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Starting this fall, UT will offer an interdisciplinary minor in entrepreneurship as a way to bolster the entrepreneurial culture of the campus and the Knoxville area.

The UT Faculty Senate approved the minor Monday, February 2, making it an official offering for UT Knoxville and UT Institute of Agriculture students from all academic programs and fields of study.

This initiative, coordinated by the Anderson Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, will provide students access to entrepreneurship education. The center is based in the Haslam College of Business.

“Establishing the entrepreneurship minor is an important step on our path to developing top-level entrepreneurial talent at UT,” said Lynn Youngs, executive director of the Anderson Center. “The strong support we’ve felt for this initiative is indicative of the enthusiasm for entrepreneurship we’re seeing from students and faculty¬†alike.”

The entrepreneurship minor will require students to take 15 credit hours, selecting from entrepreneurship courses taught by faculty across six different colleges. Colleges offering courses toward the minor are the Haslam College of Business; the College of Architecture and Design; the College of Engineering; the College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences; the College of Arts and Sciences; and the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources.

“The prospect of smart, motivated, entrepreneurially minded students from across this wide campus being brought together in classroom and cocurricular settings within this new interdisciplinary minor and openly exchanging and developing their ideas for innovating new products and services is an exciting prospect,” said Steve Mangum, dean of the Haslam College of Business. “We look forward with anticipation for what these students will create.”

Interested students are encouraged to begin planning their schedules to accommodate the minor during the enrollment period later this spring.

For more information on the courses offered as part of the minor, visit the Anderson Center website.


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