B.S. in Sport Management


Course Descriptions

 

SM 2100 Introduction to Sport Management
Credit Hours: 3-0-3
Prerequisites: None
Course Description: This course provides an introduction to sport management. Topics include historical development of the discipline, overview of the profession, professional organizations, current issues, future trends, and career opportunities.

 

SM 2200 History and Contemporary Aspects of Sport
Credit Hours: 3-0-3
Prerequisites: SM 2100, minimum 2.75 AGPA
Course Description: This course focuses on the evolution of sport within the United States and how it compares and contrasts with the development of sport around the world. Topics include development, youth sport, collegiate athletics, professional sports leagues, international competition, culture, race, and gender.

 

SM 2300 Legal Aspects of Sport
Credit Hours: 3-0-3
Prerequisites: SM 2100, minimum 2.75 AGPA
Course Description: This course focuses on the application of legal principles to the sport, recreation, and fitness industries. Topics covered include agency law, tort liability, contract law, antitrust law, Constitutional law, labor law, and criminal law.

SM 2400 Sports Information and Media
Credit Hours: 3-0-3
Prerequisites: SM 2100, minimum 2.75 AGPA
Course Description: The primary purpose of this course is to familiarize students with the field of sport information including mass communication, the print media, the broadcast media, sports news releases, interviewing, and public relations. Emphasis is placed upon the gathering, managing, and delivering of information about sport organizations, teams, players, and coaches to the public.

 

SM 3100 Sports Sociology and Psychology
Credit Hours: 3-0-3
Prerequisites: SM 2100, minimum 2.75 AGPA
Course Description:This course provides a survey of social and psychological factors affecting performance in sports and physical activity. Topics include leadership, motivation, group cohesion, social facilitation, arousal/anxiety, cognitive processes, competition, and cooperation.

 

SM 3200 Leadership and Management of Sport Organizations
Credit Hours: 3-0-3
Prerequisites: SM 2100, minimum 2.75 AGPA
Course Description: Students explore the theoretical frameworks of the body of knowledge of Sport Management, the practical applications of those frameworks, and the ethical issues confronting today’s sport managers. This course also provides application for the development of skills necessary to be an effective and efficient leader regarding communication, motivation, and decision-making. The role of human resources and leadership theory in an atmosphere of complexity and diversity is also explored.

 

SM 3300 Sport Event Management
Credit Hours: 3-0-3
Prerequisites: SM 2100, minimum 2.75 AGPA
Course Description: This course focuses upon how to successfully plan and execute sport events. Topics addressed include the determination of objectives, developing a budget, marketing, recruiting attendees, and safety.

SM 3398 Internship
Credit Hours: 1-6 credit hours
Prerequisites: SM 2100, minimum 2.75 AGPA, and permission of the department chair
Course Description: This course is a supervised, credit-earning experience of one academic semester with a previously approved business firm, sport organization, private agency or governmental agency. The course is repeatable for up to 6 credit hours.

 

SM 3400 Sport Facility Design and Management
Credit Hours: 3-0-3
Prerequisites: SM 2100, minimum 2.75 AGPA
Course Description: This course focuses upon the principles and theories involving the overall design and management of events in indoor and outdoor facilities for sport and physical activity. Topics covered include facility design, planning, management, operations, and maintenance.

 

SM 3500 Sponsorship and Fundraising in Sport
Credit Hours: 3-0-3
Prerequisites: SM 2100, minimum 2.75 AGPA
Course Description: This course focuses on the role of sponsorship and fundraising in sport. Students are exposed to sport-specific fundraising challenges and goals for events, facilities, and organizations in the sports industry. The roles of media and public relations are also addressed. This course stresses practical applications in unique situations faced by sport management practitioners.


SM 3600 Sports Broadcasting
Credit Hours: 3-0-3
Prerequisites: SM 2100, minimum 2.75 AGPA.
Course Description: This course focuses on the many disciplines in the art of sports broadcasting. The course emphasizes current techniques and applications. Students are required to produce and present sports broadcasting materials encompassing studio and remote applications.

