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According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the creation of new businesses is the driving force of our economy. That's because when a new business is able to successfully grow, it usually means job creation. To become an entrepreneur is to be bold, and it requires business acumen, creative and strategic thinking, and an innovative approach for how to do things better, perhaps more efficiently.

Entrepreneurship, a new major and minor option within the Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies degree, was created in partnership with Villanova's Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (IIE).

The Entrepreneurship major prepares students to expand their knowledge, develop their skills, and convert their ideas into tangible products and organizations that can positively impact society and promote the common good. Guided by the values of curiosity, resiliency, collaboration, and creativity, this major is focused on helping students develop a habit of mind oriented towards innovation and entrepreneurship that is applicable to both work and life.

Curriculum and Coursework

Through the courses in this major, students will cultivate their ability to accept criticism and experience failure as part of the creative, entrepreneurial process. Additionally, in line with the University’s Catholic and Augustinian mission,  a focus on ethics, social responsibility, and community as related to entrepreneurial pursuits is woven throughout the curriculum.

Where Can this Major Lead Me?

  • Start your own venture.
  • Lead highly creative teams.
  • Become an innovator within your organization and community.

Entrepreneurship as a Minor

If you choose to major in another area, you can always add Entrepreneurship as a minor! This is a great way to add an area of interest to your degree plan and, ultimately, to your resume! To add a minor, students must complete an Add form.


BIS Core = 15 Courses, 45 Credits

Students must complete 15 courses (for a total of 45 credits) in the Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies (BIS) Core Curriculum.

Free Electives = 15 Courses, 45 Credits

Students must complete 15 elective courses (for a total of 45 credits) from any subject area.

Major = 10 Courses, 30 Credits

Students must take 3 required Courses (9 credits) for the Entrepreneurship major and 21 Elective Credits

Minor = 5 Courses, 15 Credits

Students must take 3 required Courses (9 credits) for the Entrepreneurship minor and 6 Elective Credits


ENTR 1000 The Basics of Entrepreneurship: This course introduces students to the concept of “entrepreneurship” and gives them an academic framework to understand and analyze the theory and practice of entrepreneurial endeavors. This course draws from many different disciplines and includes topics such as the motivation for entrepreneurship (individual, organizational, social/community), processes of entrepreneurship, and “soft skills” to help cultivate an entrepreneurial mindset such as persuasion, collaboration, and communication.

ENTR 5000 Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Community Capstone:

This course addresses the role of innovation and entrepreneurship as an engine for strengthening communities and serves as a capstone experience for students as they complete the major and plan their next professional endeavor.Students are encouraged to work together on venture development the course of the semester. In doing so, students will learn to integrate and practice the concepts and skills learned throughout the major.

ODM 2050 Innovation & Creative Thinking: 
The cultivation of innovation and creative thinking are essential to an organization's success in the 21st Century Global context. This course will examine how innovation and creativity can be facilitated, managed, and sustained in a work setting. Students will learn about the theories behind and the practical applications of these key concepts.


