LA 325: The Liberal Arts Entrepreneur
Thinking about starting a business?
LA 325: The Liberal Arts Entrepreneur - Spring 2014
Instructor: Robert Vega
Class Schedule: Tuesdays from 3:30-6:30 PM
Spring 2014 Syllabus Coming Soon (explore the Spring 2013 Syllabus for a good indication of the 2014 syllabus)
This three-credit, upper-division course is designed to help you use your creativity, innovative ideas, and skills to create an entrepreneurial business. By the end of the course you will have a fully developed launch-ready business plan. Whether you choose to immediately embark on your entrepreneurial career is up to you.
What types of entrepreneurial projects are acceptable for this course? Projects can be profit-making or nonprofit service-based ventures. We are just as open-minded as you are creative. That said, your idea needs to be well-conceived, feasible and within your area of expertise. If you’re committed to your idea– we're interested in hearing about it. Here are some sample ideas:
- Create an app that will help hospitals quickly and efficiently match blood donors to recipients.
- Develop a “birthday celebration” service including custom cake-baking for students at local universities.
- Establish a computer training business teaching students to use software relevant to future employment.
- Develop an app matching returning veterans to social, medical, and job services.
- Create a travel business leading backpacking tours through Central and South America.
- Establish a nonprofit agency providing financial planning services to recent immigrants to Austin.
- Create an online business selling handcrafted jewelry.
- Create a customized apparel company targeted to college students needing new wardrobe for interviews and first job.
Who is eligible for the class?
Liberal Arts students with 30+ credit hours by the start of the semester in which enrolled and an active BTT Gateway account.
A limited number of Bridging Discipline students with non-liberal arts majors are eligible to apply, and can be admitted pending approval of the application.
How To Enroll
Application Deadline: January 13, 2014 at 4:00 PM.
Step 1: Complete the online application form [here], outlining your idea. Applications will be reviewed as received on a rolling basis. Enrollment is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Applications will be judged on how well-conceived your idea is and how much commitment and expertise you have to make this work. Once your idea is approved, you will be authorized to register for the course.
Step 2: Once you are authorized to register for the course, you can enroll in the class during the open registration period and/or the add/drop period prior to the final deadline: January 13, 2014 at 4:00 PM.
Why Take Take This Class?
"The Liberal Arts Entrepreneur course was exactly what I was looking for. I was a Linguistics major in my last year at UT. A business idea was stirring in my head to start a coffee shop in Detroit, MI, where I was moving after school. I had no business experience and did not know how to get the crash course in Entrepreneurship that I felt I needed. I found this course and got in! Throughout the course, I got to develop a business plan for the coffee shop using the resources provided and by collaborating with other students and Dr. Brooks and Mr. Vega. I would recommend this course if you have a business idea and want a hands-on, practical course to help you develop your idea with the help of professors and other student entrepreneurs."
-Meghan Strickland, Spring 2012
LA 325 Press
Sinn, Jessica. “Liberal Arts Entrepreneurs: Students learn how to launch new ventures.” College of Liberal Arts, The University of Texas at Austin. April 12, 2012.
Supiano, Beckie. “To Develop Student Entrepreneurs, Colleges Incubate Their Ideas.” The Chronicle of Higher Education. May 13, 2012.
Rastello, Sandrine.“Major Matters For U.S. College Graduates Seeking Jobs.” Bloomberg.com, May 14, 2012.