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Mississippi Delta

Values-Based Entrepreneurship in Mississippi

BUS 400

  • Credit hours: 3
  • Instructors:
    Dr. Charles Clay Dibrell, Associate Professor of Management
    Mr. Ryan Parsons, McLean Institute Project Manager
  • Dates: Fridays of February 6-March 6, March 7-14 on Location
  • Cost: $750 plus tuition

Itinerary subject to change. Students should wait to make travel arrangements after confirming dates and times with instructor.

Students will:

  • Learn about the special problems and skill involved in solving economic or social problems in a community through entrepreneurship
  • Travel to the Mississippi Delta for a service-learning experience and gain a better understanding of regional poverty and the power to effect change in communities
  • Examine what it means to be a values-based entrepreneur
  • Experience the natural environment of the Delta during a canoeing trip on the Mississippi River with the Quapaw Canoe Company
  • Enjoy a "Blues Night" where students will travel to the Blues Museum, Ground Zero, and Po' Monkey's and experience the musical heritage of Mississippi

Location:

Students will spend five Fridays on campus in Oxford from February 6 – March 6 for lectures and then travel to Clarksdale, Mississippi to engage in service-learning in the Delta from March 7-14, or at another time conducive to the completion of the course in a timely manner, with the instructor's approval.

Who should go?

This course is open to any major and has no pre-requisites. Business and Integrated Marketing Communications majors may be specifically interested, as well as the members of the Ole Miss Entrepreneurship Club.

Dates:

On-campus lecture dates are Friday, February 6, 13, 20, and 27, and March 6, 2015. Students will then spend March 7-14 (or another week as approved by the professor) in Clarksdale and other sites in the Mississippi Delta, where they will conduct a service project and gain experiential knowledge about values-based entrepreneurship.

Travel:

University provides travel via vans. Students will stay in shared accommodations while on-site in the Mississippi Delta.

Costs:

Program cost is $750 plus tuition. Included in the cost are housing, meals, tours, and group ground transportation. Study USA application fee and personal spending money are excluded from the course fee.

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