CPS Course Options

  • LDR 2010 Strategic Planning for Leaders: The strategic planning process in organizations. Mission, values, goals, alignment and accountability in the development and execution of a strategic plan.
  • LDR 2070 Strategy Driven Talent Management: Develop a personal talent management philosophy and plan. Improve ability to reflectively lead talent management efforts. Develop the capacity to analyze and assess talent management practices. Sharpen decision making and problem-solving techniques. Research, develop and present a talent management project.
  • ODM 1100 Foundations of Strategic Management: Overview of key principles and practices of strategic management. Examines topics such as establishing mission, vision, and direction, evaluating environmental influences, assessing industry and market trends, building organizational culture, leading effective teams, managing and leading change. Emphasizes the development and implementation of strategy across industries.
  • ODM 2000 Essentials of Finance and Accounting: Introduction to basic standards and concepts underlying finance and accounting. Topics include balance sheets, income statements, cash flow statements, budgets, forecasts, and reporting.
  • ODM 2010 Essentials of Marketing: Introduction to key concepts, terms, and strategies used in the marketing function of an organization. Focus is on understanding how firms and consumers behave and developing a tool kit of strategies and tactics to be used in promoting an organization’s marketing strategy.
  • ODM 2020 Ethics, Regulation, and Social Responsibility: Examines the intersection of ethics, regulation, and social responsibility, and the relationship to business management and strategy. Provides students with the opportunity to understand and analyze the economic, legal, political, ethical, and societal issues involving the interaction of business, government, and society.
  • PA 3000 Overview of Non-Profit Sector: Exploration and analysis of organizational opportunities and challenges facing the sector in the U.S. and abroad, as well as in-depth discussion of a range of ways to work in the nonprofit sector.
  • ENTR 3400 Entrepreneurial Practicum (3 credits) Study Abroad in Portugal 7/17/22 - 8/5/22. The European Innovation Academy is a three-week-long multidisciplinary, multicultural summer abroad experience for ANY Villanova student. In this program, you will learn from recognized global experts in design, innovation, and venture creation how to take an idea, develop it, and turn that idea into a viable business! In Summer 2022, the Institute for Innovation & Entrepreneurship is partnering with the Office of Education Abroad and the College of Professional Studies to bring you to the European Innovation Academy. If you are interested in finding out if this program will work with your academic pursuits, start by making an appointment with an advisor in Office of Education Abroad.

Other courses within the University:

  • Any courses on Innovation, Creativity, and Entrepreneurship from IIE list
  • Engineering Courses
    • EGEN 2200 – Opportunity Identification & Business Principles
    • Venture Development Series: To take any courses within the Venture Development Series, students must commit to take all three courses, on campus, in immediate sequence with their teams [Fall; Spring; Fall]
      • EGEN 3100 - Feasibility Analysis for Entrepreneurs [Fall]
      • EGEN 3200 - Product and Service Prototyping  [Spring]
      • EGEN 4100 - Product and Service Prototyping [Fall]


View all admissions requirements or explore upcoming admissions events

Villanova allows students to transfer up to 90 credits from other regionally accredited institutions. Find out more about transfer credits and community college agreements.


Dr. James Klingler serves as the Entrepreneur-in-Residence for the Villanova Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. As a professor at Villanova, Dr. Klingler has been a key figure in entrepreneurial education since its early development at the university. Before the advent of an official entrepreneurship program, he worked with students in his office developing ideas, advised aspiring entrepreneurs, and even taught a small business management class. He went on to advise the Villanova Entrepreneurship Society and play active roles in the formation of the entrepreneurship minor and the ICE Institute.


II Luscri (pronounced "two") is an Adjunct Professor at Villanova University and serves as the Managing Director & Assistant Vice-Provost, Skandalaris Center for Interdisciplinary Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Washington University in St. Louis.


Ann Miller serves as the Daniel J. Hogarty, Jr. ’61 Director of the Villanova Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Also an adjunct faculty member at Villanova's College of Professional studies, she partnered with the Dean to design the Entrepreneurship Major and the first Basics of Entrepreneurship course.

Prior to Villanova, Ann was an Associate Director at Penn Wharton Entrepreneurship.  There, she managed the Penn Wharton Innovation Fund, Entrepreneur in Residence program, the Student Expert program, and directed the annual Penn Wharton Startup Showcase. 

Ann earned her master’s in Education Entrepreneurship from the Penn Graduate School of Education (GSE).  She received her bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and Religious Studies from Colgate University.  A successful entrepreneur herself and noted chef, Ann founded Philly Cooking Lessons in 2013.

All students, faculty and staff who will be on campus are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. For more information, visit the University's Vaccine Info webpage.


Summer I & III Deadline - May 25
Summer II Deadline - June 28
Fall I Deadline - August 17

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BIS vs. BA

The primary difference between a Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies (BIS) degree and a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree is the core curriculum that must be completed for each.

Students completing the BIS degree follow a 45-credit core curriculum. This provides more flexibility and choices in selecting classes.

Students completing the BA degree follow the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences 50-credit core curriculum, which includes foreign language courses and science courses with a lab.