Entrepreneurial Studies

The HWS Entrepreneurial Studies Minor challenges students to become well-rounded leaders and resourceful innovators who are globally aware and community-centric. With an emphasis on the conceptual understanding, practical skills and ethical structure necessary for business or civic leadership, the Entrepreneurial Studies Program cultivates agents of change across a wide-range of causes and careers. These future leaders of the 21st Century explore and hone the analytical and critical thinking skills of a liberal arts education as they stoke their passions and animate their ideas – whether creating new non-profit or for-profit enterprises, or leading innovation within existing organizations.

Student Profile: Claudia Miner '23

Claudia Miner '23

Major: Economics Major, Entrepreneurial Studies and International Relations Double Minor

"The Entrepreneurial Studies Minor provides an opportunity to see an idea come to fruition in a global or community-based setting within an interdisciplinary, ethical team effort. Guidance provided by the HWS faculty is invaluable. I have learned the importance of networking and how far perseverance can take you."

Meet Our Faculty

Faculty in the Entrepreneurial Studies department are as dynamic as the discipline itself. Below you will find the leaders, innovators and educators available to you at HWS. Meet the entire department >

Entrepreneurial Studies News

Virtual Symposium for Scholarly Publishing

Fri, 05 Mar 2021

Talmage_SymposiumA recent HWS workshop and symposium brought international scholars together to share publishing insights and develop their scholarly programs. Publishing academic work is not an easy endeavor; the barriers seem…

Bobbi Brown Blog Features Yohannes ’04

Thu, 25 Feb 2021

Feven Yohannes Headshot DUBeauty entrepreneur Feven Yohannes ’04 and her twin sister Helena, founders of 2.4.1 Cosmetics, are featured on the Lessons In Cool series on the website of makeup icon Bobbi Brown.…

Pitch 2021 to be Livestreamed

Thu, 18 Feb 2021

PITCHThis year’s finalists in the 2021 Todd Feldman ’89 and Family Pitch Contest will present their ideas for an innovative company or nonprofit to a virtual audience on March 4…

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Spotlight: Recent Grad

Recent Grad

Matthew Mead '13

Current Position: Founder, Hempitecture

Current Location: Ketchum, Idaho

Majors: Architecture

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Sample Courses

Architecture students pursue a rigorous multi-disciplinary, holistic approach to design education embracing a liberal arts philosophy, based on the belief that roundly educated individuals make the best architects. Below you will find a sampling of the architecture curriculum.

Class Complete Course List

Entrepreneurial Leadership
As technology and globalization continue to spur interconnectedness, leaders must navigate tumultuous environments where change is rapid, discontinuous and unpredictable. Innovation, ingenuity and an ability to add value by solving problems are necessary. This course will examine the attributes required of successful entrepreneurs in contemporary leadership roles. Students will learn how to take an idea to impact. They will consider important concepts, such as ethics, sustainability, economic Darwinism, and managing uncertainty. They will discuss product invention, service implementation, economic choice, risk and return, scale and scope, value creation, and small business generation. As a significant course assignment, students will develop a strategic plan for a product, service or startup or organization that is worthy of implementation.

Bozzuto Center

The Bozzuto Center for Entrepreneurship

The Bozzuto Center is home to classrooms, discussion spaces, workspaces and meeting spaces for the Entrepreneurial Studies program and related academic and co-curricular programming. The facility occupies three floors and more than 7,000 square feet on Castle Street in downtown Geneva. Designed to host hackathons, social innovation challenges, seminars and events that draw the HWS community downtown, the Center also serves as a hub for connecting students and faculty with area entrepreneurs and community members.