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2014-2015 Course Catalog


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Innovation & Entrepreneurship

Program Description

The mission of the Innovation and Entrepreneurship (I&E) interdisciplinary area is to enable students to further pursue their passion through innovative and entrepreneurial ventures in courses and co-curricular activities. It is important to note that we use the word “innovative” in a particular sense, referring to creative, original thinking that leads to new ideas, products, or services that create value for society. Similarly, we use “entrepreneurial” in a specific way, referring to taking initiative and creating positive change in the world. Finally, our use of the word “venture” includes both for-profit and non-profit ventures, and more broadly any initiative to deliver a product or service in a sustainable way.

Innovation and entrepreneurship, understood in this sense, fit naturally into a liberal education. The cultivation of innovative, entrepreneurial thought and action requires one to approach problems from multiple perspectives, to think creatively beyond the status quo, to create and deliver coherent, persuasive arguments. These are essential skills that a liberal education aims to impart to its recipients. The I&E program is one place among many where Lawrence’s curriculum attempts to develop the ability to create what did not exist before. I&E courses attempt to enhance the ability to generate new ideas or processes. Certainly other courses do this in other ways. Graduates who embrace innovative and entrepreneurial attitudes will be better equipped to create fulfilling lives for themselves—lives that extend their liberal arts experience.

Required for the I&E interdisciplinary area

  1. Three core courses:
    • In Pursuit of Innovation (I-E 100)
    • Financial Literacy (I-E 110)
    • Entrepreneurial Ventures (I-E 300)
  2. At least one elective from:
    • The Entrepreneurial Musician (MUEP 280);
    • Social Entrepreneurship (GOVT 248);
    • Economics of Innovation and Entrepreneurship (ECON 405);
    • Industrial Organization (ECON 400);
    • Topics of Finance (I-E 410);
    • Other courses in which aspects of innovation or entrepreneurship are central, such as Topics in Education Studies (EDST 450 - Educating for Creativity); Systems Analysis and Design (CMSC 410)
  3. A second course from 2. above, or an additional course that is directly relevant to innovation and entrepreneurship. At this time these include: Studio Art Senior Seminar (ART 600); Apple, Google, Facebook (RLST 245); Contemporary American Poetry (ENG 503); Research Methods in Cultural Anthropology (ANTH 210); Interarts: New Media Projects (FIST 245); Intermediate or Advanced Printmaking (ART 320 or 520), Optics (PHYS 340).
  4. Practicum: A 3-unit course or internship such as Start-Up Theatre, Rabbit Gallery, KidsGive, or Lawrence Baroque Ensemble; Internship in Studio Art (ART 395, 595, or 695), or others, including the option of a 400-level IS to continue a project started in a course. Alternatively, participation in the ACM Chicago Program with a focus on Entrepreneurship.