Entrepreneurship Courses

In addition to the extracurricular entrepreneurial activities we offer through the Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, we encourage students to explore academic courses and concentrations with our colleagues from within all ten schools here at the university. Entrepreneurial education helps many students to familiarize themselves with some of the very basic and key concepts of the business side of entrepreneurship. 

Entrepreneurship Concentrations

School of Medicine and Health Sciences

School of Business

Innovation and Entrepreneurship Courses

Below is a sample of the current offerings on campus in creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship. You can find more information for the courses by visiting the University Bulletin or by contacting the departments directly.

Courses that can be used to satisfy the requirements of the new Minor in Creativity, Innovation and Entrepreneurship are marked with an asterisk (*).

Courses Listed by School

Columbian College of Arts and Sciences

U.S. Popular Music & Culture*

AMST 2600 - 3 Credit Hours 

Interdisciplinary approach to U.S. popular music as a means for thinking critically about identity, culture, and history from the 19th century to the present; popular music as a cultural reflection of society and a key means through which Americans enact and negotiate social opportunities, challenges, and struggles.

Methods in Sociocultural Anthropology*

ANTH 3531 - 3 Credit Hours
Prerequisites: ANTH 1002 

Approaches to field research. Conceptual bases and biases in the delineation of problems and in the selection, analysis, and organization of data. Students design and carry out their own field projects in the Washington area.

Psychology of Creativity*

CAS 3360 - 3 Credit Hours

How can we define creativity? Do we always recognize it when we see it? How can we make access to our own creativity more reliable? Artists, designers, and innovative thinkers have always pursued these questions. In the rapidly changing age of information, they have become crucial in all fields. In this course, the psychological and biological foundations of perception through problem-solving and creative work are studied as a means of exploring and developing creativity through readings, practical exercises, and student projects.

Design Fundamentals I*

CDE 1090 - 3 Credit Hours

An introduction to the visual components that serve as fundamental principles in the field of design. The study, classification, and application of Gestalt theories of perception, color systems for designers, and pattern making. Design methodology, processes, and language; the critique process; project workflow; professional practices and presentation; and digital software and hand craft tools. Students create 2D and 3D forms and learn how to use materials in design projects.

Design Fundamentals II*

CDE 1091 - 3 Credit Hours
Prerequisites: A grade of "C" or higher in CDE 1090 Design Fundamentals I.

In Design Fundamentals II, students utilize and deepen the skills they acquired in Design Fundamentals I. Course projects focus on visual relationships of form and image; type and grid structures; and scale. Visual communication and visual hierarchy are concepts integrated in course projects. Students will be engaged in a series of projects that address more advanced 2D and 3D concepts of abstract forms and their professional applications. Students will learn about the cultural and functional meaning of materials and finishes, while continuing to hone their digital software tools and hand craft skills.

Interactive Web Design I*

CDM 2280 - 3 Credit Hours

This course offers a technical and conseptual introduction to web design. Topics covered include visual design; the fundamentals of website structure and navigation; accessibility and usability; writing HTML and CSS; and content management systems. Projects examine the web as a platform for both client-driven and self-published work. 

Introduction to Communication Studies*

COMM 1025 - 3 Credit Hours

Introduction to historical and intellectual development of the field. Students survey the origins of contemporary theory; learn about fundamental concepts, models, investigative tools, and contexts of communication; and explore a variety of professional opportunities awaiting communication graduates. 

Financial Economics*

ECON 2121 - 3 Credit Hours
Prerequisites: ECON 1011, ECON 1012

Economic analysis of key financial institutions, markets, and variables. Investigation of the performance of asset markets and the roles of money, credit, interest rates, and exchange rates. Examination of private sector institutions like equity markets and the banking system and the roles of regulators like the Federal Reserve.

Economics of Technological Change

ECON 6255 - 3 Credit Hours 

Economics of research and development; innovation and growth; the role of government in the development and use of new technology.

Introduction to Creative Writing*

ENGL 1210 - 3 Credit Hours

An exploration of genres of creative writing (fiction, poetry, and/or playwriting). Basic problems and techniques; examples of modern approaches; weekly writing assignments; workshop and/or conference discussion of student writing.

Topics in Creative Writing*

ENGL 3390 - 3 Credit Hours

Topics announced prior to the registration period; may be repeated for credit provided the topic differs. Topics may include poetry and poetics; forms and methods in fiction; forms and methods in poetry; memoir and personal narratives; creative nonfiction; "Literature, Live"; avant-garde and experimental writing.

Concept Lab*

FA 2001 - 3 Credit Hours

Connecting concept, materials, media, and audience; addressing challenges using materials and media. Cross-disciplinary thinking and individual and collaborative creative practices as well as historical, contemporary, and theoretical context of art works. Materials fee. Restricted to students who have completed a minimum of 6 credits in Fine Arts (FA courses).

Sculpture: Design in Action*

FA 2212 - 3 Credit Hours
Prerequisites: FA 1017 or FA 1201 or permission of the instructor.

The design, fabrication, and implementation of artwork to address real world problems using a variety of materials and techniques. Students put their sculptures into action in site-specific contexts. Materials fee.

Professional Practices

FA 6293 - 3 Credit Hours 

A critical guide for understanding the infrastructure of the art world through analysis of various sustainable models of contemporary art practice for young artists. Establishing practical modes of criticism, promotion, fundraising and entrepreneurship in relation to exhibiting one's work, seeking venues, conducting studio visits, managing budgets, and writing grants, press releases, and artist statements. Restricted to Graduate students only. (Same as FA 2193). 

Introduction to Human Services and Social Justice*

HSSJ 1100 - 3 Credit Hours

Human services and social justice theory, research, and practice; historical and intellectual development, community-based scholarship, and the context of Washington, D.C.

