The mission of the I&E program is to enable students to pursue their passion through innovative and entrepreneurial ventures in courses and co-curricular activities.
If you’re interested in developing innovative solutions to real problems—and bringing those solutions to those who need them—this program will help you build critical skills including analyzing consumer, community, or market needs; creating business plans; reconciling conflicting goals; prioritizing and organizing work; pitching ideas; working well on multidisciplinary teams; collaborating and communicating with outside boards and advisors.
This interdisciplinary area is a powerful addition to any major at Lawrence University, and courses in a variety of departments can be chosen as electives.
You might enjoy this if you're interested in
Starting your own business or venture
Business consulting or strategy
Sales and marketing
Financial management, financial planning
Lawrentians sometimes pair Innovation & Entrepreneurship with
Life After Lawrence
Lawrentians can enjoy careers in
Business, government relations, non-governmental organizations, arts organizations, startups, consulting companies
Recent employers include
McKinsey & Company, Priority Group of Stockholm, Drone Hub Media, BCD Video, Kimberly-Clark, Zurich North America, the Hoover Institution of Stanford University, Innovation Pavilion, Integral Wealth, Hellermann Tyton, Navigant Consulting, Walt Disney World
Lawrentians can earn advanced degrees in
Economics, business administration (MBA), public policy, international development
Recent schools include
Columbia University, Hanken School of Economics/Finland, London School of Economics, Startup Institute, Hack Reactor, Stanford University d.school
Innovation & Entrepreneurship Interdisciplinary Area
3 core classes:
I-E 100: In Pursuit of Innovation
I-E 110: Financial Literacy
I-E 300: Entrepreneurship Ventures
2 electives, options include:
I-E 280: Entrepreneurial Musician
I-E 245: Social Entrepreneurship
I-E 212: Corporate Finance
I-E 295: Sport Entrepreneurship
1 practicum or venture:
Rabbit Art Gallery
ACM Chicago, entrepreneurial focus
The Chandler Senior Experience
Recent Senior Experiences include:
Trade Adjustment Act: The Real Cost of Retraining America's Manufacturers
Quantitative Methods in Antitrust: U.S. Airline Market
Reinvesting in the Social, Economic, and Health Benefits of the Conservation Corps
Neocolonialism Versus Strategic Partnerships of Countries
Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Risk: Germany vs. the United States
Get to know current Lawrence students
If you would like to talk directly to a current student about their experiences, we have international student interns available to talk or keep in touch over social media. Read about our students below and contact us with your questions or to find a time to talk with them.
Studying Government, East Asian Studies, History
Involved in: President of Chinese Students Association (CSA); Mentor of International Student Services (ISS); Assistant in LU Government (GOVT) Department; Assistant in Innovation-Entrepreneurship (I-E) Department; Secretary of Food Recovery Network (FRN); Involved in Build Inter-generation Relations (BIR) volunteering activities
Ask me about: Social sciences or humanities, or study abroad in London!
College search advice: Lawrence on Instagram (@lawrenceuni) or LU YouTube Channel would be your good friend! Also, please talk to us, the enthusiastic and friendly group of current students in the International Admission who will love to share Lawrence stories with you!
Involved in: Community Advisor
Favorite spot to study: My signature spot in the library! It is a single desk on the second floor, by the window, and behind all bookshelves. I love this spot since it is perfect for me: quiet, peaceful, light, and it has a stunning view to the main grass-land during the fall!
College search advice: I highly recommend following Lawrence on Instagram (@lawrenceuni) since it is usually updated about life and events on campus and has interactive Q&A sessions for prospective students.
Studying Economics, Psychology
Involved in: Lawrence International, JCEC - Japanese Culture Exchange Club.
Favorite Spot on Campus: The green in front of Main Hall is absolutely the best place to wind down and relax. You can set up a hammock and read a book under the shade or take a nap. I personally prefer the latter.
Ask me about: The best routes for running or anything about snowboarding.
College search advice: LU instagram page (@lawrenceuni) has "Student Take over" stories that would definitely help you get to know the college better from a student's viewpoint.
Studying Psychology, English and Educational Studies
Involved in: News writer in The Lawrentians Student Newspaper, VITAL Tutoring program, Lawrence International, and the Chinese Student Association (CSA). I'm also interested in Psychology, lifting, badminton, and deep thoughts!
Ask me about: I always enjoy playing basketball in the morning and start off my morning with a tasty sausage-egg-and-cheese sandwich and a cup of raspberry ice tea (at the Cafe)!
College search advice: Start the application early so you will have enough time to struggle through things such as Recommendation Letters and Essays. Remember to consider your choice in terms of financial aid, school size, surrounding area, school culture, specific programs, etc.