- Associate of Arts
Nature of the 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.
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.
- Tom Sydow - M.F.A. Creative Writing (California State University – Long Beach)
Year @ PSC (2007)
- Doug Little - M.S.- Physical Education; MEd - Education
Year @ PSC (1999)
- Donald Schafer - M.S. - Physical Education
Year @ PSC (2017)
Entering freshmen are admitted directly into the major.
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
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 & Rhetoric||3-6|
|Introduction to Composition and Rhetoric|
and Composition, Rhetoric, and Research
or ENGL 103
|Accelerated Academic Writing|
|F2A/F2B - Science & Technology||4-6|
|F3 - Math & Quantitative Reasoning||3-4|
|F4 - Society & Connections||3|
|F5 - Human Inquiry & the Past||3|
|F6 - The Arts & Creativity||3|
|F7 - Global Studies & Diversity||3|
|F8 - Focus (may be satisfied by completion of a minor, double major, or dual degree)||9|
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.
|A grade of C- or higher must be earned in all courses unless otherwise noted.|
|GEF Requirements (2, 6, and 7)||9|
& 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|
|Algebra with Applications|
|ACCT 201||Principles of Accounting||3|
|BUSA 320||Survey of Management||3|
|COMM 104||Public Communication (GEF 5)||3|
|COMM 306||Organizational Communication||3|
|CS 101||Intro to Computer Applications (GEF 2)||4|
|ECON 201||Principles of Microeconomics (GEF 4)||3|
|or BUSA 201||Survey of Economics|
|MDIA 101||Media and Society (GEF 8)||3|
|SEP 271||Sport in American Society (GEF 8)||3|
|SEP 272||Psychological Perspectives of Sport (GEF 8)||3|
|SM 167||Introduction 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|
|WVUE 191||First Year Seminar||1|
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
|SM 167||3||SEP 271 (GEF 8)||3|
|ENGL 101 (GEF 1)||3||Select one of the following (GEF 3):||3|
|COMM 104 (GEF 5)||3|
|MDIA 101 (GEF 8)||3|
|WVUE 191||1||CS 101 (GEF 2)||4|
|SEP 272 (GEF 8)||3||ECON 201 or BUSA 201 (GEF 4)||3|
|ENGL 102 (GEF 1)||3||COMM 306||3|
|ACCT 201||3||GEF 6||3|
|BUSA 320||3||Advisor-Approved Elective:||3|
|Total credit hours: 60|
Major Learning Outcomes
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.