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K-State Today

October 3, 2012

Open for business: New entrepreneurship minor enhances career options for students from wide variety of majors

Submitted by Communications and Marketing

Kansas State University students now have more opportunities and resources to start a business, according to Chad Jackson, associate director of the university's Center for the Advancement of Entrepreneurship.


Whether a business, agriculture or art major, students from a wide variety of disciplines at the university can now obtain the skills to succeed in their own business with the new minor in entrepreneurship offered through the College of Business Administration.

"The minor is designed so that students with any major across campus can pick up an entrepreneurship minor and learn some of the key entrepreneurship principles and disciplines that then can be applied to their specific field," Jackson said. 

The college began offering the minor this fall. The 15-credit minor includes three required entrepreneurship courses for nine credits. The two electives -- or six credits -- should support the student's planned venture.

Jackson said success stories from entrepreneurs like Steve Jobs, Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg have inspired students to learn how to pursue their passions through entrepreneurship.

"Entrepreneurship is one of the hottest topics right now due to our current economy," Jackson said. "The growth of entrepreneurial businesses is what will ultimately turn our economy around."

Kansas State University's entrepreneurship major was founded in 2008 and is one of its fastest growing majors. The program, which offers a variety of opportunities and support resources for student entrepreneurs, was awarded the national title of Emerging Program of the Year by the U.S. Association for Small Businesses and Entrepreneurship in 2011.


For more information on the entrepreneurship minor, go to http://bit.ly/SXqq3N. For more information on all entrepreneurship programs and activities at Kansas State University, visit the Center for Advancement for Entrepreneurship online at http://bit.ly/Vpeabu.