive and integrative bargaining as well as an array of social influence tactics in order to succeed as a negotiator

PSYCH 443 – Psychology of Creativity

3 credits

This discussion course attempts to define what we mean when we say, “creative.” What can scientific research tell us about creativity in terms of individual aptitude and personality, cognitive and brain processes, and social and cultural influences? We will explore the range of theories developed by psychologists and other researchers about the cognitive processes underlying the creative process, including problem definition, idea generation, fixation, incubation, iteration, evaluation, and reflection.

PSYCH 487 – Startups and Upstarts: Psychology of Entrepreneurship and Intrapreneurship

3 credits
Entrepreneurship is difficult to define and can represent a mysterious outcome by which new businesses are started. Entrepreneurship, though, not only involves the creation of new products/services and related firms, but it can involve individuals who, “from within,” try to help the existing organizations they work for to become more effective and innovative — what is many times referred to as Intrapreneurship.

Regardless of where entre(intra)preneurship occurs, the process not only involves enterprising individuals, but also the availability of supportive social connections (e.g., ones team), resources, and of course opportunities for creating a new organization to deliver a product or service, or opportunities for offering value to others in existing organizations. However, a person and their social connections could be creative and enterprising, but this does not guarantee the creation of feasible opportunities. In this course a major focus will thus be on the concept and study of opportunities (in theory and practice), which we will pursue by considering the social context and psychological and behavioral processes that influence their creation, evaluation, and exploitation.

The course material is based on scholarly articles and popular readings on entre(intra)preneurship, and we will leverage an abundance of psychological concepts (e.g., creativity and problem-­solving, decision-­making, group processes, persuasion & influence, leadership, failure, emotion regulation, intelligence) to make sense of the entre(intra)preneurship process.

RCSSCI 330 – Urban and Community Studies

4 credits

This course is designed to help students develop historical perspectives and analytical frameworks that will guide them as they study and work in urban communities. Focusing on the collective experience of African Americans in the second half of the twentieth century, we will conduct an interdisciplinary investigation into the processes of community formation and social change impacting contemporary urban life. Course texts therefore include historical studies, urban sociology, social work, autobiography, ethnography, community studies, and film. We will begin with a review of the various meanings and uses of the idea of “community,” moving next to a brief consideration of the historical development of American cities. Then we will explore the processes of African American migration and urbanization, including the exploration of specific urban areas and their dynamics of community formation. Finally, we will examine case studies of community organizing, leading us to consider broad questions concerning our understanding of contemporary urban communities, the challenges they face, and the prospects for engaged social action. Our guiding concern throughout the semester will be the relationship between universities and their surrounding communities—including the historical expressions, contemporary realities, and future prospects of this relationship. This is the one required course for the Urban Studies minor.

RCSSCI 461/SOC 489 – Organizing People, Power, and Social Change

3 credits

Many students want to understand the roots of social problems, and they value this knowledge, at least in part, because they believe (correctly) that it can help them to become more effective in addressing these problems. Such students learn a great deal about the structural causes of social problems in our courses. Community service learning courses like Project Community (SOC 389), and programs like Semester in Detroit, give students who lack prior personal experience a powerful sense of the harm these structures do to people with whom they form relationships, and an equally strong motivation to do what they can to reduce these harms. But neither type of course teaches our students how to use social scientific knowledge to help make deliberate, positive changes to problematic social structures. The course will introduce students to community organizing.

SI 422 – Evaluation of Systems and Services

3 credits

Have you ever been frustrated navigating the menu of a device or an application? Have you given up trying to reprogram the clock on your microwave? Many products fail because they are designed with little knowledge of user needs and capabilities. It doesn’t have to be this way. Any product can be more successful when developed through a process that identifies how it will be used, elicits input from potential users, and watches how it functions in real time with real users. This course is designed to equip you with the hands-on knowledge and skills necessary for evaluating and testing the usability of products – website, mobile device, or some form of electronically mediated service. Throughout the term, we will be working on individual, pair and group projects that apply usability techniques to real products of your choice.

