Sep 23, 2021  
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2021-22 
    
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2021-22

Sport Management Major (B.S.M)


Major Code BS8167

College of Business  
Sports Administration  
609 Copeland Hall
Athens, OH 45701
Phone: 740.593.4666
dsa@ohio.edu
https://business.ohio.edu/

Jim Strode, contact person
strode@ohio.edu

Program Overview

Sport management is an applied field of study based on the integration of the special nature of sport endeavors and management theory, and administrative principles applied to sport involvement. Sport management includes any combination of skills related to planning, organizing, leading and evaluating within the context of an organization or department whose primary product or service is related to sport. The undergraduate sport management program at Ohio University is designed to provide students with the academic preparation and practical training required for success in the sport industry. The program leads to a Bachelor of Sport Management (B.S.M) and a minor, certificate, or additional major in an approved sport or business-related field.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Understand broad sports business knowledge across disciplines.
  • Understand how to operate a venue and event.
  • Understand how to generate revenue in the sports industry.
  • Explore issues, ideas, and events before implementing an activity or formulating conclusions.
  • Reason and solve sports business problems in an array of contexts and create sophisticated arguments supported by evidence.
  • Develop and deliver multi-mode communications that convey a clear understanding of the unique needs of different audiences.
  • Lead and collaborate with people of different backgrounds to form new sports business ideas, strategies, and conclusions.

Admissions Information

Freshman/First-Year Admission

Freshmen will be admitted to the Sport Management Major on a selective basis. Successful candidates are generally in the top 20 percent of their high school classes, with a strong college preparatory curriculum. They are expected to have above-average high school GPA (3.0 o better) and also have demonstrated leadership potential through participation in extracurricular activities or work experience. Members of groups that are historically underrepresented in business will receive special consideration.

Students indicating an interest in the Sport Management major, which leads to the B.S.M. degree, who do not meet the requirements for direct admission that are described above, will be admitted to the College of Business as a “Pre-Sport Management Major” and will be admitted to the Sport Management major only after having completing the requirements for transfer described in the “Transferring into the College of Business from within Ohio University” section of this catalog.

Any student considering transfer to the College of Business is strongly encouraged to contact the CoB Office of Student Services as early as possible. A student must be enrolled in the College before his/her senior year to allow for the College’s 32-hour residency requirement. A student must earn at least 50 percent of the business credit hours required for the business degree and major courses at Ohio University.

Change of Program Policy

Any student who is interested in the sport management program can apply for transfer into the program with a premajor code of ND8840 (presport management). He or she will then have to successfully complete the courses described in the “Transferring into the College of Business from within Ohio University” section of this catalog.

External Transfer Admission

Any student from another institution who is interested in the sport management program at Ohio University can apply for transfer into the program with a premajor code of ND8840 (presport management). He or she will then have to successfully complete the courses described in the “Transferring into the College of Business from within Ohio University” section of this catalog.

Opportunities Upon Graduation

The undergraduate sport management program prepares students for careers in professional sports, college athletics, amateur sports, youth sports or corporate positions with a sport-related component. Job functions in the sport industry include facility management, sport analytics and innovation, sport promotion and marketing, sport media, customer or community relations, sport sponsorship, licensing, sport information and sport law. Common job titles include marketing and promotions director, academic services for student athletics, corporate sales director, director of ticketing and finance, sporting goods sales representative, facility coordinator, athletic director, compliance director, athletic business manager, fitness manager and program director of community sport programs. Job responsibilities vary with the type of organization, area of sport industry and level of management. Job duties may involve working with corporations in special-event promotions and sponsorship. They may also include accounting, ticketing, and financial operations of a sporting event or program. The sport manager may be involved in facility and event management, sport broadcasting and media relations, or the sales of sporting goods and licensed sport products. Alumni of the undergraduate sport management program at Ohio University can be found throughout the country. Graduates of the program are employed with professional sport teams, college athletic departments, sport marketing and event-management firms, etc.

Requirements

Sport Management Major Requirements


As a candidate for the Bachelor of Sport Management degree, you must complete the University’s General Education requirement for graduation and fulfill a minimum of 120 semester hours of credit with a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 for all hours attempted. You must also maintain a 2.2 minimum GPA for courses in your major and earn a grade of C- or better in each required course in the major. 

Universitywide Graduation Requirements


To complete this program, students must meet all Universitywide graduation requirements .

College-Level Requirements for the College of Business


View the College-Level Requirements for the College of Business.  

Introductory Cluster


Complete the following courses in the integrated introductory cluster:

Business Cluster


Complete the following four courses in the integrated cluster format.

Non-Business Required Courses


Complete the following courses:

Experiential Learning


Complete one experiential learning from the following:

  • An approved internship (SASM 3910  ) with a minimum of one credit hour
  • SASM 4915  (with a minimum of one credit hour required)
  • A Global Consulting Program (GCP) experience through the College of Business
  • An approved international experience through the Ohio University Office of Global Opportunities
  • An approved international experience through the Global Leadership Center

Specialization Component


Complete one of the following two options:

Option 1: Business Related Minor or Certificate


Complete ONE business related minor or certificate from the following:

 

Minors

 

Certificates

Option 2: Business Major or Co-Major


Complete one one of the majors or co-majors from within the College of Business:

Accounting Major (B.B.A.)  (click here for program requirements)

Business Analytics Major (B.B.A.)  (click here for program requirements)

Business Prelaw Major (B.B.A.)  (click here for program requirements)

Entrepreneurship Major (B.B.A.)  (click here for program requirements)

Finance Major (B.B.A.)  (click here for program requirements)

International Business Major (B.B.A.)  (click here for program requirements)

Management Information Systems Major (B.B.A.)  (click here for program requirements)

Strategic Leadership and Management Major (B.B.A.)  (click here for program requirements)

Marketing Major (B.B.A.)  (click here for program requirements)