Cultivating the Entrepreneurial Mindset.

Students interested in the Shuford Program in Entrepreneurship's Minor must apply, be accepted and complete the following course work to successfully graduate with a minor in entrepreneurship. 


ECON 101: Introduction to Economics

  • 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.

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 lense into the theoretical framework of innovation and entrepreneurship.

  • A 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.


ECON 325: Theories and Practices of Entrepreneurship

  • 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.



  • 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)

    • ECON 327 (Scientific Ventures)

    • ECON 327 (Artistic Endeavors)

    • ECON 327 (Disruptions in Media)

    • ECON 327 (Commercial Enterprises)

    • ECON 327 (Social Enterprises)

    • ECON 327 (Sports Ventures)

    • MEJO 590 (Product Design)

    • SPHG 328 (Public Health Enterprises)



  • 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.


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.