Entrepreneurial Business Studies Degree – Paul Smith’s College

Earn a degree in Entrepreneurial Business Studies at Paul Smith’s College to further your path toward the perfect job or career.


Immersive learning is emphasized in all programs. That is why we dunk all our students in the lake during orientation weekend! Our culinary students bake bread & pastries for the on-campus retail bakery and forestry students explore the College-owned lands, cut timber and sell it. This same spirit is obvious in PSC’s business students. 

·        Complete Real Projects with Real Companies in courses like Applications in Entrepreneurship where students complete management level projects for existing firms like Pure Placid Lifestyle Products, which is now available through Alibaba’s online shopping site, TaoBao. 

·  Apply Business Skills from Day One using realistic business simulations like RedGlobal Group that allow students to see the impact of their decisions in courses like Intro to Entrepreneurship, Strategic Planning and the Senior Capstone Project. 

·       Earn  Academic Credit While Earning Industry Experience during a Semester in Residency through online study and paid work experience with nationwide partners like, World of Beer Corporate Offices, Disneyworld, Ritz Carlton, The Point Resort & others.

·        Compete in Regional Business Plan Contests where our students regularly come home with seed money to invest in their ideas or help pay for school, like Josh Clemmens ’17, Little ADK, a children’s educational souvenir/toy helping kids learn about the Adirondacks.

·        Engage in Paid Work Experience in nearby Lake Placid, New York, a world-class resort destination with many opportunities to learn from entrepreneurial business owners while going to school. 

·  Take a Course Outside Your Major by tapping into Paul Smith’s diverse program offerings.  Explore Maple Syrup Production, Dendrology, Resort Management, Beer Brewing or Improv Comedy.

·  Study Sustainable Business Practices in Italy’s Parmigiano Reggiano Region through our Adirondack to Appenino Sustainable Parks and Communities Projects.

·       Join Paul Smith’s Chapter of DECA, an international collegiate club for leaders in Management, Marketing, Hospitality & Finance. Members plan and execute multiple campus-wide traditions and sponsor site visits, fundraisers, recruitment efforts and trips to the Annual DECA Conference.

·  Experience the Great Outdoors by taking advantage of the unsurpassed rugged beauty of the campus. There are endless opportunities for camping, fishing, hiking, canoeing, and other outdoor sports. #smittypix

·         Earn a Creative Minor to Complement your Bachelor’s Degree like Maple Products & Production, Sustainable Communities or Environmental Communications.  Or earn the Craft Beer Studies & Management Minor to become a Beer Sampler for Saranac Brewery like Sean McCann ’17.

What Kind Of Courses Would You Be Taking?

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  • Entrepreneurship Systems, Resources, and Policies
    • Signature Course – A crash course in all the necessary aspects of Small Business organization from financing to licensing to keeping things legal
  • Sustainable Practices in Enterprises
    • Signature Course – Students learn how to take care of business while taking care of the planet as well
  • Creating & Communicating Value
    • Signature Course – Students analyze and synthesize product benefits to present in a Shark Tank style environment
  • Applications in Entrepreneurship
    • Signature Course – Students work with up-and-coming entrepreneurial organizations in order to produce a “deliverable” the company will then implement into day-to-day activities
  • Entrepreneurship Capstone
    • Signature Course – Students create their own Business and Marketing plans for a small business of their own; jumpstarting their post-graduation plans
  • Introduction to Entrepreneurship
  • Principles of Management
  • Principles of Marketing
  • Organizational Behavior
  • Principles of Economics
  • Financial Accounting
  • Managerial Accounting
  • Social Research
  • Math for Financial Decision Making
  • Business Ethics and Decision Making
  • Statistics
  • Finance
  • Change Management
What Can You Do With A Degree In Entrepreneurial Studies?
  • Small Business Owner
  • Business Consultant
  • Research & Development
  • Sales & Advertising
  • Nonprofit Fundraiser
  • Talent Acquisition
  • Franchise owner
  • Retail Management
  • Marketing Manager
  • Public Relations
What Does The Program Prepare You For Academically?

At the end of the program students will be able to:

  • SLO 1: Critical Thinking and Leadership Skills
    • Integrate their liberal arts education with business education to foster life long learning skills.
    • Develop analytic, reflective thinking, critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
    • Demonstrate ethical decision-making and reasoning abilities.
  • SLO 2: Management and Communication Skills
    • Demonstrate the processes of entrepreneurship, strategic management, accountability and project planning.
    • Expand oral, written and listening communication skills.
    • Articulate and defend a personal business philosophy within a global context.
    • Synthesize content knowledge from functional areas of business, including Marketing, Accounting, Management, Economics, Operations, Planning, Finance.
  • SLO 3: Technical Knowledge and Skills
    • Use and explain information technologies as they influence the structure and processes of organizations and economies, and as they influence the roles and techniques of management.
  • SLO 4: Life Skills and work Ethic
    • Develop skills in team management, conflict resolution and consensus building.
    • Develop a stewardship orientation in business decision-making.
Key Facts About The Program
  • B.S. degree


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