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Entrepreneurship

How many times have you said, “I would rather do it myself,”? That attitude is certainly a key component of the entrepreneurial spirit. Young people especially are itching to strike out on their own and make a name for themselves. And while that may be a desire shared by most, far fewer muster the courage to take the risk and pursue their dreams. Of course it takes more than desire and drive. It also requires business savvy, planning, and preparation. There's also the matter of start-up money. It's a fact that small- to medium-sized enterprises represent the largest source of U.S. economic and job growth. The entrepreneurship program offers preparation to students for successful placement within this exciting and challenging market.

Pam Wright, Wright Travel Agency

A travel plan to the top

Pam Wright (B.S. '73) embarked on her entrepreneurial adventure in 1981 when she opened Wright Travel Agency in Nashville. Today Wright Travel boasts 28 locations in seven states with annual sales of $128 million. In 2007, Pam pledged $1.25 million to MTSU to establish the Wright Travel Endowed Chair in Entrepreneurship. She is a member of the 2009 class of Tennessee's “Women of Influence” and an MTSU Distinguished Alumna.

Alex Treneff was recently promoted to manager of Product Operations at Asurion

Success on the side

Alex Treneff (B.B.A. '09, M.B.A. '11) was recently promoted to manager of Product Operations at Asurion, a national technology protection insurance company. Alex, who lives and works in Jackson, Tenn., also is owner of a side venture, Treneff RC, a small business that designs, manufactures, and retails remote-controlled aircraft technology.

Due to the dual focus on business development and business ownership, MTSU alumni hold positions that include, among many others

  • CEO
  • Manager
  • Owner/founder
  • President
  • Product design
  • Product manufacturer
  • Sales specialist


Firms linked to MTSU's programs through research, hiring, and mentoring include

  • Almost Home Animal Rescue
  • Aramark
  • CBS Radio (Atlanta)
  • Chik-Fil-A
  • Clear Channel
  • DiPentino and Associates
  • Disney
  • Enterprise
  • HCA
  • Nashville Predators
  • ogo Chairs
  • Panda Express
  • Rutherford County Government
  • Sherwin-Williams
  • St. Jude
  • Starbucks
  • Tennessee Breast Cancer Coalition
  • The Money Moxie
  • The Nurture Nook
  • The Southwestern Company
  • UPS
  • Wright Travel
  • YMCA

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Dr. Robert B. Blair
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Dr. Rhonda G. Henderson
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Dr. Stephen D. Lewis
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Entrepreneurship is an interdisciplinary major offered through the departments of Business Communication and Entrepreneurship and Management and Marketing. A Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.) degree is offered with a major in Entrepreneurship. Major courses include entrepreneurship, new-venture creation, business-plan development, and small-business management. The degree includes a Business Administration minor. An interdisciplinary minor also is available in Entrepreneurship.

Other majors offered by Business Communication and Entrepreneurship are Business Education and Office Management.

Undergraduate students can pursue minors in Business Communication and Office Management.

Those who complete a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) or Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.) degree may enter the Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) or Master of Business Education (M.B.E.) program. The latter is also available online.

An academic map is a suggested four-year schedule of courses based on degree requirements in the undergraduate catalog. This sample schedule serves as a general guideline to help build a full schedule each term. Milestones, courses, and special requirements necessary for timely progress to complete a major are designated to keep you on track to graduate in four years. Missing milestones could delay your program. 

This map based on the 2013-2014 undergraduate catalog is not a substitute for academic advisement - contact your advisor if you have any questions about scheduling or about your degree requirements. Also see the current undergraduate catalog (catalog.mtsu.edu) for a complete list of requirements and electives.Note: Requirements are continually under revision, and there is no guarantee they will not be changed or revoked; contact the department and/or program area for current information. 

You may choose to attend a summer term to reduce your load during fall or spring terms but still stay on track to graduate in four years (see below). NOTE: Learning Support courses will alter the sequences on this map.

Entrepreneurship Academic Map

Department of Business Communication and Entrepreneurship
Middle Tennessee State University | Murfreesboro


Suggested Fall/Spring and Summer/Fall/Spring Four-Year Schedule with Business Administration Minor

Refer to the scholarships website for information regarding use of the Lottery Scholarship for the summer term.

