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Innovation, Creativity & Entrepreneurship

The Innovation, Creativity & Entrepreneurship BDP teaches you about the entrepreneurial, business, and creative skills needed to turn ideas and talents into ventures. Through an interdisciplinary program that combines courses from Business, Communication, Engineering, Fine Arts, and Liberal Arts, among others, you will learn how ideas, inventions, talents, and skills are developed and transformed into commercial and social ventures. At the same time, the program asks you to learn about the impact of startup culture on the entrepreneurial process and the history of innovation in the United States and around the world. With its focus on the creative process and the application of startup techniques across disciplines, this BDP can complement a wide range of majors.

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.