B.A. in Sports Management

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  • Course description

    You love sports, and you're happiest while on the court,  field or track. You might think that sports are only recreational, an activity for your spare time. But, you don't have to a professional athlete to pursue a rewarding career in sports. In fact, the sports and recreation industry is booming, accounting for more than $60 billion in spending each year. Trained professionals are needed at fitness clubs, corporate fitness programs, community health centers, professional sport franchises and more.

    Lewis University's sports management program will prepare you for employment in this industry, whether you plan to manage a fitness program, open a sporting goods store or work for a pro sports team.

    This interdisciplinary program combines courses from fitness, health science, technology and business. As a student, you will master the mechanics of physiology. You will learn how to create safe, effective fitness programs. And you wi'll develop essential management skills.

    As a graduate, you will be ready to assume a leadership position, helping others attain their fitness and health goals … while remaining active yourself!


    Total Credit Hours: 128
    Major Credit Hours: 59

    Sport Management majors are required to complete all core courses and 18 hours of electives.  The capstone course of the curriculum is 16-480 Sport Management Internship.  In order to enroll in this class, the student must have a cumulative GPA of 2.50 in the seven prerequisite courses, have submitted the application form by the appropriate deadline, and have been given consent by the Sport Management Program Director.


    I. Core Courses (41)
    A. Sport Management-Related Courses (29)
    16-171 First Aid and Adult CPR (1)
    16-196 Human Anatomy (3)
    16-202 Foundations of Sport and Fitness Management (3)
    16-212 General Conditioning (3)
    16-258 Sport Leadership and Program Development (3)
    16-275 Health Education (3)
    16-362 Facility Management (3)
    16-370 Legal Aspects of Sport (3)
    16-410 Research Methods in Sport Science (3)
    16-480 Sport Management Internship (4)
    B. Business-Related Courses (12)
    25-200 Principles of Marketing (3)
    61-200 Principles of Management (3)
    61-355 Service Management (3)
    61-360 Human Resource Management (3)

    II. Electives (18)

    Sport Management Majors are required to select 18 hours of electives from the following courses, of which 6 hours must be 300- or 400-level courses. The elective courses will be selected in consultation with the student's faculty advisor.
    16-197 Human Physiology (3)
    16-201 Foundations of Coaching (3)
    16-211 Weight Training (3)
    16-250 Introduction to Athletic Training (3)
    16-256 Sport Psychology (3)
    16-260 History and Sociology of Sports (3)
    16-271 Nutrition and Exercise (3)
    16-281 Sport and Exercise Promotion (3)
    16-290 Developing Physical Training Programs (3)
    16-314 Financing Sports (3)
    16-330 Teaching Group Exercise (3)
    16-340 Kinesiology (3)
    16-343 Sport Performance Enhancement (3)
    16-345 Exercise Physiology (3)
    16-350 Exercise Prescription for Varied Populations (3)
    16-360 Sport Program Administration (3)
    16-366 Corporate Health and Fitness Programming (3)
    16-375 Risk Management for Sport Managers (3)

    III.  The advanced writing requirement of the General Education Requirement is fulfilled by the successful completion of 16-410, Research Methods in Sport Science.

    IV. Students will be allowed to complete the Sport Management Internship (16-480) when the following conditions have been met: 

    1.  Cumulative GPA of 2.50 in the following courses:
    16-171 First Aid and Adult CPR (1)
    16-202 Foundations of Sport and Fitness Management (3)
    16-258 Sport Leadership and Program Development (3)
    16-362 Facility Management (3)
    16-370 Legal Aspects of Sport (3)
    25-200 Principles of Marketing (3)
    61-200 Principles of Management (3)

    2. Successful completion of the Internship Proposal Form by the appropriate date:

    Fall Internship - May 15

    Spring Internship - October 15

    Summer Internship - February 15

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