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.  Graduates who embrace innovative and entrepreneurial attitudes and methods will be better equipped to create fulfilling lives for themselves—lives that extend their liberal arts experience.


Required for the interdisciplinary area in innovation and entrepreneurship

  1. Three core courses:
    1. I-E 100: In Pursuit of Innovation
    2. I-E 110: Financial Literacy
    3. I-E 300: Entrepreneurial Ventures
  2. At least one elective from:
    • MUEP 280: The Entrepreneurial Musician
    • GOVT 248: Social Entrepreneurship
    • ECON 223:  Quantitative Decision-Making
    • ECON 405: Economics of Innovation and Entrepreneurship
    • I-E 212: Corporate Finance
    • Other courses in which aspects of innovation or entrepreneurship are central
  3. A second course from 2. above, or an additional course that is directly relevant to innovation and entrepreneurship. At this time these include:
    • ART 245: Interarts: New Media Projects
    • ART 320: Intermediate Printmaking or Art 520: Advanced Printmaking
    • ART 600: Studio Art Senior Seminar
    • ECON 400:  Industrial Organization
    • ECON 430: Economic Growth & Poverty Traps
    • PHYS 340: Optics
    • RLST 245: Apple, Google, Facebook
    • A course in social science research methods
  4. Practicum: A 3-unit course or internship such as Rabbit Gallery, KidsGive, Start-up Theatre, 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.