Corporate Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Information on the Corporate Innovation and Entrepreneurship major at the Penn State Smeal College of Business.

The Corporate Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIENT) major is designed to help you develop problem solving and creative thinking skills, along with the ability to spot trends, recognize opportunities, and develop plans to capitalize on high-potential ideas.  Emerging entrepreneurs and innovative managers of small to large businesses must be competent in various mediums of communication, have good negotiation skills, lead with ethics and integrity, and be grounded in business aspects of planning, capital investing, goal setting, and decision making.

Course Requirements

CIENT course requirements: effective SU21 and FA21 and effective SP22 (pending)

The courses listed below are accompanied by videos from both student and professor perspectives. Click on the course titles to watch the videos. 

Prescribed CIENT Courses

Students are required to take all of the following courses (9 credits):

CIENT Electives

Students are required to select three of the following courses (9 credits):

Two-Piece Sequence

Smeal students are required to select two courses from one of the areas listed below (6 credits) or complete an approved University minor:

  • Accounting
  • Business Law
  • Business Sustainability
  • Corporate Diversity
  • Economics
  • Finance
  • Information Systems Management
  • International Business
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Real Estate
  • Risk Management
  • Supply Chain and Information Systems

Careers in CIENT

The CIENT major is designed for students interested in managing innovation, re-inventing current businesses, supporting a family business, or starting up new businesses with the intent of growing the economy, and providing jobs for a diverse workforce. By taking this major, students may prepare themselves to launch a new company or pursue professional employment in one of the following business domains:

  • Corporate Innovation
    • Consulting
    • Project Management
    • Business Operations
    • Customer Development
    • Innovation
  • Entrepreneurship
    • Start a New Venture
    • Work for a Small Business
    • Further a Family Business
    • Work for a Company Investing in Small Businesses

CIENT Highlights

Consider some of the other factors that help to enhance the environment for CIENT students in the Smeal College of Business. Click the titles to learn more about each organization:

Interested in learning more about the CIENT Major? Watch our recorded information sessions - CIENT Journey & Opportunities Night 1 and CIENT Career Paths Night 2.

Student Spotlights

Each month we spotlight a different CIENT student.


Department Chair

Vilmos Misangyi

Professor of Strategic Management and BYN Mellon Fellow

CIENT Undergraduate Major Coordinator

Jeanette Miller

Assistant Clinical Professor