The undergraduate degree in Sport Management requires 120 semester hours of academic credit with courses covering general education, general business, and specific areas of interest (emphases/minors). The College of Business divides the business curriculum into two parts: Skills Courses and the Professional Program. Skills Courses are taken in the freshman and sophomore years and provide students with a foundational knowledge of business skills and competencies. Skills Courses must be completed with a grade of C- or better.
All students enrolled in the Sport Management program follow the business curriculum with the following four specialized courses taken in addition to their Skills Courses. These courses are:
SPTM 1000 - Introduction to Sport Management: Taken during fall semester of the freshman year students in this class will begin to build professional relationships, learn about the variety of different career options available in the sports industry, and gain hands-on event operations experience.
SPTM 2000 - Principles of Sport Law: A course designed to develop a working knowledge of legal issues that impact the sports industry from safety & facility concerns to program risk management strategies.
SPTM 2350 - Sport Science for Sport Administrators: Our unique sports science class that examines how the human body responds to physical activity and how sports administrators must use this knowledge in managing athletes and developing programs to maximizing sports performance.
SPTM 2960 - Field Experience: An opportunity for students to develop hands-on, practical skills through working at games, tournaments, and sports activities of the student's choosing.
Upon the successful completion of the freshman and sophomore years' Skills Courses, business students progress to the Professional Program. The Professional Program affords students the opportunity to gain knowledge of core business concepts but also allows students a focused area of study in their chosen emphasis (major). The Professional Program consists of the Junior Core classes (FNCE 3050, MGMT 3300, MKTG 3000, INFS 3000 and OPTM 3000), an emphasis area (18 hours/six classes) and two Senior Capstone courses (BUAD 4000 and 4500). All Professional Program courses must also be completed with a C- or better.
The Sport Management major is comprised of three 'core' classes and three electives. The core classes are:
MKTG 4510 - Sports Marketing: Prepares students to market sports and entertainment products, events, services, and activities. Topics include the practical and legal aspects of sport event planning, promotion, and operations. Involves the development of a creative marketing plan for a community sporting event.
SPTM 4300 - Facility, Ticketing, and Event Management: Designed to assist the student in understanding sport facility management, ticket sales, and event functions and procedures. Includes site visits and discussions of issues and challenges that confront venue managers and operations.
SPTM 4200 - Critical Issues in Sport Management: This course focuses on three issues: 1) the social-cultural context within which sports reside, 2) management and leadership of sports organizations, 3) ethical issues faced by sport managers.
Emphasis electives are typically chosen from other Human Resource, Management, or Marketing courses or from our list of specialized sports courses. Examples of courses are SPTM 4250 Management of Olympic, Intl, & Amateur Sports, SPTM 4350 Sport Economics & Finance, and SPTM 4450 Collegiate Athletic Administration; these electives will allow students opportunities to explore and gain practical experience in facility, ticketing & event operations or examine financial and economic issues unique to the sports industry.
The final component of the curriculum is SPTM 3960 & SPTM 4960 - Internship. These two, semester long, pre-professional work experiences are invaluable for students to continue their professional development. Internships allow students to apply classroom theory to the sports workplace, gain additional higher order practical experience, and begin professional networking and collegiality. As sports-related internships are highly coveted, and because UCCS Sport Management internships are arranged exclusively for students officially enrolled in the UCCS program, our internships are not published outside of the program. These internships have been established solely for the UCCS Sport Management program through our relationships with local Olympic, professional, recreational and collegiate sports organizations. Students are advised to start your internship search no later than the middle of the semester prior to the semester in which you hope to start the internship; the Sport Management Internship Manager will assist students in networking within the local sports community.
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