Physical Education-Sport Management Emphasis

Degree Awarded

  • Associate of Arts

Nature of Program

The Sport Management major is designed to prepare students for a dynamic career in the rapidly changing sports industry. Opportunities related to this major extend far beyond the scope of professional sports. The program helps students develop critical and ethical awareness, and a better understanding of the commercial, economic, political, and social issues related to sport.

Graduates will be equipped with skills like management and leadership, sport marketing and finance, and specialized problem solving abilities that will help them have a positive impact on outcomes in their sport organizations. By melding innovative courses with expert instruction, the Potomac State College Sport Management program trains and prepares students for one of the fastest growing industries in the U.S.

Career Opportunities

Four-year graduates are prepared to pursue careers in a variety of areas: sport marketing, fan relations, sponsorship, intercollegiate & interscholastic athletics, community recreation & sport centers, city parks & recreation departments, sport goods & marketing companies, sport communication, facility operation & management, event management, compliance, fundraising.

Admission Requirements

Entering freshmen are admitted directly into the major.

Benchmark Expectations

Sport Management majors must earn a B- or better in SM 167 and a C- or better in all other courses for graduation. All majors must meet with their advisor every semester. Students who do not meet these benchmarks may be removed from their major. 

Students planning to continue at WVU-Morgantown will also need to maintain a minimum GPA of 2.5.  

General Education FOUNDATIONS

Please use this link to view a list of courses that meet each GEF requirement.

NOTE: Some major requirements will fulfill specific GEF requirements. Please see the curriculum requirements listed below for details on which GEFs you will need to select.

General Education Foundations
F1 - Composition & Rhetoric3-6
Introduction to Composition and Rhetoric
and Composition, Rhetoric, and Research
Accelerated Academic Writing
F2A/F2B - Science & Technology4-6
F3 - Math & Quantitative Skills3-4
F4 - Society & Connections3
F5 - Human Inquiry & the Past3
F6 - The Arts & Creativity3
F7 - Global Studies & Diversity3
F8 - Focus (may be satisfied by completion of a minor, double major, or dual degree)9
Total Hours31-37

Please note that not all of the GEF courses are offered at all campuses. Students should consult with their advisor or academic department regarding the GEF course offerings available at their campus.

Curriculum Requirements

A grade of C- or higher must be earned in all courses unless otherwise noted.
GEF Requirements (2, 6, and 7)9
ENGL 101
ENGL 102
Introduction to Composition and Rhetoric
and Composition, Rhetoric, and Research (GEF 1)
Select one of the following (GEF 3):3
Intro Concepts Of Mathematics
College Algebra 5-Day
College Algebra 4-Day
College Algebra 3-Day
ACCT 201Principles of Accounting3
BUSA 320Survey of Management3
COMM 104Public Communication (GEF 5)3
COMM 306Organizational Communication3
CS 101Intro to Computer Applications (GEF 2)4
ECON 201Principles of Microeconomics (GEF 4)3
or BUSA 201 Survey of Economics
JRL 101Media and Society (GEF 8)3
SEP 271Sport in American Society (GEF 8)3
SEP 272Psychological Perspectives of Sport (GEF 8)3
SM 167Introduction to Sport Management (minimum grade of B-) *3
Select one of the following:3
Principles and Problems of Coaching
Survey of Business Law
Survey of Finance
Principles of Macroeconomics
Media Tools & Applications
Human Diversity
WVUE 191First Year Seminar1
Total Hours60

Students who plan to continue at WVU-Morgantown will need to maintain a B- or higher in SM 167 and a c- or higher in all other courses with a minimum GPA of 2.5.

Suggested Plan of Study

First Year
SM 1673SEP 271 (GEF 8)3
ENGL 101 (GEF 1)3Select one of the following (GEF 3):3
JRL 101 (GEF 8)3 
COMM 104 (GEF 5)3 
WVUE 1911 
 CS 101 (GEF 2)4
 GEF 73
 15 15
Second Year
SEP 272 (GEF 8)3ECON 201 or BUSA 201 (GEF 4)3
ENGL 102 (GEF 1)3COMM 3063
ACCT 2013GEF 63
BUSA 3203Advisor-Approved Elective:3
GEF 23 
 Elective 3
 15 15
Total credit hours: 60

Major Learning Goals

pe - sport management

The goal of the program is for students to graduate with the essential skills and knowledge necessary to prepare them for a career in the field of sport management at the post-baccalaureate level or for continued studies at the graduate level.

  • Content Knowledge - Students will demonstrate knowledge and disciplinary concepts related to sport management.  
  • Reflection and Critical Thinking - Students will demonstrate reflection and critical thinking in order to refine professional knowledge and practice.
  • Programming and Assessment - Students will demonstrate evidence-based knowledge and skills (and best practices) for assessing needs and for designing, implementing and evaluating sport related settings/organizations.
  • Professionalism and Ethics - Students will demonstrate professional behaviors, including commitment to excellence, valuing diversity and collaboration, service to others, techniques for lifelong learning.
  • Technology - Students will be able to demonstrate the use of different forms of technology to allow them to function effectively within a sport management setting.


Associate professor

  • Doug Little - M.S.
    Eastern Kentucky University