Express your interest in pursuing a certificate. Once accepted, you will receive an email with further instructions for registration.
Students eligible: Current University of Illinois students
Semesters of course offerings: Spring, Fall
Program length: 9 total credit hours
Format: Online, asynchronous
This program will help you develop an adaptable, innovative, and resilient entrepreneurial mindset.
Courses will give you an overview of a variety of food-related topics, including:
- the science and nutrition of food
- food processing quality, and regulations
- consumer-driven market analysis
- product/service development
- hospitality management
business and financial planning
You'll also have the opportunity to learn about human-centered design and empathetic problem-solving. This program is open to all majors and is ideal for students interested in consumer-driven entrepreneurialism.
- Define a business vision, mission, and goals and develop a value proposition to attract customers and achieve success.
- Practice the approaches for gathering consumer/community insights and social/cultural awareness to understand your target market.
- Understand personal financial planning, multidisciplinary teamwork, and resilience to become a well-rounded entrepreneur.
- Learn about the Siebel Center for Design and its Human Centered Design approach to problem-solving.
- Discover the fundamentals of food science and how it relates to you.
Total hours required to complete the certificate: 9
Required courses (6 credit hours):
- FSHN 193: Edible Entrepreneurialism - Feeding Ideas for the Future (3 credit hours)
Pick either or both:
- FSHN 101: The Science of Food and How it Relates to You (3 credit hours)
- FSHN 120: Contemporary Nutrition (3 credit hours), OR FSHN 220: Principles of Nutrition (4 credit hours)
Complete your certificate with (if necessary):
- ACE 199: Women, Money, and Power (2 credit hours)
- ACE 240: Personal Financial Planning (3 credit hours)
- DTX 210: Introduction to Social Design (3 credit hours)
- ETMA 311: Humanity in the Food Web (3 credit hours)
- ETMA 430: Project Management (2 credit hours)
- LEAD 140: Harnessing Your Interpersonal Intelligence (2 credit hours)
- LEAD 260: Foundations of Leadership (3 credit hours)
- LEAD 380: Leadership in Groups and Teams (3 credit hours); Pre-req: LEAD 260 + Comp I
- SOCW 321: Social Entre & Social Change (3 credit hours)
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