Design, Technology & Entrepreneurship

For students entering IWU in fall 2021 and beyond, Design, Technology and Entrepreneurship is no longer available as a major. However, the Entrepreneurship major, Entrepreneurship minor and Product Design minor are both still available to all students.

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DTE Requirements

For students starting with academic year 2020-2021, a minimum of twelve courses, at least five of which are at the 300-level or higher, are required. 

Eight core courses

  • The technological core: three courses (PHY 131ART 312 and CS 126) that teach the basics of the technology behind many contemporary products, the materials and processes needed to make such products, and the technical aspects of communicating designs.
  • The design core: two courses (ART 121 and ART 201) that provide an introduction to the design process, and the vocabulary of design. DTE 201 will be a writing intensive course.
  • The entrepreneurial core: two courses (BUS 240 and BUS 340) that introduce the knowledge, skills, and decision-making processes needed to implement ideas, products, and services.
  • A capstone course (DTE 490) where students will conceive, develop, and implement a product or service.

Two courses from one of the following concentrations

DTE major and Entrepreneurship minor

Students wishing to pursue a DTE major and an Entrepreneurship minor should be aware of the following:


Design, Technology & Entrepreneurship Course Plan
(first 3 semesters)

This is an example course plan based on the 2020-2021 University Catalog; your actual schedule may deviate from this example. Your faculty advisor will work with you to select appropriate courses. 

As an IWU student, it is your responsibility to track your progress each semester towards completing graduation requirements using the MyIWU degree evaluation tool.

Year 1
Year 2

Fall Semester

Spring Semester

Study Abroad

Students interested in studying abroad should consult with the Director of the DTE program or their advisor to determine what semester would be the most appropriate.

Additional Information

Students wishing to pursue a DTE major and an Entrepreneurship minor should be aware of the following: