University Classes

There is a wide selection of courses available to students interested in learning more about Entrepreneurship and building businesses from startup creation, to ideation, and technical skills.  The following list of courses are all open to non majors.  Please double check directly with the faculty or department listed to confirm course availability and offering by semester.

This freshman seminar provides an introduction to startup culture and an overview of the skills necessary in building a startup. The objective is for students to take a problem, create a solution for a proposed customer segment and build an initial prototype. Our class timeline also mirrors how quickly you can develop solutions and implement products in the real world. This is a co-curricular experience and you will learn by doing. This class isn’t designed for heavy academic debate and encourages experimentation, user feedback customer validation and feasibility.

A lecture series featuring global leaders and innovators from diverse disciplines, businesses, industries, and the arts present problem-based, real-world experiences that challenge the concept of innovation. Graded CR-NC.

Global leaders and innovators from diverse disciplines, businesses, industries, and the arts assign and discuss problem-based, real-world projects that challenge the concept of innovation. Graded CR-NC.

Comprehensive exploration of particular aspects of art, technology and the business of innovation.

Introduction to design and scholarly review of innovations in health professions education; needs assessment, problem selection, use of research methods to study an innovation.

Mentored research on an innovation in academic medicine leading to the master’s degree. The project will result in a formal written research report.

Individual projects designing curricular or other innovations for the home program as an application of Year 1 concepts and as part of the capstone experience. Graded CR-NC.

Studies of construction system development within the architectural design context; processes and issues of selection, evaluation, optimization, integration, design control, and innovation, Departmental approval.

Investigating visual stories as an active tool to critically explore and express design ideas; positions social media and crowdfunding as a foundation for creative action. Not open to Freshmen and Sophomores.

Introduction to key issues involved in both managing an arts organization and creating sustainable enterprise. For students in music, arts, public policy, and related fields.

Designed for current and future arts leaders interested in looking critically at organizational practice and bringing innovative solutions to old problems in a contemporary context.

Students will be engaged as discriminating media/news consumers and contributors. Emphasis on critical skills needed to understand, employ, enjoy and help shape our media landscape.

Cutting-edge, experimental, experiential, interdisciplinary, results-based classes taught in new ways and places. Not for major credit for COMM students. This 8-week course organizes the multi-dimensional tangle that is today’s Video Revolution into seven logical layers and understandable trends. Each week, the Instructors assign readings for the coming layer. Class sessions consist of interactive exercises to breakdown the layer at hand into subcomponents followed by lecture and case studies.

This experimental class invites students to envision possible futures for DTLA. It builds on an ongoing ‘world building’ project at the Annenberg Innovation Lab, which has engaged a diverse cross-section of thought leaders and community members to imagine the future of living, moving, and making in LA.

The AIL‘s CRUNCH Accelerator returns! In this intense, 7-week course, your team will learn the secrets of a successful startup, including how to accomplish the following: • Determine your minimum viable brand • Discover ways to motivate customers • Define and share your story • Design your competitive advantage Throughout, we’ll be focused on new media literacies and learning by doing. Each student startup must pass multiple checkpoints over the 7-week intensive; then, at the end of the semester, the teams will present to a jury of successful industry leaders and entrepreneurs at the AIL’s Spring 2016 Evening of Innovation, with the chance to win additional funding!

This course will function like a think tank focused on how storytellers and media professionals can succeed as gamification, alternate reality, and geo-mobile technology converge into an economic, social, and political agent of harmonization in the post-disruption era—or, more to the point, how to flourish in an increasingly blurred media ecosystem that has been revolutionized by mobile (and other) technologies. It’s designed to be a “wow course” that will change the way you think about the world around you, but also equip you with a skill set to engage with a changing cultural, technological, and professional environment.

