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Sports Management, Bachelor of Science

Purpose

The Bachelor of Science degree program in Sports Management provides students with the knowledge and practical experience necessary for a career in sports management. Upon completion of the program, students will be able to seek employment in a variety of organizations, including professional sports organizations, collegiate sports, business, and non-profit organizations.

Program of Study

Students receive a broad-based, personalized education in sports management. The program, which integrates theory with practical internship requirements, develops students for the opportunities available in sports management. In addition to the sports management curriculum, the program includes a strong business management component, providing students with the skills necessary to succeed in the corporate areas of this field. The degree program offers students a variety of hands-on experiences which enhance their opportunities for career choices. Also, the general education requirements provide a well-rounded academic foundation.

Program Competencies

In addition to achieving the Wilmington University undergraduate graduation competencies given in the Academic Information section of this catalog, upon completion of the Sports Management program, the graduate will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate effective information literacy and communication skills with valid and reliable research.
  2. Apply ethical standards as required by sports management professionals.
  3. Evaluate differences between sports management, sports marketing, and sports finance within the firm.
  4. Differentiate between the legal system and sports compliance and its impacts the areas of amateur and professional sports.
  5. Demonstrate an understanding of the use of strategic planning, marketing, facilities management, and sports analytics in college, professional, and recreational sports.
  6. Recognize the diversity and societal impact of sports in the past and present day society.


Curriculum - General Education Requirements

Social Science (6 credits)

ECO 105 Fundamentals of Economics

PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology

All Sports Management majors are to take PSY 101.

English Composition (12 Credits)

ENG 121 English Composition I

ENG 122 English Composition II

ENG 131 Public Speaking

ENG 310 Research Writing

Humanities (6 credits)

BBM 319 Business Ethics

VMG 313 Aesthetics of Film

DSN 110 Fundamentals of Drawing

TEC 215 Basic Photography

COM 245 Writing for the Media

Culinary Arts Elective

Drama Elective

Ethnic Studies Elective

Fine Arts Elective

Foreign Language Elective

History Elective

Humanities Elective

Literature Elective

Music Elective

Philosophy Elective

Religion Elective

*BBM 319 is required.

Mathematics (3 Credits)

MAT 205 Introductory Survey of Mathematics

Natural Science (3 or 4 Credits)

(See Program Requirements)

Computer Operations (3 Credits)

CTA 326 Integrating Excel into Business Problem Solving

Critical Analysis (3 Credits)

PHI 100 Introduction to Critical Thinking

Citizenship (3 Credits)

HUM 381 Contemporary Global Issues

All College of Business students are to take HUM 381.

Business Core (33 credits)

BAC 101 Accounting I

BAC 102 Accounting II

BBM 201 Principles of Management

BBM 301 Organizational Behavior

BBM 320 Business Communications

BBM 402 Strategic Management

SPM 400 Seminar in Sports Analytics

FIN 305 Financial Management

HRM 311 Human Resource Management

MAT 312 Business Statistics

Choose one of the following:

BBM 411 Operations and Systems Management

BBM 370 Global Business Management

Sports Management Program Core (30 credits)

The College of Business programs require a minimum grade of ā€œCā€ for program core courses. Students receiving a grade lower than ā€œCā€ in any required program core course must retake that course.

SPM 301 Legal and Ethical Issues in Sports

SPM 302 Sociology of Sport

SPM 305 Sports Management I

SPM 306 Sport Media Relations

SPM 405 Sports Management II

SPM 406 Sport Facilities Management and Planning

SPM 407 Sports Marketing and Promotions

SPM 408 Financing Sport Operations

SPM 490 Sports Management Internship I

SPM 491 Sports Management Internship II

Sports Management/BBM/BMK/NFP/HRM/FIN/ACC Electives (6 credits)

Recommended electives in this category are as follows:

PSY 353 Sports Psychology

SPM 200 Science of Coaching

SPM 210 Sports in America

SPM 304 Current Issues in Sports Management

SPM 309 Sports and Athletics Fundraising

Free Electives (9 credits)

Students with less than 16 transfer credits are required to take FYE 101 as one of their electives.

