Sport Management

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College of Business and Management

The Faculty of Sport Management

Zimbar/Koehler Fieldhouse

570-422-3495.......www.esu.edu/smgt

About the Program

The Department of Sport Management offers a bachelor of science degree with a major in Sport Management. This program prepares students for professional careers in the sports management industry. The program provides students with many options and considerable flexibility in course selection, depending on interest and goals. Course offerings are extensive and there are opportunities for internships in professional sports, college athletics, amateur and Olympic athletics, and recreation sport.

Sport Management Club

The Sport Management Club convenes sport management undergraduate and graduate students to exchange ideas, promote sport management, advance the professional interests of its members, and foster a closer relationship among its members and with other campus groups.

Are you interested in...

  • Sports
  • Working with others

Choose Sport Management at ESU

  • Expert, experienced faculty
  • Guest speakers from the world of sports business
  • Off-campus internship experience
  • Sport Management Club

Is Sport Management a career path for me?

Career Potential

  • Stadium / arena management
  • Team / league management
  • Sport marketing

Career Settings

  • Professional sport teams and leagues
  • School athletic departments
  • College recreation centers

More detailed career information is available from the department.

Bachelor of Science with Sport Management Major

    • Corequisites: (18 credits total): ECON 111; ECON 112; MGT 200; MGT 204; choose two (2) CMSTs from: CMST 111, CMST126, CMST 235, CMST 253.
    • Additional requirements: Upon completion of the above prerequisites:
      1. Students transferring into the program (on campus) must have a 2.5 overall quality point average and all grades "C" or better in major and corequisites.
      2. SMGT 201 and all corequisites must be completed with a "C" or better before 60 credits.
      3. Approval of Sport Management faculty as indicated by appropriate signatures on Sport Studies contract by completion of 60 credits.
      4. Students majoring in Sport Management must fulfill the FIT requirements.
      5. Sport management majors must attain an overall quality point average and a major point average of 2.5 for enrollment in SMGT 486 (internship) and graduation.
    • Required Theory courses: (41 credits) SMGT 201, 302, 304, 346, 347, 408, 409, 440, 445, 447, 486 (12 credits).
    • Elective courses: (9-12 credits) SMGT 209, 327, 402, 404, 405, 406.
    • Please see the university requirements in this catalog.

    Program Curriculum Plan

    • (Subject to change by the university without notice)

      Freshman Year

      Fall

      MGT 200 Principles of Management

      3

      CMST Corequisite (111, 126, 235, or 253)

      3

      ENGL 103 English Composition

      3

      ECON 111 GE: Principles of Macroeconomics

      3

      General Education Elective

      3

      Subtotal

      15

      Spring

      SMGT 201 Foundations in Sport Management

      3

      CMST Corequisite (111, 126, 235, or 253)

      3

      ECON 112 GE: Principles of Microeconomics

      3

      MGT 204 Principles of Marketing

      3

      General Education Elective

      3

      Subtotal

      15

      Sophomore Year

      Fall

      SMGT 201 Foundations of Sport Management

      3

      MGT 204 Principles of Marketing

      3

      General Education Elective

      3

      General Education Elective

      3

      General Education Elective

      3

      Subtotal

      15

      Spring

      SMGT 302 Psychosocial Aspects of Activity

      3

      SMGT 346 Computer Applications

      3

      Sport Management Elective

      3

      General Education Elective

      3

      General Education Elective

      3

      Subtotal

      15

      Junior Year

      Fall

      SMGT 304 Historical Aspects of Sport

      3

      SMGT 347 Introduction to Sport Law

      3

      SMGT 408 Financing Sport Operations

      3

      Sport Management Elective

      3

      General Education Elective

      3

      Fitness Elective

      1

      Subtotal

      16

      Spring

      SMGT 409 Concepts of Sport Marketing

      3

      SMGT 445 Organization and Administration of Physical Education

      2

      Sport Management Elective

      2

      Sport Management Elective

      3

      Sport Management Elective

      3

      Fitness Elective

      1

      Subtotal

      14

      Senior Year

      Fall

      SMGT 440 Contemporary Sport

      3

      SMGT 447 Sport Facilities

      3

      Sport Management Elective

      3

      General Education Elective

      3

      General Education Electives

      3

      General Education Elective

      3

      Subtotal

      18

      Spring

      SMGT 486 Field Experience and Internship

      12

      Subtotal

      12

      Total Credits

      120

      For more information, contact the department by calling 570-422-3495 or e-mail Department Chair Dr. Frank M. Pullo at fpullo@po-box.esu.edu.