 

SM 3700 International Sport Governance
Credit Hours: 3-0-3
Prerequisites: SM 2100, minimum 2.75 AGPA
Course Description: This course introduces students to a wide spectrum of issues related to the governance of international sport organizations and events throughout the world. Students are introduced to the roles that politics, culture, and policy play in international sport organizations. Topics covered include the Olympics, Paralympics, intercultural communication and sport models throughout the world.

 

SM 3900 Foundations of Recreation and Leisure
Credit Hours: 3-0-3
Prerequisites: SM 2100, minimum 2.75 AGPA.
Course Description: This course provides a foundation for the study of recreation and leisure and the organizations that deliver recreational services. It includes an overview of the philosophical, historical, social, cultural, and political factors which influence recreation and leisure. The course emphasizes the role of the professional in the delivery of recreational services.

 

SM 4200 Recreation Programming
Credit Hours: 3-0-3
Prerequisites: SM 2100, minimum 2.75 AGPA
Course Description: This course provides students with an overview of recreation programming across the age spectrum and diverse populations. Leisure programming trends and niche marketing are examined as well. This course also facilitates the understanding and application of the recreation program process for leisure delivery systems including an introduction to activity plans, program design, delivery, and evaluation.

 

SM 4300 Commercial Recreation and Tourism
Credit Hours: 3-0-3
Prerequisites: SM 2100, minimum 2.75 AGPA
Course Description: This course introduces students to historical and contemporary perspectives of the field of commercial recreation and tourism. The course stresses the necessary writing, technical, business management, and people skills needed to compete in the current recreation and tourism marketplace.

 


SM 4400 Directed Study
Credit Hours: 1-6 credit hours
Prerequisites: SM 2100, minimum 2.75 AGPA, and department chair approval prior to registration.
Course Description: This course covers topics of an advanced nature external to regular course offerings and requires independent instruction according to an agreement with a faculty supervisor. The course is repeatable for up to 6 hours of credit.

 

SM 4490 Special Topics in Sport Management
Credit Hours: 1-3
Prerequisites: SM 2100, minimum 2.75 AGPA
Course Description: This course covers selected topics of interest in sport management that are not regularly offered by the Department of Exercise Science and Sport Management. The course is repeatable for different topics.

 


SM 4600 Research Methods in Sport Management
Credit Hours: 3-0-3
Prerequisites: SM 2100, minimum 2.75 AGPA,
Course Description: This course provides students with an overview of the research process applied in the study of sport management. Students are introduced to experimental design, data gathering techniques, and statistical concepts and methods applicable to the sport management discipline. Students are expected to produce and critique academic research.

SM 4700 Sports Economics
Credit Hours: 3-0-3
Prerequisites: SM 2100, ECON 2100, minimum 2.75 AGPA
Course Description: This course applies economic principles to sports. Economic models from industrial organization, public finance, labor economics, game theory, macroeconomics, and other fields of economics are used to gain a better understanding of sports and the modern sports industry.

 

SM 4800 Sports Finance
Credit Hours: 3-0-3
Prerequisites: SM 2100, minimum 2.75 AGPA
Course Description: This course covers basic principles of finance as they relate to sports. Emphasis is placed on current practices and issues relating to funding, budgeting, and revenue acquisition in sports through private and public means. Topics include taxing and borrowing, ticket sales, concessions, broadcast sales, and sponsorship. The course includes an introduction to collection and analysis of sports business data.

 

SM 4900 Senior Seminar in Sport Management
Credit Hours: 1-6-3
Prerequisites: Completion of all 2000-level and 3000-level non-elective Sport Management courses, minimum 2.75 AGPA.
Course Description: This capstone course for the Sport Management major integrates the major coursework with field-based experience. Two-thirds of the course is devoted to a practicum field experiences at a site, which is located by the student and pre-approved by the instructor prior to the beginning of the semester. Contemporary issues, problems, research and theories are discussed. Additional course content includes: strategies for seeking internship and entry-level employment, long-term career planning, and post graduate study options.

 

SM 4950 Senior Internship in Sport Management
Credit Hours: 0-36-12
Prerequisites: SM 4900, 90+ credit hours, minimum 2.75 AGPA.
Course Description: This course provides students with an opportunity for an in-depth work experience at an approved sport management internship site. Students are expected to acquire relevant skills and develop a professional network in order to prepare for entry-level employment in the sport marketplace.