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Cultural Entrepreneurship B.A.

Foreign Languages & Literatures
College of Liberal Arts
  • Program Type: Baccalaureate
  • Requirements for this program are current for Spring 2017
  • Required credits to graduate with this degree: 120
  • Required credits within the major: 43 to 65
  • This program requires summer terms.
  • Degree: Bachelor of Arts
Cultural entrepreneurship is an emerging academic discipline that examines how cultural products traditionally associated with the fine and liberal arts, such as art, theater, poetry, and literature, but also cultural activities such as sports, music, food, and film events, are having an increasingly important impact on the growth of local, national, and global economies. Cultural entrepreneurship scholars thus study the impact of culture on economies, and develop new strategies for enhancing local livelihoods by creative, new, sustainable, socially responsible ways of producing income through cultural activity. The program stresses the centrality of culture in the success of entrepreneurial endeavors. Building on the concept of cognitive ambidexterity, it combines training in quantitative skills and predictive logic that is common in business schools with extensive work in creative logic and thinking, as it is most often cultivated in the liberal arts. Predictive logic refers to the ability to generate models, forecasts, and estimates, while creative logic addresses the ability to self-examine, understand social contexts, and to shape the future by identifying courses of action and negotiating complexities of human decision-making. Students in this program will complete an extensive core of business entrepreneurship and conceptual core courses. Students will also receive a Certificate in Business Administration from the Labovitz School of Business and Economics (LSBE). Students develop cultural literacy through the study of at least one Foreign or Indigenous language. Students will learn to contextualize cultural entrepreneurship through a minor or major in another preapproved field of study. Majors are encouraged to incorporate a study abroad experience into their programs.
Program Delivery
This program is available:
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Admission Requirements
For information about University of Minnesota admission requirements, visit the Office of Admissions website.
Required prerequisites
Introductory Requirement (1 cr)
Transfer students with 24 or more credits and current UMD students who change colleges to CLA are exempt from this requirement. New first-year students with 24 or more PSEO credits may request to be waived from this requirement.
UST 1000 - UMD Seminar (1.0-2.0 cr)
General Requirements
The Board of Regents, on recommendation of the faculty, grants degrees from the University of Minnesota. Requirements for an undergraduate degree from University of Minnesota Duluth include the following:
  1. Students must meet all course and credit requirements of the departments and colleges or schools in which they are enrolled including an advanced writing course. Students seeking two degrees must fulfill the requirements of both degrees. However, two degrees cannot be awarded for the same major.
  2. Students must complete all requirements of the Liberal Education Program.
  3. Students must complete a minimum of 120 semester credits.
  4. At least 30 of the last 60 degree credits earned immediately before graduation must be awarded by UMD.
  5. Students must complete at least half of their courses at the 3xxx-level and higher at UMD. Study-abroad credits earned through courses taught by UM faculty and at institutions with which UMD has international exchange programs may be used to fulfill this requirement.
  6. If a minor is required, students must take at least three upper division credits in their minor field from UMD.
  7. The minimum cumulative UM GPA required for graduation will be 2.00 and will include only University of Minnesota coursework. A minimum UM GPA of 2.00 is required in each UMD undergraduate major and minor. No academic unit may impose higher grade point standards to graduate.
  8. Diploma, transcripts, and certification will be withheld until all financial obligations to the University have been met.
Program Requirements
1. A second field of study, either a minor or another major in one of the following: Anthropology, American Indian Studies, Chinese Area Studies, Communication, French Studies, German Studies, Hispanic Studies, Information Design, Journalism, Latin American Studies, Russian Area Studies, Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies. Cultural Entrepreneurship (CUE) program director approval is required if students wish to minor or major in a field not listed above. 2. Written application to the CUE program director, explaining why the student wants to be admitted to the program and their career goals. 3. The program will also support and strengthen optional study abroad sites currently available such as: Montpellier, Salamanca, St. Petersburg, Worcester, Passau, Potsdam and various sites in China. Students are advised to visit with the CUE program director about how courses abroad may be incorporated into this program. 4. The program encourages students to take internship and field study courses during their junior or senior years. Students are advised to visit with the program director to discuss internship opportunities.
Business Administration Certificate Core (16 cr)
After the successful completion of this required core, students will receive a Certificate of Business Administration from LSBE. These courses are provided in an online format and can be taken in any order. See class search for variable start dates of courses (1st half, 2nd half or full-term). Up to two of the following courses may be substituted with equivalent classroom classes. For additional changes or course substitutions students must meet with the CUE program director.