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FRESHMAN FALL FRESHMAN SPRING
CourseHoursMilestones/Notes CourseHoursMilestones/Notes
ENGL 1010 (Comm)3  ENGL 1020 (Comm)3 
MATH 1630 or 1810 (Math)3  Soc/Beh Sci3 
Nat Sci (Rubric 1)4  Nat Sci (Rubric 2)4
Hum/FA (Rubric 1)3  Hum/FA (Rubric 2)3 
BCEN 14003  COMM 2200 (Comm)3 
SUBTOTAL16  SUBTOTAL16 
SOPHOMORE FALL SOPHOMORE SPRING
ENGL 2020, ENGL 2030, or
HUM 2610 (Hum/FA)3  BCEN 2330, BCEN 2340, or INFS 22003Prereq: BCEN 2330 for BCEN 2340
ECON 2410* (Soc/Beh Sci)3  ECON 2420*3 
HIST 2010, HIST 2020, or HIST 20303  HIST 2010, HIST 2020, or HIST 20303 
ACTG 2110*3Prereq: College-level math; ENGL 1010 ACTG 21203Prereq: ACTG 2110
BCEN 29003  QM 2610*3Prereq: MATH 1630 or 1810
SUBTOTAL15  SUBTOTAL15 
*2.25 GPA in these courses for admission to Jones College of Business 2.25 GPA overall required for admission to Jones College of Business
JUNIOR FALL JUNIOR SPRING
BCEN 35103  BCEN 4510 or MGMT UD elective§3Prereq: BCEN 3510 rec.; see catalog for UD MGMT prereq.
QM 36203Prereq: QM 2610 MKT 38203 
MGMT 36103  MGMT 36203Prereq: QM 2610
BLAW 34003  INFS 31003 
ECON 32103Prereq: ECON 2410 MGMT 4920§3Prereq: MGMT 3610
SUBTOTAL15  SUBTOTAL15 
SENIOR FALL SENIOR SPRING
MKT 3930§3Prereq: MKT 3820 and QM 3620 MKT UD elective§3Prereq: MKT 3820
MGMT 3650§3Prereq: BCEN 2900 or MGMT 3610 BCEN 4620§3Prereq: BCEN 2900 and MGMT 3650
FIN 30103Prereq: ACTG 2120 and QM 2610 Nonbusiness elective3 
Nonbusiness elective3  Nonbusiness elective1 
BCEN 4810 or MGMT/MKT 4950§3POD required BUAD 4980§3Taken last semester
SUBTOTAL15  SUBTOTAL13 
§Admission required §Admission required

TOTAL HOURS IN PROGRAM: 120

FRESHMAN SUMMER
CourseHoursMilestones/Notes CourseHoursMilestones/Notes
ENGL 1010 (Comm)3  Hum/FA (Rubric 1)3 
SUBTOTAL3  SUBTOTAL3 
FRESHMAN FALL FRESHMAN SPRING
ENGL 1020 (Comm)3  Hum/FA (Rubric 2)3 
MATH 1630 or 1810 (Math)3  ECON 2410* (Soc/Beh Sci)3 
Nat Sci (Rubric 1)4  Nat Sci (Rubric 2)4
COMM 2200 (Comm)3  ENGL 2020, ENGL 2030, or
HUM 2610 (Hum/FA)3 
SUBTOTAL13  SUBTOTAL13 
SOPHOMORE SUMMER
BCEN 14003  ECON 2420*3 
SUBTOTAL3  SUBTOTAL3 
SOPHOMORE FALL SOPHOMORE SPRING
HIST 2010, HIST 2020, or HIST 20303  HIST 2010, HIST 2020, or HIST 20303 
ACTG 2110*3Prereq: College-level math; ENGL 1010 BCEN 2330, BCEN 2340, or INFS 22003Prereq: BCEN 2330 for BCEN 2340
BCEN 29003  ACTG 21203Prereq: ACTG 2110
Soc/Beh Sci3  QM 2610*3Prereq: MATH 1630 or 1810
SUBTOTAL12  SUBTOTAL12 
*2.25 GPA in these courses for admission to Jones College of Business 2.25 GPA overall required for admission to Jones College of Business
JUNIOR SUMMER
BCEN 35103  MGMT 36103 
SUBTOTAL3  SUBTOTAL3 
JUNIOR FALL JUNIOR SPRING
QM 36203Prereq: QM 2610 MKT 38203 
Nonbusiness elective3  MGMT 36203Prereq: QM 2610
MGMT 4920§3Prereq: MGMT 3610 FIN 30103Prereq: ACTG 2120 and QM 2610
BLAW 34003  INFS 31003 
SUBTOTAL12  SUBTOTAL12 
SENIOR SUMMER
BCEN 4810 or MGMT/MKT 4950§3POD required    
SUBTOTAL3     
SENIOR FALL SENIOR SPRING
MGMT 3650§3Prereq: BCEN 2900 or MGMT 3610 Nonbusiness elective3 
MKT 3930§3Prereq: MKT 3820 and QM 3620 MKT UD elective§3Prereq: MKT 3820
Nonbusiness elective1  BCEN 4620§3Prereq: BCEN 2900 and MGMT 3650
ECON 32103Prereq: ECON 2410 BUAD 4980§3Taken last semester
BCEN 4510 or MGMT UD elective§3Prereq: BCEN 3510 rec.; see catalog for UD MGMT prereq.    
SUBTOTAL13  SUBTOTAL12 
§Admission required §Admission required

