Interdisciplinary Minor in Creativity, Innovation & Entrepreneurship

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).

Only students outside of the School of Business may pursue this minor and may declare it directly with their home school advisor; a signature from a GWSB academic advisor is not required. The following requirements must be fulfilled: 18 credits, including 6 credits in required courses and 12 credits in selected courses.


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 Minor Courses