Fundamentals of entrepreneurship tracing new venture evolution, including recognition of disruptive opportunities, entrepreneurial financial analysis, and understanding the innovator’s and investor’s mindsets. Not open to business and accounting majors. Prerequisite: ACAD 181 or BUAD 201x. (Duplicates credit in BAEP 423, BAEP 450, BAEP 451, BUAD 301)

Starting and managing one’s own business: developing a viable concept, organizing the enterprise, market and financial planning, and controlling the organization. (Duplicates credit in BAEP 310, BAEP 423, BAEP 451, BUAD 301)

Development of analytical and conceptual skills in entrepreneurship and venture management. (Duplicates credit in BAEP 310, BAEP 423, BAEP 450, BUAD 301)

Students develop, analyze, and validate entrepreneurial concepts (including marketing, operational, and financial considerations) using customer feedback and risk assessment to conclude worthiness to pursue. Prerequisite: BAEP 310 or BAEP 423 or BAEP 450 or BAEP 451 or BUAD 301.

Learn to build a startup from concept to reality. Focus on real-world entrepreneurial action and execution. Prerequisite: BAEP 452.

Perspectives into the art and science of entrepreneurship under the guidance of a master instructor. Specific topics vary.

Learn to use digital tools and technologies, such as social media, mobile, cloud computing, and e-commerce, to start and grow entrepreneurial ventures.

A deeper insight into the entrepreneurial mind, how it approaches opportunities and challenges and gives leadership to an organization.

Introduction to design thinking as applied to innovation and entrepreneurship. Hands-on projects to create solutions to specific societal problems faced by underprivileged communities. Open only to Sophomore, Junior, and Senior students.

Explores the dynamics of family and privately held businesses. Exploring generational and extended family issues, opportunities and obstacles faced in today’s environment.

Analysis of social enterprise models from micro-finance to job development. Analysis of basic issues regarding the difference between socially responsible companies, for-profit, and non-profit-run enterprises

Real-life challenge of imagining, prototyping, testing and iterating, building, pricing, marketing, distributing and selling a digital product or service.

Individual or team projects solving real problems for an enterprise. Situation analyses; research proposal composition; field research techniques; statistical analysis; oral and written presentations. Open only to Juniors and Seniors. Graded Credit-No Credit.

Current developments in the field of entrepreneurship: topics to be selected each semester.

An introduction to entrepreneurship with a focus on opportunity recognition and the entrepreneurial mindset. Development of knowledge and skills in launching new ventures. Online registration open only to BUSV, ENTR, MMM, and SOCE majors. (Duplicates credit in BAEP 550, BAEP 551, GSBA-550ab, GSBA 586)

Develop conceptual and practical knowledge in entrepreneurship and new venture management. Web registration open only to graduate business and accounting students. (Duplicates credit in BAEP 549, BAEP 551, GSBA-550ab, GSBA 586)

Cases and readings expose students to the challenges of developing long-range strategies for entrepreneurial ventures. Case work emphasizes developing new industries, growth through strategic alliances, and issues involved in the long-term strategic positioning of emerging companies. Online registration open only to graduate accounting and business majors.

Learn to launch and scale a new business through entrepreneurial action and execution. Prerequisite: BAEP 552 or BAEP 556 or BAEP 566.

Exploration and analysis of the development, operational and financial issues entrepreneurs confront when managing a rapidly growing venture. Departmental approval is required.

Learn critical thinking and analytical skills they need to evaluate, value, and manage technology as intellectual property. Understand the technology commercialization process, use data mining and assessment techniques for patent databases, and study the unique business issues facing high technology start-ups. Online registration open only to graduate business and accounting students.

Identification, evaluation and commercialization of new technologies. Emphasis will be placed on the legal, financial and marketing aspects of technology transfer and development. Departmental approval is required. Online registration open only to graduate business and accounting students.

Experiential course designed to develop skills in framing and solving complex problems in young companies. Apply skills to real ventures participating in course projects. Online registration open only to graduate accounting and business majors.

Focus on the entrepreneurial skill set applied to new venture opportunities. Taught from the business plan reader’s point of view; focus on selecting opportunities, structuring the relationship, adding value and realizing the value of that investment. Online registration open only to graduate business and accounting students.

How established organizations build successful new businesses through corporate venturing and intrapreneurship. Learn to apply an entrepreneurial mindset and entrepreneurial frameworks within an established organization. Online registration open to only graduate business and accounting students.