SW 305 – Theories and Practice for Community Action and Social Change

3 credits
This foundations course for the Community Action and Social Change Minor is designed to prepare students to be informed and active participants in the process of community building and social change. The course uses a multidisciplinary framework to develop competencies that will help students envision what community action and social change look like, identify and implement steps towards social change, build on positive sources of power, indigenous knowledge and experiences of individuals, groups, and communities who are engaged in social change efforts. The course is co-taught by a team representing different disciplinary perspectives who will work with student to integrate different ways of thinking based on the various disciplinary perspectives to achieve social change.

The course material covers theories and practices of community action and social change through an interdisciplinary examination of examples in research and practice. The course focuses on individuals, groups and institutions and how they interact. The course examines empirical quantitative and qualitative studies that test social change methods and provides exposure to and experience with qualitative research methods such as ethnographic observation and interviewing and qualitative data-gathering. Students are engaged in a critical and contrasting assessment of community organizing and other social change methods.

THTREMUS 245 – Introduction to Stage Management

2 credits
Principles and practices of stage management, including rehearsal coordination, prompt book preparation, and director/cast/crew relationships during rehearsal for theatre, opera, and musical theatre. Combines classroom instruction with practicum experience. Students assistant-stage manage a University Productions show during the semester; participate in rehearsals and performances.

THTREMUS 324 – Global Community Practicum

3 credits
Engages students in research and development of performance  projects at a local, community organization or at an international site. The class participates in fieldwork experiences and each individual submits a final project report or thesis at the end of their fieldwork. The Capstone course is collaborative and interdisciplinary and multiple faculty members can supervise and approve student work.

THTREMUS 385 – Performing Arts Management

3 credits
Engages students in research and development of performance  projects at a local, community organization or at an international site. The class participates in fieldwork experiences and each individual submits a final project report or thesis at the end of their fieldwork. The Capstone course is collaborative and interdisciplinary and multiple faculty members can supervise and approve student work.

UARTS 250 – Creative Process

4 credits

Creative Process is a four-credit course that immerses students — first- year through fourth-year, from all units — in the creative process.  Team-taught by faculty from each of the North Campus units, CP provides students the opportunity to pursue intensive, hands-on creative work in four modalities — sound, motion, visual images and objects, and language — any or all of which come into play in their final course project.

The objective of Creative Process is to de-mystify creativity for students in all U-M units and years: to teach students that creativity is not a character trait or an event, but a process — one that will challenge their sense of competence and mastery, but that they can understand and eventually master, transforming both themselves and their work.

WOMENSTD 350 – Nonprofit Management, Community Engagement and Feminist Practice

4 credits

This course aims to address the gaps and misconceptions that often exist between feminism as an academic discourse and feminism in practice. Through classroom engagement and community involvement, students will explore the intersection of academia and activism as it pertains to working to improve the lives of women and their communities. Students will learn nonprofit management basics, think critically about community engagement, and explore the applicability of feminist practice to each. WOMENSTD 350 students commit to volunteering in an area community based organization, as well as to active participation in the classroom. Students will have the opportunity to dialogue with nonprofit organization founders and leaders from diverse backgrounds and learn about nonprofit management and community engagement from a variety of perspectives. Through readings, written assignments, classroom participation, and service experiences, this course endeavors to nurture and facilitate: critical thinking about community service, non-profit organizations, feminisms, and their relationships to social change; consideration of how feminist thought can be applied to work in communities and how communities can inform feminist thought; and the development of skills for working effectively within community based organizations and with communities around issues that affect women’s lives.

WOMENSTD 443 – Pedagogy of Empowerment: Activism in Race, Gender and Health

3 credits
The Pedagogy of Empowerment will explore empowerment through race, gender, health and activism in the context of HIV/AIDS in United States Black communities. Through this two tiered course, students will cultivate strong background knowledge of HIV in Black communities, and explore issues of accountability, apathy, and activism as they pertain to HIV prevention. The course has three main objectives.The epidemiology of HIV as it affects African Americans and its many complexities — African Americans and homophobia, gender, racialism and health, and the persistence of HIV as an African American crisis. Students will use what they learn about the context of the epidemic to critically analyze chosen HIV prevention interventions, and explore the intersection of academia and activism.As a consequence of this analysis, everyone in this class must learn an oral HIV prevention module developed by Professor Haniff which must be taught to community groups outside of Ann Arbor. This activist component is the praxis of this class which requires students to not just read and study empowerment but to actually be engaged in an effort to empower. Students will also study innovative ideas that will generate insights in creating change and making a difference.


