BA in Enterprise Leadership Major – Online

BA in Enterprise Leadership Major – Online

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For College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Students

BA in Enterprise Leadership Major – Online Option

About the Major

The Bachelor of Arts in Enterprise Leadership major provides an option for students wanting to focus on entrepreneurial business leadership. The major presents a unique blend of skills, theory, and content, encouraging students to apply their knowledge and skills to entrepreneurial and growing organizations. It is designed to prepare students for career success—whether they desire to be an innovator inside a large organization or aspire to be an entrepreneur and launch their own business one day. The program offers a combination of business and liberal arts approaches, allowing students to hone their skills in innovation, entrepreneurship, communication, critical thinking, problem solving and leadership.

The B.A. in Enterprise Leadership requires a minimum of 120 s.h., including 44 s.h. of work for the major. Students must maintain a GPA of at least 2.00 in all courses. All students must complete the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences General Education Program. The major in Enterprise Leadership is offered jointly by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the University of Iowa John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center (Iowa JPEC) located in the Tippie College of Business. The degree is awarded by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Students will complete courses from the following six areas: Foundation, Entrepreneurship/Business, Leadership, U.S. Cultural Diversity, Communications, and Capstone Experience.

Features of the Program:

  • Significant experiential learning opportunities within the curriculum—students will apply their learning to real-world experiences throughout the program.
  • Substantial support for students seeking to launch a new business including mentoring, access to capital, and technical support.
  • Opportunities to network with successful entrepreneurs, business leaders, and University alumni.
  • Online courses taught by the same faculty teaching the on campus courses; many of whom have real-world business leadership and entrepreneurial experience.
  • Academic advising with scheduled virtual office hours.

Career Opportunities

When you graduate with an Enterprise Leadership degree, you will have a solid foundation in entrepreneurial management, leadership, and communication skills that will prepare you for a variety of professional career opportunities including starting your own business.  You’ll apply innovative problem solving and critical thinking skills to contemporary issues, develop strategies to seize upon opportunities, and build and lead successful teams.

Whether you choose to work in a corporate, mid-sized business or nonprofit setting, you’ll be prepared for positions in general management, business analysis, marketing and communications, management consulting, and project management.

Degree Requirements

The Bachelor of Arts with a major in Enterprise Leadership requires a minimum of 120 s.h., including a minimum of 44 s.h. of work for the major. Students must maintain a g.p.a. of at least 2.00 in all courses for the major and in all UI courses for the major. They also must complete the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences General Education Program.

Students may earn the B.A. in enterprise leadership or the Certificate in Entrepreneurial Management, but not both. The enterprise leadership major requires the course work listed below.

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Required Course Work:


Mathematics (one of these)

  • MATH:1020 Elementary Functions 4 s.h.
  • MATH:1340 Mathematics for Business 4 s.h.
  • MATH:1380 Calculus and Matrix Algebra for Business 4 s.h.

Economics (one of these)

  • ECON:1100 Principles of Microeconomics 4 s.h.
  • ECON:1200 Principles of Macroeconomics 4 s.h.

Statistics (one of these)

  • STAT:1020/PSQF:1020 Elementary Statistics and Inference 3 s.h.
  • STAT:1030 Statistics for Business 4 s.h.
  • STAT:4143/PSQF:4143 Introduction to Statistical Methods 3 s.h.

Sociology (required)

  • SOC:1010 Introduction to Sociology 3-4 s.h.

Entrepreneurship/Business Core

  • ENTR:1350 Foundations in Entrepreneurship 2 s.h.

Or both of these:

  • ACCT:2100 Introduction to Financial Accounting 3 s.h.
  • MKTG:3000 Introduction to Marketing Strategy 3 s.h.

All of these:

  • ENTR:2000 Entrepreneurship and Innovation 3 s.h.
  • ENTR:3100 Entrepreneurial Finance 3 s.h.
  • ENTR:3200 Entrepreneurial Marketing 3 s.h.
  • ENTR:4400 Managing the Growth Business 3 s.h.


Personal Leadership (at least 3 s.h. from these):

  • LS:1020 Introduction to Leadership 3 s.h.
  • LS:3004 Perspectives on Leadership: Principles and Practices 3 s.h.
  • LS:3010 Global Leadership Initiative 1 s.h.

Social Context of Leadership (one of these):

  • LS:3002 Career Leadership Academy Part 2 3 s.h.
  • SOC:4225 The Social Psychology of Leadership 3 s.h.

U.S. Cultural Diversity

One of these:

  • ANTH:2165/AINS:2165/AMST:2165 Native Peoples of North America 3 s.h.
  • GWSS:1001 Introduction to Gender, Women’s, and Sexuality Studies 3 s.h.


Communication Theory

  • COMM:1112 Interpersonal Communication 3 s.h.

Applied Communication

  • INTD:3005 Professional and Creative Business Communication 3 s.h.

Capstone Experience

One of these:

  • ENTR:4200 Entrepreneurship: Business Consulting 3 s.h.
  • ENTR:4300 Entrepreneurship: Advanced Business Planning 3 s.h.
  • ENTR:4900 Academic Internship 3 s.h.

For Additional Advising Information, Please Contact:

Tara Lamb
Distance and Online Advisor

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