Entrepreneurship starts in the first year in the required PACE courses where students learn to think like an entrepreneur, build team management and consulting skills, and write a business plan for a new venture. The experience continues in the second year where students design and launch their own new business in the two-semester course "New Ventures to Launch" and take part in Northwest angel investment groups through the two-semester course "Venture Investing." Willamette’s unique “New Ventures to Launch/Venture Investment” experience was recently ranked as a top 10 entrepreneurship course in the U.S. by Inc. magazine.
In addition to entrepreneurship courses, students prepare for their career by ramping up their knowledge and skills in all the functional areas required for successful decision-making in new ventures: marketing, finance, accounting, management systems, sales and industry analysis.
The elective courses listed below are recommended for students interested in Entrepreneurship. Students may select courses from the list and from other areas of interest to build a customized individual program that meets their specific goals.
Elective courses in each area of interest are offered every year. It is possible that a specific course may not be offered in a given year and that previous courses will be replaced by new courses.
Recommended Elective Courses
- GSM 6005 - Tech Trek
- GSM 6211 - Managing Organizational Change
- GSM 6226 - Venture Investing I
- GSM 6227 - Venture Investing II
- GSM 6228 - Enterprise Development and Entrepreneurial Thinking
- GSM 6241 - Industry Analysis
- GSM 6261 - Marketing Strategy
- GSM 6262 - Integrated Marketing Communication
- GSM 6267 - Design Thinking
- GSM 6281 - New Ventures to Launch
- GSM 7251 - Internship