INTRODUCTION TO SPORT MANAGEMENT ~ This course serves as an introduction to the field of sport management, offering a diversity of information pertaining to essential topics in the field of sport administration, including management and marketing principles, amateur and professional sport industry, international sport, facility and event management, sport broadcasting, and career preparation.


FACILITY AND EVENT MANAGEMENT IN SPORT ~ Principles and techniques of planning, operating and managing sport facilities and events. This course will emphasize the principles and concepts of organization and administration including communication, personnel management, management of physical resources, and risk management. This course will examine a variety of sport operations such as indoor stadiums, athletic field complexes, and managing recreation and intramural activities.


PRINCIPLES OF COACHING AND LEADERSHIP ~ This course is designed for those students preparing to enter a coaching career or be involved in the management and organization of an athletic program. Students will learn guidelines and principles for organizing a successful athletic program. Topics include, but are not limited to developing a coaching philosophy, evaluating theories in motivation, understanding team dynamics, communicating effectively, and improving player performance. This course will also emphasize an awareness of the demands of the coaching profession and explore issues and ethical considerations significant to coaching.

SPMT 28000:  SEM::  1-4 Hour(s)  


SPMT 28100:  INDEPENDENT STUDY:  1-4 Hour(s)  

INDEPENDENT STUDY~ Open to all sport management majors with the consent of the instructor. It affords sport management majors the opportunity to design their own course of study in an area that is not currently taught. The independent study normally requires the students to write a research paper.

SPMT 30100:  HIST/PHIL OF SPORT IN US:  3 Hour(s)  

HISTORY AND PHILOSOPHY OF SPORT IN THE U.S. ~ This course covers the history of sport and physical activity in the United States (1776–present) to understand the field in a broader context. Students will learn how past events and issues influence current beliefs and behaviors as well as common themes permeating throughout sport history (e.g., social and political activism). The philosophy unit of the course will cover philosophical approaches to the practice of physical activity. Students will learn how one’s philosophy guides thoughts, emotions, and behaviors about relevant issues such as physical activity lifestyles and career choices.


SPORT IN A DIVERSE SOCIETY ~ Sports are an integral part of social life in the U.S. with millions of people growing up playing sports and/or spending countless hours watching them. In many ways, the world of sports is an arena through which we can understand more about our society’s dynamics, values, and problems. This three-week course explores the intersections between sport and topics such as race, ethnicity, gender, social class, sexuality, and physical ability. Students will examine population subgroups in their historical context and how those groups have evolved over the years and how they have fared in society. The course will examine these groups from a sociological and legislative standpoint.

SPMT 35000:  SPORT ETHICS & LAW:  4 Hour(s)  

SPORT ETHICS & LAW ~ This course provides an extensive overview of legal principles and ethical issues in sport. The different fields of law and issues (Federal Amendment, torts, contracts, labor relations) as they relate to sport will also be introduced. In addition, the basic philosophical issues concerning ethics and moral reasoning and how these issues relate to sport will be examined. Furthermore, this course is designed to help future sport administrators develop an ethical decision-making process. Potential topics may include concepts of morality, personal philosophy regarding social responsibility, theories of ethics, professional code of ethics, etc.

Prerequisite: SPMT 10100

SPMT 38000:  SEM::  1-4 Hour(s)  

SEMINAR ~ Includes various topics or upper level speciality courses.


CONTEMPORARY ISSUES IN SPORT ~ This course is designed to provide students with an overview of significant issues surrounding the world of sport in today’s society. This course is designed to enhance student’s comprehension of sport, its place on society, and possible changes it may need in order to maintain a positive future. Arguments for and against the inclusion of sport in our social institutions will be made. Relevant legal issues will also be addressed.

SPMT 48000:  SENIOR SEMINAR:  1 Hour(s)  

SENIOR SEMINAR ~ This course is the second piece of the capstone experience for the Sport Management major, and will provide students with the necessary information to integrate their specific area of concentration and internship or research experience into a portfolio and oral presentation as the culmination of the Sport Management program. The purpose of this course is to allow students to demonstrate achievement in competency areas and to engage in self-reflection and self-evaluation. Co-requisite: SPMT 48100 or SPMT 49800 (for 1-2 credits)

Prerequisite: SPMT 48100 (may be taken concurrently) or SPMT 49800 (may be taken concurrently)

SPMT 48100:  INDEPENDENT RESEARCH:  1-2 Hour(s)  

INDEPENDENT RESEARCH~ The course is open to sport management majors with junior standing or above with the consent of the department. This affords junior and senior sport management majors the opportunity to design their own course of study in an area that is not currently taught. The independent research course would normally require the student to write a research paper.

SPMT 49800:  INTERNSHIP:  1-2 Hour(s)  

INTERNSHIP~ For a complete description of this program students should consult with a member of the sport management faculty.