TOTAL HOURS IN PROGRAM: 120

Graduation information may be accessed here.

Business Communication and Entrepreneurship

BCEN 1310 - Keyboarding
3 credit hours
Development of manipulative ability; information essential to effective use of a computer keyboard; rapid and controlled application of ability and information to communication problems involving personal correspondence and simple business materials.

BCEN 1400 - Introduction to Business
3 credit hours
Survey of business economic units of our society; the problems of business such as ownership, social responsibility, physical factors, personnel, marketing, and managerial controls. Includes exploration and analysis of business careers.

BCEN 2010 - Career Decision Making
1 credit hour
Skills in and knowledge of the career decision-making process; aspects of career development theories; how interests, skills, and values relate to career choices; and information about how educational options and career clusters are organized.

BCEN 2020 - Job Search Communication
1 credit hour
Skills needed to efficiently and effectively search for a job, create professional resumes and career materials, use social media for job search purposes, and job interviewing skills.

BCEN 2030 - Workplace Etiquette and Protocol
1 credit hour
Provides students with workplace etiquette skills needed during the job-search process and throughout their careers. Topics will include nonverbal and interpersonal communication skills, table manners, protocol, and other career-related skills.

BCEN 2320 - Document Production
3 credit hours
(BCEN 1310 recommended.) Extension and refinement of fundamental manipulative abilities and keyboarding knowledges; development of production capacity through the completion of increasingly involved problems.

BCEN 2330 - Word Processing Concepts
3 credit hours
(BCEN 2320 recommended.) Familiarization with word processing equipment, implications, and applications in business operations.

BCEN 2340 - Microcomputer Word Processing Applications
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: BCEN 2330. Advanced word processing and computer applications, including formatting and preparation of lengthy documents such as company newsletters and databases.

BCEN 2900 - Entrepreneurship
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: BCEN 1400 recommended. The mechanics and operational skills needed for organizing and operating an enterprise.

BCEN 3010 - Office Management
3 credit hours
Prerequisites: Admission into the College of Business; junior standing. Office organization and functions; layout and equipment; selection, training, and supervision of personnel; office automation; planning, organizing, and controlling office services; cost reduction; work simplification.

BCEN 3510 - Business Communication
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: Admission into the College of Business and junior standing. (Keyboarding skills helpful.) A review of the theory and processes in oral and written business communication. Emphasis on the extensive functions of written and electronic communications.

BCEN 4200 - Problems in Business and Marketing Education and Entrep
1 to 3 credit hours
Prerequisites: Admission into the College of Business; junior standing; consent of department chair. Individual research, reading analysis, or projects in contemporary problems and issues in a concentrated area of study under the direction of a faculty member. This course may be taken only twice.

BCEN 4240 - Materials and Methods in Basic Business
3 credit hours
Prerequisites: Admission into the College of Business; junior standing. Analysis of objectives, materials, research, and appropriate instructional strategies for developing teaching strategies and delivery systems in basic business courses such as introduction to business, economics, business communication systems, American business/legal systems, business management, and marketing.

BCEN 4250 - Innovations and Problems in Administrative Business Ser
3 credit hours
Prerequisites: Admission into the College of Business; junior standing. (BCEN 2330 recommended.) Instructional strategies in office technology including objectives, testing, audio-visuals, course content, basic programming, and standards.

