Food & Beverage Entrepreneurship - B.S.

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The Food & Beverage Entrepreneurship bachelor’s degree program provides Baking & Pastry Arts, Culinary Arts and other associate degree graduates with the business skills necessary to open their own businesses and/or work in a management capacity at an existing food- or beverage-related venture.

Upon completion of the program, graduates are expected to:

  • Evaluate human, financial and other resources in the entrepreneurial ecosystem that support or inhibit new ventures.
  • Communicate effectively to diverse audiences, regarding different purposes and situations, through a variety of professional methods.
  • Apply ethical principles in response to common entrepreneurial decisions and challenges.
  • Develop a business plan for an innovative product or service in a food or beverage-related market.
  • Analyze the sources of funding available for food and beverage-related ventures and use decision support tools to determine effective structures for early-stage investments.

Graduates receive training from an integrated mix of custom entrepreneurial courses and business classes to build the necessary business knowledge-base to capitalize on their skills and passions. Opportunities also exist for students to study abroad. The university’s faculty advising system helps guide and facilitate student choices.

Graduates are better prepared to both operate their own business and act as a proponent of intrapreneurship within existing organizations. An integrated mix of custom entrepreneurial courses, business classes, and extensive experiential opportunities (inside and outside of classes) prepares students for their careers as business starters and/or corporate intrapreneurs in an extensive variety of industries. Typically students enter in these varied career paths as junior managers-in-training for more responsible management positions.

Food & Beverage Entrepreneurship

A four-year program leading to the bachelor of science degree for graduates of two-year associate degree programs or equivalent

First two years:90-96
Associate degree or equivalent. Students must meet program's general education requirements listed below.
in Baking & Pastry Arts
in Culinary Arts
Third and fourth years:
Business Foundations
ACCT1210Financial Accounting4.5
ACCT1220Managerial Accounting4.5
CAR0010Career Management1
FIT1040Spreadsheet Design for Business Solutions4.5
LAW2001The Legal Environment of Business I4.5
Major Courses
ENTR1001Introduction to Entrepreneurship4.5
ENTR2030Pitching & Planning New Ventures4.5
ENTR3050Forming & Launching New Ventures4.5
or ENTR3060 Financing New Ventures
ENTR4050Food & Beverage Ventures Capstone4.5
Major Electives
Choose three of the following:13.5
College of Business Internship *
Foundations of Wine
Brewing Arts
Coffee, Tea and Non-alcoholic Beverage Specialist
Spirits and Mixology Management
Sommelier Training — Germany *
Introduction to Food Product Development
Small Business Consulting
Small Business Management
Growth and Sustainability for Small Business
Marketing for Entrepreneurs
Forming & Launching New Ventures
Financing New Ventures
Change and Innovation Management
Strategic Management
A&S Core Experience
Integrative Learning4.5
One ILS course at the 4000 level
Arts and Humanities 9
Ethics: A Global Perspective
One course from ART, HIST, HUM‡, LIT or REL
Social Sciences 9
One course from ANTH°°, LEAD, PSCI, PSYC or SOC
A&S Elective4.5
One course with an EASC attribute, at 3000 level or higher.
Total Credits91.0
Four-Year Credit Total181.0-187.0

** General Education Requirements

All students are required to complete MATH1002 A Survey of College Mathematics (or higher, based on student's placement) or its equivalent. 

For students without an awarded Associate in Science degree from a regionally accredited institution, the following courses are required in order to meet minimum accreditation standards.

Transcripts for these students will be evaluated to determine transfer credit eligibility for the following courses:

ENG1020English Composition4.5
ENG1021Advanced Composition and Communication4.5
ENG1030Communication Skills4.5
MATH1002A Survey of College Mathematics (or higher, based on student's placement)4.5
ScienceOne course from BIO^, CHM±, PHY° or SCI4.5
A&S ElectiveOne course with an EASC attribute4.5

Visit Courses by Subject Code for a listing of all campus courses.

‡HUM courses are not offered in North Miami or Online.
^BIO courses are not offered in North Miami, Charlotte or Online.
¶CAD courses are only offered in Providence.
±CHM courses are not offered in North Miami or Online.
°PHY courses are not offered in Charlotte.
°°ANTH courses are not offered in North Miami or Charlotte.

Students who graduate with a bachelor's degree must leave Johnson & Wales University with effective writing skills to fulfill the graduation writing requirement. These writing skills will be assessed at the completion of ENG1021 Advanced Composition and Communication. Students who have met the requirement of ENG1021 Advanced Composition and Communication or ENG1027 Honors Advanced Composition and Communications: Civic Discourse outside of Johnson & Wales University must fulfill the graduation writing requirement through successful completion of ENG0001 Writing Workshop.

In collaboration with academic colleges across all JWU campuses, JWU Study Abroad programs offer a variety of international options for major, minor, Arts & Sciences, and elective credit at many price points for students during the academic year and summer. Faculty-led, exchange, affiliate, and direct-enroll programs range in duration from one week to a full semester. Financial aid is applicable and scholarships are available. Visit the study abroad website for information, program descriptions and online applications.