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Sports Management major at Southwest Baptist University

Degree Requirements

Related Majors

Questions? Contact

Joe Wooderson
Chair, Department of Kinesiology
(417) 328-1772
jwooderson@sbuniv.edu

Visit the Department of Kinesiology website for more information.

Be prepared for a sports-related career in areas other than education.

Five concentration areas (Business, Sports Administration, Commercial Recreation, Fitness and Wellness, and Sports Psychology) allow you to customize the program for your desired employment avenues.

The SBU Advantage

  • Required practicums and internships provide opportunities to secure experience
  • Internships provide job opportunities for the student major
  • SBU promotes practicum and internship experiences to be completed anywhere nationwide

Engaged Learning

You will have opportunities to experience job-related techniques and management styles currently in use through practicums and internships.

Course Information

The Sports Management degree is available as a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science. The B.S. degree requires 9 hours of upper-level psychology courses.

Core courses total 44 hours in addition to general education and graduate requirements, and each concentration requires 33-34 hours.

One of these concentrations is required:

  • Business/Fitness and Wellness
  • Sports Administration/Business
  • Commercial Recreation and Business
  • Sports Administration/Fitness/Wellness
  • Sports Psychology

Internship Opportunities

The sports management internship is the last course to be taken, with a required 240 hours. Students are asked to choose wisely an internship site that provides an employment possibility that best fits their degree.

Many professional organizations request sports management interns due to the history of past interns who have displayed a genuine work ethic and moral character.

Career Opportunities

The sports management major is an interdisciplinary program designed for students interested in a career in sports-related areas other than education.

Degree Requirements

KIN 1163 Foundations of Physical Fitness/Wellness for Professionals
Study and participation in programs recommended for the development of adult physical fitness. Emphasis on determining the level of fitness, importance of fitness in one's total continuing well-being, nutrition and diet selection, monitoring the effect of fitness activities, selection of fitness/wellness programs, stress management, and program implementation. Special consideration will be given to how professionals in Physical Education, Exercise Science, and Sports Management may apply this information to their field.
KIN 2133 Principles of Human Anatomy
Study of the structure of the human body including study at the cellular, tissue, and organ level. Emphasis will be on the organ systems operational in effecting human movement.
KIN/BIO 2243 Nutrition
Nutritional requirements of mankind with emphasis on the roles of nutrients in the body throughout the life cycle.
KIN 3053 Measurement and Evaluation in Physical Education
A course to acquaint students with various evaluation methods in physical education. Practice is given to administering tests and interpreting results with appropriate statistical procedures.
KIN 3073 Physiology of Exercise
Study of the effects of exercise on the organs and systems of the body; special emphasis on the cardio-respiratory system.
KIN 3093 Sport Safety Training
The purpose of this course is to provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to help provide a safe environment for athletes while they are participating in sports and, in an emergency, to help sustain life and minimize the consequences of injury or sudden illness until medical help arrives.
KIN 4003 Kinesiology
Study of skeletal and muscle systems as they relate to physical education and athletic movements. Practice is given in identification of proper form and procedures for correcting errors in sports movements.
KIN 4013 Sport and Physical Activity in American Society
A study of the place of sports and physical activity in American society. Principles, historical events and current status of sports and physical activity will be studied. Required of Physical Education/Sports Management majors.
KIN 4023 Organization and Administration of Sport
A course emphasizing the methodology of planning, organizing, administering and managing the physical education or recreation department. Consideration given to staff and personnel, equipment, budgeting, records, reports and programming.
SPM 1112 Introduction to Sports Management
The course is designed to provide the student with the overview of a career in sport management including areas of professional endeavors which cover a wide variety of sport and fitness related occupations. The course will also provide an academic perspective of the professional preparation necessary to achieve employment in the profession.
SPM 3963 Sports Management Practicum
Credit given for on-the-field experience gained in the practice of sports management specified related duties. Settings are determined according to individual circumstances.
SPM 4986 Internship in Sports Management
A fulltime residency for on-the-job training under the supervision of a sport management professional. Includes observation, supervision, planning, instruction, direct leadership and evaluation. Minimum requirement-240 hours.
Plus an additional six hours of activity electives.

In addition to the core curriculum in Sports Management, one of the following concentrations must be completed.