BCEN 4340 - Integrated Administrative Technology
3 credit hours
Prerequisites: BCEN 2330; BCEN 2340; junior standing; admission into the College of Business. Development of necessary skills for administrators of word processing centers. Word processing feasibility, development, and implementation for business using a total information processing concept. Students have the opportunity to develop a thorough knowledge and refine skills using a variety of software applications.

BCEN 4350 - Records Management
3 credit hours
Prerequisites: Junior standing; admission into the College of Business. Equipment and systems used for information storage, transmission, and retrieval. Filing, microfilming, tape processing and storage system design, form usage, and other information management functions in the office included.

BCEN 4410 - Managerial Media Presentations
3 credit hours
Prerequisites: Junior standing; admission into the College of Business. (BCEN 2330 recommended.) Skills needed to make business presentations. Emphasis on the communication process, audience analysis, planning, presentation design, delivery, and appropriate hardware and software.

BCEN 4450 - Training Strategies for Business Systems and Technology
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: Junior standing; admission into College of Business. (BCEN 4410 recommended.) Corporate learning specialist activities such as design, development, delivery, and evaluation of learning programs for a business environment. Focuses on adult learning theories with emphasis on professional learning activities related to innovative corporate educational programs.

BCEN 4510 - Business Report Writing
3 credit hours
Prerequisites: Junior standing; admission into the College of Business. (BCEN 3510 recommended.) Nature, general function, and present need of reports in industry. Recognizing, organizing, and investigating problems preparatory to writing reports and construction and writing of distinctive business and technical reports.

BCEN 4520 - Instructional Strategies in Marketing Education
3 credit hours
Prerequisites: Junior standing; admission into the College of Business. Techniques of teaching with emphasis on problem-solving and demonstration procedures. Emphasizing teaching-learning evaluation.

BCEN 4600 - Organization and Administration of Marketing Education
3 credit hours
Prerequisites: Junior standing; admission into the College of Business. Organizing marketing education programs at secondary and postsecondary levels; emphasizes youth organizations, techniques of coordination, and administrative procedures.

BCEN 4620 - Business Plan Development
3 credit hours
Prerequisites: BCEN 2900; MGMT 3650; junior standing; admission into the College of Business. Development of a comprehensive business plan detailing all facets of a proposed venture with an emphasis on using the plan for loan acquisition and venture implementation.

BCEN 4640 - Issues and Trends in Office Management
3 credit hours
Prerequisites: Junior standing; admission into the College of Business. (BCEN 3010 recommended.) Significant research of emerging problems in office management: group dynamics, workplace issues, ethics and diversity information processing, and problem solving.

BCEN 4660 - Corporate Communication
3 credit hours
Prerequisites: Junior standing; admission into the College of Business. (BCEN 3510 recommended.) Research and analysis of case studies of significant research; case studies in business communication; communication policies, principles, and procedures from the executive's viewpoint.

BCEN 4670 - International Business Communication
3 credit hours
Prerequisites: Junior standing; admission into the College of Business. Provides students with a theoretical and practical framework for understanding and conducting effective international business communication. Emphasis on the analysis and development of international business communication processes.

BCEN 4680 - Diversity in the Workplace
3 credit hours
Prerequisites: Junior standing; admission into the College of Business. Emphasis on developing skills essential for working effectively with a diverse work force in global and domestic settings, incorporating the value of diversity into organizations, and building multicultural work teams.

BCEN 4710 - History and Foundations of Business and Marketing Educa
3 credit hours
Prerequisites: Junior standing; admission into the College of Business. Developments, aims, principles, and present status of business education; organization and evaluation of the business education curriculum; administration and supervision of business education.

BCEN 4810 - Internship Program
3 credit hours
Prerequisites: Junior standing; admission into the College of Business. A supervised program of related work experience. Provides experiential opportunities for the application of the theoretical concepts learned.

BCEN 4850 - Digital Communication for Business
3 credit hours
Prerequisites: BCEN 3510; admission into the College of Business. Offers skills needed to create digital communication for business with emphasis on the writing process, digital tools, planning, design, collaborating, copyright and fair use, and technical aspects of digital writing.

BCEN 4900 - Dimensions in Professional Development
3 credit hours
Prerequisites: Junior standing; admission into the College of Business. Emphasis on job acquisition process, time management, effective listening skills, oral and nonverbal communication competencies, dictation management, and assumption of professional responsibility for participative management activities.