Entrepreneurship in innovative industries: life sciences and the challenges of new venture creation in the biotechnology, medical device, and healthcare areas; experience, evaluate, and analyze profits of current impact in the life sciences.

Issues faced by the entrepreneur who wishes to acquire an enterprise; appropriateness of an enterprise, understanding funding sources and valuation methods, developing a plan for due diligence, negotiating and consummating the transaction. The acquisition process, approaches to valuation, and the roles of the various parties in negotiating and consummating and aquisition of an existing business.

Exploring the field of social impact investing, learn how social entrepreneurs attract for-profit investors and how conscious investors are utilizing investments to achieve social impact. Online registration open only to graduate business and accounting majors.

Lead and manage with entrepreneurial methodology for charities, non-government organizations, social oriented enterprises and not for profit organizations. Online registration open only to graduate business and accounting students.

Individual or team projects studying the business practices of an entrepreneurial industry, company, governmentagency, country, etc. Proposal, data collection, analyses, and written report.

Independent research beyond normal course offerings. Proposal, research and written report-paper required.

Supervised on-the-job business experience in the student’s area of interest. (Curricular Practical Training) Recommended preparation: Completion of required M.B.A., M.Acc, or M.B.T. coursework.

Hands-on practical experience working with a faculty member in the Lloyd Greif Center for Entrepreneurial Studies on an ongoing research project.

Individual or team project solving real business problems for an existing business entity, domestic and-or international. Proposal, field research, analyses and oral and written presentations. Open only to Master and Doctoral Students

Current developments in the field of entrepreneurship: topics to be selected each semester. Online registration open to only graduate business and accounting students. Graded CR-NC.

Engineering principles in design, modeling, and analysis of biomedical innovations will be presented to develop creative solutions for real-world medical problems or treatment implementation. Co-requisite: BME 405L. Recommended Preparation: BME 416.

Starting and managing a technological business: developing a viable concept, market and financial planning, product development, organizing the venture, protecting intellectual property rights. (Duplicates credit in BAEP 310, BAEP 423, BAEP 450, BAEP 451)

Development of individual creative thinking and problem-solving skills; exploration of workplace creativity; advancement of managerial communication skills necessary to foster organizational innovation.

Overview of basic business administration principles, including economics, accounting, marketing, finance entrepreneurship, and strategic planning as relevant to the practice of dentistry.

Analysis of the innovation dynamics fueled by the information and communication technology revolution; economic, technological, institutional and personal underpinnings of innovation and entrepreneurship.

How web-based technologies affect organizational communication, including issues related to collaboration, innovation and knowledge management, forecasting, and networking.

An overview of business strategies in media industries. Emphasis on the Internet and changing business models. Case studies. Students prepare business plans for digital start-ups.

The practical aspects of entrepreneurial producing in the entertainment industry. Identifying and understanding the pitfalls and benefits of creating one’s own projects.

Application of economic principles in the areas of media ownership, market structure, industry regulations, media convergence, and entrepreneurship in new media.

Explorations of innovation in the entertainment business. The effects of digital mobile media on TV, movies, music, advertising, social networks and art.

Cultural implications of computer-mediated communication and related media. Ideological responses to media innovation; debates over artificial intelligence, virtual communities, and virtual reality. Recommended preparation: COMM 339.

Exploring how the digital revolution and changes in technology, law, and the marketplace are creating new entrepreneurial opportunities for businesses, governments, journalists, and social ventures.

Capstone class in which students create their own technology startup, leveraging comprehensive CS knowledge and best industry practices. Prerequisite: CSCI 201, CSCI 270, and ITP 466.

Pitching, production planning, forming a company and seeking funding for your creative media idea. Duplicates credit in former CTIN 497ab.

Planning, designing, and analyzing a research study for a digital media project. Production of a written report and presentation. Recommended preparation: CTIN-506, CTIN-541, and CTCS-505.

Exploration of artistic entrepreneurial mechanisms to initiate innovative endeavors in the professional dance world which are relevant to todays culture, communities, customs, and business landscape.