      Department of Sport Management 570-422-3495 www.esu.edu/smgt

Faculty

Course Descriptions

  • SMGT 100 Introduction to Movement Studies and Exercise Science (3)

    • This course is designed to enable the student to understand movement studies and exercise science as fields of academic study, programs, and professional applications and to discriminate among these contexts and relate them by applying relevant knowledge and appropriate theoretical perspectives. Students will demonstrate the intrapersonal and interpersonal skills important for becoming a professional.

  • SMGT 108 Athletic Coaching Education (1)

    • This survey course is designed to present the basic principles of coaching. The American Sport Education Program (ASEP) format will be followed. Upon successful completion of this course, the student will receive an ASEP leader level coaching diploma. This course is open to all students, regardless of major.

  • SMGT 109 Sport Officiating Fundamentals (2)

    • This course is designed to provide the student with knowledge and understanding of the rules and procedures for officiating sport contests. Also included are the general and psychological aspects of the roles of sport officials in either the interscholastic and/or intercollegiate levels of competition.

  • SMGT 120 Physical Conditioning (1)

    • This course provides for development of programs of exercise and activity and individual assessment of status, needs, and goals and is designed to enable each individual to determine realistic goals for his/her development and the use of activity throughout his/her life.

  • SMGT 121 Aerobic Fitness Activities (1)

    • This course is designed to introduce the student to the various aerobic fitness activities for adult populations. Techniques of fitness assessment, aerobic dance, jogging and aquacizing activities will be emphasized.

  • SMGT 122 Strength Training (1)

    • This course is designed to give the student a broad background in the area of strength training. Various strength training programs, techniques, and trends will be examined. Students will have the opportunity to set up and become involved in various strength-training methods. Recommended prerequisite: SMGT 120

  • SMGT 201 Foundations in Sport Management (3)

    • This course is designed to present an overview of the structure of the sport industry, as well as issues facing sport organizations and how management techniques can be applied to solve sport business problems. A description of career opportunities in sport will be presented with special interest in helping the student design a course of study that best meets his/her goals. The development of effective communication skills will be emphasized through class presentations and written assignments. Prerequisite: SMGT 100; MGT 200; ECON 111, 112; CMST 111 or CMST 126; 2.5 GPA in major and overall; a major in sport management.

  • SMGT 209 Principles of Coaching (3)

    • This course is designed to provide insight into the coaching profession. It will examine the many facets of the area and provide suggested guidelines for prospective coaches to use in establishing their own style and method of coaching.

  • SMGT 286 Early Internship (1 to 3 credits)

    • This experience enables a student to explore the role of a professional in a sport fitness or rehabilitation setting under the close supervision of a work-site supervisor. Prerequisites: 30 semester hours; 2.0 QPA; department approval.

  • SMGT 290 Special Topics (Semester hours arranged.)

    • These courses are designed to meet specific needs of groups of students or are offered on a trial basis in order to determine the demand for and value of introducing them as a part of the university curriculum.

  • SMGT 302 Psychosocial Aspects of Activity (3)

    • This course analyzes movement activities as psychosocial phenomena, including consideration of the symbolic and cultural nature of movement forms within a framework of human personality, motivation, and social values and organization. Prerequisite: SMGT 201.

  • SMGT 304 Historical Concepts of Movement and Sport (3)

    • This course considers important themes, chronology, and biography in the study of the history of movement, sport, and physical education in the United States. Prerequisite: SMGT 201 and advanced standing of 60 credits.

