Minor Program

Why Minor in Entrepreneurship in JI?

  • To encourage students to learn business skills to be attractive to employers after completing their degrees
  • To support students to start their own businesses, as per the policies of the Chinese Government and support from businesses
  • Strong interest in Entrepreneurship amongst students, alumni and sponsors
  • UM also has top US Entrepreneurship Programs, such as I Corps of NSF/NIH in CFE/CoE
  • JI engineering programs expected to become more attractive with this minor (especially to international students)
  • Complements the JI Capstone Project program and gives students an opportunity to learn intrapreneurship from companies based on their cultures, processes and values

Undergraduate Minor in Entrepreneurship

  • Total 15 Credits
  • 2 Core Courses
    1. VX420 - Business Basics for Entrepreneurs (3 credits)
    2. VX402 - Managing a Business (2 credits)
  • At least 6 Credits of Practicum Courses
    1. VM450 - Design and Manufacturing IIIVE450 - Capstone Design (3 or 4 credits, compulsory)
    2.  (3 credits, offered in Spring) Or, (3 credits, offered in Fall) Or, VE449 - Mobile Applications for Entrepreneurs (3 credits, offered in Fall)
    3. Extra credits may be counted towards the Elective
  • At least 3 credits of Elective from VR208 - Business and Nature EnvironmentVX351 - Advanced Branding and Brand Management, etc.
  • A complete list is maintained at the JI Undergraduate Education Office
  • Other requirements
    1. Sophomore standing and above (prefer junior and senior levels)
    2. Declared major
    3. A grade of C or better in any course of the minor
    4. A minor should be declared before graduation
    5. Transfer courses accepted for the Electives

Suggested Path for Minor

  • Core Courses (5 Credits)
    1. VX420 - Business Basics for Entrepreneurs (3 credits): Freshman or Sophomore Summer
    2. VX402 - Managing a Business (2 credits): Freshman, Sophomore or Junior Summer

    Note: It is possible to take VX420 in Junior summer and VX402 in Junior or Senior summer butsince VX420 is a foundation course for Entrepreneurship Minor and also a prerequisite for VX423 ,it is recommended to take this course as early as possible.

  • Practicum Courses (3 Credits, not counting Capstone Design Course which is compulsory for JI students)
    • (3 credits): Junior or Senior Spring


    • VE449 - Mobile Applications for Entrepreneurs (3 credits): Junior or Senior Fall


    • (3 credits): Sophomore and above
  • Electives (3 Credits)

    Any time, as there is a wide range of courses that count towards entrepreneurship minor electives. Any Entrepreneurship related courses (including social entrepreneurship) from exchange program will also be considered for elective requirement.