Non-Profit Management

HSSJ 1150 - 3 Credit Hours 

Since the 1950s, there has been enormous expansion of nonprofit organizations around the world that shows no signs of slowing down any time soon. Currently, around 12 billion USD are given globally to non-profits from international entities (such as the United Nations and the European union), national and local governments, foundations, and private donors. NGOs, large and small, are becoming premiere providers for the delivery of social services, healthcare, education and other service-oriented endeavors, especially in hard to reach communities. Thus understanding how NGOs are formed and managed is crucial for anyone planning on working in the field, or even in government where services are contracted out to NGOs. We will begin the class by reviewing the structure of NGOs and their organizational culture before delving into how NGOs are managed by focusing on case studies and on-site field experiences with NGOs. 

Organizing for Social Justice in Human Services

HSSJ 1177 - 3 Credit Hours 

Theory in community organizing and social justice is connected with an opportunity to explore how it is applied directly in the field. Methods used by non-profit organizations and campaigns to address issues in human services.

Program Planning and Evaluation*

HSSJ 3100W - 3 Credit Hours
Prerequisites: PSC 2101 or PSYC 2101 or SOC 2101. Same as HSSJ 3100.

Program planning and development as essential aspects of human services agencies. Analysis through case studies and on-site field experience of processes by which agency needs are assessed and programs planned. Community-based research. Restricted to HMSR or HSSJ majors or minors or permission of the instructor.

Special Topics (Social Entrepreneurship)*

HSSJ 4198 - 3 Credit Hours

Topics to be announced in the Schedule of Classes. May be repeated for credit provided topic differs.

Economic Geography*

GEOG 2148 - 3 Credit Hours
Prerequisites: GEOG 1001

Locational influences on and spatial variation of the development of manufacturing, services, trade, and finance.

Museum Management

MSTD 6101 - 3 Credit Hours 

Overall operation of the museum: legal status of the museum and its obligations to the public; governance, staffing, policymaking as a nonprofit organization. Theory applied to practical situations.

Non-Profit Fiscal Management

MSTD 6102 - 3 Credit Hours

Basic concepts of general accounting; fund accounting for nonprofit organizations; budgets and budget systems; use of the budget as a management tool; long-range planning; income sources; other financial management concepts.

Leading Change*

ORSC 2116 - 3 Credit Hours
Prerequisites: ORSC 1109

An in-depth introduction to and analysis of concepts and techniques of leadership, including motivation, goal alignment, incentives, teamwork, and communication. Conceptual and empirical background of the management of change.

Leadership and Performance*

ORSC 2143 - 3 Credit Hours
Prerequisites: ORSC 1109

Leadership from an organization system perspective. Theory, research, and applications pertaining to how leaders can reduce uncertainty through appropriate adaptive change.

Ethics in Business and the Professions*

PHIL 2135 - 3 Credit Hours

Ethical theories and basic concepts for analysis of moral issues arising in business and in professional practice.

Non-Profit Enterprise

PPPA 6033 - 3 Credit Hours 

The use of business methods by nonprofit organizations, commercialization in the nonprofit sector, and the relationship between nonprofit and for-profit entities in pursuing social purposes. Case studies.

Governing and Managing Nonprofit Organizations

PPPA 6031 - 3 Credit Hours 
Instructor: M. Worth

Historical, legal, and social foundations of the nonprofit sector. Developing organizational strategy and capacity; managing staff, boards, and volunteers; financial management; fund raising, marketing, public advocacy, and other external relations; partnerships and entrepreneurial activities; measuring performance; and policy issues.

Financial Management for Public and Nonprofit Organizations

PPPA 6053 - 3 Credit Hours (Undergraduate Students)
Instructor: M. Newman

Intensive analysis, using the case study approach, of concepts and principles used in the not-for-profit sector for financial management purposes. Disciplines of accounting, budgeting, operations control, management, and auditing are integrated into comprehensive management control systems and include issues of system design and implementation.

Managing Fundraising and Philanthropy

PPPA 6032 - 3 Credit Hours 
Instructor: M. Worth

Fundraising for nonprofit organizations and the management of relationships between donors and recipient organizations. Positioning the organization for fundraising; roles of staff and volunteers; principal techniques for identifying, cultivating, and soliciting donors; ethical principles; emerging trends; and relevant policy issues.

Community Development Policy and Management

PPPA 6062 - 3 Credit Hours
Instructor: J. Firschein

This course examines the policy and practice of community development, including how private sector developers and lenders work with nonprofits, foundations, and the public sector to promote sustainable affordable housing, economic development, and other community-based projects that meet both financial as well as social impact criteria. This category of finance and development is intended to help people and communities just outside the margins of conventional, mainstream finance join the economic mainstream - and to help the economic mainstream enter emerging opportunity markets. The course explores different types of community development opportunities, including affordable housing, charter school, community caility, small business lending, and nonprofit real estate projects. The course also addresses emerging trends that are likely to affect community development policy makers and practitioners, including transportation oriented development, "green" development, use of technology, comprehensive community initiatives, and new ways of raising capital for community development projects.

Policy Issues in Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Impact Investing

PPPA 6063 - 3 Credit Hours

This course examines the role of the public and nonprofit sectors in supporting corporate and investor activities that are intended to have social and environmental, in addition to financial, benefits. These activities - often referred to as "corporate social responsibility" (CSR) and "impact investing" - have been described as having significant potential to create social benefits in addition to being in the financial best interests of the corporation or investor. At the same time, some critics of these activities have said that they are less about producing social benefits and more about marketing private sector activities that are primarily designed to produce corporate financial gains. The course explores what is meant by these two terms, what steps the public and nonprofit sectors have taken to support the wide range of activities that these terms encompass, and what have been the results of this work both in the United States and in other countries. The course also addresses emerging trends that tare likely to affect the public and nonprofit role in CSR and impact investing in the future.