Business/Fitness and Wellness
ACC 2013 Principles of Financial Accounting
An introduction to the concepts and principles underlying accounting and financial information as used in operating a business. Basic fundamentals of financial accounting from both a preparer’s and a user’s perspective will be presented. The impact of business events on an entity’s financial position will be emphasized through an understanding of an organization’s operating, investing, and financial activities.
BUS 2013 Business Communications
A general introduction to the uses of communication in the business world today. Four major sections include basic language usage; communication foundations and writing principles; business letters, memos and emails; and problem analysis and report writing.
BUS 3073 Legal Environment of Business
Ethical, social and legal issues in business environment. The development and resolution of contemporary issues found in the business environment. Emphasis on the perspective and systematic approach to the law to such issues. Topical areas: legal history, reasoning, procedure; environmental, administrative, criminal and tort law; law of contracts, law of sales.
LDR 4043 Ethics and Professional Development
A senior-level course that equips the graduating student with the life skills and information necessary for making the transition from college to the professional world. Emphases will be placed on career development, etiquette, and personal financial planning. Particular attention will be given to the role of personal and professional ethics from a Christian worldview.
MGT 3013 Principles of Management
The study of the process of management, which is the coordination of all the resources of organizations in order to achieve organizational objectives. The management process will be described, analyzed and applied to all types of organizations, indicating the universality of management.
MGT 4033 Human Resource Management
Focuses on the policies, methods and techniques that professional personnel and human resource managers create and implement to achieve successful human resource programs.
MKT 3023 Principles of Marketing
The study of the system of activities that constitute marketing with emphasis on the principles, policies and strategies utilized to identify and satisfy the needs and wants of consumers. The universal application of marketing management in all forms or organizations is stressed.
KIN 1043 Personal and Community Health
Study of major health problems and factors determining health. Special considerations given to principles and practices of good health for individual and community concerns.
ATH 3103 Sports Performance
Prepares the ATS to effectively manage the health care of the athlete by recognizing and implementing appropriate strategies to enhance sports performance based on sound physiological principles including the use of drugs in sports performance, nutritional aspects, strength and resistive training, and anaerobic/aerobic training.
REC 2092 Recreation and Athletic Facilities
A course which examines the planning and design of recreation and athletic facilities. Also includes practical considerations for operating a facility.
KIN 4762 Problem Solving in Recreation and Sports Management
A seminar on problem solving in the recreation profession. Aimed at facilitating transition between the academic and professional experience.
PSY 3393 Introduction to Sports Psychology
An introduction to the field of sports psychology and performance enhancement. This course will cover sport and exercise psychology as well as techniques used in the field. This course will prepare the student for any graduate program that is in the area of sports psychology.
Sports Administration/Business
ACC 2013 Principles of Financial Accounting
An introduction to the concepts and principles underlying accounting and financial information as used in operating a business. Basic fundamentals of financial accounting from both a preparer’s and a user’s perspective will be presented. The impact of business events on an entity’s financial position will be emphasized through an understanding of an organization’s operating, investing, and financial activities.
BUS 2013 Business Communications
A general introduction to the uses of communication in the business world today. Four major sections include basic language usage; communication foundations and writing principles; business letters, memos and emails; and problem analysis and report writing.
BUS 3073 Legal Environment of Business
Ethical, social and legal issues in business environment. The development and resolution of contemporary issues found in the business environment. Emphasis on the perspective and systematic approach to the law to such issues. Topical areas: legal history, reasoning, procedure; environmental, administrative, criminal and tort law; law of contracts, law of sales.
LDR 4043 Ethics and Professional Development
A senior-level course that equips the graduating student with the life skills and information necessary for making the transition from college to the professional world. Emphases will be placed on career development, etiquette, and personal financial planning. Particular attention will be given to the role of personal and professional ethics from a Christian worldview.
MGT 3013 Principles of Management
The study of the process of management, which is the coordination of all the resources of organizations in order to achieve organizational objectives. The management process will be described, analyzed and applied to all types of organizations, indicating the universality of management.
MGT 4033 Human Resource Management
Focuses on the policies, methods and techniques that professional personnel and human resource managers create and implement to achieve successful human resource programs.
MKT 3023 Principles of Marketing
The study of the system of activities that constitute marketing with emphasis on the principles, policies and strategies utilized to identify and satisfy the needs and wants of consumers. The universal application of marketing management in all forms or organizations is stressed.
