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Sports Management

Course Descriptions

Sports Management Courses


SMGT 110 Sports Management (4.00 SH). This course introduces the introductory concepts of sports management. Topics covered include administrative philosophy, sport governance, diversity issues, marketing, licensing, communications, budget and finance, legal issues and sports economics. Analysis of current and future trends in sports management will also be addressed. Prerequisite: Sports Management major or minor.

SMGT 201 Practicum I (2.00 SH). The first of two sports management practicums to enhance professional development and career readiness, each student will be required to spend approximately 4 hours per week (60 hours total) in the assigned experiential learning opportunity. The specific duties will be determined by student needs and abilities in cooperation with the supervising faculty. SMGT 201 and 202 will be taken in concurrent semesters. Students will be responsible for providing their own transportation. Prerequisite: SMGT 110, Sports Management major and Sophomore standing.

SMGT 202 Practicum II (2.00 SH). The second of two sports management practicums to enhance professional development and career readiness, each student will be required to spend approximately 4 hours per week (60 hours total) in the assigned experiential learning opportunity. The specific duties will be determined by student needs and abilities in cooperation with the supervising faculty. SMGT 201 and 202 will be taken in concurrent semesters. Students will be responsible for providing their own transportation. Prerequisite: SMGT 201 and Sports Management major.

 

Supporting Courses


ACC 201 Principles of Accounting I (4.00 SH). A two-semester study of the basic principles and concepts underlying the measurement of financial activity, and the preparation and use of financial statements. Among the topics will be basic accounting theory, transaction analyses, income determination, asset and liability valuation.

BA 140 Introduction to Business (4.00 SH). An introduction to the nature of work and organizations. The course will explore the functions of managers in work environments, and the issues that shape contemporary management such as global competition and information technology. This course cannot be taken for credit if you have received credit for BA 310 (or are currently enrolled). This course is not open to junior or seniors except by permission.

BA 160 Personal Financial Decisions (4.00 SH). An introductory course on the basics of financial decision making and personal finance. Topics will include basic accounting concepts, investment alternatives, budgeting, and the nature of risk and insurance. This course does not carry credit for any major in the Department of Economics and Business. Sophomore standing is recommended.

BA 225 Management Information Systems (4.00 SH). The course provides a basic understanding of how organizations develop, use, manage, and secure their information systems. The course examines the impact of information systems at the strategic and operational levels of an organization. Key system applications, such as electronic commerce and enterprise information systems, are examined as well as the technological infrastructure that supports them. Prerequisites: ACC 201 or BA 140 or ECO 150.

BA 305 Marketing (4.00 SH). A study of the process by which products or services are brought to targeted consumers. The discussion includes consumer behavior, formation of a marketing plan and strategy, and marketing ethics. The approach is from the position of a business; however, consumer issues and concerns will also be discussed. Prerequisites: BA 140 or SCSM 101 or ECO 150.

BA 310 Organizations and Management (4.00 SH). A course that studies the behavior of people in a work organization. Topics include motivation, leadership, group processes, job and organizational design, communications, effectiveness and ethics in the workplace. Prerequisites: Junior standing.

BA 335 Sports/Event Planning & Management (4.00 SH). A study of the principles involved in successful sports/event planning and management including, facility operations, risk management, stakeholder management, accounting and financial planning, planning and designing the environment, sponsorships, promotion and atmospherics. Analysis of current and future trends in sports management will also be addressed. Prerequisite: SMGT 110, Sports Management or Marketing and Professional Sales major.

BA 345 Sales, Business Dev, and Big Data (4.00 SH). For businesses to thrive, they must effectively sell their products and services and strategically pursue business development opportunities. Competent, ethical sales and business development professionals make this happen every day. This course will explore the sales and business development concepts of building successful relationships and rapport, developing effective sales strategies, understanding what consumers want from a professional salesperson, utilizing sales psychology, learning how to effectively prospect and maximize a thriving pipeline, and creating win win solutions. The theory of big data will also be covered as a mechanism to prospect, cultivate and screen sales leads and create business development opportunities. Prerequisites: BA 305.

BA 360 Human Resources Management (4.00 SH). A study of activities necessary for the recruitment, retention, development, and motivation of an organization’s human resources. The course covers typical personnel functions as well as theory on human behavior in organizational settings. Prerequisite: BA 140 or consent of instructor.