The Sociological Imagination*

SOC 1002 - 3 Credit Hours

Definition and application of the concept of the sociological imagination; the connection between personal troubles and public issues; race, gender, inequality, and education. Credit will not be given for both SOC 1002 and SOC 1001. Same as SOC 1001.

Selected Topics: Entrepreneurship New Media Industry*

SMPA 3195 - 3 Credit Hours

Topic announced in the Schedule of Classes. May be repeated for credit if the topic differs.

School of Engineering and Applied Science

Regulatory Law: Medical Devices

BME 6481 - 3 Credit Hours

The course is intended to provide students with an introduction to legal issues pertinent to medical device regulation. Topics addressed will include device classification, general and special controls, quality system regulation, 510(k) submissions, premarket approval applications (PMAs), clinical trials, investigational device exemptions (IDEs) and medical device reporting (MDR), recalls, labeling and advertising, enforcement, and emerging legal issues. The course will also provide a short introduction to pharmaceutical regulation.

Introduction to a Sustainable World

CE 1020 - 1 Credit Hour

The science underlying the basic processes that gave rise to the world we live in and that maintain its viability for human life. Ecosystem-functioning environmental issues, such as greenhouse gas emission and ozone, with current efforts to resolve them. Technological innovations in the context of sustainability.

Environmental Sustainability*

CE 2510 - 3 Credit Hours

An introduction to environmental sustainability with focus on the nexus of water, energy, and climate; energy demands of water systems, water footprints of energy generation, and how the two valuable resources are limiting each other; technologies and research frontiers toward a sustainable water and energy supply.

Introduction to Web Software Development

CSCI 1023 - 3 Credit Hours

An introduction to the Internet. Topics include address and URL to find your way, linking to a URL, HTML and web programming, building a web page, building a home page, client-server techniques. (Fall and spring).

Technology and Society

CSCI 1030 - 3 Credit Hours

Historical, social, and ethical issues of the technological age. Ethical principles and skills and social analysis skills needed to evaluate the design and implementation of complex computer systems. Privacy, computer crime, equity, intellectual property, professional ethics. Data collection, analysis, and presentation; technical writing and oral communication skills.

Entrepreneurship and Technology

EMSE 6025 - 3 Credit Hours

Concepts and methods associated with starting an entrepreneurial venture: organization design, team building, protection of intellectual property, strategies for developing and marketing a technology product; financial, legal, and market valuation issues and methods for a start-up venture.

Technical Enterprise

EMSE 6026 - 3 Credit Hours

Essential features of technology-based companies from the entrepreneur's point of view. Team preparation of a simulated business plan for a technology-based company. Designed for those working in technical firms and for government personnel who depend on technical firms as suppliers. (Spring, odd years)

International Technology Commercialization

EMSE 6045 - 3 Credit Hours

The process of moving ideas to commercial reality in an international setting. Interdisciplinary approach that weaves together study of international and organizational cultures and dynamics, with the disciplines of analytics, engineering management, entrepreneurship, marketing, and technology forecasting, to commercialize innovations in technology. (Spring, Every Year).

Internet and On-Line Law for Security Managers

EMSE 6545 - 3 Credit Hours

Legal issues regarding control of behavior, information security mechanisms, and information systems engineering in connected enterprises. Specific laws and regulations governing Internet and on-line activity, juristictional challenges associated with networked computing, and business law in cyberspace.

Special Topics

EMSE 6992 - 3 Credit Hours

Selected topics in engineering management and systems engineering, as arranged. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: permission of instructor.

History and Impact of the U.S. Patent System

MAE 2170 - 3 Credit Hours

Economic systems and emergence of the free market; role of the patent system in the industrial development of the United States; constitutional foundations; evolution of the U.S. patent system; lankmark litigation; impact on future innovation; international aspects; the likely future of the patent system.

Special Topics

SEAS 4800 / SEAS 6800 - 3 Credit Hours

Special topics related to new technology and advances, experimental offering on new course topics and applications. Topic to be announced in the schedule of classes. May be repeated for credit provided the topic differs. Recommended background: undergraduate student. (Fall, spring, and summer).

Innovation and Technology

SEAS 6100 - 3 Credit Hours

Introduction to design and management of technology; Law of Diffusion of Innovation; identification of fundamental engineering design limits; sustained vs. disruptive engineering and technology, best practices from innovators and visionaries; engineering solution at the prototype protections; transformative technology and assessment from a holistic and global view point; application of the lean start-up approach to real-world challenges including sustainability. Restricted to SEAS students or with the instructor's permission. (Fall and Spring).

Launching Technical Ventures

SEAS 6200 - 1 Credit Hour (Graduate Students)

Fundamentals of building an organization and the capabilities necessary to launch and nurture early-stage ventures. Lean startup management practices, with insights and lessons learned to avoid common mistakes associated with launching new businesses. (Spring).

School of Business

Introduction to Financial Accounting*

ACCY 2001 - 3 Credits

Fundamental concepts underlying financial statements and the informed use of accounting information; analysis and recording of business transactions; preparation and understanding of financial statements; measurement of the profitability and financial position of a business. Restricted to sophomores.

Business Law: Enterprise Organization*

ACCY 4601 - 3 Credits
Prerequisites: ACCY 2001

The legal aspects or organizing, financing, and operating an enterprise: agency, partnerships, corporations, securities regulation, insurance, secured credit financing, and commercial paper.

Basic Marketing Management*

BADM 3401 - 3 Credits
Prerequisites: ECON 1012 or HONR 2044

Consumer and organizational buying behavior. Strategic marketing processes (market research, segmentation, targeting, positioning, and relationship-building). Product development and brand management, valuation and pricing, channel and logistics management, integrated marketing communications, e-commerce.

