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Innovation, Creativity & Entrepreneurship

The Innovation, Creativity & Entrepreneurship BDP teaches students about the entrepreneurial process and the history of innovation in the United States and around the world. Through an interdisciplinary program that combines courses from business, communication, fine arts, and liberal arts, students will learn how ideas, inventions, talents, and skills are developed and transformed into commercial and social ventures. At the same time, the program asks students to learn about creativity and the creative process within their own disciplines or fields.

With its focus on creativity in all fields, from the sciences to classical music to chemical engineering, this BDP can complement a range of majors, teaching students about the business and entrepreneurial skills needed to turn ideas and talents into ventures, and providing them with social and historical perspectives on innovation and its impact on economies, cultures, and societies.

For a complete list of courses and requirements, download the Innovation, Creativity & Entrepreneurship BDP curriculum sheet (PDF).


With 19 credit hours of coursework and Connecting Experiences, students may earn a BDP certificate in Innovation, Creativity & Entrepreneurship.

Courses counting toward a BDP in Innovation, Creativity & Entrepreneurship may also satisfy core, major, and elective requirements in a student’s degree plan. With planning, the BDP should not add time to students’ UT careers, but instead helps students choose the courses they already have to take in an integrated way.

Foundation Courses [7 hours]

  • Forum Seminar
  • Entrepreneurship Course
  • Foundations Course

Courses in a Strand [9 hours]

In designing the strand, each student must choose one strand course that focuses on Creativity in the student’s discipline or area of focus. The remaining two courses will focus more broadly on Innovation and Entrepreneurship across disciplines. Only one strand course may be taken from the student’s major department; at least one strand course must come from outside the student’s college or school.

Connecting Experiences [3 hours]

BDP advisors assist students in finding meaningful connecting research and/or internship experiences related to Innovation, Creativity & Entrepreneurship. For examples of Connecting Experiences Innovation, Creativity & Entrepreneurship students have completed in the past, read these Connecting Experience spotlights.

Integration Essay

3-4 page essay written at the end of the BDP experience, drawing together the different pieces of the BDP.

Faculty Panel

An interdisciplinary faculty panel works with students to tailor their coursework to fit their interests, and to identify research and internship opportunities.