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Cross-Disciplinary Entrepreneurship Initiatives

In addition to the core curriculum, we have been working proactively to integrate entrepreneurial concepts and ways of thinking into disciplines across the campus. All students on the campus are encouraged to enroll in the courses that make up our core curriculum, and we are liberal in terms of enforcement of prerequisites for non-business majors. In addition, we have tailored the Minor in Entrepreneurship to serve non-business majors. While vitally important, we believe these efforts do not go far enough in terms of truly penetrating and applying entrepreneurial concepts to other disciplines. Accordingly, our university-wide curriculum includes the following eleven initiatives: Entrepreneurship & the Arts, Green Entrepreneurship, Entrepreneurship and Military Science, Entrepreneurship in Engineering & Science, Entrepreneurship in Health Sciences, Entrepreneurship & Psychology, The Entrepreneurial Architect, Entrepreneurship within Education, Entrepreneurship & Veterinary Medicine, Entrepreneurship & Geology and the Auditing & Entrepreneurship Specialization. We see this as a moving target, and hope to continually add new partnerships.

  • Cross-Disciplinary Entrepreneurship Initiatives
    • Entrepreneurship & the Arts
    • Entrepreneurship and Architecture
    • Entrepreneurship in Engineering 

Another important component of our interdisciplinary initiative is the Riata Entrepreneurship Faculty Fellows Program. This provides an opportunity for entrepreneurial faculty from any discipline or academic area to become jointly appointed in the School of Entrepreneurship thereby serving as an advocate for interdisciplinary entrepreneurship. Fellows are also expected to engage in professional activities that reflects the interface between their own academic area and entrepreneurship. This may entail scholarly research or applied research projects, course development or modification, or activities related to entrepreneurial outreach and community development. To date we have seven Fellows from various schools across campus including Psychology, Arts, Health sciences, Veterinary Medicine, Military Sciences, Architecture and Agricultural Sciences.

Critical to our university wide initiative is our “embed” strategy. Faculty from the School of Entrepreneurship (EEE) are encouraged to spend time in other Schools/Departments (and vice versa) interacting with both students and faculty. Office space is currently available to EEE faculty in the School of Education and the Centre for Health Sciences and negotiations with other departments and schools to secure same are ongoing.