Foundational frameworks for understanding the planning and execution of digitally-enabled strategic initiatives. Duplicates credit in former IOM-431.

Development and scope of instructional technology and its role in modern educational and training systems; overview of instructional development, innovation and trends in the field.

Entrepreneurial opportunities in education. Developing the skills and knowledge for entrepreneurial leadership to improve educational outcomes.

The role of creativity in STEM education. Theories and approaches to facilitating creative and innovative thinking.

The genesis and facilitation of creative ideas in educational practice. The transformation of creativity into innovation and entrepreneurship.

The role of entrepreneurship in education and conditions that support entrepreneurism within an educational organization. How social entrepreneurship partnerships improve educational outcomes.

Introduction to the profession of engineering. Ethical, political and societal consequences of engineering innovations and the impact of engineering on everyday life. Team projects and guest lectures. Open to freshmen only.

Learner-centered, cross-cultural, technology-enabled approaches to principles and industrial practices leveraging cultural diversity to inspire innovations for competitive global markets. Requires an extended semester of 22 weeks, including 2-week overseas project in early summer.

Overview of starting and developing a new business. Discussions with successful business leaders and entrepreneurs. Not available for students admitted to the Entrepreneur Program. Open only to seniors or graduate students in Business or Engineering. Graded CR-NC.

Internal financial management of developing firms. Cash flowanalysis; capital budgeting; sources of financing; risk analysis; measurement of profits; and mergers and acquisitions.

Internal financial management of developing firms. Cash flow analysis; capital budgeting; sources of financing; risk analysis; measurement of profits; and mergers and acquisitions.

Introduction to the investment strategies used by hedge funds, the quantitative tools and business plans used to implement them. Prerequisites: GSBA 521b or GSBA 548. Recommended preparation: Statistics and Calculus.

Analysis of financial statements from food industry; cost and management accounting techniques in business planning, decision-making, cost control, and performance evaluation.

Reflections on shifts in preferences for aging in place and the market ramifications of innovations in science and technology on older consumers and service provider.

Exploration of general principles and evolution of innovation, theoretical perspectives on the innovation process, organizing and leadership for innovation, and practical tools for innovation development, diffusion, market acceptance, and business planning.

A deeper understanding of the innovation process via a survey of various disciplines’ approaches to the subject.

Exploration of legal issues of innovation as well as issues surrounding financing the development and commercialization of innovation.

Introduces the role industry and competitive analysis serves in an organization. Topics covered include global competition, innovation, the use of standards, competence, and building organizational capabilities to sustain competitive advantage. Duplicates credit in GSBA 529.

Management of the strategic change process for the total organization including implementing growth strategies, use of consultants, corporate governance, implementation in a multinational environment, leadership and power, use of technology, innovation, corporate cultures, executive succession, corporate relations.

Foundational knowledge for using innovation, technology, and analytics to improve organizational performance, enhance competitiveness, and create leadership opportunities integrated with hands-on skills for data analysis. Duplicates credit in former GSBA 581ab,

Critical principles of leadership, communication, best practice marketing presentations, project management techniques, business innovations and strategy. Use of case studies, team projects, real world examples.

Systematically review creativity and innovation techniques across healthcare industry, examine breakthrough genomic and biopharmaceutical processes and thinking, evaluate novel therapeutic and economic measures transforming outcomes.

Discipline-specific, cross-disciplinary, and shared approaches to products, services, projects, systems, organizational development. Topics include creative and user-focused perspectives, feasibility analytics, lean startup techniques. Recommended preparation: IDSN 510. Open only to Integrated Design, Business and Technology majors.

Discipline-specific, cross-disciplinary, and shared approaches to recognizing-analyzing opportunities, identifying-framing problems, and developing-iterating solutions. Techniques gleaned from entrepreneurship, creative practices, critical thinking methods, ethnography, systems theory. Recommended preparation: IDSN 510 and IDSN 540. Open only to: Integrated Design, Business and Technology majors.

Lectures, presentations, and readings introducing cutting-edge digital media innovations and applications. Analysis of the critical and creative challenges of contemporary digital media practices.

