Interdisciplinary Minor in Creativity, Innovation & Entrepreneurship

Effective Fall 2018
18-Credit Minor
Available to All Undergraduates at GW

The interdisciplinary minor in Creativity, Innovation and Entrepreneurship anchors a new pedagogical approach focusing on key skills needed for tomorrow's leaders by integrating a wide range of field electives. The purpose of this minor is to offer full-time matriculated undergraduate students currently enrolled in traditional programs and course of study an opportunity to explore and integrate programs/courses from the School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS), Columbian College of Arts & Science (CCAS) and the Elliott School of International Affairs (ESIA).

The minor requires that students take 2 Field Courses and 4 Field Electives. The choice of field electives allows students to tailor the minor to match their interests including Creativity, Fine Arts, Design, Media, Environment, Social Impact, HealthCare and Technology. Recommended coursese for these interests are shown here.

Learning Outcomes / Goals

Upon completing this minor, students should:

  • Understand the role of entrepreneurship and characteristics of entrepreneurs;
  • Understand the entrepreneurial process, the mind set;
  • Understand the relationship among creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship both internally and externally;
  • Understand the approaches to idea generation and opportunity identification;
  • Be able to apply lean startup methodologies to evaluate the feasibility of converting a business idea into a business model;
  • Be able to make an informed choice of whether to pivot (tweak their model/idea), persevere (progress their model/idea on the same roadmap) or perish (walk away from an infeasible model/idea);
  • Be able to effectively pitch their business to external stakeholders;
  • Be able to speak and understand the language of business.


Required Field Courses (2)

  • MGT 3300 - Entrepreneurship
  • MGT 4900 - New Venture Initiation

Field Electives (select 4 from the following)

  • AMST 2600 - US Popular Music and Culture
  • ANTH 3531 - Methods of Sociocultural Anthropology
  • CAS 3360 - Psychology of Creativity
  • CDE 1090 - Design Fundamentals I
  • CDE 1091 - Design Fundamentals II
  • CDM 2280 - Interactive Web Design
  • CE 2510 - Environmental Sustainability
  • CSCI 1030 - Technology and Society
  • COMM 1025 - Intro to Communication Studies
  • ECON 2121 - Financial Economics
  • EMSE 1001 - Intro to Systems Engineering
  • EMSE 4410 - Engineering Economic Analysis
  • ENGL 1210 - Intro to Creative Writing
  • ENGL 3390 - Topics in Creative Writing
  • FA 2001 - Concept Lab
  • FA 2212 - Sculpture: Design in Action
  • GEOG 2148 - Economic Geography
  • HSCI 2109 - Trends Innovations/Healthcare
  • HSSJ 1100 - Introduction to Human Services and Social Justice
  • HSSJ 3100W - Program Planning and Evaluation
  • HSSJ 4198 - Special Topics (Social Entrepreneurship)
  • IAFF 3190 - Women & Leadership in Africa
  • IAFF 3190 - Globalization & Sustainable Development
  • MAE 2170 - History and Impact of the U.S. Patent System
  • ORSC 2116 - Leading Change
  • ORSC 2143 - Leadership and Performance
  • PHIL 2135 - Ethics: Business & Professions
  • SEAS 4800 - Innovation and Technology
  • SEAS 4800 - Social Impact Startup Creation with Design Thinking
  • SOC 1002 - The Sociological Imagination
  • SMPA 3195 - Selected Topics Entrepreneurship in the Media Industry
  • SUST 1001 - Sustainability
  • SUST 3097 - Culminating Experience in Sustainability

Approved GW School of Business Field Electives

Substitute for only one field elective above:

  • ACCY 2001 - Intro Financial Accounting
  • ACCY 4601 - Business Law: Enterprise Organization
  • BADM 3401 - Basic Marketing Management
  • DNSC 3401 - Introduction to Business Analytics
  • IBUS 3001 - Introduction to International Business
  • ISTM 4223 - Innovation Ventures
  • MGT 3301 - Small Business Management
  • MGT 3302 - e-Entrepreneurship
  • MGT 4900 - Social Entrepreneurship

Official descriptions of all GW courses including prerequisites are given in The George Washington University Bulletin.

Recommended Sequence of Courses
Freshman Year: Pre-requisites, if applicable
Sophomore Year: MGT 3300/3300W; & 1 Field Elective
Junior Year: MGT 4900: New Venture Initiation; & 1 Field Elective
Senior Year: Two additional Field Electives

Requirements and Regulations


A minimum of 6 credits (2 classes) must be completed in residence at GWU. All courses taken abroad in a GW approved study abroad program are considered "in residence". At least one of the selected electives must be 2000+.

School of Business Students may pursue this minor under the following conditions

  • BBA students must select a minor outside of the School of Business to fulfill their degree requirement; this minor may only serve as a second minor.
  • BBA students concentrating in Innovation & Entrepreneurship may not complete this minor.
  • Baccy and BS students may pursue this minor as their degrees do not require a minor.

Beginning Fall 2018, students may add this minor to their degree by bringing the form below to their home school advising office. Permission from GWSB Advising is only required for Business Students adding this minor.

CIE Minor Degree Form


Dr. George Solomon, Faculty Director (approval required for petitions or substitutions)
Funger Hall, Suite 315D | P: 202-994-1120 | E: [email protected]

Dr. Ayman El-Tarabishy, Teaching Professor in Management
Funger Hall, Suite 312 | P: 202-994-1120 | E: [email protected]

Administrative Oversight:
School of Business, Office of Undergraduate Programs, [email protected]

The interdisciplinary minor in Creativity, Innovation & Entrepreneurship can be tailored to match the interests of each student. Popular bundles of field electives are included below.

ocial Entrepreneurship That Matters