Oberlin's Creativity & Leadership Project affords a variety of opportunities for students to build the skills, knowledge, and experience they need to launch their ideas. These curricular and co-curricular classes expose students to practical, global, and socially responsible perspectives on entrepreneurship.

Faculty interested in incorporating entrepreneurship into their courses may also apply for curriculum-development grants available through C&L (contact for more information).


ENTR 100 - Creativity & Leadership: An Introduction to Entrepreneurship
Through a series of case studies, this course introduces students to entrepreneurship in its social and historical contexts. Students explore the role of mission and vision, pressures exerted by economic constraints, ethical issues as they relate to entrepreneurship, and factors that contribute to successful entrepreneurial endeavor. The course will also survey the resources available at Oberlin to students interested in launching their own ventures. Open to all students.


ENTR 110 - Fundamentals of Finance
Fundamentals of Finance gives students a solid understanding of the fundamental theoretical constructs of finance and accounting to enable them to make informed financial decisions at all stages of their lives. The course further explains how these same constructs can help them analyze and discuss important issues in the world around them, including the financial crisis and foreclosures, bank behavior, sovereign debt issues, student loan levels and repayment, and investment decisions.

Rhetoric and Composition

RHET 305 - Grant Proposal and Report Writing
Sooner or later many professionals find themselves applying for grants. This course covers the basics of researching funding sources, writing proposals, and setting up and writing evaluation reports for projects. Students will learn to use the Cleveland Foundation Center?s database and work on a grant proposal to fund a community-based project in their area of interest. Instruction includes individual attention to fundamental college-level writing skills. Especially useful for artists, scientists, and community activists.

Conservatory Studies

CNST 201 - Touring for Musicians
Overview of musical and business considerations in planning a tour, including repertoire selection, age-appropriate presentation techniques, audience development, contracts, travel arrangements, insurance, communication.

CNST 160 - Digital Audio Skills
This course educates student musicians about the practical aspects of recording, editing, and distributing their music. Students who complete the course will acquire the following skills: choosing microphones appropriate to their instrument(s), operating an audio recording device of CD-quality, transferring their recording to computer, editing their recording with computer software, saving their finished recording in a format for distribution (CD and/or MP3 file). Students will learn primarily through hands-on experience. Each component of the course will include a technical introduction with written materials and practical experience with hands-on exercises.