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Small Business and Entrepreneurship

99% of all businesses in the world employ less than 20 workers, and the majority of these are family-owned. Many of these firms are started by entrepreneurs, people who the Canadian government says are the driving force that bring “innovations to market, launch novel industries, and create high-paying jobs.” This specialization is for you if you want to start your own business, join a family firm, or work for a small company. Students who choose this specialization of study take courses in E-Commerce, Family Business, Operations Management, and Small Business Start-up and Management.

Some of our more popular career paths of graduates include:

  • Management Consultant
  • Entrepreneur
  • Financial Advisor
  • Business/Corporate Lawyer
  • Market Research Analyst

Course Selection
In addition to the required general courses for a BCom, students specializing in Small Business and Entrepreneurship must take the following:
BUSI 341 - Small Business Start-up and Management
BUSI 346 - Family Business
BUSI 348 - Operations Management
BUSI 430 - E-Commerce
Any Relevant BUSI 399 or 410 courses (Special Topics)

The timing of the program is very flexible, so you can plan your schedule to fit your needs.  Most students choose to take several business courses and then complete many foundation and breadth courses in the first year. This is to give them greater flexibility in their second or third year to participate in an exchange at one of our partner institutions around the globe.  Every student is assigned a faculty advisor to help with course selection throughout their program. 

Sample Course Schedule
The following is one example of what your course schedule could look like. Several courses, such as Leadership, are offered in the Spring/Summer semesters:

Year Fall Semester Winter Semester
1

BUSI 200 (Intro to Business)
BUSI 253 (Intro to Financial Accounting)
ENGL 204 (Intro to Literature I)
HIST 202 (European History)
ASTRO 200 (Intro to Astronomy I)
IS Conference 

BUSI 355 (Accounting)
ENGL 205 (Intro to Literature II)
HIST 204 (History 1500-Present)
ASTRO 201 (Intro to Astronomy II)
THEO 250 (Intro to the Bible)
IS Conference 
2 BUSI 341 (Small Business Startup and Mgmt)
BUSI 320 (Statistics for Business)
BUSI 396 (Intro to Marketing)
PHIL 230 (Intro to Philosophy)
Elective
IS Conference 
BUSI 369 (Commercial Law)
PHIL 320 (Philosophy of Environment)
THEO 310 (Biblical Theological Themes)
MATH 200 (Intro Calculus)
Elective
BUSI 385 (Leadership - summer)
IS Conference 
or international exchange (required courses can be completed abroad or scheduled during a different semester) or international exchange (required courses can be completed abroad or scheduled during a different semester)
BUSI 339 (Org Behaviour & Mgmt)
BUSI 370 (Intro to Finance)
BUSI 489 (Internship Prep)
ECON 203 (Economics I)
BUSI 399 or 410 (Special Topic)
IS Conference
BUSI 346 (Family Business)
BUSI 365 (Business, Society & Environment)
ECON 204 (Economics II)
BUSI 490 (Internship -Spring/Summer)
Elective
IS Conference 
 or international exchange (required courses can be completed abroad or scheduled during a different semester) or international exchange (required courses can be completed abroad or scheduled during a different semester)
 4  BUSI 348 (Operations Mgmt)
BUSI 420 (Business Ethics)
BUSI 471 (Business Strategy)
ARTH 200 (Intro to Art History I)
Elective 
BUSI 344 (Human Resources)
BUSI 496 (Senior Business Project)
BUSI 430 (E-Commerce)
BUSI 399/410/499 (Special Topic or Directed Studies)
CMNA 201 (Intro to Communication Arts)