Sports Administration Major (SAM)

Sports Administration is an interdisciplinary field of study that draws from a wide range of academic disciplines. Each discipline informs the enterprise of amateur, professional, and other sport-related professions. Students work throughout the curriculum to focus on content areas from a variety of disciplines and apply those concepts to the arena of sport. The interdisciplinary emphasis of the Sports Administration major aims to educate students in the skills and theory necessary to assume both leadership and supportive roles involved with the various roles sport plays within our society.

The Sports Administration major is formed around a core set of classes intended to provide a solid foundation to any student wishing to pursue a profession in a sports-related organization. Through the core, this major provides a basic introduction that acknowledges the various roles and skills associated with being a professional in the field. Furthermore, students will have the opportunity to explore individualized areas of interest by focusing on one of two tracks. Although various knowledge and skills will be acquired through both tracks, each provide a solid base for working within a sports-related organization or obtaining a graduate degree upon the successful completion of the program.

Learning Objectives: By the end of this program, students should be able to:

  • Relate foundational knowledge of basic concepts and practices associated with sports administration;
  • Analyze and think critically about personal and social issues within sports- related organizations; and
  • Apply knowledge gained from coursework to an integrative sports administrative experience.

Learning Outcomes: In order to reach the objectives of the program, students will be required to:

  • Demonstrate fundamental knowledge and skills in the area of sport industry concepts, theories, and practices;
  • Demonstrate effective interactional skills within the sport industry, which includes leadership, assessment, promotion, and marketing;
  • Demonstrate analytical and critical thinking skills related to sports operations, health, and relationships;
  • Demonstrate an understanding of sport’s place in society, including historical and cultural knowledge as it relates to the broader community;
  • Demonstrate the ability to apply class knowledge to the sport industry through an internship experience; and
  • Complete an integrative sports administration capstone experience.
Degree Type: Bachelor of Arts (BA)
Program Contact: Associate Professor Kenny Sibal
No minor required.
Core Courses39 hours
Tracks21 hours
Communication and Media Studies Track
Kinesiology and Health Studies Track
Total60

Tracks

Select remaining courses from one track.

Sub-Total Credit Hour(s)
21

Communication and Media Studies Track

Item #
Title
Credit Hour(s)
Sub-Total Credit Hour(s)
21

Kinesiology and Health Studies Track

Item #
Title
Credit Hour(s)
Sub-Total Credit Hour(s)
20-26
Total credits:
60