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Todd Harrison, Chair
Katharine Burakowski, Emily Dane-Staples, Patrick Gordon, Alan Pogroszewski
The sport studies department offers a Bachelor of Science in Sport Management. This major provides students with the opportunities to study the business aspects of sport and the role of sport in society. It also allows students to explore career opportunities through coursework and practical experience. The sport industry encompasses activities and organizations ranging from local youth programs to professional sports leagues and represents a large and growing share of economic activity. Students will examine common principles in the sport industry (management, marketing, finance, law) and apply them to the various segments of the industry (amateur and professional, events and facilities, sport management and marketing agencies, and sporting goods). Sport occupies a prominent role in our popular culture, both reflecting and influencing it. As such, students will critically analyze societal issues such as drugs, violence, gambling, and discrimination based on race, ethnicity, and gender.
The sport management major is designed to provide students with a broad-based foundation of knowledge in the liberal arts and in business and will prepare students for employment in the $200-billion sport industry. The curriculum stresses strong writing and oral communication skills, as well as the computer skills necessary to effectively communicate ideas in today’s work environment.