Food & Beverage Entrepreneurship - B.S.

The Food & Beverage Entrepreneurship bachelor’s degree program allows students the opportunity to study an integrated mix of food and/or beverage courses, entrepreneurial and business classes, and a variety of experiential opportunities both inside and outside of the classroom. This program prepares students for careers as innovators creating and managing food- and/or beverage-related small businesses and start-ups or to work as a proponent of intrapreneurship and innovators within existing organizations. Students begin their studies focused on the craft of food, exploring and developing their passion, and then expand their focus into business and entrepreneurship studies. Throughout the course of study, students learn what it takes to begin their own food and/or beverage venture that includes developing a business plan, resource management, finance, marketing, leadership and innovation. Opportunities exist for students to engage in internship or study abroad.

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.

Food & Beverage Entrepreneurship

A four-year program leading to the bachelor of science degree for graduates of two-year food related associate degree program.

First two years:61
in Baking & Pastry Arts
in Culinary Arts
Third and fourth years:
Major Courses
ENTR2001Introduction to Entrepreneurship3
ENTR2030Pitching & Planning New Ventures3
ENTR3015Small Business Management3
ENTR3030Marketing for Entrepreneurs3
ENTR4010Change and Innovation Management3
ENTR4055Entrepreneurship Seminar3
FSM3035Supervision for Food Service Professionals3
FSM3040Food Service Financial Systems3
FSM3215Culinary Operations and Facility Management3
LAW2001The Legal Environment of Business I3
A&S Core Experience
Integrative Learning3
One ILS course at the 4000 level
Arts & Humanities6
Ethics: A Global Perspective
One course from ART, HIST, HUM‡, LIT, or REL
Statistics I
Social Sciences6
One course from ANTH, GEND, LEAD, PSCI, PSYC, RES or SOC
A&S Elective3
Free Electives #
9 credits selected from 1000–4999 numbered offerings within the university9
Total Credits60.0
Four-Year Credit Total121.0

** 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:

ENG1020Rhetoric & Composition I3
ENG1021Rhetoric & Composition II3
ENG1030Communication Skills3
MATH1002A Survey of College Mathematics (or higher, based on student's placement)3
ScienceOne course from BIO^, CHM±, PHY° or SCI3
A&S ElectiveTwo courses with an EASC attribute6

Students must complete 14 courses (at least 42 credits) of general studies within the B.S. degree.

#  In addition to classes, free elective credits may be applied to a number of options such as internship, study abroad, Directed Experiential Education courses and courses in a specialization or minor as relevant. For Accelerated Master's program students, up to three graduate-level courses may apply. Students are strongly encouraged to contact a faculty advisor before scheduling free elective credits.

Note: Students must pass ENG0001 Writing Workshop or have equivalent placement scores to enroll in ILS 2000-level courses

In collaboration with academic colleges across all JWU campuses, JWU Global Study Abroad programs offer a variety of international options for major, minor, arts and sciences, and elective credit at many affordable price points for students during the academic year, break periods, and summer. Faculty-led, exchange, affiliate, and direct-enroll programs range in duration from one week to a full semester or full year. Financial aid may be applied and scholarships are available. Visit the study abroad website for information, program descriptions and online applications. Where will you go?