Introduction to Business Analytics*

DNSC 3401 - 3 Credits
Prerequisites: APSC 3115 or STAT 1051 or STAT 1053 or STAT 1111

Fundamentals of business analytics: what information it provides, how and when that information is used, and how it affects decision making. Working with uncertainty; understanding the dynamic nature of decision making; using data, regardless of its size; and making decisions with incomplete data. The simulation of real-life scenarios to support optimal decision making. 

Management of Technology Innovation

DNSC 6234 - 3 Credits

Money and Capital Markets

FINA 3301 - 3 Credit Hours

The process of capital formation in a free enterprise economy, with special emphasis on factors affecting the level and structure of interest rates. Money market, capital market, and derivative contracts (futures and swaps) are evaluated from both investment and financing perspectives. Prerequisite: BADM 3501.

Introduction to International Business*

IBUS 3001 - 3 Credits
Prerequisites: ECON 1011 or HONR 2043; and ECON 1012 or HONR 2044

The international business environment, including social, cultural, political, technological, and institutional domains; multinational corporation strategic imperatives and organizational challenges, including financial, marketing, human resources, and other aspects of management.

Innovation Ventures*

ISTM 4223 - 3 Credits

Process of innovation entrepreneurship used to launch and build new ventures; technology ventures; organizing for innovation, raising venture capital, wealth creation, managing the growing innovation venture, marketing technology products and services.

Emerging Technologies

ISTM 4233 - 3 Credits

New developments in scientific and technological innovation, including automation, energy, medicine, bioengineering, social science, information technology, and space; forecasting technological advances and assessing their economic and social effects. Students enrolled at the graduate level are expected to do additional work. Same as ISTM 6233. 

Telecommunications and Enterprise Networks

ISTM 6203 - 3 Credit Hours

The technologies and applications of telecommunications systems in the commercial and public sectors with emphasis on wireless, mobile, and Internet communication protocols. systems technology and configurations to support business application requirements are evaluated. Functional characteristics of network technologies. Prerequisite: M.S.I.S.T candidacy or departmental approval. 

Technology Entrepreneurship

ISTM 6223 - 3 Credits

Case studies on the innovation–entrepreneurship processes used to launch and build new ventures based on information technology and on technology more broadly. Organizing for innovation, raising venture capital, managing the small technology-based venture, marketing technology products and services, intellectual property considerations, and new venture proposal development. Prerequisite: M.S.I.S.T. candidacy or departmental approval

Management of Technology and Innovation

ISTM 6224 - 3 Credits

Business, technological, economic, and political factors that influence the development and deployment of new technology products, processes, and services. Concepts and practices useful in managing technology and enhancing corporate innovation, corporate organizational alternatives, new approaches, and sources of competitive advantages. Prerequisite: M.S.I.S.T. candidacy or departmental approval.

New Venture Financing

ISTM / FINA 6234 / 4900 - 3 Credit Hours

Students will be exposed to the fundamentals of financing early stage business opportunities by examining real world cases, by conducting due diligence on real investment opportunities, and by working with early stage companies on developing financeable strategies, under the guidance of experienced faculty and venture investors. 

Seminar: Competitiveness/Technology

ISTM 6239 - 3 Credit Hours

Capstone course integrating the field of management of science, technology, and innovation. Commercialization of technology in the private sector and the impact on competitiveness. Implementation of technology in the public sector. Technology development, from new product concept to utilization. Prerequisite: ISTM 6224 or MBAD 6253; ISTM 6232 or ISTM 6233 or permission of instructor.

International Technology and Innovation

ISTM 6297 - 3 Credit Hours

Growth and future potential and impact of the technology expansion within international arenas and the global economy. Social, economic, innovative start-ups, multinational firms.

Small Business Management*

MGT 3301 - 3 Credit Hours
Prerequisites: MGT 3300W or permission of the instructor.

Theory and practice of entrepreneurship. How to start or acquire a new business; effective management, including the essentials of planning, organizing, financing, marketing, and controlling the smaller enterprise. Students consult with a small DC-area company as part of a team research project.


MGT 3302 - 3 Credit Hours

The process of turning a web, mobile, or wearable business idea into a validated, repeatable, and scalable business model using lean startup methodologies. Topics include testing and user feedback, technology basics, promotions, and tracking core metrics.


MGT 3300 - 3 Credit Hours

Students develop the knowledge and ability to launch their own venture. The entrepreneur and the process of entrepreneurship; key aspects of entrepreneurial success, from idea generation and development to launching a firm. Practical skills applicable to real-world scenarios.

MGT 3300W - 3 Credit Hours

Students develop the knowledge and ability to launch their own venture. The entrepreneur and the process of entrepreneurship; key aspects of entrepreneurial success, from idea generation and development to launching a firm. Practical skills applicable to real-world scenarios.

MGT 4102 / ISTM 4900 - 3 Credit Hours

Key aspects of entrepreneurial success, from idea to development to launch, including opportunity identification, feasibility analysis, industry analysis, business models, venture funding, and mentor relations.

MBAD 6265 - 3 Credit Hours

This course focuses on the total enterprise creation process: starting with an introduction to the creative and innovative practices, lifestyle commitment and the skills necessary for entrepreneurial success. This course seeks to help students develop the skills and knowledge that will enable them to be effective as entrepreneurs, members of entrepreneurial teams, intra (entre) preneurs and managers of intrapreneurs. Come explore how to identify and develop solutions to the most common leadership and personal challenges faced by entrepreneurs.