Applying specialized engineering skillsets to exploring-conceiving of solutions to future challenges; use of techniques for systematically imagining-analyzing diverse possible future paths for engineering products. Recommended preparation: Interest in technology innovation, technology policy-strategy and management, or entrepreneurship.

Examination of innovation in engineering enterprises including human behavior and human resources, organizational development, engineering management, business structures, financing the enterprise and intellectural property.

Teach students the basic technologies and processes involved in the building web and mobile startups. Students will be introduced to the different aspects of building a web startup including Online Business models, Product management, Agile development processes, Technology platforms and Operations, customer development and online marketing.

This course will introduce you to the key technologies, concepts and strategies in growth hacking, digital and social media marketing. Class lectures, discussions, and projects will demonstrate how Internet and new media technologies (blogs, wikis, social networks, communities, search engines, crowdfunding…) are increasingly being used in marketing and advertising. For your final project, you will drive traffic, engagement and conversion for a specific website.

A Real world, hands-on learning experience on what it’s like to actually start a high-tech company. Students will work in teams to design, prototype and implement version 1.0 of a high tech web or mobile startup.

Covers each phase of the structuring, formation, financing and operation of a new media enterprise.

This course deals with the formation, features and functions of general partnerships, limited partnerships and limited liability companies. It will also focus on business planning, recognizing business and legal objectives and selecting the appropriate entity to accomplish these objectives.

Students provide legal assistance to small businesses, entrepreneurs and non-profit organizations that cannot pay market rates for legal services. Graded CR-NC. Open to Law students only.

Introduces students to the unique legal and financial aspects of the venture capital industry and the skills needed to represent entrepreneurs and venture capital investors. Prerequisite: LAW 603. Corequisite: LAW 681 or LAW 719.

Role of the attorney in startup firms: business plan, employment agreements, lease, stock option plan, financing documents and distribution and strategic partnership arrangements. Enrollment restricted to law students.

Examination of the entrepreneurial process in biotechnology, including: industry overview, idea generation, business plan formulation, intellectual property protection, funding, personnel management, and regulatory body interaction.

Role of the attorney in startup firms: business plan, employment agreements, lease, stock option plan, financing documents and distribution and strategic partnership arrangements. Enrollment restricted to law students.

Learn to use fundamental principles of marketing, branding, and consumer behavior to successfully market disruptively innovative products including goods, services, and ideas. Not available for degree or major credit for business and accounting majors. Duplicates credit in BUAD-307.

Systematic approaches to product development; reasons for product failure; processes, techniques and concepts firms use to develop; test, and execute product innovations and imitations.

Study and application of new technology to create new business models, products, and services in world economies. Group projects focused on practical applications of concepts.

Theories and methods for the strategic management of innovation and technology in organizations. Analysis of industry dynamics. Innovation capability. Crafting and implementing innovation strategy.

Explores issues (1) managing Professional Service firms (PSFs) including strategy, client relationships, marketing, and innovation, and (2) developing professionals, including selecting, training, performance management, mentorship, and innovation.

Design, and judgments of design. Cities, architecture, literature and the arts, engineering projects. Entrepreneurship as design. Design as a product of diversity, hierarchy, and conflict.

History, theories, philosophies, and practices of philanthropy; relationship between philanthropy and nonprofit world; grant-making procedures and relation to social innovation.

Strategies and processes of social innovation and change; examination of social change in the market, government, and within the nonprofit sector; dynamics; civic action and activism

Providing public services through the private and non-profit sectors; public-private partnerships; political and organizational skills required for public entrepreneurship.

Strategic management of nonprofit organizations, social entrepreneurship, and management practice.

Focuses on developing the resourcefulness, know-how and decision support skills needed to identify, assess and develop new health ventures. Includes business planning, financing, strategy, entrepreneurship. Recommended preparation: PPD 510a or HMGT 565.

Synthesis of knowledge gained in the pursuit of DPT degree through a case study, a learning module for students or patients, a business plan for a unique form of health care delivery, or some other innovative concept.

Expanding roles that social workers play within both non-profit and for profit corporations.