  • SMGT 327 Stress Management in Exercise and Sport (2)

    • This course concerns the occurrence of stress in relation to exercise and sport settings, the potential for movement forms to serve as stress reducers, and other factors involved in stress and stress management. In laboratory experiences attention will be given to learning relaxation skills and leading others in relaxation and other stress reduction activities.

  • SMGT 346 Computer Applications in Movement Studies and Exercise Science (3)

    • This course is designed to acquaint the student with computer applications in sport management. Applications are discussed in light of their use in sport-related areas. Prerequisites: SMGT 201; 15 credits in SMGT.

  • SMGT 347 Introduction to Sport Law (3)

    • This course is designed to address an increasing need for sport managers to be aware of the legal implications of their managerial performance. This course will provide an introduction to the legal issues facing those in the sports industry. Prerequisites: SMGT 201 and MGT 200.

  • SMGT 370 Basketball Officiating (1)

    • The rules and procedures for officiating basketball will be the focus of the course; officiating in both practice and actual contests will be included. Prerequisites: PETE 170 or permission of instructor, SMGT 109 or concurrent enrollment.

  • SMGT 371 Field Hockey Officiating (1)

    • The rules and procedures for officiating field hockey will be the focus of the course; officiating in both practice and actual contests will be included. Prerequisites: PETE 171 or 271 or permission of instructor, SMGT 109 or concurrent enrollment.

  • SMGT 374 Soccer Officiating (1)

    • The rules and procedures for officiating soccer will be the focus of the course; officiating in both practice and actual contests will be included. Prerequisites: PETE 174 or 274 or permission of the instructor, SMGT 109 or concurrent enrollment.

  • SMGT 377 Wrestling Officiating (1)

    • The rules and procedures for officiating wrestling will be the focus of the course; officiating in both practice and actual contests will be included. Prerequisites: PETE 177 or 277 or permission of the instructor, SMGT 109 or concurrent enrollment.

  • SMGT 380 Baseball-Softball Officiating (1)

    • The rules and procedures for officiating baseball-softball will be the focus of the course; officiating in both practice and actual contests will be included. Prerequisites: PETE 180, 181 or 280, 281 or permission of the instructor, SMGT 109 or concurrent enrollment.

  • SMGT 385 Volleyball Officiating (1)

    • The rules and procedures for officiating volleyball will be the focus of the course; officiating in both practices and actual contests will be included. Prerequisites: PETE 185 or 285 or permission of instructor, SMGT 109 or concurrent enrollment.

  • SMGT 402 Psychology of Sport and Exercise (3)

    • This course provides a broad overview for understanding the behavior of individuals in sport and exercise and focuses specific attention on the major sport and exercise concerns related to a psychological perspective. Content areas include personality and motivation factors, performance in groups, enhancing sport performance, and the psychological effects of participation in sport and exercise. Prerequisites: Differs dependant of major: SMGT: SMGT 201, 302; PSYC: two psychology courses; EXSC: advanced standing of 75 credits; others by permission of instructor.

  • SMGT 403 WS: Women, Sport and the Body (3)

    • This course examines women's socialized attitudes toward movement and the body and their participation and roles in sport at diverse levels of competition and organization; reference is accorded psychological data, legal provisions, and social factors as these are particularized for women. Prerequisites: 90 semester hours and/or SMGT 100, 302.

  • SMGT 404 Philosophical Concepts of Movement and Sport (3)

    • This course concerns the philosophical problems and questions central to movement and to the movement experience, the comparison of Eastern and Western views relevant to movement, and ethical questions are considered. Attention is also directed to the implications of particular views for both performance and professional roles. Prerequisites: SMGT 201, 302, 304 or concurrent.

  • SMGT 405 Comparative and International Issue in Sport and Physical Activity (3)

    • This course studies form, regularity, and explanation of physical activity and sport in selected countries compared with the United States. It examines comparative strategies which can be used to answer questions or test hypotheses about international and international problems related to physical activity and sport. Prerequisites: SMGT 201, 302

  • SMGT 406 Theory and Techniques of Coaching (3)

    • This course is designed to provide an overview of the theories and strategies necessary to become a successful coach. The welfare of the athlete will be the primary focus. Sport areas covered will be philosophy, pedagogy, physiology, medicine, and management. Prerequisite: 96 credits.

