Entrepreneurship @ McPherson College

McPherson College believes the classic concept of liberal arts is intimately tied to the modern idea of entrepreneurship and strives to weave the concepts of entrepreneurship across the curriculum and student life, regardless of a student’s chosen major.

This idea transcends any one department, giving students the room to experiment and explore – while still landing on their feet. McPherson College students discover that the only failure is the failure to learn.

The Transformative Entrepreneurship minor will help students better understand the risks and processes involved in beginning an entrepreneurial venture. The title transformative entrepreneurship was chosen because we see that students who engage in entrepreneurial ventures will make an impact and transform the world in some way.

Entrepreneurship is the creative process of developing sustainable, innovative ventures that solve problems and meet the needs of the greater community. Balancing opportunity and risk, the entrepreneur manages resources and constructs solutions that benefit both self and society.
(Approved by faculty 2/3/11)

Transformative Entrepreneurship at McPherson College is unique because it has a strong liberal arts emphasis. Students will take three core courses specific to entrepreneurship. Students will also take three courses from across at least two divisions that will enhance their knowledge and/or skill in entrepreneurial endeavors.

Students who complete a minor in transformative entrepreneurship will be able to:

  • articulate the definition of transformative entrepreneurship.
  • articulate the roles that entrepreneurs have played in history.
  • identify and analyze opportunities and their related risks.
  • demonstrate creative processes required to develop entrepreneurial ventures.
  • determine their talents and role in effective teamwork.
  • demonstrate skill in project management and resource utilization.
  • demonstrate the process of resource acquisition through networking.
  • illustrate the interplay of economies and social change.
  • illustrate responsibility to a greater society.

To complete the minor, students will complete these three courses:

  • ET101 Creativity & Innovation for Transformation
  • G-ET201 Entrepreneurship on the Horizon
  • ET301 The Entrepreneur at Work

Additionally, students will select nine hours from the following courses. Students may choose one class from within her/his major coursework area. One class must be selected from outside the division where her/his major is housed.

AR230 Graphic Design I
AR340 Web-based Design
CM130 Interpersonal Communication
CM135 Journalism
CM140 Public Speaking
CM210 Multimedia Storytelling
CM218 Bus. & Prof. Communication
G-CM221 Intercultural Communication
CM310 Public Relations
CM325 Conflict Communication
CM330 Persuasion
EN313 Adv. Expository Writing
PA215 Sem & Practica in Perf. & Prod.
G-PR104 Ethics
PR304 Brethren Hist..& Tht.

Science & Technology
BI325 Human Ecology
NS415 Environmental Ethics
TE301 Materials and Processes
G-TE333 Technology & Society

Social Sciences:
BA235 Entrepreneurship & Small Business Management
PY405 Personality Theories
SO206 Social Problems
SO260 Intro. to Human Services


ET101 Creativity & Innovation for Transformation
3 hours
Interactive seminar introduces students to readings and processes from various disciplines that elucidate the interdisciplinary nature of creativity and enable students to create conditions that stimulate it. Projects and assignments are designed to encourage a “critical creativity” that challenges participants through inquiry, multi-faceted exploration and strategic development. Topics examined through writing and design assignments, group projects, and discussions include consciousness, receptivity, risk, ethics, self agency, and social engagement with the express objective of fostering creative potential and its application in all areas of experience.

G-ET201 Entrepreneurship on the Horizon
3 hours
Addresses the challenges of creating and sustaining organizations in today’s global environment. Provides an overview of the role and importance of entrepreneurship in the global economy and in society. Examines how individuals use entrepreneurial skills to craft innovative responses to societal needs.

ET301 The Entrepreneur at Work
3 hours
Explores the process of managing and growing the entrepreneurial venture. The course is designed to provide exposure to topics critical to the success of the venture in startup and early growth: business planning; growth management and strategic planning; marketing and financial strategies; exit strategies; and different modes of venturing, such as franchising, venture acquisition, and technology licensing.

Jd. Bowman  M.F.A.
Associate Professor of Theatre

David O’Dell C.P.A., C.G.M.A., M.B.A.
Professor of Accounting

Dustin Wilgers Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Biology

Horizon Faculty Fellowship

The purpose of the Horizon Faculty Fellowship is to infuse entrepreneurship across the McPherson College campus.   The Fellowship intends to build faculty champions, provide mentorship and development opportunities for recipients, enhance the curriculum using entrepreneurial concepts and improve the student experience.

Contact Abbey Archer-Rierson for the Horizon Faculty Fellowship application archera@mcpherson.edu.

Lifting up traditional Liberal Arts education through the more recent concept of Entrepreneurship has been the focus for McPherson College now for several years.

The Entrepreneurship and Liberal Arts Team is composed of faculty and staff members who help find the next steps for entrepreneurship as the concept continues to be woven across the curriculum and student life. The goal is to engage the entire college community, clearly and simply express the mission of the entrepreneurship initiative, and help give direction to the innovative program.

E-Team Members

David O’Dell, Professor of Accounting

Dee Erway-Sherwood, Professor of Graphic Design and Executive Director of Visual Arts

Dr. Dustin Wilgers, Assistant Professor of Biology

Jd. Bowman, Associate Professor of Theatre

Dr. Ku-Sup Chin, Associate Professor of Sociology

Dara Dix, Payroll and Accounting Clerk

Garrick Green, Associate Professor of Technology

Marty Sigwing, Director of Facilities

Abbey Archer-Rierson, Chief of Staff