This is NOT YOUR ORDINARY MINOR.
Great ideas are rarely created in isolation, game-changing concepts come when teams with diverse areas of expertise, experience and talents meet in the intersection. The Engler Experience academic offering is designed to provide just such an opportunity, and for that reason we offer minor degree programs focused on creating collisions of ideas, skills and capabilities.
While your major program provides a strong foundation of specialized knowledge, the Engler Agribusiness Entrepreneurship minor (EAEP) provides the right environment to leverage knowledge from a variety of fields of study into real world solutions. Our minors are designed to work with students who have a specific enterprise in mind as well as those who are exploring the opportunities that come from embracing an entrepreneurial mindset.
Check out the courses and minor options in the tabs below.
How to determine which minor is right for you:
EAEP 12-Hour Minor
Designed for students with limited flexibility in their major course of study and a sound choice for the transfer student who plans to graduate within two years of starting their studies at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
EAEP 18-Hour Minor
Excellent choice for students who have the desire to develop greater depth of entrepreneurial knowledge and experience.
Entrepreneurship/Leadership Joint Minor
Very appropriate choice for students interested in social entrepreneurship, or with a deep desire to not only build an enterprise but to also lead and impact a community through the combined skills of leadership and entrepreneurship.
Engler Agribusiness Entrepreneurship Minor
Courses Required for 18-Hour Minor
The agribusiness entrepreneuership minor requires completing 18 hours of entrepreneuership related courses or 12 hours at the 300 level or above entrepreneuership courses.
- Introduction Seminar on Opportunities in Entrepreneurship (EAEP 101) (1 credit) Survey of entrepreneurial opportunities as identified by CASNR departments.
- Agribusiness Entrepreneurial Finance (EAEP275/AECN275/HORT275/AGRO275/ENTR275) (3 credits) Covers concepts of financial management, funding sources, risk management strategies for entrepreneurial firms. This course is funded by the Engler Agribusiness Entrepreneurship Program.
- Agribusiness Entrepreneuership (EAEP388/HORT388/ABUS388/ENTR388/AGRO388) (3 credits) Overview of types of agriculture enterprises. Formulation of a marketing plan specific to an agribusiness enterprise based on a business idea.
- Business Management for Agribusiness Enterprises (EAEP488/HORT488/888/ABUS488/ENTR488/AGRO488) (3 credits) Requires the completion of a shadowing assignment and the analyses of case studies. Research a specific agribusiness enterprise. Develop and present a business plan using materials from the primary area of interest. This course is funded by the Engler Agribusiness Entrepreneurship Program and will serve as the Engler Agribusiness Entrepreneurship Capstone Course.
- Internship in Entrepreneurship: (EAEP395) (3 credits)
- Plus 5 (or 6) additional credit hours from the elective courses listed underneath the "Electives" tab.
Engler Agribusiness Entrepreneurship Minor
Courses Required for 12-Hour Minor
- Business Management for Agribusiness Enterprises (EAEP488/HORT 488/888/ABUS488/ENTR488/AGRO488) (3 credits) Requires the completion of a shadowing assignment and the analyses of case studies. Research a specific agribusiness enterprise. Develop and present a business plan using materials from the primary area of interest. The instruction of this course is funded by the Engler Agribusiness Entrepreneurship Program and will serve as the Engler Agribusiness Entrepreneurship Capstone Course.
- Internship in Entrepreneurship: (EAEP395) (3 credits)
- Plus 6 additional credit hours of 300 or higher level courses from the elective courses listed underneath the "Electives" tab. For the 12 hour minor EAEP 388 is considered one of the available electives.
Leadership & Entrepreneurship Minor
An 18-hour minor in leadership and entrepreneurship is available through a joint program offered by the Departments of Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communication and the Engler Agribusiness Entrepreneurship Program. This minor is intended for those who are interested in gaining additional professional skills in leadership and entrepreneurship. The18-hour minor is comprised of theory-based and applied courses as well as a final capstone course.