  • SMGT 408 Financing Sport Operations (3)

    • This course is designed to present an analysis of financial concepts and theories and their application in the professional, intercollegiate, recreational, and commercial sport industries. Topics include revenues and expenses of professional, intercollegiate, and private sport industries, issues affecting these revenues and expenses, fundraising at the intercollegiate level, ownership in sport, and public and private funding for non-profit sport programs. Prerequisites: SMGT 201, ECON 112, and MGT 200.

  • SMGT 409 Concepts of Sport Marketing (3)

    • This course is designed to build on the basic understanding of mainstream marketing concepts and apply such concepts in the sport setting. Doing so entails both comparison and contrast of mainstream marketing practices with sport marketing practices. Lectures and readings will examine the application of marketing principles to collegiate and professional sport, special events, international sport, broadcasting, and facility management. Sport marketing cases will require students to critically analyze business situations and recommend and support business decisions. Prerequisites: SMGT 201, ECON 112, MGT 200.

  • SMGT 440 Contemporary Sport (3)

    • This course is designed to enable the student to recognize sport as a phenomenon and social institution and to analyze the theoretical implications of sport in the contemporary world in relation to actual contexts and existing structures as they have developed and been modified in the twentieth century. Prerequisites: SMGT 201, 302, & 304 and advanced standing of 90 credits.

  • SMGT 445 Organization and Administration of Physical Education (2)

    • This course is designed to enable the student to demonstrate ability to utilize accepted practices of administering physical education programs as well as intramurals, clubs, and interscholastic sport. It includes in-depth analysis of administrative concepts as they relate to practice. Prerequisites: SMGT 100; 201 and completion of 75 credits; for teacher certification students: PETE 100 and 400 (or concurrent registration in 400) and admission to HP-CTPE.

  • SMGT 447 Sport Facilities (3)

    • The principles and applications of facility design, maintenance and event management as they apply to indoor and outdoor sport facilities will be analyzed. Students will review existing sport facilities and complete related assignments. Prerequisites: SMGT 201, 445 and advanced standing of 90 credits.

  • SMGT 460 Analysis of Gymnastics I Workshop (3)

    • A critical analysis of biomechanical principles as they apply to both gross and fine gymnastic movement patterns will be studied. Additional emphasis will center around a presentation and analytic techniques specific to maximum realization of motor performance. Further research will be directed toward practical application of all research relevant to the gymnastic discipline. Both lecture-demonstration and seminar methods of instruction will be employed. Prerequisites: PETE 160, 260 or equivalent.

  • SMGT 461 Analysis of Gymnastics II Workshop (3)

    • A quantitative analysis of biomechanical principles as applied to both gross and fine gymnastic movement patterns. Additional emphasis centers on a critical review of the research relevant to the gymnastic discipline. Both lecture-demonstration and seminar methods of instruction are employed. Prerequisites: PETE 160, 260, 360 or equivalent.

  • SMGT 485 Independent Study (Semester hours arranged)

    • This course deals with independent research and study under the direction of a faculty member and is designed to deepen the student's interest in a particular area of an academic field. The directing faculty member will be available exclusively to the student for a minimum of five hours per credit. Approval for enrollment must be obtained from the faculty member and from the Department chair. Approval and granting of credit must be in accordance with procedures and standards established by the departmental faculty. The student must present a study prospectus prior to approval. Prerequisites: SMGT 100, 15 credits in SMGT.

  • SMGT 486 Field Experiences and Internships (12) (Semester Hours Arranged)

      1. The sport management internship will provide the student an opportunity to learn while applying their skills working with people n high school, college, private or professional settings. All sport management internship sites must be approved by the department faculty. Each application for an internship must be approved by the faculty member in charge of the experience. The director/supervisor of the site where the internship will be done, and the department chair. Application deadlines are October 15 for spring semester internships and March 15 for fall and summer internships. Prerequisites: Faculty recommendations on qualities essential for success in the assigned environment. Successful completion of 90 semester hours of credit. No incomplete grades in any required courses. A minimum average of 2.5 overall in the major.