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Sport Management

Sport Management Major

Are you interested in a sports-related career? SBU has a unique sport management degree that is an interdisciplinary program with two concentration options. Choose one of the following concentrations based on your personal career goals and interests:

  • Fitness and Wellness Administration - emphasis is on personal fitness and wellness
  • Sport Administration - emphasis is on business aspect of sports

When you major in sport management at SBU, you will open the door to a wide variety of career options or the ability to further your education with an MBA or other graduate degree.

The Sport Management degree is offered through SBU's College of Professional Programs

RESOURCES

MAJOR MAP

DEGREE PLAN

90%
placement
rate

(For May 2017 sport management graduates in employment or graduate school.)

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The SBU Advantage

  • Choosing between two concentrations — Fitness and Wellness Administration or Sport Administration — allows you to better tailor your degree program to your personal interests and career goals.
  • Required practicum and internship experiences will give you valuable real-world experience and networking opportunities.
  • Thrive within small class sizes that allow for personal attention, individualized instruction and one-on-one advisement.

Faith Integration

The intentional integration of Christian faith with the academic discipline of sport management distinguishes SBU's program. Sport management is a people-focused discipline and you will be challenged to treat others with respect, dignity and grace. You will be encouraged to follow the example of Christ and become a servant leader in whichever profession you choose.

Sport Management Careers

Sport management graduates have pursued a variety of careers including:

  • Account Executive with Professional Sports Teams (i.e. Springfield Cardinals)
  • Athletic Director
  • City Park Administrator
  • Coaches in public and private schools
  • Fitness Center Administrator
  • Personal Trainer
  • Strength and Conditioning Coach
  • YMCA Director

Internships

Sport management students have completed internships at a variety of places including:

  • Missouri Sports Hall of Fame
  • Springfield Cardinals AA Baseball
  • Springfield Parks Department
  • Springfield Tennis Complex
  • YMCA

The Sport Management program consisted of a wide variety of curriculum that not only prepared me to work in sports but also in business. I obtained a well-rounded education so that I not only learned what was required for an entry-level position but additionally gained knowledge that helped me to move up the ladder quickly into my current profession and advanced my career.

Zack Pemberton '10, Manager of Sales and Marketing for the Springfield Cardinals, the AA affiliate of the St. Louis Cardinals
Zack Pemberton, Sport Management Alum

sport management: SPORT ADMINISTRATION Four-Year Plan

Freshman

Fall Semester

SOC 1003 Introductory Sociology 3
KIN 1163 Foundations of Physical Fitness for Professionals 3
ENG 1113 English Composition I 3
UNI 1111 University Seminar 1
POL 1113 American Government and Politics 3
SPM 1113 Introduction to Sport Management 3
Total hours 16

Spring Semester

BIO 1004 Principles of Biology 4
ENG 2213 English Composition II 3
COM 1103 Fundamentals of Speech Communication 3
FAR 10_3 Intro. to Art, Fine Arts, Music or Theatre 3
SOC 2012 Human Diversity 2
UNI 1121 Introduction to Critical Thinking 1
Total hours 16
 

Sophomore

Fall Semester

HIS 2213/2223 U.S. History I or II 3
CIS 1103 Computer and Information Management 3
PHS 1114 Introduction to Earth Science 4
MAT 1243 Algebraic Reasoning and Modeling 3
  Elective 3
Total hours 16

Spring Semester

ACC 2013 Principles of Financial Accounting 3
ECO 2003 LIFE Economics 3
BIB 1013 Old Testament History 3
  Elective 3
  Elective 3
Total hours 15
 

Junior

Fall Semester

SPM 2093 Athletic Events and Facilities Management 3
BUS 3073 Legal Environment of Business 3
PSY 3243 Elementary Statistics 3
MGT 3013 Principles of Management 3
  Elective 3
Total hours 15

Spring Semester

KIN 3093 Responding to Emergencies 3
MKT 3023 Principles of Marketing 3
BIB 1023 New Testament History 3
  Elective 3
  Elective 3
Total hours 15
 

Senior

Fall Semester

KIN 4001 Kinesiology Capstone 1
KIN 4023 Organization and Administration of Sport 3
SPM 4043 Legal and Ethical Issues in Sport 3
  Elective
3
  Elective
3
  Elective
3
Total hours 16

Spring Semester

KIN 4013 Sport in the American Society 3
SPF 2012 Introduction to Spiritual Formation 2
SPM 4033 Applied Sport Marketing 3
  Elective 3
  Elective 3
Total hours 14

Summer

SPM 4986 Internship in Sport Management 6

This is a proposed guideline. Please check the catalog and see your advisor for your final degree requirements.
Southwest Baptist University reserves the right to make changes to degree plans without advanced notice or obligation.
The student is responsible for understanding and completing all general education, degree, departmental and graduation requirements.

Download in PDF format:
Sport Management: Sport Administration Plan

 

SPORT MANAGEMENT: FITNESS AND WELLNESS ADMINISTRATION Four-Year Plan

Freshman

Fall Semester

SOC 1003 Introductory Sociology 3
KIN 1163 Foundations of Physical Fitness for Professionals 3
ENG 1113 English Composition I 3
UNI 1111 University Seminar 1
POL 1113 American Government and Politics 3
SPM 1113 Introduction to Sport Management 3
Total hours 16

Spring Semester

BIO 1004 Principles of Biology 4
ENG 2213 English Composition II 3
COM 1103 Fundamentals of Speech Communication 3
FAR 10_3 Intro. to Art, Fine Arts, Music or Theatre 3
SOC 2012 Human Diversity 2
UNI 1121 Introduction to Critical Thinking 1
Total hours 16
 

Sophomore

Fall Semester

HIS 2213/2223 U.S. History I or II 3
CIS 1103 Computer and Information Management 3
PHS 1114 Introduction to Earth Science 4
MAT 1243 Algebraic Reasoning and Modeling 3
KIN 1043 Personal and Community Health 3
Total hours 16

Spring Semester

KIN 2243 Nutrition 3
ECO 2003 LIFE Economics 3
BIB 1013 Old Testament History 3
  Elective 3
  Elective 3
Total hours 15
 

Junior

Fall Semester

SPM 2093 Athletic Event and Facilities Management 3
MGT 3013 Principles of Management 3
PSY 3243 Elementary Statistics 3
KIN 3073 Physiology of Exercise 3
  Elective 3
Total hours 15

Spring Semester

KIN 3093 Responding to Emergencies 3
KIN 4003 Kinesiology 3
BIB 1023 New Testament History 3
  Elective 3
  Elective 3
Total hours 15
 

Senior

Fall Semester

SPM 4043 Legal and Ethical Issues in Sport 3
KIN 4023 Organization and Administration of Sport 3
KIN 4773 Strength and Conditioning 3
KIN 4001 Kinesiology Capstone 1
  Elective 3
Total hours 13

WinterFest

KIN 2133 Principles of Human Anatomy 3

Spring Semester

KIN 4013 Sport in the American Society 3
MGT 3023 Principles of Marketing 3
SPF 2012 Introduction to Spiritual Formation 2
  Ethics 3
  Ethics 3
Total hours 14

Summer

SPM 4986 Internship in Sport Management 6

This is a proposed guideline. Please check the catalog and see your advisor for your final degree requirements.
Southwest Baptist University reserves the right to make changes to degree plans without advanced notice or obligation.
The student is responsible for understanding and completing all general education, degree, departmental and graduation requirements.

Download in PDF format:
Sport Management: Fitness and Wellness Administration Plan