Leadership Courses (6 hours)
Select one theory-based course (3 credit hours) from the following:
- ALEC 202 (Leadership Development in Small Groups and Teams)
- ALEC 302 (Effective Leadership in Organizations)
- ALEC 477 (Leadership and Motivation)
- ALEC 488 (Leadership, Power, and Influence)
Select one application course (3 credit hours) from the following:ALEC 407 (Supervisory Leadership)
ALEC 410* (Environmental Leadership)
ALEC 466* (Leadership and Diversity)
Entrepreneurship Courses (6-7 hours)
Select one Foundational course (3 credit hours) from the following:
- EAEP 101 Introduction Seminar on Opportunities in Entrepreneurship (1 cr) + EAEP/ABUS/ENTR/AGRO/HORT 388 Agribusiness Entrepreneurship (3 cr),
- EAEP 121/ENTR 121 Introduction to Entrepreneurial Management
Select one application course (3 credit hours) from the following:
- AECN/EAEP/ENTR/AGRO/HORT 275 Agribusiness Entrepreneurial Finance
- EAEP/ABUS/ENTR/AGRO/HORT 488 Business Management for Agribusiness Enterprises
- EAEP/ENTR 321 Identifying and Assessing Entrepreneurial Opportunities
- ENTR 421/821 Entrepreneurship and Venture Management
- EAEP/AECN/MRKT 225 Entrepreneurship in Food Products Marketing
Experiential Learning in Leadership and/or Entrepreneurship
Select one course (3 credit hours) from the following:
- ALEC 102 Interpersonal Skills and Leadership (with 20-hour service learning project)
- ALEC 165 Pepsi Service Scholars
- ALEC 153 Chancellor's Leadership Class
- ALEC 337 (credit received for being a Teaching Assistant)
- AGRI/AECN 310 Travel Abroad Experience
- ENTR 422A/822A Small Business Owner OR ENTR 422/822 Small Business Management
- MNGT 423 Small Business Growth and Development
- ENTR/MNGT 322 Family Business Management
Internship in Leadership and/or Entrepreneurship (select one for 3 hours)
- ALEC 496 Independent Study (Field Experience)
- EAEP 395 Career Experience
* Note that Junior standing is required for these two courses.
Students who wish to minor in Leadership and Entrepreneurship must meet with either an ALEC or Engler Agribusiness Entrepreneurship Program faculty member. A completed Declaration of Minor form, filled out with the assistance of the faculty member, should be signed by the student's academic adviser and turned into the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources Dean's office.
- Travel Abroad Experience: (AGRI310) (2-5 credits) The study abroad tour must have a focus relevant to agribusiness entrepreneurship. View the international tours experience page for tours which have been identified as meeting this requirement.
- Entrepreneurship in Food Products Marketing (EAEP225/AECN225/MRKT225) (3 credits) Provides an entrepreneurial focus in agribusiness and food products marketing. The course includes a team project to develop a market strategy for a new product. (cannot be used for the 12 hour minor).
- Agricultural Marketing and Product Development I (AECN471) (1 credit) Ind. Prereq: Junior standing or permission. EAEP225/AECN225 recommended. Selection of an agriculturally related product or service and the development of a comprehensive marketing plan. Market analysis of physical, economic and financial feasibility and formalization of an effective promotional product campaign.
- Agricultural Marketing and Product Development II (AECN472) (2 credits) Ind. Prereq: Junior standing or permission; AECN471. Further refinement in the development of marketing plan from AECN471. Condensation of marketing plan into executive summary and preparation of professional oral presentation. Extensive interaction with the local agribusiness community and participation in national agri-marketing competition.
- Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Organizations (MNGT 321/ENTR 321) (3 credits) Intoduction to entrepreneurship management/marketing. Provides an insider's view of entrepreneurial creativity, innovation, and value creation. Insight into real-world marketing creativity, leadership applications, research and development, market analysis, feasibility study, and potential careers in creativity and related fields. Involves the investigation of markets, both for profit and not-for-profit
- Family Business Management (ENTR322/MNGT322) (3 credits) For students whose families own and operates businesses. Explores and analyzes best management, family and governance practices, and continuity challenges for family owned businesses.
- Initiating and Managing Entrepreneurial Growth (MNGT421/ENTR421) (3 credits) Focuses on the management of new firms, including small businesses designed to be lifestyle ventures and firms destined to grow. Exposure to variety of growth opportunities including franchising, organic growth and expansion of smaller businesses or units within larger firms. Case study analysis and exposure to thought leadership in the field are part of the core learning methods.
- Managing Rapid Growth and Change in Organizations (MNGT 422/ENTR 422) (3 credits) Addresses financial, human resource, operations and marketing issues that face entrepreneurs whose businesses are confronted with significant growth. In addition, will learn change management concepts that are targeted towards managing an organization in extremely turbulent times. Prepares students to work in fast-growth firms, whether they are interested in starting their own business or joining an already established fast-growth firm.
- Business Plan Development and Decision Making (MNGT 423/ENTR423) (3 credits) Takes an in-depth look at the business planning process. By the end of the class, students produce their own business plans. Learn through their own business plan writing, through in-depth cases studies, by engaging in role plays and by interacting with business executives.
We need to identify these boys and girls who have that fire in the belly when they are young and then when they come to the university, expose them to a curriculum that teaches risk -- how to evaluate it and how to manage it -- because if you do not take risk as an entrepreneur, you are not going to make it.Paul Engler Cattleman, Founder of the Engler Agribusiness Entrepreneurship Program
When you declare an Engler program minor, you'll have access to all the benefits available to Engler Entrepreneurs. You'll receive recognition on the "Engler Entrepreneur Wall," your own business cards, and you'll even gain access to use the new Engler Experience workspace 24/7!
The most important reason why you should become an Engler Entrepreneur is the lifetime connections and benefits affiliated with the membership.
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