KIN 2012 Officiating Sports
A study of the rules, methods and techniques of officiating sports. Emphasis will be on major sports.
KIN 4002 Recreation and Sports Programming
This course will provide a comprehensive overview of the elements involved in the planning, organization, implementation, and evaluation of leisure programming as a benefits based service. Emphasis will be given to structuring programs for recreation, sports, games and intramural programming.
REC 2092 Recreation and Athletic Facilities
A course which examines the planning and design of recreation and athletic facilities. Also includes practical considerations for operating a facility.
KIN 4762 Problem Solving in Recreation and Sports Management
A seminar on problem solving in the recreation profession. Aimed at facilitating transition between the academic and professional experience.
Choose two of the following:
KIN 2032 Coaching of Volleyball
Study of offensive and defensive skills and strategy of volleyball. Coaching methods, strategy and organization of practice and matches are emphasized.
KIN 2052 Coaching of Softball and Baseball
The methods and materials used in coaching softball and baseball will be examined. A study of practice organization, skill analysis, teaching methods for each position, purchase and care of equipment. Conditioning will be included.
KIN 3012 Coaching of Football
Study of offensive and defensive systems; methods of coaching football.
  • KIN 3022 Coaching of Basketball
    Study of components of basketball. Emphasis on individual and team skills, conditioning and strategy of play.
    KIN 3062 Coaching of Track and Field
    Study of accepted forms of track and field events; factors affecting endurance, speed and fatigue; preparation and selection of contestants for competition; and management techniques.
    Commercial Recreation and Business
    REC 1113 Foundations of Community Recreation
    A course concerning the history, nature, extent and significance of recreation in the community setting. Special attention is focused on government related agencies that provide public leisure services.
    REC 2092 Recreation and Athletic Facilities
    A course which examines the planning and design of recreation and athletic facilities. Also includes practical considerations for operating a facility.
    REC 3163 Recreation Leadership
    A course designed for training leaders of recreation. Techniques of direct recreation leadership and methods for practical application of leadership skills are emphasized. Includes lab.
    KIN 4762 Problem Solving in Recreation and Sports Management
    A seminar on problem solving in the recreation profession. Aimed at facilitating transition between the academic and professional experience.
    KIN 4002 Recreation and Sports Programming
    This course will provide a comprehensive overview of the elements involved in the planning, organization, implementation, and evaluation of leisure programming as a benefits based service. Emphasis will be given to structuring programs for recreation, sports, games and intramural programming.
    ACC 2013 Principles of Financial Accounting
    An introduction to the concepts and principles underlying accounting and financial information as used in operating a business. Basic fundamentals of financial accounting from both a preparer’s and a user’s perspective will be presented. The impact of business events on an entity’s financial position will be emphasized through an understanding of an organization’s operating, investing, and financial activities.
    BUS 2013 Business Communications
    A general introduction to the uses of communication in the business world today. Four major sections include basic language usage; communication foundations and writing principles; business letters, memos and emails; and problem analysis and report writing.
    BUS 3073 Legal Environment of Business
    Ethical, social and legal issues in business environment. The development and resolution of contemporary issues found in the business environment. Emphasis on the perspective and systematic approach to the law to such issues. Topical areas: legal history, reasoning, procedure; environmental, administrative, criminal and tort law; law of contracts, law of sales.
    LDR 4043 Ethics and Professional Development
    A senior-level course that equips the graduating student with the life skills and information necessary for making the transition from college to the professional world. Emphases will be placed on career development, etiquette, and personal financial planning. Particular attention will be given to the role of personal and professional ethics from a Christian worldview.
    MGT 3013 Principles of Management
    The study of the process of management, which is the coordination of all the resources of organizations in order to achieve organizational objectives. The management process will be described, analyzed and applied to all types of organizations, indicating the universality of management.
    MGT 4033 Human Resource Management
    Focuses on the policies, methods and techniques that professional personnel and human resource managers create and implement to achieve successful human resource programs.
    MKT 3023 Principles of Marketing
    The study of the system of activities that constitute marketing with emphasis on the principles, policies and strategies utilized to identify and satisfy the needs and wants of consumers. The universal application of marketing management in all forms or organizations is stressed.
    Sports Administration/Fitness/Wellness
    KIN 1043 Personal and Community Health
    Study of major health problems and factors determining health. Special considerations given to principles and practices of good health for individual and community concerns.
    KIN 2012 Officiating Sports
    A study of the rules, methods and techniques of officiating sports. Emphasis will be on major sports.
    ATH 3103 Sports Performance
