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Bill Greehey School of Business School Web site

School Dean

Tanuja Singh, D.B.A. tsingh@stmarytx.edu


Algur H. Meadows Center for Entrepreneurial Studies

Department Chair

Richard Priesmeyer, Ph.D. benvick@stmarytx.edu

Description of Program/Major

Small business is the mighty engine of the U.S. economy, providing a substantial number of employment opportunities and unlimited potential for entrepreneurs. Entrepreneurship is a peopleoriented career that requires excellent communication skills and the ability to work well with others. The entrepreneurial studies program at St.Mary's is designed to prepare an individual seeking career fulfillment through the establishment of his or her own business rather than being a part of a corporate or institutional staff. Students in the entrepreneurial studies program gain the knowledge and skills necessary to launch their own venture, analyze the market, and solve real-life problems in business. Students gain valuable organizational tools in order to focus on good project management, and to identify and capture new markets and start-up companies.

Degree Requirements

Core Curriculum (SMC)
St. Mary's University Core (30 Hours)
All St. Mary's Core SMC13## "Reflection" courses must be completed before registering for SMC23## "Practice" courses. "Reflection" courses can be taken in any order followed by "Practice" courses in any order.
SMC 1301Foundations of Civilization3
SMC 1311Foundations of Reflection: Self (Formerly PL 1310)3
SMC 1312Foundations of Reflection: Nature3
SMC 1313Foundations of Reflection: Others3
SMC 1314Foundations of Reflection: God (Formerly TH 2301)3
SMC 2301Foundations of Practice: Ethics (Formerly PL 2332)3
SMC 2302Foundations of Practice: Civic Engagement and Social Action3
SMC 2303Foundations of Practice: Fine Arts and Creative Process (Formerly FA 1101, FA 1102, FA 1103)3
SMC 2304Foundations of Practice: Literature3
SMC 4301Capstone Seminar: Prospects for Community and Civilization3

School Specific Core (SSC)
Bill Greehey School of Business School Specific Core (21 Hours)

Social SciencesEC 2301, EC 23026
Composition and Rhetoric
(grade of "C" or better)
EN 1311, EN 1313 (for international students)3
Literature EN 23XX3
Mathematics MT 1305 Finite Math3
TheologyAdvanced Theology 33XX3
SpeechMN 3320 Business Communications3

Bill Greehey School of Business School Common Body of Business Knowledge (42 Hours)

AC 2310Introduction to Accounting I3
AC 2320Introduction to Accounting II3
AC 3331*Accounting Information Systems3
BA 1310Fundamentals of Business Enterprise3
BA 3351*Legal Environment of Business3
BA 4334*Business Ethics3
BA 4380*Business Policy and Strategy3
FN 3310*Corporate Finance3
IB 3321*US Business in Interdependent World3
MT 1306Calculus for Business3
MK 3310*Principles of Marketing3
MN 3330*Organizational Behavior3
QM 3320*Business Statistics3
QM 4330*Operations Management3
*Junior Standing

Four Year Degree Plan

Department Courses and Descriptions

Department Courses and Descriptions
EP 4320 Management Consulting (3)
Student teams act as consultants to businesses to analyze the various functions of business as they pertain to endeavors. Managerial awareness and analytical skills in business problem solving are developed. (Fall; Spring) Prerequisites: Senior standing and consent of instructor. Open only to students pursuing a B.B.A. degree.

EP 4375 Internship in Entrepreneurial (3)
The opportunity to gain knowledge through experiential activities in entrepreneurial businesses. Cooperation with entrepreneurs in monitoring and gaining work experience aimed at supplementing the learning process. Prerequisite: minimum over all GPA of 2.8. Pass/No Pass credit is given. (Fall; Spring; Summer)

EP 4391 Business Plan Develop&New V Cr (3)
Students learn how to initiate a new business venture by developing business plans, analyzing case studies, lectures, and guest speakers. Each student will develop a unique and comprehensive business plan. Prerequisites: AC 2310, AC 2320, EC 2301, EC 2303, FN 3310, BA 3325W, MN 3330, MK 3310

EP 4392 Social Entrepreneurship (3)
This course applies knowledge and skills developed in EP4391: Business Plan Development & New Venture Creation, for the purpose of developing new products or services that contribute to the solution of a social problem. Determining economic and social value is an entrepreneurial exercise. In this course student teams will write a functional, comprehensive plan that addresses a predetermined social issue. The plan will demonstrate potential value for all critical stakeholders. Prerequisite: EP 4391.

EP 4396 Small Business Growth&Manage (3)
Students learn how to grow and manage businesses from the day they open until they are relatively mature. The business plan developed in EP 4391 can be applied in this course to discuss issues such as succession management to illustrate the principles of growth, adaptation, and change. Lectures, case studies, and speakers will be utilized. Prerequisites: AC 2310, AC 2320, EC 2301, EC 2303, FN 3310, BA 3325W, MN 3330, MK 3310

EP 4397 Building World Class Ideas&Org (3)
Students learn how to apply their natural strengths and interests toward creating new ventures. Sources of innovation are discussed as well as forms of capital. Each student develops a product/service idea and then learns how to build an organization around it. There is an emphasis on social entrepreneurship, which carries over into other E-Scholar classes and activities of the program. Prerequisite: Admittance into the E-Scholar Program.

EP 4398 Global Entrepreneurship (3)
This course is designed to prepare students in the E-Scholar Program at St. Mary's University to acquire the necessary tools to conduct international business successfully. Specifically, this course focuses on the skills and knowledge useful for developing a new global business. Using the perspectives of a startup entrepreneur we will examine the key success factors in creating a new business in one or more non-US countries, as well as understand the differences and similarities between global entrepreneurs. The emphasis of the course is on analyzing how markets and competition (the economic dimension), power (the political dimension), and culture (the social dimension) influence start up decisions around the world. Prerequisite: Admission into the E-Scholars Program, EP 4397

Department Faculty

Entrepreneurial Studies Faculty Website

Department Website

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