Pathway Requirements

Experiential Learning Opportunities (One Experience)

Students will complete one experience in one of the following categories. Approved experiences should give students firsthand, guided opportunities to connect the entrepreneurial mindset and their particular career of interest. Some examples include:

  • Business
    • Examples include: AMRE, Commons Innovation Accelerator Program, Jenny Investment Club, Startup Weekend
  • Social Entrepreneurship
    • Examples include: Involvement with Enactus for one school year, Internships with social organizations or non-profits
  • Arts Entrepreneurship
    • Examples include: TREK: Art in the City (New York, Chicago, Minneapolis, or Cleveland—biennial; no credit), THTD 12105 Practicum: Scenery, Costumes, Stage Management, Box Office (.25 credit), IDPT 430 Internships with arts organizations (.25 credit), Projects with the Wayne Center for the Arts and their STEAM Factory, Projects with Jimmy Noriega’s independent theatre company
  • Flexible EL Opportunities
    • Examples include City TREK with entrepreneurial focus, Off Campus Study programs, sophomore research assistantships, campus leadership positions, campus work experiences


Reflections guide students to articulate meaningful connections between the skills and knowledge they are gaining and the experiences in their coursework, experiential learning opportunities and career goals.

Reflections take place along five points in the pathway:

  • First Reflection Touchpoint: At the Start of the Pathway
    • The first opportunity to reflect is when the student declares their Pathway.  Responses to prompts asked at this moment establish a baseline from which student moves forward.
  • Second Reflection Touchpoint: An Opportunity to Investigate
    • This is an opportunity for students to dig deeper to articulate what they are learning along the Pathway in classes and about experiential learning options related to the interests they shared in the first reflection. It is also a point at which to prepare for experiential learning/career exploration.
  • Third Reflection Touchpoint: Before Experiential Learning Opportunity
    • This reflection takes place as a student is learning about experiential learning opportunities related to their pathway.
  • Fourth Reflection Touchpoint: After Experiential Learning Opportunity
    • This reflection takes place after the student has completed an experiential learning opportunity and asks them to consider how the work they have done connects with their pathway.
  • Fifth Reflection Touchpoint: At the End of This Pathway - and the Start of New Ones
    • At this touchpoint, students engage with questions that help them build connections between theory and practice, their career goals, and how they plan to extend their Pathway beyond Wooster.  

Coursework (Four Courses)

Students will complete four courses that meet the following descriptions:

Coursework in the entrepreneurial mindset is oriented around developing and putting into practice skills such as design-thinking, innovation, risk-taking, problem-solving, and leadership. Approved courses in the entrepreneurial mindset should provide students with opportunities to exercise creativity and innovation in order to develop human-centered solutions.

  • IDPT 22000: Entrepreneurship and Societal Impact
  • IDPT 40514: Angel Investing*
  • IDPT 40507: Social Entrepreneurship
  • IDPT 40511: Global Social Entrepreneurship
  • IDPT 22100: TREK: Entrepreneurship in Hungary
  • IDPT 12000 Introduction to Entrepreneurship

*Course has pre-requisite or requires instructor permission to register

Approved coursework in general skills of entrepreneurship prepares students for effective organizational leadership by offering emphases on communication skills and human behavior. Courses may also provide instruction on how to develop financially sustainable enterprises and reach potential clients or encourage students to explore how ethical frameworks can inform entrepreneurial activity. These courses are strongly encouraged not to overlap with a student's major requirements.

  • BUEC 23000: Marketing*
  • BUEC 11900: Financial Accounting
  • COMM 22100: Interpersonal Communications*
  • COMM 22500: Small Group Communication*
  • COMM 22600: Organizational Communication*
  • COMM 22700: Intercultural Communication*
  • COMM 25200: Argumentation and Persuasion*
  • ECON 10100: Principles of Economics
  • EDUC 10000: Introduction to Education
  • EDUC 19903: Urban Education
  • EDUC 19905: Teaching Globally Engaged Learners
  • PHIL 10000: Ethics, Justice, and Society
  • PSYC 10000: Introduction to Psychology 3
  • RELS 21900: Ethics in a Social Perspective

*Course has pre-requisite or requires instructor permission to register