USC Summer Programs USC Summer Programs


Credit:     3.0 units of USC credit
Pre-Requisites:  None

Field trip at Santa MonicaOverview:

Have you ever thought about starting your own business? Do you think you have an entrepreneurial mind? In this course, you will be immersed in the real world of establishing and building a company. The course blends business theory and the practice of being an entrepreneur.


  • Hear from guest entrepreneurs and other speakers
  • Participate in off-campus field trips to experience the Los Angeles business and entrepreneurial environment
    • Previous trips have included Sony Pictures (see picture above), Santa Monica's 3rd Street Promenade, and New Deal Studios
  • Practice what you learn by creating your own business through a variety of class and group assignments

Topics of Study:

“The classroom environment was engaging and professional. While learning about business, we talked about how to succeed in life.”
  • Accounting & Finance
  • Marketing
  • Human Resources
  • Creativity & Innovation
  • Business Plans
  • Ethics
  • Personal Branding
  • Building Your Network


Check out the stories of former students who competed in and won the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship's annual National Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge, winning start-up funds for their businesses!

Hayley Hoverter with prize amount Hayley Hoverter, Exploring Entrepreneurship 2011, won 1st place in the 2011 Challenge. She was awarded $10,000 and additional investments in her company by some of the judges, including FUBU founder and ABC's Shark Tank judge, Daymond John. Read more about Hayley's company, Sweet (dis)Solve.
See Hayley presenting her Sweet (dis)Solve business plan in the finals of the 2011 National Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge.

Video courtesy of NFTE on Vimeo.
Kalief Rollins meeting President Obama Kalief Rollins, Exploring Entrepreneurship '09, won top prize ($10,000) in the 2009 Oppenheimer Funds/Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship Challenge. Read more about Kalief's accomplishments and his visit to meet President Obama.

Sample Guest Lecture:
Watch a sample lecture from a past guest entrepreneur speaker in the video below.