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Phillips School of Business (PSB) was very fortunate in August of 2014 to hire Kathryn Elliott as Assistant Professor of the Practice of Entrepreneurship and Director of the Center for Entrepreneurship. Ms. Elliott came to HPU with extensive experience working with business development organizations, entrepreneurs, and small businesses. Her widespread and comprehensive network of business contacts is extremely beneficial to the PSB entrepreneurship students. Most recently, Ms. Elliott has worked as Entrepreneur Connection Vice President for the Greensboro Partnership to develop high-growth entrepreneurial businesses. 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Business Resource Alliance Member • Action Greensboro Entrepreneurism Task Force Center for Creative Leadership - Leadership Development Program • Graduate of Leadership Greensboro   At HPU, Ms. Elliott teaches Entrepreneurial Creativity and Feasibility; Family Business Management; Business Modeling, Planning, Strategy, and Growth; and Social Entrepreneurship. In the past, she has extensively shared her knowledge by teaching as an adjunct in the University of North Carolina Greensboro Bryan School of Business, at Bennett College, in the Duke University Non-Profit Certificate Program, and in various small business classes at Guilford Technical Community College.   As Director, Ms. Elliott manages the HPU Center for Entrepreneurship and leads its program activities, providing the leadership and vision to develop an inclusive entrepreneurship center while supporting the dynamic teachings offered through High Point University. 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Chair and Assistant Professor of the Practice of Management
Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship and Director of Entrepreneurship Program
Assistant Professor of Management & Entrepreneurship
Assistant Professor of the Practice of Entrepreneurship
Jefferson Pilot Professor of Business

The entrepreneurship major is intended for students who are interested in starting or purchasing a business, or who are considering working in a family-owned business upon graduation.

Upon completing the entrepreneurship major at High Point University, students will be able to:

  1. effectively develop resource management plans
  2. obtain the knowledge and required proficiency in the development and writing of a business plan
  3. identify a business opportunity
  4. conduct a feasibility analysis

 

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Course Requirements 2020/2021
Bachelor of Arts Business Administration in Entrepreneurship
Minor in Entrepreneurship
Bachelor of Arts Business Administration in Entrepreneurship
Degree Requirements Credits
Major Requirements 73
University Core Requirements 50
Electives 13
Total 128
Minor in Entrepreneurship
Minor Requirements Credits
Course Requirements 20
Total 20
Requirements for B.S.B.A. in Entrepreneurship
Requirements for Minor in Entrepreneurship
Requirements for B.S.B.A. in Entrepreneurship
Course Course Title Credits
ACC 2010 Financial Accounting 4
ACC 2020 Managerial Accounting 4
BUA 2000 Business Career Boot Camp 1
BUA 2990 Business Communications and Professional Development 4
ECO 2030 Principles of Macroeconomics 4
ECO 2050 Principles of Microeconomics 4
FIN 3010 Financial Management 4
MGT 2220 Principles of Management and Organizational Behavior 4
MGT 3280 Operations and Supply Chain Management 4
MKT 2110 Principles of Marketing and Personal Selling 4
MTH 1310, MTH 1410 Applied Mathematical Concepts for Business or Calculus I 4
STS 2610, STS 2910 Business Statistics and Analysis or Introduction to Statistical Analysis with SAS Applications 4
Select one course from the following list:
BUA/GBS 3100 Global Business 4*
ECO/GBS 3460 International Economics 4
ECO/GBS 4430 Comparative Economics 4
MKT 3750 International Marketing 4
MKT/GBS 3850 Marketing in Spain 4*
Select all of the four required classes below:
ENT 2900 Ideation ad Creativity 4
ENT 3023 Business Modeling and Feasibility 4
ENT 3400 Venture Funding 4
ENT 4990 Strategic Entrepreneurship Management 4
Select at least 8 credits from the following list:
ENT 2810 Dilemmas and Debates in Entrepreneurship 2
ENT 2880 Family Business Management 4
ENT 3010 Pitching Startup Ideas 2
ENT 3050 Business Law for Entrepreneurs 4
ENT 3510 Corporate Entrepreneurship and Family Business 4
ENT 4220 Social Entrepreneurship 4
ENT 4263 Entrepreneurial Marketing 4
ENT 4444 Independent Study 2-6
MGT 3300 Innovation Management 4
Course Descriptions
*Part of the study abroad program.

Note: At least 50% of traditional business credit hours in this major must be completed at High Point University. Traditional business subjects include courses with the following prefixes: ACC, BUA, ECO, ENT, FIN, MGT, and MKT.

Note: Students are encouraged also to consider internships, undergraduate research, or independent study in business, beyond the standard requirements.
Requirements for Minor in Entrepreneurship
Course Course Title Credits
ENT 2900 Ideation and Creativity 4
ENT 3023 Business Modeling and Feasibility 4
ENT 3400 Venture Funding 4
Select either 8 credits from the following list:
BUA 3050 Business Law 4
MGT 2220 Principles of Management and Organizational Behavior 4
MGT 3220 Leadership 4
MGT 3280 Operations and Supply Chain Management 4
MGT 3300 Innovation Management 4
MGT 4990 Strategic Management 4
OR any other ENT course(s) offered in the Undergraduate Bulletin (4-8)
ENT 2810 Dilemmas ad Debates in Entrepreneurship 2
ENT 2880 Family Business Management 4
ENT 2881, 3881, 4881 Special Topics Variable Credit. May be repeated.
ENT 3010 Pitching Startup Ideas 2
ENT 3050 Business Law for Entrepreneurs 4
ENT 3510 Corporate Entrepreneurship and Family Business 4
ENT 4220 Social Entrepreneurship 4
ENT 4263 Entrepreneurial Marketing 4
ENT 4444 Independent Study 2-6
ENT 4810-4815 Student Internship 3-12
ENT 4990 Strategic Entrepreneurship Management 4
Course Descriptions
Career Opportunities
The entrepreneurship major is intended for people who are interested in starting or purchasing a business, or who are considering working in a family-owned business upon graduation.
Student Outcomes

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Study Abroad
At High Point University, our emphasis on global perspectives is designed to provide students with opportunities to enhance their international awareness and to develop their cross-cultural communication skills. Study abroad is strongly encouraged as a part of this emphasis on global studies. With a variety of extraordinary options at some of the most prestigious universities in the world, students at High Point University are encouraged to study abroad as early as the summer after their freshman year. Employers are looking for more than just a degree; they want well-rounded individuals who have familiarity with diverse cultures, special skills, and knowledge of the world around them.
The Entrepreneurship Center
The Entrepreneurship Center
The High Point University Belk Entrepreneurship Center fosters innovation and supports business ventures, advancing the entrepreneurship major offered by the Earl N. Phillips School of Business
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Business Plan Competition
With support provided by Truist, the Center for Entrepreneurship at High Point University will hold the 11th Annual Business Plan Competition
Elevator Pitch Competition
HPU students have the opportunity to compete for cash prizes and pitch their best business ideas during the Annual Elevator Pitch Competition
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