BA 370 Business Law (4.00 SH). A study of law as it pertains to business. Legal principles pertaining to a variety of topics, including the Uniform Commercial Code, will be presented and applied to business entities. Text and case study will emphasize legal reasoning processes.

BA 590 Field Experience/Internship (4.00 SH). Field Experience/Internship (1-4 SH) Will not be counted in the minimum number of courses needed in the major. All grading S/U. Prerequisites: six courses in accounting, economics and/or business, junior or senior standing, consent of department, and a GPA of at least 2.0.

BC 309 Sports Broadcasting (4.00 SH). Instruction and experience producing and delivering broadcast sports reports for radio and television newscasts and the Web. Emphasis is on sports writing, sports photography and videography, and sports reporting for broadcast and the Web. Prerequisites: BC 101 or 102 and BC 251 or consent of instructor.

BC 320 Strategic Sports Communication (4.00 SH). This course covers a variety of topics in the field of sport communication—which ranges from newspaper sports sections and all-sport cable channels to sports satellite radio and sports blogs. Students will explore topics ranging from communication skill enhancement and sports writing to Web site management and sport media relations. This macro analysis of sport communication is accomplished through an examination of the field from interpersonal, intra- and inter-organizational, and external perspectives. The class is organized to provide students with a foundation for pursuing a career in the field or simply for acting as prudent consumers of sport communication. (Also listed as PCL 320).

ECO 150 Economic Reasoning (ST) (4.00 SH). Fundamental economic concepts and theories of supply and demand, resource allocation, taxation, international trade, externalities, public goods, market models, and labor markets. An emphasis on applications in both public policy and individual decision making will be recurrent throughout the course. Meets Social Thought and Tradition Intellectual Perspective requirement (ST).

ECO 220 Statistics (QR) (4.00 SH). An introductory course in the analysis and interpretation of quantitative data. Attention is given to the binomial distribution, the normal distribution, sampling, introductory probability theory, and hypothesis testing. Real world applications are used with computer software for statistical analysis. Not available to students with credit in BIO 206, MTH 335, PSY 201, PS 301, SSC 251, or SSC 252. Prerequisite: MTH 131 (or concurrent enrollment in MTH 131).

PCL 320 Strategic Sports Communication (HC) (4.00 SH). This course covers a variety of topics in the field of sport communication—which ranges from newspaper sports sections and all-sport cable channels to sports satellite radio and sports blogs. Students will explore topics ranging from communication skill enhancement and sports writing to Web site management and sport media relations. This macro analysis of sport communication is accomplished through an examination of the field from interpersonal, intra- and inter-organizational, and external perspectives. The class is organized to provide students with a foundation for pursuing a career in the field or simply for acting as prudent consumers of sport communication. (Also listed as BC 320).

PCL 325 Communication Ethics (ST) (4.00 SH). This course is designed to investigate the interrelationship of communication and free speech. The course will provide the opportunities to understand ethical communication in various contexts, assess weaknesses and strengths as an ethical communicator, and apply theories of communication ethics to the major course of study. Meets Social Thought and Tradition Intellectual Perspective requirement (ST).

SCSM 101 Prin/Prac Public Relations (ST) (4.00 SH). A concept course which will make students familiar with the background and content of public relations management and help them understand the nature of managerial and ethical responsibilities of public relations practitioners. Attention will be given to the codes of ethics and enforcement processes of national societies of public relations professionals. The primary focus will be on management’s critical areas of accountability: the conceptualization and specification of the tasks and responsibilities which define the nature, scope and warranty of public relations activity. The course also will provide an overview of the various sectors of public relations such as public affairs, community relations, employee relations, financial and shareholder relations, consumer relations, international relations, crisis management and issues management. Meets Social Thought and Tradition Intellectual Perspective requirement (ST).

SOC 307 Sociology of Sport (4.00 SH). This course examines the social institution of sport through both cultural and structural lenses. Topics covered include: socialization through sport; race, social class, gender and ability construction through sport; sports, media, and mass consumption; the socio-economics of sport; and social change through sport. Prerequisite: Four semester hours of sociology or criminal justice studies coursework or permission of instructor.

 

What can you do with a Sports Management degree?

Imagine yourself a sports marketing specialist, sports information director, facilities manager, athletic or athletic conference director, personnel manager, sports related business operator, sales representative, and non-profit manager.