Dec 01, 2022
The Recreation Management specialization prepares students for entry-level supervisory and managerial positions with municipal parks and recreation departments, non-profit agencies such as YMCAs and Boys and Girls Clubs, armed forces recreation, university recreation and intramural sports, camping and outdoor recreation. In addition, entrepreneurial skills are developed for those interested in starting their own business. The Recreation Specialization prepares students for positions in one of the top industries in Washington State and the Nation. Career opportunities are numerous.
Students must maintain a 2.75 (on a scale of 4.0) as a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) in the Recreation Management coursework and achieve a minimum grade of “C” in each of the courses.
Program Learner Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:
- Demonstrate knowledge of the concepts of management and leadership, and describe the various skills, roles, and functions of sport managers.
- Explain the cultural traditions, social values, and psycho-social experiences related to sport.
- Analyze moral and ethical issues related to sport, and develop a personal philosophy regarding social responsibility and moral commitment in the sport setting.
- Explain principles of financial management, risk management, and human resource management in sport.
- Explain public relations strategies related to the sport industry, and synthesize course material into a promotional plan for a sport organization.
- Demonstrate information literacy through use of written, oral, and group communication skills.
- Demonstrate the ability to assume responsibility in various professional settings, and work effectively with diverse groups and organizations.
Sport Management, BS Core
The major in Sport Management is designed for students interested in pursuing a career in the sports industry. The sports industry in the U.S. now generates revenues that exceed $200 billion annually. Accordingly, the number and type of career opportunities associated with sport continues to grow. Classroom learning, combined with experiential learning gained through practicums and internships, will allow students who earn a Bachelor of Science in Sport Management to position themselves for success in entry-level positions in a variety of sport-related occupations.
Examples of potential careers in sport management include:
- Collegiate Coaching = coaching, recruiting, summer camps
- Interscholastic Coaching = coaching
- Youth Coaching/Leadership = coaching, league director
- Professional Sports Teams = ticket sales, marketing,
- Collegiate Athletics = athletics director, public relations, compliance
- City/Community Recreation = administration, league director, promotions
- Athletic Facilities = management, membership marketing/sales
- Collegiate Recreation = management, student services, facilities
Sport Management Emphasis Areas
Students choosing to major in Sport Management will complete a “core” of coursework, and choose to specialize in one of the following emphasis areas:
- Recreation Management
- Sport Business
- Sport Coaching
- Sport Communication
Students must complete SPM 101 - Contemporary Sport Management before applying to the program. For the major application procedure, contact the sport management program director.
Students must maintain a 2.75 (on a scale of 4.0) as a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) in the major’s coursework.
Students must choose one from three Sport Management specializations: (1) Sports Communication; (2) Sport Coaching; (3) Sport Business; or (4) Recreation Management. A minimum grade of “C” is required in each of the major’s courses.
Recreation Management Specialization
Required Courses Credits: 19
Department-Approved Electives Credits: 10
Select from the following:
Total Specialization Credits: 29