2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog 
    Oct 20, 2020  
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

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Sport and Recreation Management (B.S.)

Program Coordinator/Contact

Bryan Romsa, Assistant Professor
Department of Health and Nutritional Sciences
Wagner Hall 411

Stella Liu, Assistant Professor
Department of Health and Nutritional Sciences
Wagner Hall 407

Program Information

Sport and Recreation Management professionals are needed to meet recreation demands resulting from expanding populations, increased leisure time, greater mobility and changing social attitudes. The curriculum in Sport and Recreation Management is designed to prepare students for professional positions in sport, recreation, parks and outdoor recreation programming and administration.

Students interested in sport and recreation management can find a variety of career opportunities including community recreation, federal, state and municipal governmental agencies, private outdoor and tourism enterprises as well as intercollegiate athletic departments and minor and major league sport teams. Students interested in municipal and county recreation agencies, YMCA/YWCAs, Boys and Girls Clubs, college/professional sports, fitness/facility management organizations, and therapeutic recreation in clinical as well as community settings, can focus their interests using additional recreation, marketing, accounting, economics, social media, management, entrepreneur, and leadership elective courses. This major is based on interdisciplinary approach providing a broad, comprehensive background for leadership and administrative roles in sport and recreation industries.  It also provides students a foundation for advanced academic pursuits of a graduate degree in sport or recreation administration or related degree programs. 

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the Sport and Recreation Management major students will:

  • Diversity and Inclusion: Students will evaluate the professional, social, and ethical responsibilities, including an appreciation of the impact of diversity on societies.
  • Information Literacy: Students will apply entry-level knowledge about operations and strategic management/administration in sport and recreation related professions.
  • Civic Knowledge and Engagement: Students will demonstrate the combination of knowledge, skills, and values that make a difference in the field of sport and recreation for promoting quality of life through community engagement and hands-on learning.
  • Critical Thinking: Students will develop the ability to use systematic and structured ways of critical thinking to solve problems related to different facets of professional practice.
  • Teamwork: Students will apply oral and written communication skills in varied situations, including projects, activities, presentations, interacting with team members, and contributing quality effort into team tasks.

Academic Requirements

A minimum GPA of 2.0 is also required in all courses taught in the major. All students transferring into the program must have a 2.0 GPA to be accepted.  Transfer students with less than a 2.0 GPA may petition for approval. If accepted, the transfer student will enter on probation for one semester. A student in the major must have a 2.4 cumulative GPA to be recommended for the required internship experience.  A minimum final grade of “C” is required in all courses taught in the major.

Accreditation, Certification, and Licensure

Upon successful completion of the degree, students who are in the field working under a certified professional may apply to become a Certified Park and Recreation Professional.

Course Delivery Format

The program offers coursework through classroom (face to face, hybrid and/or online), service learning and lab experiences (indoor and outdoor), sport, recreation and park site visits, practicum and/or field experience/s.

Requirements Sport and Recreation Management Major: 120 Credits

Bachelor of Science in Education and Human Sciences

System General Education Requirements

College of Education and Human Sciences Requirements

Health and Nutritional Sciences Department Requirements


Taken as needed to complete any additional degree requirements.

Total Required Credits: 120

Summary of Program Requirements

Bachelor of Science in Education and Human Sciences

System General Education Requirements 30 Credit Hours
College of Education and Human Sciences Requirements 4 Credit Hours
Department of Health and Nutritional Sciences Requirements 3 Credit Hours
Major Requirements 63 Credit Hours
Electives** 20 Credit Hours

**Taken as needed to complete any additional degree requirements.

Academic Advising Guide Sheet

The goal of the academic advising guide sheets and sample plans of study is to promote undergraduate student success by guiding all students to timely completion of an undergraduate degree. Students are not limited to the course sequence provided for their academic program. Instead, the sample plan of study is one possible path to completing your degree and is meant to be used as a guide for planning purposes in consultation with an academic advisor. The plans also help students prepare for meetings with their academic advisor and track their progress in their selected academic program.