Earn your BS in Sport and Recreation Management

Students with a degree in sport and recreation management can find a variety of career opportunities including community recreation, intercollegiate athletic departments, high school programs, the commercial fitness business sector as well as minor and major league sport teams. It also provides a foundation for graduate study in sport or recreation management, and other related graduate degree programs.

This degree offers a comprehensive curriculum with a unique integrative business approach. Our goal is to prepare leaders to meet the challenges in the global sport arena. The award-winning faculty is committed to creating a collaborative and nurturing learning environment for analyzing and resolving the challenges in the business and culture of sports nationally and internationally. 

Sport and recreation management majors find employment in municipal recreation, campus recreation, college athletic administration, armed forces recreation, private clubs, non-profit organizations, professional sport organizations, and private/commercial recreation enterprises. Learn more about where recent alumni have gone following graduation.

Requirements and program planning

The Bachelor of Science with a major in sport and recreation management requires a minimum of 120 semester hours, including 48 semester hours of required course work for the major. It includes sport and recreation management courses and supporting coursework from other departments. All students must complete the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences General Education Program.

Requirements and program planning

  • Contemporary Issues in Sports (SRM:1060), 3 semester hours
  • Managerial Operations in Sport and Recreation (SRM:3157), 3 semester hours
  • Sales in Sport (SRM:3175), 3 semester hours
  • Communications and Public Relations in Sport (SRM:3178), 3 semester hours

Students must complete 30 total semester hours prior to taking the following foundation courses:

  • Liability in Sport and Recreation (SRM:3151), 3 semester hours
  • Design and Management of Sport and Recreation Facilities (SRM:3152), 3 semester hours
  • Sport Business Practices (SRM:3153), 3 semester hours
  • Sport and Recreation Promotion (SRM:3158), 3 semester hours
  • Finance in Sport & Recreation (SRM:3172), 3 semester hours

  • Interscholastic Athletic Administration Field Experience (SRM:4196), 1 to 9 semester hours
  • Sport and Recreation Field Experience (SRM:4197), 3 semester hours
  • Independent Sport and Recreation Field Experience (SRM:4199), 1 to 9 semester hours

Guided field experience sections (SRM:4197) are led by faculty who set learning objectives and outcomes with partner organizations. Courses have regular meeting times, and faculty oversee and evaluate student engagement, participation, and completion.

Independent experience is student-initiated with an approved sport or recreation-affiliated organization. In consultation with the faculty and organization, the student sets their learning objectives for the duration of the experience. Faculty communicates with both the student and site supervisor to evaluate student engagement, participation and completion of learning objectives. 

Both guided and independent field experience credit is based on 45 hours of field experience for each semester hour earned

Learn more about guided and independent field experience.

Guided Field Experience Independent Field Experience

Complete 12 semester hours in one of the eight areas:

  • Business studies
  • Coaching and sport instruction
  • Communications public relations/journalism
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Event management
  • Interscholastic athletic/activity administration
  • Recreation management 
  • Sport and diversity
  • Student-designed

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