Entrepreneurship Class in college--is it worth taking?

by Delta223 17 replies

I'm thinking of taking an Entrepreneurship class next semester. It won't count for my degree requirements in any way though (I'm a Finance major), so I am not set on it yet.

For those of you that have taken a class like this, did you find it useful?

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  • Profile picture of the author tamimabraham
    Of course it has some worth only for it will help you to learn some dry theory. Theory will help you when you come in practical.
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  • Profile picture of the author nicholasb
    I think being an entrepreneur is more about coming up with ideas and creating opportunities then acting on them, not sitting around in a class room and talking about it.

    Even in Cru's example why would I pay to go to class and listen to case studies, when their are plenty of biographies, and auto-biographies on successful entrepreneurs out there already.
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    • Profile picture of the author 1000
      For a class like this, it really depends on the professor. Check ratemyprofessor or some of the other review sites to see how the students have liked or disliked the class.
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  • Profile picture of the author Mary Wilhite
    Anything that educates you is worth pursuing.

    Taking a class will give you formal education
    but there are usually more advanced information
    outside the classroom.

    Still, getting your foundation via a formal setting
    is still valuable.

    So if you can afford it. Go ahead.
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  • Profile picture of the author entrepreneurjay
    Entrepreneurship is the way to go these days especially in a down economy.

    The only person you can count on is yourself so definitely take it you may learn a few things.
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  • Profile picture of the author mattlaclear
    Learning true entrepreneurship from a college professor is an awful lot like being taught how to swim by a rock. It just doesn't work.
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    • Profile picture of the author Tom Ryan
      If it sounds like an interesting class to you, go for it. Exploring different subjects of interest is what taking college is all about.

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    • Profile picture of the author nicholasb
      Originally Posted by mattlaclear View Post

      Learning true entrepreneurship from a college professor is an awful lot like being taught how to swim by a rock. It just doesn't work.
      LMAO!!! very wise words
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    • Profile picture of the author Mary Wilhite
      Originally Posted by mattlaclear View Post

      Learning true entrepreneurship from a college professor is an awful lot like being taught how to swim by a rock. It just doesn't work.
      Well it depends on the background of the professor.

      To the OP, since you're doing this because you like to
      and not as a requirement, why not ask around for the
      best one you can get.
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      • Profile picture of the author junkbox
        As others have said, it will depend on who your professor is.

        My class happened to be taught by a very successful entrepreneur who taught because he could.

        In this class we did a lot of case studies and the main project was a mock business. We had to create a twenty to thirty page business plan and propose the idea to real venture capitalists.

        So, you need to go into this realizing that no professor or person can give you the drive to be an entrepreneur. Nor can they teach you how to become one.


        The class was invaluable for learning about what other people in entrepreneurial situations have done well and done horribly. Learning about the successes and failures of other business owners is quite valuable. Additionally, writing a real business plan and presenting it to real investors was quite challenging and very intimidating...now I know that if I ever have an idea that I need to present to real world investors, I better have my stuff 100% perfect or I am going to get laughed at.

        I think most college classes are going to focus on larger scope businesses in terms of entrepreneurship. Meaning ones that require moderate to significant initial funding and things like that. You aren't going to learn anything about writing an ebook or making $5k a month online, nor will you learn how to turn your love for lawn mowing into a successful one man seasonal business. The more likely scenario is that it will give you some tools and experience on how to turn your love for lawn mowing into a local, then regional provider of landscape services to hundreds of clients with multiple teams of people and several locations.
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    • Originally Posted by mattlaclear View Post

      Learning true entrepreneurship from a college professor is an awful lot like being taught how to swim by a rock. It just doesn't work.
      i agree i went into business admin to realize i didnt need business admin, what you are paying for in a class room you can find on the net, and its kinda hard to be taught how to work for yourself

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  • Profile picture of the author Suthan M
    I never say no to learning new things.

    After all, why not? Education enriches you as a person.
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  • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
    Originally Posted by Delta223 View Post

    For those of you that have taken a class like this, did you find it useful?
    I haven't formally taken a class like that (though I wish I had), but when I was at university, I did manage to attend some lectures at the Business School and they turned out to be extremely helpful to me later.

    I don't know how people can cope with setting up, running and developing their own business without some sort of formal education in the subject - it's potentially supremely useful.

    If you can fit it in, I strongly recommend at least trying it, to see for yourself what it's like.
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  • Profile picture of the author MarketingChad
    While I believe you are born with entrepreneurial ability and a lot of it is gained through experience, there is definitely some merit behind learning the basic theories of it as well.

    Plus reading about others experiences is often the best way to learn and become inspired and motivated. I'd say go for it!
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    • Profile picture of the author JohnMcCabe
      I see the "college is for suckers" crowd has arrived...

      Asking someone who has never attended a college class about taking college classes is kind of like asking the Pope about sex. How would he know? :p

      As a few others mentioned, it all depends on the prof teaching the class.

      You could get someone like Rodney Dangerfield's business prof in "Back to School", and waste your time.

      Or you could get someone like I got, who wasn't an actual prof with the school. He was a working entrpreneur who taught the class from his own business experience.

      Why did he do it? According to him, for two reasons.

      1) He had fun doing it. He said it helped keep him young and helped him keep an entrepreneurial perspective.

      2) It helped him identify future employees and potential investments.

      Get a good teacher, and the class will be gold. Make sure they understand startups and bootstrapping.
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  • Profile picture of the author Joshua Rigley
    Personally, I think the only classes worth taking are the ones that offer real-world, hands on experience as part of the learning process. I strongly recommend talking with the professor one-on-one to get a better feel of his teaching style. Tell him what you hope to do with the information you learn from his class, and see if it's a good fit for your goals.
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