BUS 2100 - Fundamentals of Accounting (2.0 cr)
BUS 2200 - Fundamentals of Economics (2.0 cr)
BUS 2300 - Fundamentals of Operations Management (2.0 cr)
BUS 2400 - Fundamentals of Organizational Management (2.0 cr)
BUS 2500 - Fundamentals of Applied Statistics (2.0 cr)
BUS 2600 - Fundamentals of Financial Management (2.0 cr)
BUS 2700 - Fundamentals of Marketing (2.0 cr)
BUS 2800 - Fundamentals of Human Resource Management (2.0 cr)
Entrepreneurship Core (11-12 cr)
CUE 1001 - Culture Industry and Creative Economy [GLOBAL PER] (3.0 cr)
CUE 3001 - Foundations of Cultural Entrepreneurship I (3.0 cr)
CUE 3002 - Foundations of Cultural Entrepreneurship II (3.0 cr)
Take one additional Entrepreneurship Core course:
NOTE: CUE 4096 & 4097 are only offered during the summer term.
CUE 4001 - Entrepreneurial Finance for Creative Industries (3.0 cr)
or CUE 4002 - Managing Cultural Organizations (3.0 cr)
or CUE 4003 - Entrepreneurial Ethics and Values (3.0 cr)
or CUE 4096 - Field Study (2.0 cr)
or CUE 4097 - Internship (2.0 cr)
Conceptual Competency Core (9 cr)
CUE 1111 - Creative Problem Solving (3.0 cr)
CUE 3101 - Introduction to Design Thinking and Conceptual Competencies (3.0 cr)
GEOG 2313 - Economic Geography [LE CAT6, SOC SCI] (3.0 cr)
or GEOG 3461 - Geography of Global Resources [SUSTAIN] (3.0 cr)
or CUE 32xx
or CUE 42xx
Foreign Languages and Cultural Literacy Core (3-24 cr)
Through advisement and approval by the director students select one of the following options: A) Complete the advanced level course & a 3xxx level course of a Foreign Language taught in the language from: AMIN, CHIN, FR, GER, RUSS, SPAN. B) Complete the intermediate level sequence in ONE Foreign Language & take TWO Foreign Language courses taught in English. C) Complete the beginning level sequence in TWO Foreign Languages & take TWO Foreign Language courses taught in English.
Take 3 or more credit(s) from the following:
· Students must complete at least 3 credits to satisfy this requirement. Once one of the above options is completed, students request approval from the director and submit the 'CUE lang/culture form' found here: z.umn.edu/umdclaprograms
Advanced Writing Requirement (3 cr)
WRIT 31xx - Adv Writing (3 cr)
 
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UST 1000 - UMD Seminar
Credits: 1.0 -2.0 [max 2.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02403 - EHS 1000/UST 1000
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Facilitates the successful transition into college learning and student life at UMD. Credit will not be granted if already received for EHS 1000.
BUS 2100 - Fundamentals of Accounting
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall, Spring & Summer
Introduction to financial and managerial accounting. Basic financial statement preparation. Basic decision making by managers using financial information. prereq: CUE major or or BTAG or Business Administration Certificate or Museum Studies Certificate or college consent; this course cannot be used to fulfill a LSBE major/minor requirement.
BUS 2200 - Fundamentals of Economics
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall, Spring & Summer
The course will provide a general description of the U.S. economy and an introduction to the framework used by economists to analyze economic issues. prereq: CUE major or BTAG or Business Administration Certificate or college consent; this course cannot be used to fulfill a LSBE major/minor requirement.
BUS 2300 - Fundamentals of Operations Management
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall, Spring & Summer
Introductory survey of production and operations as a functional area of management, including operations strategy and sustainability; manufacturing and service process design; project management; global supply chain, capacity and inventory management. Current industry best practices, such as lean six-sigma will also be discussed. prereq: CUE major or BTAG or Business Administration Certificate or college consent; this course cannot be used to fulfill a LSBE major/minor requirement.
BUS 2400 - Fundamentals of Organizational Management
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall, Spring & Summer
This course presents students with a broad introduction to management processes and the complex world of managing in today's business environment. Topics include what managers do and skills they must possess to achieve organizational objectives, the management functions of planning, organizing, leading, and controlling and organizational dynamics such as globalization, social responsibility, and change. prereq: CUE major or BTAG or Business Administration Certificate or Museum Studies Certificate or college consent; this course cannot be used to fulfill a LSBE major/minor requirement.
