The mission of the I&E program is to enable students to pursue their passion through innovative and entrepreneurial ventures in courses and co-curricular activities.

If you’re interested in developing innovative solutions to real problems—and bringing those solutions to those who need them—this program will help you build critical skills including: analyzing consumer, community or market needs; creating business plans; reconciling conflicting goals; prioritizing and organizing work; pitching ideas; working well on multidisciplinary teams; collaborating and communicating with outside boards and advisors.

This interdisciplinary area is a powerful addition to any major at Lawrence University, and courses in a variety of departments can be chosen as electives. 

Life After Lawrence

Lawrentians can enjoy careers in...

Business, government relations, non-governmental organizations, arts organizations, startups, consulting companies

Recent employers include...

McKinsey & Company, Priority Group of Stockholm, Drone Hub Media, BCD Video, Kimberly-Clark, Zurich North America, the Hoover Institution of Stanford University, Innovation Pavilion, Integral Wealth, Hellermann Tyton, Navigant Consulting, Walt Disney World

Lawrentians can earn advanced degrees in...

Economics, business administration (MBA), public policy, international development

Recent schools include...

Columbia University, Hanken School of Economics/Finland, London School of Economics, Startup Institute, Hack Reactor, Stanford University


Social Entrepreneurship introduces you to ways of implementing innovative solutions to some of the world's most pressing problems. You may practice social entrepreneurship through KidsGive, a Lawrence-affiliated program directed by Professor Claudena Skran. KidsGive seeks to educate those in the U.S. about Sierra Leonean life and culture, promote informed giving and grant children of Sierra Leone with the opportunity to become the leaders of their generation.

Compete in 
"The Pitch" 

With Launch LU, Lawrence’s annual pitch contest, you and your team of fellow students conceive new ideas and pitch them to business leaders, venture capitalists and accomplished alumni. Winning teams transition to a regional competition in which previous Lawrentians have received $10,000 in seed money plus $15,000 in professional services to launch their own ventures. See The Pitch Fox Cities for more details.


Bring an innovative and entrepreneurial mindset to your passion in Theatre Arts and get involved in Start-Up Theatre! Theater making is inherently innovative, entrepreneurial, and team oriented, so the theater is a natural setting for developing and perfecting those skills. 

The Entrepreneurial

Develop the creative skills for a life in music in The Entrepreneurial Musician course. You will learn the tools and the mindset to become an agent of artistic innovation. Further enhance this foundational understanding by developing skills aimed at speaking elegantly and knowledgeably on art and music in The Eloquent Musician course. You may implement these newly developed skills by creating interactive performances in settings that reach a diverse audience through the Music for All program. For a current list of ongoing interactive performances for the 2018-2019 academic year, please reference the active schedule.

Innovation & Entrepreneurship Interdisciplinary Area

3 core classes
I-E 100: In Pursuit of Innovation
I-E 110: Financial Literacy
I-E 300: Entrepreneurship Ventures
  • 2 electives, options include:
  • I-E 280: Entrepreneurial Musician
    I-E 245: Social Entrepreneurship
    I-E 212: Corporate Finance
    I-E 295: Sport Entrepreneurship
1 practicum or venture:
Rabbit Art Gallery 
Start-Up Theater
ACM Chicago, entrepreneurial focus

Course descriptions and more courses

The Chandler Senior Experience

More details on the Senior Experience available here.

Recent Senior Experiences include:


Trade Adjustment Act: The Real Cost of Retraining America's Manufacturers

Quantitative Methods in Antitrust: U.S. Airline Market

Reinvesting in the Social, Economic and Health Benefits of the Conservation Corps


Neocolonialism Versus Strategic Partnerships of Countries

Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Risk: Germany vs. the United States