Required Courses for the Sports Management Major

Business Core

(Choose ENC 210 or ECN 220)

  • BSA 100

    Business Components Assessment

    0 credits

    This assessment, taken during the student’s first term/semester, measures students’ knowledge of business common professional components upon entering their program. Graduation requirement.

  • ACT 210

    Financial Accounting

    3 credits

    Acquaints students with the language of communicating financial information of a business enterprise to owners and stakeholders. Material to be covered includes the components of financial statements and the development thereof, accounting principles of service and merchandising concerns, and inventory and depreciation methods. Prerequisite:  BSA 100 (may be taken concurrently).

  • ECN 210

    Principles of Macro Economics

    3 credits

    Macroeconomics is concerned with keeping economic fluctuations within reasonable bounds. Topics include the measurement of the national income, inflation, unemployment, economic growth and monetary and fiscal policies and international outcomes. Prerequisite: BSA 100 (may be taken concurrently).

  • ECN 220

    Principles of Micro Economics

    3 credits

    Microeconomics, or the theory of the firm, explains price determination and resource allocation. Topics include the supply/demand model, elasticity, the theory of consumer behavior, the theory of production and cost of production, and an examination of various market structures. Prerequisite: BSA 100 (may be taken concurrently).

  • MKT 210

    Marketing Principles

    3 credits

    Presents principles, methods and problems within the marketing discipline focusing on product development, distribution channels, promotion techniques and pricing strategies. Topics include market segmentation, buying motivation, branding, customer service, marketing research, and international marketing considerations. Prerequisite: BSA 100 (may be taken concurrently).

  • BSA 210

    Business Law

    3 credits

    An introductory course in the study of business law. Topics include the nature of law, the types and function of dispute resolutions, contracts, agency, torts, and business organizations.

  • BSA 310

    International Business

    3 credits

    Topics include importing, exporting, tariffs, the balance of payments, foreign exchange, and the phenomenon of globalization. Prerequisites: ENC 210

  • MGT 220

    Negotiation Skills in Business

    1 credit

    This course introduces the theory and practice of effective negotiations. Focus is placed on the human responses to negotiations, planning for negotiations, and bargaining techniques.

  • MGT 330

    Management and Business Ethics

    3 credits

    A study of the process and criteria for forming and testing values and relating them to ethical obligations. Personal values are examined in relation to organizational values. Ethical systems are studied and applied to organizational and public policy issues.

Sports Management Core

  • SPT 101

    Introduction to Sports Management

    3 credits

    An introduction to management principles with application to the field of sports management. The course also surveys selected topics in marketing, ethics, and law as they pertain to sports. Also explored are career paths in sports management.

  • SPT 205

    Sport Accounting and Finance

    3 credits

    This course provides a student with an extensive overview of the financial and accounting skills necessary to succeed in the sports industry. The first selection of the course examines the sports industry form a macro perspective, surveying the business models of the major sports leagues, organizations and various business sectors (such as media, licensing, facilities, etc.). The second section examines the sports industry on a micro level by teaching the practical financial and accounting skills used in day-to-day operations of sports organizations. By course end, a student will have a solid comprehension of sports finance and accounting and be able to successfully apply this knowledge to issues routinely faced by sports managers. Prerequisite: ACT 210.

  • SPT 240

    Sport Facility and Event Management

    3 credits

    The course provides students with an understanding of the complexity involved in sport facility and event management. Sport facility management includes a variety of activities such as planning and designing a sports facility, staff management, facility marketing, developing revenue streams, and facility scheduling and operating. Sport event management consists of identifying goals of the event and coordinating people in the organizations involved to achieve those goals with the resources available. Prerequisite: SPT 101.

  • SPT 260

    Sports Marketing

    3 credits

    A study of the elements in the sports marketing field. Topics include sports marketing strategy, sports consumer behavior, technology as it applies to sports marketing, sports market segmentation, sports brand equity, licensing and branding merchandise, pricing, promotion, sales, sponsorship, public relations, and the future of the sports marketing industry. Prerequisite: SPT 101; MKT 210.

