Students can now learn what it takes to start a business with a minor in entrepreneurship, new this year at West Virginia University.

Developed by the WVU Entrepreneurship Center, the program allows students to study theory and practical applications of starting their own business. Coursework focuses on key business skills particular to both large and small ventures.

The 15 credit hour minor requires components of accounting and communications that many students take as required electives before three classes in entrepreneurship. For example, journalism students who are required to declare a minor to graduate must take Accounting 201 as a part of their required, non-journalism coursework. That same accounting course can also count as the accounting component of the entrepreneurship minor.

Agribusiness Accounting (ARE 110) is another accounting component option for the minor. Completion of one of the accounting courses is the only pre requisite for beginning the entrepreneurship classes for completion of the minor. The communications portion of the minor (either Communication of Consumer Information or Effective Public Speaking) can be completed at any time during the process.

The Entrepreneurship minor offers students interested in starting a business the opportunity to develop their own ideas while learning the key skills necessary for success,said Melinda Walls, associate director of the Entrepreneurship Center.

The entrepreneurship courses students can choose from are New Venture Creation, Rural Enterprise and Small Business Entrepreneurship. In addition, the program also offers field experience and independent study as options for credit.

Located in the College of Business and Economics, the Entrepreneurship Center was established in 2002 by the joint efforts of the WVU College of Business&Economics, Davis College of Agriculture, Forestry and Consumer Sciences, WVU Extension Service, and the Office of the Vice President for Research&Economic Development. Among its many other activities, the Center also offers internship opportunities in its new business incubator.

To find out more about the Center, visitwww.be.wvu.edu/ec.