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HOW DO I GET INVOLVED? Two major ways to get involved:


1. Take EAEP101

Sign up for Tom Field’s course exploring the realm of entrepreneurship in the Spring or Fall to be introduced to our culture and mindset in the Engler program. Find out if this world is for you!


2. Declare the Minor

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.

Check out the courses and minor options in the tabs below.

How to determine which minor is right for you 12-hour, 18-hour, Entrepreneurship/Leadership Joint

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.

The 12-hour minor requires completing a course in business management for Agribusiness, an internship and six additional hours at the 300 level or above of elective entrepreneurship courses.

Required Courses for 12-Hour Minor
  • Business Management for Agribusiness Enterprises
    (EAEP488/HORT 488/888/ABUS488/ENTR488/AGRO488)(3 credits)
  • Internship in Entrepreneurship
    (EAEP395) (3 credits)
  • Plus 6 additional credit hours of 300-level or higher elective courses.
  • EAEP 388 is considered one of the available electives.

18-Hour Minor

Excellent choice for students who have the desire to develop greater depth of entrepreneurial knowledge and experience.

The agribusiness entrepreneurship minor requires completing 18 hours of entrepreneurship related courses or 12 hours at the 300 level or above entrepreneurship courses.

Required Courses for 18-Hour Minor
  • Introduction Seminar on Opportunities in Entrepreneurship
    (EAEP 101) (1 credit)
  • Agribusiness Entrepreneurial Finance
    (EAEP275/AECN275/HORT275/AGRO275/ENTR275) (3 credits)
  • Agribusiness Entrepreneurship
    (EAEP388/HORT388/ABUS388/ENTR388/AGRO388) (3 credits)
  • Business Management for Agribusiness Enterprises
    (EAEP488/HORT488/888/ABUS488/ENTR488/AGRO488) (3 credits)
  • Internship in Entrepreneurship
    (EAEP395) (3 credits)
  • Plus 5 (or 6) credit hours from the elective courses.

Leadership & Entrepreneurship 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.

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.

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.

Required Courses for Leadership & Entrepreneurship Joint Minor

Leadership Classes

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 Classes

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.


  • 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) Introduction 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

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