Note: Spanish fluency can be of great value in a number of sports management positions. Students should consider the following courses as their elective choices:

SPA 301 Practical Spanish I

SPA 302 Practical Spanish II


Suggested Program Sequence

Freshman

1st Semester

ENG 121 English Composition I

PHI 100 Introduction to Critical Thinking

Natural Science Elective

Social Science Elective

OR

FYE 101 First Year Experience Seminar

2nd Semester

BBM 201 Principles of Management

ECO 105 Fundamentals of Economics

ENG 122 English Composition II

MAT 205 Introductory Survey of Mathematics

Social Science Elective

Sophomore

1st Semester

BAC 101 Accounting I

BBM 320 Business Communications

ENG 131 Public Speaking

CTA 326 Integrating Excel into Business Problem Solving

SPM 305 Sports Management I

2nd Semester

BAC 102 Accounting II

HRM 311 Human Resource Management

MAT 312 Business Statistics

SPM 301 Legal and Ethical Issues in Sports

SPM 302 Sociology of Sport

Junior

1st Semester

SPM 306 Sport Media Relations

BBM 319 Business Ethics

FIN 305 Financial Management

SPM 400 Seminar in Sports Analytics

SPM 405 Sports Management II

2nd Semester

BBM 411 Operations and Systems Management

OR

BBM 370 Global Business Management

SPM 406 Sport Facilities Management and Planning

SPM 490 Sports Management Internship I

Free Elective

Humanities Elective

Senior

1st Semester

BBM 301 Organizational Behavior

SPM 407 Sports Marketing and Promotions

Free Elective

SPM/BBM/BMK/HRM/NFP/FIN/ACC Elective

SPM/BBM/BMK/HRM/NFP/FIN/ACC Elective

2nd Semester

BBM 402 Strategic Management

SPM 408 Financing Sport Operations

SPM 491 Sports Management Internship II

Free Elective

SPM/BBM/BMK/HRM/NFP/FIN/ACC Elective


Sports Management with a Concentration in Nonprofit Management

The nonprofit industry is one of the fastest growing employers. The industry is seeking out marketers, HR professionals, and managers with an interest in strategic planning within the nonprofit industry. This nonprofit concentration will focus on the following content areas: Introduction to nonprofits, fiscal management, advocacy and public policy, and one specific identified nonprofit course in the student’s program. There are four core courses in the concentration and one specific program course or an internship. Two of the courses are shared between the College of Behavioral Science and the College of Business. This is a concentration for bachelor’s degrees in Business Management, Finance, Marketing, Human Resource Management, and Sports Management. Nonprofit sports agencies includes organizations such as the YMCA, Boys and Girls Clubs, First Tee, and local and county Parks and Recreations offices.

Core requirements (12 credits)

NFP 301 Intro to Nonprofit Agencies

NFP 302 Management of the Nonprofit Organization

NFP 303 Foundations of Fiscal Management for Nonprofit

NFP 304 Advocacy and Public Policy

Program specific requirements (3 credits)

Students can choose ONE of the following 5 courses:

BMK 339 Marketing for Nonprofits

FIN 331 Finance for Nonprofit

HRM 361 HRM in Public and Nonprofit Organizations

NFP 307 Fundraising for Nonprofits

SPM 309 Sports and Athletics Fundraising

Students may substitute any program specific course for an alternate NFP course of their choosing or an internship.

Total concentration courses are five courses equaling 15 credits.


Sports Management Completion Degree

Curriculum

Transfer students who hold an associate degree from a partner institution are required to take the following Sports Management courses.

Sports Management Core

BBM 320 Business Communications

BBM 402 Strategic Management

FIN 305 Financial Management

MAT 312 Business Statistics

SPM 301 Legal and Ethical Issues in Sports

SPM 302 Sociology of Sport

SPM 305 Sports Management I

SPM 306 Sport Media Relations

SPM 400 Seminar in Sports Analytics

SPM 405 Sports Management II

SPM 406 Sport Facilities Management and Planning

SPM 407 Sports Marketing and Promotions

SPM 408 Financing Sport Operations

SPM 490 Sports Management Internship I

SPM 491 Sports Management Internship II

What is a Completion Degree?

A completion degree is a personalized version of a bachelor's degree created exclusively for students who have completed an associate degree at an accredited institution. Completion degrees are available for most Wilmington University Bachelor of Science degrees. A student who expects to transfer a completed associate's degree should communicate with a Wilmington University academic advisor before registering for courses. A transcript with documentation of the conferred degree must be received by Wilmington University to confirm eligibility.