Business and Innovation at Providence College

Why the Business and Innovation Minor at Providence College?
The Business and Innovation minor at Providence College combines the best of a liberal arts education with contemporary courses in business. The minor gives non-business majors a fundamental toolkit of valuable business skills, including entrepreneurship and innovation. Interdisciplinary in nature, the Business and Innovation minor offers foundational courses in accountancy, computer science, and art.

Students then choose their own paths from four tracks that are led by accomplished faculty from disciplines that include biology, chemistry, economics, global studies, history, political science, psychology, and sociology. The minor includes four tracks that are intended to engage and challenge you: Organizations and Entrepreneurs, Global Engagement, Applied Science, and Design Thinking. More importantly, they’re intended for you to make connections between business and the liberal arts — an educational journey without limits.

  • If you are interested in declaring a business and innovation minor, please fill out this major/minor declaration form and follow the instructions on the form. If you have declared a major, the form must be approved by your advisor and the department chair. If you have not yet declared a major, the form must be approved by Peter Palumbo, Director of Academic Advising: ppalumb2@providence.edu. If you are a student athlete, the form must be approved by Kaitlyn O’Malley, Academic Coordinator for Student Athletes: komalle5@providence.edu.
  • The code for the Business and Innovation minor is “BUSI”. Indicate the minor on the form along with the chosen track (1, 2, 3 or 4). Obtain a signature from Professor Eric Sung, the Program Director: mastersung@providence.edu. Return the form, along with all of the necessary approvals, to records@providence.edu.
  • Students must declare the Business and Innovation minor no later than the spring of their sophomore year. Students who wish to declare the minor later in their academic program must petition the Program Director for permission.

BIG EAST startup challengeStarting up on top: PC brings home honors at first BIG EAST Startup Challenge

A team representing Providence College tied for third place in the inaugural BIG EAST Conference Startup Challenge on March 16, 2019. During the challenge, held at St. John’s University’s Manhattan campus, teams of student entrepreneurs from all ten BIG EAST schools presented ideas for innovations and products to a panel of judges made up of BIG EAST alumni.

PC’s team made a pitch for their startup, WeCycle, a mobile app that helps college students cut down on unnecessary costs by lending, renting, or purchasing in an online, campus-specific marketplace. With their third-place finish, PC’s team received an honorarium of $1,000 to pursue their startup. The students were also recognized at the 2019 BIG EAST Men’s Basketball Tournament Championship game at Madison Square Garden.