MGT 6280 - 3 Credit Hours

In exploring the "entrepreneur as a phenomenon," students will be exposed to the theory and experiences associated with entrepreneurs, entrepreneurial acts, and entrepreneurship in all organizational settings - large, small, public, and private.

Management of Tech and Innovation

MBAD 6253 - 1.5 Credit Hours

Business, technological, economic, and political factors that influence the development and adoption of new technology. Management concepts and practices useful in enhancing corporate innovation. Corporate venture divisions and organizational alternatives.

Women's Entrepreneurial Leadership (WEL)

MGT 3303 - 3 Credit Hours (Undergraduate/Graduate)

Business and non-business majors welcome. WEL is a fast-paced class providing access and knowledge for students looking to develop and implement their ideas within an entrepreneurial or “intrapreneurial” environment. WEL is the recipient of the National Excellence in Entrepreneurship Education Award. In this class, you’ll gain and master real-world skills as you:

Develop a plan for a business venture Develop a relationship with a mentor Develop your skills and knowledge about leadership


SMPP 6291 - 3 Credit Hours

An in-depth, comprehensive exploration, analysis, and evaluation of specific for profit and non-profit organization values, approaches, and outcomes related to multiple ethical ideals, systems, and practices.

Course will not be offered in the Fall.

Management of the Growing Entrepreneurial Venture

MGT 4003 - 3 Credit Hours 

Examination of the data, dilemmas, and decisions that can confront leaders of post-startup entrepreneurial ventures.

Entrepreneurship Management

MGT 4102W - 3 Credit Hours 

Have you ever wanted to start your own venture? Entrepreneurship course at the School of Business can help you develop your ideas or generate new ideas and turn them into viable business plans. The course addresses all the key questions you will ask in the process of setting up your venture: Is the idea feasible? Is this the best business model? How do I put together a great team to take it to market? How do I market my idea? How do I write a business plan? How do I fund my venture? The course uses methodologies (cases, interviews with entrepreneurs, interviews with investors) that encourage practical learning allowing students to develop skills that are directly applicable in real world scenario.

Social Entrepreneurship That Matters*

MGT 4900 - 3 Credit Hours (Undergraduates

A new type of entrepreneur is evolving, one that innovates for solutions, not just for profits, and is eager to do well while doing good. Learn about Social Entrepreneurship in conjunction with a real-life practice, Lemonade Day-DC. Lemonade Day is powered nationally by Google for Entrepreneurs and will take place in 50 cities across the country this year. Students will be challenged to learn practical business skills, give back to society and use business to solve the world's problems. Explore the principles of shared value creation and have the opportunity to take Lemonade Day-DC to the next level and make a lasting impact on the entire DC community. 

New Venture Initiation

MGT 6282 - 3 Credits

Essentials of planning a new business venture. Sources of financing, evaluation of alternative new business ventures, and analysis of business functions. Creating and analyzing the business plan.

Family Business Management

MGT 6284 - 3 Credits

Challenges of managing a family business: risk strategies; successor development and succession planning; stages of family business growth; family motivations and goals. Field projects provide hands-on experience.

Creativity and Innovation

MGT 6286 - 3 Credits

How organizational culture encourages or discourages creativity in individuals and teams and how organizational policies support or undercut innovation. Methods for developing and strengthening creative ideas and innovative action. Factors such as breakthrough design that encourage creativity and support innovation. Students examine and assess, on both personal and organizational levels, the bases of and propensity for creativity and innovation.

DC I-Corps Fed Tech

MGT 6298 Section 10 - 3 Credit Hours

Fed Tech provides business and engineering students with a hands-on experience in building successful businesses that commercialize cutting-edge technologies from federal labs like NASA and the Naval Research Laboratory.  Under the supervision of experienced entrepreneurs, students use Lean Startup business development methodologies to explore the commercial viability their technologies. The program includes practical experience in entrepreneurship, technology transfer and market research. Promising businesses have the opportunity to license the technology they worked with and enter the DC I-Corps Accelerator program to continue to build their startup.

Strategic Entrepreneurship

MGT 6283 - 3 Credits Hours

Capstone course for the small business/entrepreneurship concentration. Student teams assist companies in upgrading strategies. Prerequisites: MBAD 6265, MGT 6281, MGT 6282 and/or permission of instructor.

New Venture Initiation

MGT 6293 - 3 Credit Hours (Graduate Students)
Instructor: George Solomon

The New Venture Initiation course focuses on the essentials of planning a new business venture, the sources of financing, the evaluation of alternative new business ventures, and the analysis of business functions. One of the features in this course is the creation and analysis of startups' business plans.

Strategic Management

MGMT 6294 - 3 Credit Hours (Graduate Students)

This is a capstone course for the small business/entrepreneurship concentration in the GW MBA program. The students gain hands-on experience by teaming up and assisting various startups in upgrading their strategies.

Social Entrepreneurship 

MGT 6285 - 3 Credit Hours

Theory and practice of social entrepreneurship. The power and limits of social entrepreneurship as a tool for creating sustainable and scalable social impact.

Special Topics (Entrepreneurship, Peace and Economic Development)

MGT 6290 - 0-3 Credit Hours

Experimental offering; new course topics and teaching methods. May be repeated once for credit.

Business and Innovation

MBAD 6297 - 1.5 Credit Hours

Innovation as a core business process involving technological, market, and organizational change. Strategic decisions, capabilities, and moves made or developed in established firms to create, deliver, and capture value. Restricted to World Executive MBA students.

Consumer Behavior

MKTG 3142 - 3 Credit Hours

Social, cultural, and psychological factors influencing the behavior of consumers. Models of buyer behavior, consumption patterns, market segmentation, attitude formation and change, brand loyalty, adoption of innovations, and store choice decisions. Marketing management and public policy implications of consumer research. Prerequisite: BADM 3401.

