At a glance: Sport Management
Did you know? Students have the flexibility in their academic coursework to obtain a second major, a minor or a business option (20 additional hours) as part of their degrees.
From high-profile major professional leagues and international competition to local professional and amateur events, spectator sports continue to be a popular source of entertainment worldwide. This multibillion-dollar industry offers employment opportunities in professional, collegiate and interscholastic sports, sports information, marketing, facility and arena management, recreation administration, sales, and special events. The major is designed to provide students with a foundation of skills necessary to negotiate the various settings in which students may find themselves during their professional careers.
Students majoring in sport management can earn a bachelor of arts or bachelor of science degrees. A minor in sport management is also available.
- All students are required to complete a 10-week (a minimum of 400 hours) internship in the student’s chosen area of interest.
- Students participate in out-of-classroom practicum experiences and directed projects in team promotions, team management and facility management within the athletic department.
- Students have the flexibility in their academic coursework to obtain a second major, a minor or a business option (20 additional hours) as part of their degrees.
- Additional coursework in communication arts and The James F. Dicke College of Business Administration provides students with additional knowledge and skills relevant to the workplace.
- The department of human performance and sport sciences consists of a group of professors with diverse backgrounds, experiences and expertise in sport management.
- Students work side-by-side with faculty, coaches and athletics administrators on various projects, promotions and events.
- Students can participate in the organization and administration of Ohio Athletic Conference championships and NCAA championship events held in the ONU Sports Center.
The department facilities in the Sports Center include:
- Three full-size gymnasiums
- Six-lane, 200-meter indoor track
- 24-yard, six-lane swimming/diving pool
- Seven basketball courts
- Seven volleyball courts
- Three indoor tennis courts
- Dance/free exercise room
- Weight room
- Fitness room
- Wellness, fitness and testing laboratories
- Athletic training room
Phi Epsilon Kappa – national professional fraternity for persons engaged or pursuing careers in health, physical education and recreation
Human Performance and Sport Sciences Majors Club
- Understand that sport is a microcosm of contemporary society and business, influenced by cultural traditions, social values and psychosocial experiences
- Apply fundamental marketing concepts to the sport industry and understand the uniqueness of sport as a product and as consumers
- Understand the concepts of leadership and management and apply the skills necessary in various roles and functions of sport managers
- Critically analyze ethical issues related to sport and develop a personal philosophy regarding social responsibility in sport management setting
- Apply the principles of interpersonal, public and mass communication and understand interaction with internal and external sport publics
- Understand budget and finance as vital components of all sport industries and apply economic principles as related to sport’s role in the national economy
- Understand the role of sport governance organizations and agencies and legal concepts within the sport workplace
Sport managers work in a variety of settings, including colleges and universities, amateur and professional sport organizations, legal firms, recreational programming, and marketing and communication agencies. Graduates of the program have gone on to work at: Professional sport teams, minor league sport teams, sport marketing and management companies, YMCA and City recreation departments.
Many ONU sport management graduates continue their educations by pursuing advanced degrees at the master’s level in business, communication or sport administration. Some recent graduates have received degrees from: Bowling Green State University, Florida State University, The Ohio State University, Ohio University, University of Kentucky.
The sport management program's emphasis on wide-ranging, flexible skills gives its majors broad appeal for many employers. Students develop skills dealing with problem-solving, adaptability to changing situations and a variety of sport settings, the ability to work collaboratively, business management and professional communication skills. In addition, many ONU sport management graduates continue their educations by pursuing advanced degrees at the master’s level in business, communication or sport administration. An advanced degree opens a wider range of higher-paying jobs in academia, coaching and management.