BUS 2500 - Fundamentals of Applied Statistics
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall, Spring & Summer
This course introduces students to the fundamental of modern business statistics. Emphasis is on application of the statistical concepts to decision making in an uncertain environment. Topics include summary statistics, probability distributions and statistical inference. which includes estimation, hypothesis testing and regression analysis. The application of computers in statistical analysis is introduced. prereq: CUE major or Business Administration Certificate or BTAG or college consent; this course cannot be used to fulfill a LSBE major/minor requirement.
BUS 2600 - Fundamentals of Financial Management
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall, Spring & Summer
The objective of this course is to help the student to develop an understanding of the concepts and techniques of financial management in the modern business enterprise. Evaluation of the financial risks, returns, and costs is the necessary framework in which all business policies must be examined. Students are expected to have a basic understanding of the concepts and methods of financial management by the completion of this course. Specific topics of coverage include financial statement analysis, time value of money, risk and return, the valuation of equity and bonds, capital budgeting and the cost of capital analysis. Moreover, the course also serves as a foundation for advanced work in finance. prereq: CUE major or BTAG or Business Administration Certificate or college consent; this course cannot be used to fulfill a LSBE major/minor requirement.
BUS 2700 - Fundamentals of Marketing
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall, Spring & Summer
This course introduces students to the discipline of marketing as it is practices by organizations. Emphasis is on understanding how to best serve the consumer needs utilizing the most appropriate value proposition. The four P's of marketing (product, place, price, and promotion) are introduced in the context of a globally competitive environment. prereq: CUE major or BTAG or Business Administration Certificate or Museum Studies Certificate or college consent; this course cannot be used to fulfill a LSBE major/minor requirement.
BUS 2800 - Fundamentals of Human Resource Management
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall, Spring & Summer
This course introduces students to the field of Human Resource Management (HRM). Course materials and assignments are designed to help students understand why organization have an HRM function, what are the primary functional areas of HRM, how a well-developed HRM system can benefit organizations, and the respective roles of line managers, employees, and HRM professional in carrying out good HRM policies and practices. prereq: CUE major or BTAG or Business Administration Certificate or college consent; this course cannot be used to fulfill a LSBE major/minor requirement.
CUE 1001 - Culture Industry and Creative Economy (GLOBAL PER)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
This course is an introduction to the history and contemporary scope of the culture industry, and the closely associated creative economy. Topics discussed include tourism, sports, arts and entertainment, mass media, and the food and beverage industry.
CUE 3001 - Foundations of Cultural Entrepreneurship I
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
This first of the two entrepreneurship courses creates an entrepreneurial experience with all of the pressures and demands of an early stage creative startup. The class is designed to give students the experience of how to “search” for business models in the culture and creative industries. Students will use design and discovery thinking, combined with ideation and customer discovery to develop a business model and also a feasibility plan for the delivery of a cultural product or service. The business model can be for a for-profit enterprise or a non-profit organization, but in either case the same feasibility criteria would apply, i.e. the solution should generate financial returns and create cultural value through the preservation and/or revitalization of culture. prereq: 1001, CUE major
CUE 3002 - Foundations of Cultural Entrepreneurship II
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
This second entrepreneurship course creates an entrepreneurial experience for students with typical pressures and demands of an early stage startup. The course is about Living the Entrepreneurial Experience. It is about being in action while advancing the cultural enterprise idea from feasibility study to testing the minimum viable product. Key elements of the process involve ongoing research, conducting rapid test cycles, while engaging prospective customers, experts, stakeholders, suppliers, business partners, collaborators, and financiers. Students will develop plans to test assumptions, execute the plans and make decisions pertaining to products and services. The semester ends with a minimum viable product or service. Through action and reflection students will develop the competency to think and act entrepreneurially in order to advance the development of their cultural enterprises. prereq: 3001
CUE 4001 - Entrepreneurial Finance for Creative Industries
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
This course focuses on the financing issues facing new business ventures in the culture industry/creative economy and examines financing from the perspective of both the entrepreneur and the employee in these ventures. Students will learn how to analyze financial statements, create financial forecast for the creative industry, and evaluate new creative ventures. They will study the tools and methods used in determining how much money a venture needs in order to be viable and explore tools and approaches used when selling an idea to potential investors. Attention will be devoted to the different types of financing alternatives available to new, young, and small ventures. The venture capital market will be investigated in detail, including self-financing, debt financing, angel financing, and financing from venture capital firms. Students will explore issues involved in negotiating deals and in formulating deal structures and encouraged to understand financing issues and options from the vantage points of the entrepreneur, the lender, and the investor. prereq: CUE 3002, no grad credit