Digital Marketing

MKTG 4154 - 3 Credit Hours
Prerequisites: BADM 3401, MKTG 3142 and MKTG 3143

Using the social Web to leverage a firm's marketing strategy; developing and improving a company's electronic marketing strategy for the next evolution in Web commerce.

Ethics and Business


Milken School of Public Health

Intro Social Entrepreneurship

PUBH 6590 - 2 Credit Hours 

Examine innovative organizations created to improve people's lives and contribute to improved social and economic conditions. Course emphasis on how such organizations are started, how they are sustained, and the various business models that are adopted to achieve an organizational mission.

School of Medicine and Health Sciences

Intro to Telemedicine

EHS 2211 - 3 Credit Hours

An introduction to the ethical, legal, and technical aspects of telemedicine, including, but not limited to, emerging technologies, planning and operational considerations. Students will complete a number of practical exercises requiring direct application and utilization of Internet, video, audio, and other technologies.

Innovations in Telemedicines

EHS 6211 - 3 Credit Hours

Consideration of telemedicine in a multidisciplinary format toward innovation and entrepreneurship in the fields of medicine, public health, engineering, and business.

Trends and Innovations in Healthcare*

HSCI 2109 - 3 Credit Hours

Examination of new technologies, health care delivery models, and the phenomenon of sophisticated consumers. Assessment of the impact of science, technology, ethics, and government on the provision of health care.

The Health Care Enterprise

HSCI 6241 - 3 Credit Hours

An overview of global business principles related to health care systems: the management of patient-centered care delivery, marketing, finance and fiscal management principles, information technology, and quality improvement.

TransLdrshp / HealthServDelivery

HSML 6221 - 3 Credit Hours
Prerequisites: HSML 6203

Current leadership thought and competencies focusing on leadership styles, motivation, change management, innovation, creativity, emotional intelligence, organizational learning, and corporate culture.

Systems Thinking and Learning

HSML 6281 - 3 Credit Hours
Prerequisites: HSML 6264, HSML 6265, HSML 6266, HSML 6267, HSML 6268, HSML 6269 and HSML 6280

The concepts of systems thinking and learning and their application to the management of health care organizations; general systems theory, hard and soft systems, complexity and complex adaptive systems, change management, idealized redesign, design innovation, organizational resilience, high reliability organizations, and learning organizations. Restricted to students in the [email protected] degree program.

Introduction to Medical Informatics

INFR 4101 - 3 Credit Hours

Medical informatics applications and innovations in health care and the health care system; implications for health care delivery and patient outcomes, including electronic medical record, health system databases, and medical data analysis. Laboratory fee. restricted to medical informatics program majors.

Consumer Health Informatics

INFR 4105 - 3 Credit Hours
Prerequisites: INFR 4101

Consumer health informatics as a field of research and development in the context of medical informatics, including patient and provider perspectives and technology innovations utilized by patients and healthcare systems. Laboratory fee. Restricted to medical informatics program majors. 

Elliott School of International Affairs

Technology Creation/Diffusion

IAFF 6142 - 3 Credit Hours

Examination of the relationship between invention (inception), innovation (first application), and dissemination (diffusion) of technological knowledge; focus on the technological environment prevailing in the major developed market economies.

Social Enterprise in Development

IAFF 6138 - 3 Credit Hours

The concept of social entrepreneurship is gaining increasing traction within the international development sector. Social enterprises are being promoted as the means to make growth strategies more inclusive and social service delivery more accessible. For its proponents, social entrepreneurship is at the vanguard of creating efficient and sustainable models for addressing major challenges ranging from empowering marginalized communities to contending with the threat of climate change. Social entrepreneurship, with it aims to simultaneously create economic and social value has its critics too. These critics point out the inherent difficulties in using a market based approach to addressing structural inequalities. As the traditional lines blur among nonprofits, government and business, it is critical that students of international development understand the opportunities and challenges facing social entrepreneurship. This course will equip students to understand and assess the range of current approaches being used to harness the potential of social entrepreneurship in developing countries around the world. The class will be in seminar format, and students will be expected to participate actively in class discussions.

Mobile Phone for International Development

IAFF 6502-18 - 1 Credit Hour

The mobile phone is rapidly bringing communication to the most remote areas of the world. NGOs, governments and companies alike are beginning to realize the potential of this ubiquitous tool to address a variety of global challenges. This one-credit weekend skills course will explore successful applications that facilitate economic transactions, transform agricultural processes, support public health campaigns and connect learners to educational content. It will also critically engage with issues of equity, privacy and access. Participants can expect a dynamic learning environment with a number of real-world case studies, custom animations and video tutorials, and practical simulations to apply new skills and strategies.

Future of International Development

IAFF 6502-21 - 1 Credit Hour

Twenty years ago, the Internet and cell phones fundamentally changed how humans communicate with each other and exchange information. Now, new technologies like drones, 3D printing, and sensors are primed to revolutionize the way that we interact with our physical world. These new technologies present a range of new opportunities and challenges for the global development, public health, and humanitarian communities. This skills course will attempt to address questions like: What solutions are currently working and why? Can these technologies deliver big impacts while providing significant cost savings? How might they be introduced inclusively into communities and benefit the world's most marginalized individuals so as to not augment the digital divide. This course will provide a basic introduction to the technical fundamentals of 3D printing, drones, and sensors and assist students in connecting with appropriate communities in Washington DC and beyond for exploration. It will also consider various obstacles to adoption including: issues of equity and cost, supply challenges, insufficient electricity and internet coverage; maintenance and training hurdles; legal and intellectual property issues and more. Students can expect a dynamic learning environment with a number of real-world case studies, custom animations and video tutorials as well as practical activities designed to apply new skills and strategies. 

