Welcome to the PSC Business Entrepreneurship Program!
Our undergraduate program offers you the opportunity to learn about all the functional areas of business in the heart of entrepreneurship country! Our faculty of experts and business professionals present an impressive array of practical entrepreneurial experience. We offer state-of-the-art facilities with classrooms and computer labs equipped with networked presentation equipment and interactive classroom technology. Our program is guided by our four pillars of Paul Smith's business education: Leadership, Innovation, Stewardship, and Tradition.
PSC Business Program Missionpromoting stewardship as an important part of modern sustainable business practice;
building on the entrepreneurial tradition of our namesake, Apollos "Paul" Smith who proved that hard work and great entrepreneurial skills can simultaneously create a financial success and serve the common good;
fostering innovation by continually challenging ourselves to create new solutions to current problems;
educating ethical, responsible business leaders of the future.
To be a leader in providing hands-on entrepreneurial learning experiences for our students. We serve the campus community by:
Leading the innovation in entrepreneurship education, our program provides students with the opportunity to study all dimensions of entrepreneurship beginning in their first year of collegiate study and continuing throughout their four years of study at Paul Smiths College.
Supporting Business Courses
Students take supportive business courses in Accounting, Economics, Finance, Management, Marketing and Information Technology. The Course Offerings page has a complete listing of offered courses.
General Education Program
To be an educated person is to be literate in a variety of content areas. It is the responsibility of the entire Paul Smiths' experience to provide opportunities to obtain and apply these literacies. Through reinforcement across the curriculum, General Education enriches students with the practical skills needed for successful careers: analytical skills, effective communication, practical intelligence, ethical judgment, and social responsibility.
Business introduction. The freshman year teaches the basic principles of managing and marketing, and provides a broad view of the many tasks and challenges an entrepreneur faces. Students learn the basics of marketing and business plans and get acquainted with local entrepreneurs and business activities.
Sustainable practices in enterprises. Sophomores learn the tools of business management, while simultaneously appreciating the limits of economic, environmental, and social resources. Students will become proficient in financial and managerial accounting, and learn about economics from a micro-model to the global business environment.
Applications in Entrepreneurship. Tools gained in the freshman and sophomore years begin to be applied in the junior year. In addition to courses that include the students now prepare business plans which they can actualize, or use it act as guide for on-campus or within local businesses. This year is further highlighted by learning how to make business decisions that are sound financially and ethically.
Capstone venture. Three years of skills and business knowledge acquisition are put into practice through the senior capstone experience. In the senior year, students are exposed to strategic practices of business, and how to investigate markets, companies, and business climates in a systematic manner. They finish their experience through an independent project that can include consulting for companies, developing marketing plans, working with town planning boards, and even starting their own enterprises.