CURRENT PRACTICUM OPPORTUNITIES

Students may select either of the following to complete their required 6 credits of practicum for the Minor in Entrepreneurship:

  • 2 Gateway
  • 1 Gateway followed by 1 Specialized

 

GATEWAY

ALA 256 - Innovator's Toolkit

3 credits
Fall, Winter

“What tools do I have in my toolbox and how can I use them to make an impact?” This is the central question of The Innovator’s Toolkit. By the end of this course, you will have worked in a team to implement an innovative approach to a complex social problem related to a preselected topic. 

ENTR 411 - Entrepreneurship Practicum

3credits
Fall, Winter

The Entrepreneurship Practicum is an innovative, action-based learning lab led by the Center for Entrepreneurship that brings entrepreneurs across disciplines at the University to work on entrepreneurial endeavors. In this class, entrepreneurs form interdisciplinary teams and take steps to launch them through a hands-on entrepreneurial framework.

In this class, you will experience entrepreneurship firsthand though three progressive team projects. This framework teaches important skills of entrepreneurship, such as ideation, validation, and business models and culminate in the selection of a student-selected venture to validate and launch. You will understand and experience the mindset of an entrepreneur, develop the ability to share the story of your entrepreneurial pursuits, understand customer needs, make real sales to real customers, and validate business models.

ENTR 412 – Advanced Entrepreneurship Practicum

3 credits
Fall, Winter

The Advanced Entrepreneurship Practicum is the second part of the entrepreneurship practicum experience led by the Center for Entrepreneurship. Students develop their own ventures by building upon the the customer discovery and and business model validation developed in ENTR 411. In this class, student entrepreneurs have the opportunity to take their skills and ventures to exciting new levels. In the advanced practicum, student will:

  • Experience running, growing, and leading their own sustainable ventures to create value
  • Apply fundamental entrepreneurship principles, including sales, marketing, legal considerations, and finance
  • Develop the ability to share the story of your entrepreneurial pursuits, pitch, and clearly articulate customer needs, value proposition, customer segments, and value-adding solutions
  • Actively practice entrepreneurship by developing an entrepreneurial venture that includes developing a solution and developing customers
  • Learn to form and launch their own company, go to market, and acquire customers

ES 414 - Entrepreneurship Practicum

3 credits
Winter only
*Seniors only

The Practicum enables students to gain first-hand entrepreneurial experience within a structured, supportive context. In addition to applying the knowledge you have acquired during previous courses, you will also learn – and put into practice – valuable new tools and techniques that can help you to successfully identify, assess, and pursue attractive business opportunities. During multiple team-based projects you will gain hands-on experience in a broad range of important entrepreneurial activities, including: Customer discovery, Solution ideation, Business model generation, Product development, Running “lean experiments,” Marketing & selling, and Entrepreneurial decision-making, among many others. 

 

SPECIALIZED

ARTSADMN 406.007/506.007 - Starting Music Businesses

3 credits
Winter only

The record industry today has undergone enormous changes fueled by both social and technological shifts. In this course, participants will work in teams to learn about the business of music today by releasing a recording. Students will have access to unreleased and out-of-print tracks in the archives of the U-M School of Music, Theatre & Dance or may identify other project opportunities. Teams will assess recordings, research potential customers, explore legal barriers, formulate and validate a business plan, and execute a plan to make their recordings available across campus and across the globe.

FIN 329 - Financing Technology Commercialization

3 credits
Fall only

Financing Technology Commercialization (FTC) is a four-month accelerator practicum that matches students to real-world Ann Arbor startups in software/mobile/cloud services, physical science, and life science innovation. FTC students work with startup founders, local mentors and national subject matter experts to develop a business model, business plan, financials, pitch to VCs.

FTC is an immersive, experiential learning opportunity for students to embed with a startup, and work alongside scientists, coders, and commercialization professionals. Since 2005, 600+ students have participated in the practicum, accelerating 130+ companies, 30+ of which have gone on to achieve venture financing and/or exit.