Micro-Enterprise Lending

IAFF 6502-21 - 1 Credit Hour

Organized as a two-day weekend workshop, this course will provide participating students with an overview of microfinance (MF) - providing financial services to low-income families - with a specific focus on the group lending methodology known as "village banking", which is practiced in over 800 MF programs worldwide. This workshop will cover (1) the need for microfinance, (2) dimensions of the global microfinance movement, (3) how poor households use small loans, (4) principals that enhance successful microfinance programs, (5) how MF institutions are organized, staffed, financed, and audited, (6) how to measure the economic and social outcomes/impact of these programs, and (7) building a case for how microfinance is destined to eliminate severe poverty worldwide by the year 2040. Microfinance has become the largest movement in the history of international development, with some 10,000 practitioner institutions (MFIs) and a current outreach to nearly 200 million low-income families on five continents.The workshop is intended to give students a basic understanding of the elements and issues involved in microfinance so they can better consider (1) job and career opportunities offered by this rapidly-expanding movement, and (2) explore the potential for collaboration/partnership between microfinance and other development sectors such as food security, housing, education, health, foreign trade, human rights, women's empowerment, and political security.

Project Management and Evaluation for Security

IAFF 6502-24 - 1 Credit Hour

This skills seminar will introduce students to the practical frameworks and tools used in the project management lifecycle: initiate, plan, execute, monitor/control and close-out. Students will work in teams and be evaluated through the use of workshops, readings, quizzes and a final assignment. Drawing upon case studies from national security and other disciplines, the course will give students the foundation to help ensure a group effort they enter can be delivered on time, within budget, and with the promised benefits.

Survey Design and Analysis

IAFF 6502-27 - 1 Credit Hour
Instructor: E. Cole-Bayer

The goal of this course is to learn survey research methods by constructing a valid and reliable online instrument, collecting data, analyzing the results, calculating the margin of error, and presenting the findings (in a power point presentation). We will also discuss the ethical issues of survey research.

International Sustainable Energy Development

IAFF 6518-11 - 6 Credit Hours

Sustainable energy development efforts have expanded rapidly around the world over the past two decades. Regions, nation-states, financial institutions, NGOs, cities and communities across the globe, motivated by challenges such as energy poverty, energy security and climate change, have begun to lay the groundwork for a lower carbon energy future to be built around renewable energy technologies and more energy efficient practices. This course will explore these efforts through three overlapping frames: the deployment of renewable energy technologies, the political, economic and governance structures which inform and constrain such deployments and the social impacts of such deployments. A guiding thesis will be that the barriers to more comprehensive and equitable sustainable energy development are primarily social, political and economic rather than technological.

GW Law

Venture Capital Law

LAW 6259 - 2 Credit Hours

Theoretical and practical perspectives on the venture capital and buyout marketplace. Legal, business, economic, and financial issues that are part of the legal documentation supporting venture capital and buyout transactions. Dynamics of organizing a venture capital or buyout fund; organizing, structuring, financing, managing, and exiting venture capital-backed companies. (Class projects and take home examination).

Selected Topics in Corporate Law: Entrepreneurship and the Law

LAW 6263-10 - 2 Credit Hours

Selected topics in Entrepreneurship and the Law seeks to expose students to some of the challenges they will confront in representing entrepreneurs and navigating the distinctive regulatory obligations and uncertainties that early stage companies face. Students will learn how to anticipate and address issues related to entity formation, contract drafting for new ventures, initial capitalization and founders' stock, stock plans and stock options, as well as other early-stage company challenges. The most analogous existing class is Business Planning which covers a range of issues that lawyers grapple with at the time of formation of companies. The distinctive focus of this class will be immersing students in the strategy and drafting process for early stage companies. (Take-home examination).

Reading Group: Economic / Technological Innovation for Business Lawyers

LAW 6351-17 - 1 Credit Hour

This reading group begins with a high-level review of selected past technological innovations that have had a transformative effect on the U.S. economy and industry, chiefly in order to provide some perspective on current and potential future technological innovations that may have a significant economic and business impact. It then discusses some current thinking about what these past episodes suggest about managing and encouraging innovation more generally, with the objective of helping prepare students to advise clients on the impact of innovation on their businesses, and to practice innovatively over the course of their legal careers. This course is graded on a CR/NC basis. (Writing assignments).

Government Procurement - Intellectual Property

LAW 6512 - 2 Credit Hours

Intellectual property law in terms of its challenges to federal government procurement rules. Competing policy demands for innovation, transparency, and sound public investment in the intersection of intellectual property law and federal procurement rules. (Problem assignments) International Law.

Small Business and Comm Development Clinic

LAW 6621 - 4-6 Credit Hours

Under faculty supervision students assume substantial responsibility for advising small businesses and nonprofit organizations. Students interview and counsel clients; draft incorporation, limited liability company, and partnership documents (such as articles of incorporation, bylaws, articles of organization, operating agreements, and partnership agreements); research local licensing requirements and zoning laws; review and draft contracts and leases; and advise on basic intellectual property issues, tax problems, and related matters. Prerequisites: LAW 250 and 6300 and permission of instructor. LAW 6472 and 6474 are recommended. The grade of H, P, LP, or NC is given for this course. Students may enroll concurrently in this course and LAW 6668 only with permission of both instructors.

College of Professional Studies

Leading Teams

CPS 2104 - 3 Credit Hours

Theoretical and practical need to understand and use the concept of teams in complex organizations. How officers and leaders can use teams and resolve conflict within teams. The teaching techniques and skills required to develop and direct teams within one's department, across jurisdictions and outside organizations. Tools for assessing and dealing with conflict. The nature, prevention, and control of the stress and burnout syndrome.