    Prepares the ATS to effectively manage the health care of the athlete by recognizing and implementing appropriate strategies to enhance sports performance based on sound physiological principles including the use of drugs in sports performance, nutritional aspects, strength and resistive training, and anaerobic/aerobic training.
    REC 2092 Recreation and Athletic Facilities
    A course which examines the planning and design of recreation and athletic facilities. Also includes practical considerations for operating a facility.
    KIN 4762 Problem Solving in Recreation and Sports Mangement
    A seminar on problem solving in the recreation profession. Aimed at facilitating transition between the academic and professional experience.
    BUS 3073 Legal Environment of Business
    Ethical, social and legal issues in business environment. The development and resolution of contemporary issues found in the business environment. Emphasis on the perspective and systematic approach to the law to such issues. Topical areas: legal history, reasoning, procedure; environmental, administrative, criminal and tort law; law of contracts, law of sales.
    MGT 3013 Principles of Management
    The study of the process of management, which is the coordination of all the resources of organizations in order to achieve organizational objectives. The management process will be described, analyzed and applied to all types of organizations, indicating the universality of management.
    MKT 3023 Principles of Marketing
    The study of the system of activities that constitute marketing with emphasis on the principles, policies and strategies utilized to identify and satisfy the needs and wants of consumers. The universal application of marketing management in all forms or organizations is stressed.
    LDR 4043 Ethics and Professional Development
    A senior-level course that equips the graduating student with the life skills and information necessary for making the transition from college to the professional world. Emphases will be placed on career development, etiquette, and personal financial planning. Particular attention will be given to the role of personal and professional ethics from a Christian worldview.
    MGT 4033 Human Resource Management
    Focuses on the policies, methods and techniques that professional personnel and human resource managers create and implement to achieve successful human resource programs.
    PSY 3393 Introduction to Sports Psychology
    An introduction to the field of sports psychology and performance enhancement. This course will cover sport and exercise psychology as well as techniques used in the field. This course will prepare the student for any graduate program that is in the area of sports psychology.
    Choose two of the following:
    KIN 2032 Coaching of Volleyball
    Study of offensive and defensive skills and strategy of volleyball. Coaching methods, strategy and organization of practice and matches are emphasized.
    KIN 2052 Coaching of Softball and Baseball
    The methods and materials used in coaching softball and baseball will be examined. A study of practice organization, skill analysis, teaching methods for each position, purchase and care of equipment. Conditioning will be included.
    KIN 3012 Coaching of Football
    Study of offensive and defensive systems; methods of coaching football.
    KIN 3022 Coaching of Basketball
    Study of components of basketball. Emphasis on individual and team skills, conditioning and strategy of play.
    KIN 3062 Coaching of Track and Field
    Study of accepted forms of track and field events; factors affecting endurance, speed and fatigue; preparation and selection of contestants for competition; and management techniques.
    Sports Psychology
      PSY 3033 Abnormal Psychology
      Major psychoses, psychoneuroses, sexual adjustment and an analysis of childhood background which leads to mental breakdowns, phobias, compulsions and hysteria.
      PSY 3063 Human Growth and Development
      A "Life-Span" study of human growth and developmental processes including physiological, psychological and sociological influences and effects.
      PSY 3073 Social Psychology
      Social behavior of individuals and the major processes of social interaction, social influence, group structure, the individual and the system and socialization.
      PSY 3243 Elementary Statistics
      Measurement, averages, variability percentile rank, normal curve, correlation, chi-square and probability related to the behavior sciences.
      PSY 3313 Introduction to Counseling
      An introduction to counseling theory, methods and techniques, including a study of client-counselor encounters, stages of counseling and the counseling interview.
      PSY 3393 Introduction to Sports Psychology
      An introduction to the field of sports psychology and performance enhancement. This course will cover sport and exercise psychology as well as techniques used in the field. This course will prepare the student for any graduate program that is in the area of sports psychology.
      PSY 4263 Physiological Psychology
      An introduction to the biological/physiological basis for human behavior. The structure and the function of the nervous system, neuropsychological methods, sensation, emotional responses, learning, memory and psychopathology will be covered.
      LDR 4043 Ethics and Professional Development
      A senior-level course that equips the graduating student with the life skills and information necessary for making the transition from college to the professional world. Emphases will be placed on career development, etiquette, and personal financial planning. Particular attention will be given to the role of personal and professional ethics from a Christian worldview.
      KIN 4762 Problem Solving in Recreation and Sports Management
      A seminar on problem solving in the recreation profession. Aimed at facilitating transition between the academic and professional experience.
      Plus an additional eight hours of Kinesiology or Psychology elective courses.