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Sports Management

Sports Management Minor (21 credits) 
Liberal Studies, B.S.
   Concentration in Sports Management (72 credits)

Choose the degree that will best meet your career goals in the area of Sports Management.

Both programs are designed to meet your specific educational needs including:

The function of sport in American society including trends and issues in athletics.

Current issues associated with the health and fitness industry and recreational sports.

Fundamental changes in the organization, rules, management, finances, and ethics of sport.

How managerial concepts such as planning, organizing, leading, and controlling are applied to sports activities, products and services.

Sport facility event planning, design and operations.

The purchase and care of equipment.

Key issues associated with high school youth, collegiate, professional, and international sports and sport agencies.

A foundation in business fundamentals including accounting, economics, finance, general management, marketing, statistics, and human resource management.

The Clarion University Sports Management Program is designed to give students the necessary information and experience to work at all levels of the industry.

Why Choose Clarion University

Clarion has long been recognized for its outstanding accomplishments in the field of athletics and business. As a student at Clarion you will have a chance to interact with faculty who are recognized in their field at the national, regional, and state levels. You can complete the Sports Management Minor as a supplement to your choice of any academic major in any field.

Career Opportunities and University Placement

There is always a demand for qualified, dedicated, and enthusiastic professionals in the area of Sports Management. Files on each Sports Management student who completes the program requirements are maintained in the Department of Student Affairs to aid in job placement.

Sports Management Faculty

The faculty in the Sports Management program are either members of the Division of Student Affairs with an extensive and diverse background in the field of sports management, or members of the fully accredited College of Business Administration. Their collective credentials offer the student an immense reservoir of knowledge and experience from which to draw.

Course Listing

Required Courses for Sports Management Minor (21 credits):

* ACTG 201* Introduction to Accounting Survey (3 crs.)
* ECON 175* Economics of Free Enterprise and Public Policy (3 crs.)
* ATSW 380 Fundamentals of Sports in American Society (3 crs.)
* SOC 410 Sociology of Sports (3 crs.)
* ATSW 408 Principles and Problems of Athletic Coaching (3 crs.)
* ATSW/MGMT 430 Sport Management (3 crs.)
* ATSW 440 Sport Facility and Event Management (3crs.)
* COOP 447 Co-op Experience (3crs.)

*Business Majors must substitute two electives approved by the department chair in place of ACTG 201 and ECON 175.

Required Courses for Liberal Studies, B.S. Concentration in Sports Management (72 credits):
Required: ATSW 370, 380, 430, 440, MGMT 320, 430, and COOP 447. One course from ECON 175, 211, or 212. A minimum of 39 credits must be at the 300-level or above. Students enrolled in this concentration are not eligible to receive the Sports Management Minor.

Brief Course Descriptions

ACTG 201: Introductory Accounting Survey

Introduces accounting, the language of business. Emphasizes accounting terminology, concepts, and interpretation and use of accounting information for decision-making.  Offered each semester.

ECON 175: Economics of Free Enterprise and Public Policy

A basic introduction into the history of economics as a social science, the theory and application of microeconomics and macroeconomics, international economics, and economic alternatives in current social problems. Offered each semester.

ATSW 380: Sports in American Society

Covers the role of sports in American society. Includes examination of the fundamental changes in the organization, rules, management, finances, and ethics of sports.  Also examines the social, cultural, economical, philosophical, and anthropological foundations that have shaped American sports.  Offered every other semester.

SOC 410: Sociology of Sport

Students engage in the analysis of sport as a dynamic and static, socially constructed entity.  Course participants, following the sociological tradition, will learn to detect and measure the social dimensions of sport. Examines the interaction of sport as a social institution such as the family, education, and the economy.  Prerequisite: Soc. 211, ATSW 380, or permission of instructor.

ATSW 408: Principles and Problems of Athletic Coaching

Helps coaches increase their understanding of basic scientific information concerning athletic movement by utilizing the conceptual approach. Examines three main areas of study: applied anatomy, the production of motion, and application of force. Applies scientific principles to athletic skills to aid in the coaching and teaching of skills. Offered every other semester.

ATSW/MGMT 430: Sports Management

Provides students with an understanding of how the principles and concepts of management theory can be applied to sports administration.  Prerequisite: MGMT 320. Offered each semester.

ATSW 440: Sports Facility & Event Management

Designed to assist the sport management student in acquiring necessary knowledge and skill needed to manage a sport facility and to plan a variety of sports events and programs. Offered every other semester.

COOP 447: Sports Management Internship

Provides sports management field experience in a related area. Offered each semester.


Clarion Recognizes the Need for Sports Professionals

There are increasing career opportunities for individuals in the organization and delivery of sports programs and sports businesses. A recent U.S. News and World Report Career Guide lists positions in sport management as being among the “20 hot job tracks.” It is also estimated that there are approximately 4.5 million jobs at all levels of sport, as job growth appears to be solid.

Students in a variety of majors have the foundation and skills that are necessary in today’s highly competitive environment. The sport management minor is a specialized curricula developed to provide students with the knowledge and skills specifically applicable to sports and recreation organizations.

With the emphasis on a health conscious society today, there is a growing need to have individuals capable of efficiently and effectively managing a variety of sport facilities ranging from YMCAs to fitness clubs.