Entrepreneurship (B.S. or B.A. in Business Administration)

Jonathan Arthurs, Entrepreneurship Program Coordinator, 541-737-6049 or Jonathan.arthurs@bus.oregonstate.com

Austin Entrepreneurship Program Advisory Council

Entrepreneurship option courses


The Entrepreneurship curriculum teaches students how to recognize and develop opportunities in business and not-for-profit organizations.  It prepares students to operate in rapidly growing businesses, to participate in family-owned businesses, to establish their own business, or to plan, lead and contribute to new business development initiatives within larger organizations.

Entrepreneurship is multi-disciplinary and creative in nature.  You will learn about many different areas of business, in particular Marketing, Strategy, Finance and Management.


The Entrepreneurship program demands much from its students, including a professional orientation and a sense of self-sufficiency. 

Your freshman and sophomore years will be largely confined to starting the OSU baccalaureate core and the Business Core (see Requirements.) These courses are required of all Business students. The majority of Entrepreneurship option courses are completed during the Junior and Senior years. By the conclusion of the Entrepreneurship option, you will have broad exposure to all major areas in business.

Enrichment Activities

Participating in entrepreneurship-specific "enrichment" activities enables you to expand your understanding and build your skills beyond the classroom. The Austin Entrepreneurship Program hosts speakers and competitions and has opportunities to work on business plans for OSU intellectual property. By living in Weatherford Hall and qualifying, you also have opportunities to leverage incubator space for your business. Students In Free Enterprise (SIFE) hosts a variety of hands-on activities that contribute to your entrepreneurial growth. The Entrepreneurship Society hosts functions and guest speakers that put you face-to-face with potential employers and allow you to learn about the variety of entrepreneurial opportunities. The Close to the Customer Project provides interns a chance to learn market research and client relations skills. Being active in these experiential learning activities, as well as internships, helps increase the opportunities of finding a job after graduation.