Ethics in the Age of Technology

PSCS 2103 - 4 Credit Hours

Ethical issues relevant to the age of technology and their role in science and technology policy making and implementation. Topics include ethical theories and decision making; professional responsibility and codes of ethics; copyright and intellectual property; information accountability, freedom of information, and privacy; information sharing and social networking; and biotechnology.

Business Entities 

PSLX 6225 - 3 Credit Hours

Business Entities addresses the topic of business entities and includes various related business law topics. Students will examine the principles relating to the key forms of business entities including sole proprietorships, partnerships, limited liability companies, and corporations. In addition, students will explore securities regulation, antitrust, consumer protection, bankruptcy law, and the regulation of business. Paralegal students will acquire the tools to be effective, contributing members of business entity and transaction practices. This course serves as the foundation to the Legal Concentrations, all of which have elements that draw from this course.

Management of Biotechnology Innovation 

PSMB 6263 - 3 Credit Hours

New scientific and technical products, processes, and services related to biotechnology; scientific discovery, emerging technologies, and birth of the biotechnology industry; management concepts and practices to enhance corporate innovation; corporate venture divisions and new management approaches.

Entrepreneurship and Technology Venture Creation 

PSMB 6264 - 3 Credit Hours

The process of innovation-entrepreneurship used to launch and build new ventures, with emphasis on technology ventures; organizing for innovation, raising venture capital, wealth creation, managing the small technology-based venture, marketing information technology products and services.

Commercialization of Bioscience and Biotechnology 

PSMB 6265 - 2 Credit Hours

The Business of Publishing 

PSPB 6203 - 3 Credit Hours

This course focuses on every aspect of the business of publishing, including departmental budgets, contracts, marketing plans, sales and distribution, subsidiary rights, supply management, inventory control, financial reports. It also studies broad issues of strategic planning, departmental coordination, personnel management, and leadership.

Marketing Strategies

PSPB 6207 - 3 Credit Hours

Marketing trade and scholarly books. The interaction of marketing departments with authors and with editorial, production, sales, and finance departments.

Sales Management, Strategy, and Positioning

PSPB 6271 - 3 Credit Hours

In this course, students will explore the basic concepts of sales management and strategy. They will also look at the more complex job of positioning a book from acquisition to editorial concept in ways that are designed to enhance sales opportunities. Students will develop an appreciation for the distinction between sales and marketing while they are also learning the best ways to foster productive interaction between the two disciplines to maximize profitability and distribution opportunities. The class will cover a variety of skill sets and concepts, including the implementation of market-driven acquisition strategies, managing and motivating commissioned sales representatives, cultivating relationships with buyers and distributors, pitching books to both wholesaler and retailers, positioning the editorial and design elements of a book to enhance sale ability, and exploiting special markets.

Book Publicity and Promotion

PSPB 6272 - 3 Credit Hours

One of the four P's in the marketing mix, promotion represents the communication of information about the publisher's books with the goal of generating a positive customer response. Students will spend time examining effective promotional strategies, referencing case studies and best practices as well as failed campaigns, to arrive at definitions of success. With an eye towards a changing landscape, as independent stores become less of a force, traditional direct mail achieves increasingly smaller response rates, and book review sections in major newspapers disappear, students will examine new publicity and promotion alternatives that exploit the powerful new media that is available to them. From author videos, Google AdWords, and eblast promotions to book clubs, review media, and fan events, the class will combine creative and practical strategies that take advantage of the most effective tools available.

Public-Private Partnerships and Contract Management

PSPL 6206 - 3 Credit Hours

Public services in the United States are increasingly delivered through multi-agent and multi-sector networks. These relatively new delivery systems raise interesting challenges for maintaining accountability and transparency. This course will examine policy and implementation issues in privatization, contracting-out, competitive sourcing, and public-private partnerships as methods of delivering government services.

Legal Frameworks

PSUS 6204 - 3 Credit Hours

Legal Frameworks addresses the legal environment in which planners operate. The course gives detailed attention to the implementation of innovative design techniques, urban adaptation strategies, and publi-private partnerships.

Entrepreneurship & Commercializing Technology

PSIS 4151 - 4 Credit Hours

Entrepreneurship / Tech Venture Creation

PSIS 4152 - 4 Credit Hours

School of Nursing

Creativity and Innovation in Health Care

NURS 6181 - 3 Credit Hours

You will learn techniques for improving the flexibility and originality of your thinking and will explore approaches to create and sustain high levels of innovation. You will have the opportunity to work in teams to solve problems, identify opportunities, and generate ideas. You will apply theoretical conceptualizations as well as practical applications to foster creativity and innovation.

Entrepreneurship for Nurse Leaders

NURS 8416 - 3 Credit Hours

Concepts and methods of the entrepreneurial process for the nursing professional; the initial step of identifying and exploring an issue through pitching a final product. 

Office of the Provost

Introduction to Sustainability*

SUST 1001 - 3 Credit Hours

The concept of sustainability is both broad and specific as it is applied to areas ranging from social systems to law, engineering, public health, and natural systems. The course considers goals, principles, and practical applications, with a multidisciplinary perspective on major environmental and social issues growing out of these concerns.

Culminating Experience in Sustainability*

SUST 3097 - 1 - 3 Credit Hours
Prerequisite: SUST 1001

A paid or unpaid internship, fieldwork, directed research, or community service with an organization engaged in two or more of the three major goals of sustainability: economic development, social equality, or environmental protection. Students complete a series of reflection essays, career preparations, and other assignments throughout the semester. Some study abroad programs and some research or service courses at GW can be used to fulfill the outside work requirement for SUST 3097, but students may still be asked to register for 1-credit or SUST 3097 to complete the reflective essays, career preparations, and/or outreach assignments. These special arrangements must be approved in advance by the director of the minor.