CUE 4002 - Managing Cultural Organizations
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
This course provides students with the knowledge and skills needed to play a leadership role in a cultural organization. Using case methodology students will know theories, methods, and practices for managing cultural organizations, gain the skills to participate strategically in the governance of such organizations and be able to design and assess the effectiveness of governance models, volunteer programs, organizational capacity, and inter-organizational relationships. Students will also know the legal requirements affecting cultural organizations and approaches to finance the programming and operations. prereq: CUE 3002, no grad credit
CUE 4003 - Entrepreneurial Ethics and Values
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
This course offers an undergraduate introduction to organizational integrity and responsibility and related legal and social issues. Students will acquire an integrated and normatively substantive foundation in business ethics that distinguishes ethical justification from regulation by law and market forces. They will also develop skill for discerning the intrinsic ethical vocation for organizational leadership, develop an awareness of the effects of managerial decision making on the moral rights and interest of oneself and others. Additional, learn to appreciate the normative dimensions of managerial decision making in the context of a complete way of life, including family life, religious traditions, civic responsibilities, global integration and boarder issues of social justice. Students will also become proficient in systematically articulating ethical arguments to justify organizational policies and practices; and to grow in personal commitment to building organizational cultures that promote and reinforce ethical conduct. prereq: CUE 3001, no grad credit
CUE 4096 - Field Study
Credits: 2.0 [max 4.0]
Prerequisites: instructor consent, no grad credit
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Summer
Students taking this course will be placed in an entrepreneurial project, following consultation with the Cultural Entrepreneurship faculty. Students complete a minimum of 80 hours of project-based work at a selected non-profit, business or governmental institution. A project charter stating the objective, scope, deliverable, timeline and communication protocol is established before the start of the course. Establishing and evaluation of student learning objectives are critical component of the course. To receive the credit for the course, students must complete the project deliverable with a sign-off from the appropriate stakeholder in the sponsoring organization and receive a favorable evaluation by their instructor. prereq: instructor consent, no grad credit
CUE 4097 - Internship
Credits: 2.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Summer
Students taking this course have been place in an entrepreneurial internship, following consultation with the CUE director. Students complete a minimum of 80 hours of work at a selected internship site, observing and participating in the everyday operations of a non-profit or for-profit venture. To receive credit for the internship, students must complete a final report of their activities, and receive a favorable evaluation by their internship supervisor. prereq: 1001, 3001, instructor consent; no grad credit
CUE 1111 - Creative Problem Solving
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: S-N or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
This course provides students the change to explore and engage with contemporary and historic practice in the creative fields, principally in art and design through a series of personal and creative activities. The course promotes the exploration of new media as well as traditional practice through personal involvement in creativity and creative practice. Central to the mission of the course is the development of personal traits of: creativity, thoughtful analysis, ingenuity, experimentation and the ability to solve problems. It will challenge students to move outside of their existing comfort zone and to recognize the value of that exploration. It will help students understand the important of diverse ideas, and to convey that understanding to others. The goal of this course is to create a lasting, permanent, and integrated connection between the student, their own creativity, and the creative fields.
CUE 3101 - Introduction to Design Thinking and Conceptual Competencies
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
This course introduces students to each step of the design thinking process and design thinker's toolkit. Design thinking is an iterative problem solving process of discovery, ideation, and experimentation that employs design-based techniques to gain insight and yield innovative solutions for virtually any type of organizational or business challenge. Students will know the six conceptual competencies important for creatively solving complex real-world challenges. Students will develop skills as ethnographers, visual thinkers, strategists, and storytellers through a hybrid of seminar discussions and collaborative projects. Students will directly apply what they have learned to cases in order to untangle the complexities of markets, organizations, communities, policies and to create real impact. pre-req: CUE major or instructor consent
GEOG 2313 - Economic Geography (LE CAT6, SOC SCI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Contemporary geographic pattern analysis of production, distribution, and consumption of goods and services. Development of geographic theories and models that attempt to explain spatial variations of economic activities such as agriculture, manufacturing, and trades and services.
GEOG 3461 - Geography of Global Resources (SUSTAIN)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
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