05/01/2012 11:06 am ET Updated Jul 01, 2012

Entrepreneurial Studies Taking Root At Historically Black Colleges

Howard University's School of Business has long offered courses in starting, running and managing a company. Many of its students have taken advantage of the school's certificate program in entrepreneurship, while others have tapped the resources available through the department's small business development center.

But in recent years, faculty and administrators realized that business students were no longer the only ones who need to know how to run a business, nor were they the only ones actively seeking that type of training.

"Our students have always been interested in entrepreneurship, but I feel like it really exploded over the last five years, and now it's all over campus," said Barron Harvey, dean of the School of Business at Howard, one of more than 120 historically black colleges and universities in the United States. "In particular, I think we are seeing more collaboration between different schools and departments on campus, where students in various fields of study want to learn how to be an entrepreneur. And it's not just at Howard, I think that's happening at schools like ours all across the country."

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