The Curriculum. 

Our minor consists of five courses and an internship component. Details about each course and the internship are listed below.

We encourage students to take courses sequentially if possible. 


ECON 101 


  • Introduction to fundamental issues in economics is a co-requisite of the Shuford Program that must be completed before the students graduation date.

  • This course focuses on economic issues including competition, scarcity, opportunity cost and resource allocation.
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Econ 125: Introduction to Entrepreneurship

  • This course is the gateway course for students to apply to the program. You must be enrolled or have completed this course to apply.
    • This course is only offered in the fall semester.
  • We encourage students to take this course in the fall of their second-year at Carolina.
  • This course provides a wide-angle lens into the theoretical framework of innovation and entrepreneurship.
  • large lecture class comes alive with dynamic Entrepreneurs in Residence (EIRs) leading the course and the formation of teams to create business ideas around a central theme.


  • With a solid idea of the basic entrepreneurial vernacular you acquired in ECON 125 you will have the foundation needed to be successful in ECON 325.
  • This course is divided into thematic modules centered around the design-thinking process.
  • Each mod is taught by different EIRs and Professors of the Practice and throughout the semester you will think critically about the successes and failures of different start-ups and entrepreneurial ventures.

Track Courses

  • Unique to our program students are able to selected one of nine tracks to complete this requirement of the program.
  • The track courses are designed to provide students with the opportunity to delve deeper into a particular vertical of entrepreneurship.
  • In these course students will work in teams to develop their own ventures around the topics of the track.
  • Our goal is that this course will act as a springboard for students to make their ideas a reality through the careful mentorship and support of our expert EIRs
  • Students may choose from the following courses to satisfy this portion of the program:
    • COMP 390 (Tech Start-Ups)
    • SPHG 328 (Public Health Enterprises)
    • MEJO 590 (Product Design)
    • ECON 327 (Sports Ventures)
    • ECON 327 (Social Enterprises)
    • ECON 327 (Commercial Enterprises)
    • ECON 327 (Disruptions in Media)
    • ECON 327 (Artistic Endeavors)
    • ECON 327 (Scientific Ventures)

Internship Component

  • We believe that learning in the classroom is only one part of the learning process in entrepreneurship.
  • The internship component allows students to experience real-life scenarios outside the comfort of our courses to implement what they have learned.
  • Students are able to pinpoint their own internships through their networks or work with our Internship Director to connect with internship opportunities that would be a good fit.
  • Internships must be 320 hours and provide students with experiences that allow them to apply what they have learned in the classroom to their projects or jobs.
  • We recommend students complete internships over the summer, as it gives students the appropriate amount of time to complete this requirement.
  • For the internship to be approved for the program students must complete a learning contract that can be found here. Learning contracts are due by mid-April before the internship begins.
  • Please review the Internship Policy for more information.

Econ 393: The Practicum in Entrepreneurship

  • The final course of the program is our capstone course. This course has been designed to enlighten students on the consumer-facing skills needed to be successful after graduation.
  • Through professional development and networking activities we provide students with a curriculum that takes the design-thinking model and challenges them to apply it to their own life.
  • We believe this practicum course is best taken in students senior year as it sets them up for success in pinpointing next steps after graduation.