  • SPT 300

    Legal Issues in Sports

    3 credits

    This course explores several areas of potential liability as it deals with litigation in the sports field. Topics will include sports franchise rights, league issues, sports agents, anti-trust laws, intercollegiate sports and title IX, alternatives to litigation, and paths of response when confronted by a lawsuit. Prerequisite: SPT 101; BSA 210.

  • SPT 310

    Social Aspects of Sports

    3 credits

    An introduction to sports sociology, this course will address the social, political, and economic significance of sports in society. A variety of topics such as race, class, gender, violence, and disability in relation to American sports will be covered. Students will learn theory in analyzing sports and examine research in sports sociology. Prerequisite: SPT 101; SOC 100.

  • SPT 320

    Sports Psychology

    3 credits

    An overview of the psychological aspects of sports. This course focuses on the thought processes and attitudes of athletes and individuals involved in sports or exercise activities. Theoretical perspectives in relation to empirical research will be explored. Topics considered include psychological issues that confront coaches, organizations, physical educators, athletes, and teams. Prerequisites: SPT101; PSY 100.

  • SPT 330

    Leadership and Governance in Sports

    3 credits

    This course places an emphasis on the introduction to management theory and how it can guide practical applications in sports industries. The course will address management philosophy, management tasks, responsibilities, organization structures, leadership, motivational techniques, decision making, and factors that influence governance, such as environmental influences, power and politics. The student will be responsible for engaging in an in-depth look at various sports governing bodies, which include such organizations as the International Olympic Committee, Arena Network, and the National Collegiate Athletic Association. Prerequisite: SPT 101.

  • SPT 460

    Strategic Management in the Sports Industry

    3 credits

    This capstone course addresses the strategic decision making process specific to sports organizations. Through a case study analysis, students will investigate and analyze problems, policies, duties, and ethics as they relate to sports business management and strategic planning. Prerequisite: Senior Status.

  • SPT 495

    Internship in Sports Management

    3 credits

    A supervised experiential-learning course that requires the student to apply the theoretical knowledge obtained in their coursework to an actual work environment. The course will include seminar sessions and comprehensive written and oral reports. Prerequisite:  Instructor’s Permission. Need internship advisor approval.

Courses required in other disciplines

  • CIS 100

    Computer Technology: Issues and Applications

    3 credits

    Provides an introduction to applications of information technology for non-computer science majors. The course covers general computer knowledge associated with computer history, hardware, software, operating systems, and computer networks. Students learn and/or reinforce skills related to word processing, spreadsheets, presentation and publishing tools as well as to emerging internet-based tools. Social and ethical issues related to technology are considered, such as piracy, viruses, and security issues. Course will include the development of an application project by the student.

  • COM 102

    Public Speaking

    3 credits

    Acquaints the student with a sound approach to the preparation and delivery of informative and persuasive speeches. Students will study the fundamentals of organization, outlining, and supporting materials and apply these principles in the planning and delivery of several speeches before the class. Open to all students.

  • ENG 201

    Business Writing

    3 credits

    The theory behind the practice of various forms of business writing—letters, memos, proposals and reports. Emphasis on formulating communication objectives, analyzing the audience, structuring the message, and adopting an appropriate style. Individualized projects allow students to adapt the course to their own needs. Prerequisite: ENG 101 or equivalent.

  • FCS 213

    Nutrition for Fitness and PhysicalPerformance

    3 credits

    Introduction to basic nutrition concepts related to fitness and physical performance of athletes at all levels. Students will also explore current issues in nutrition for athletes including ergogenic aids and weight management practices.

  • MTH 115

    Introduction to Statistics

    3 credits

    Topics covered: descriptive statistics, probability, binomial, chi-squared and normal probability distributions, tests of hypotheses, linear correlation and regression, and analysis of variance. Prerequisites: Grades of C- or better in MTH 095 or competency in arithmetic and algebra.