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Sport Management Concentration

"Sport Management" refers to the business/operations side of the sport industry. In college athletics or professional sports organizations, for example, sport management professionals may be found performing a wide variety of tasks, including marketing, advertising, ticket sales, ordering and maintaining equipment and supplies, planning and maintenance of sports facilities, public relations, team travel coordination, and ensuring compliance with league rules.

In addition to course work, all sport management students complete two required practicum experiences, where the student earns academic credit while working in a sports-related organization. The practicum serves the dual purpose of complementing the classroom experience while providing work experience which could prove invaluable during the job search process.

Career opportunities for sport management graduates are many, particularly if you are willing to relocate. Opportunities in sports may be found in a number of areas, including college/professional teams, sports facilities, health/fitness clubs, recreation centers, and league administrative offices. Students interested in careers in college or professional sports are strongly encouraged to consider graduate study in sport management.

General Education Program 34 hours
Sport Management Core 45 hours
Business Track or Communication Track 24 hours
University Electives 21 hours
Total Hours Required 124 hours

SPORT MANAGEMENT CORE

SSSM 2000 Introduction to Sport Management 2
SSSM 3000 Introduction to Sport Law 3
SSSM 3100 Ethical Aspects of Sport 2
SSSM 3200 Psychology of Sport 3
SSSM 3300 Sport and Society 3
SSSM 3400 Sport Facility & Event Management 3
SSSM 3500 or SSSM 3700 Sport Marketing or Sport Sponsorship and Sales 3
SSSM 4000 Administration of Sport Programs 3
SSSM 4190 Practicum 1 3
SSSM 4290 Practicum 2 3
SSSM 4500 Sport Management Seminar 2
BUMG 2900 Professional Communication & Development Skills 3
ENGL 3306 Professional Writing 3
PHIL 3340 Philosophy of Sport 3
COMM 1103 Public Speaking 3
BUIS 1010 Computer Applications 3

BUSINESS TRACK

BUAC 2010 Managerial Accounting 3
BUFI 2450 Principles of Finance 3
BULW 2700 Legal Environment of Business 3
BUMG 2350 Personnel Management 3
BUMK 3100 Management Principles 3
BUMK 3100 Marketing Principles 3
BUMK 3200 Sales Management 3
ECON 2201 Microeconomics 3

COMMUNICATION TRACK

(Students complete the two courses below, and choose one of the two options)

COMM 1105 Introduction to Mass Communication 3
ETCO 1150 or BUIS 1500 HTML Programming/Web Page Design or Internet & Web Publishing 3
OPTION A: Public/Media Relations
COMM 2231 News Reporting 3
COMM 2289 Magazine Feature Writing 3
COMM 3300 Public Relations and Communication 3
COMM 3335 Interpersonal Communication 3
COMM 4490 Management Communication 3
SSSM 3600 Sport Communication 3
OPTION B: Visual Communication
ARTS 1101 Two-Dimensional Foundations 3
ARTS 1105 Digital Foundations 3
ARTS 2511 Photography 3
ARTS 3622 Digital Video Production 3
ARTS 3613 Digital Publishing 3
ARTS 3611 Digital Imaging 3

Mission Statement

The Sport Management program at Shawnee State University is a non-certification concentration designed to prepare students for employment in corporate fitness centers, health clubs, college and professional sports organizations, federations and governing bodies, media, and many areas of recreation.

The student enrolled in the Sport Management concentration will focus on business skills such as financial management, marketing, and legal questions associated with the sport and exercise industry. The curriculum provides a foundation of sport management philosophy, principles and objectives. Required practicum experiences serve to complement classroom learning and provide valuable experience which will facilitate the job search process.

Sport Studies

Contact Information

Sports Studies
940 Second Street
Health Science Building, Office 150
Portsmouth, OH 45662

Dr. Steven D. Rader
Program Director 
(740) 351-3634 
srader@shawnee.edu

Nita Roark, Department Secretary 
(740) 351-3169 
nroark@shawnee.edu

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