Bachelor of Science in Sport Management
Since the WVU Sport Management undergraduate curriculum was created in 1981, it has prepared students for careers in professional sport, intercollegiate athletics, sport facilities, and many other sport-related businesses.
The curriculum has received national and international recognition as one of the best of its kind. Students are required to complete a minimum of three credit hours of internship. This “hands-on” experience is mutually beneficial, as the internship provides the student an opportunity to learn the sport business while the sport organization evaluates a potential future employee. In essence, the internship has become the cornerstone of a student’s learning experience. The curriculum is multidisciplinary. Students are required to complete courses from many other schools and colleges across campus including Journalism, Communications, Business and Economics, and Arts and Sciences. There are five full-time faculty dedicated to making your academic experiences within the College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences the best they can possibly be.
Admission into the Program
To Apply for Admission:
- Students must complete the admission application, which can be found on the CPASS web site, by the October 1 deadline.
- The following pre-requisite courses must be completed by the end of the fall semester in which the student is applying: ENGL 101, Math requirement, COMM 100 and COMM 102 OR COMM 104, SM 167 (grade of "B" or higher), JRL 101, BUSA 202, or ECON 201. In addition to these 18 hours of coursework, students must complete an additional 27credits of GEF or approved elective courses.
- Students must have a minimum GPA of 2.5 and complete the application form.
- A direct admission option is available to high achieving students coming from high school. Please see below for the criteria.
Note: All students enrolled in sport management must earn a grade of C or better in applied and foundation requirements unless otherwise noted. A minimum 2.5 GPA and formal application are required for admission into the sport management program. All students must earn a minimum of 120 hours in order to graduate.
A maximum of sixty students will be admitted each year from the pool of applicants to a traditional fall/spring cohort. These students will begin taking sport management coursework during the fall semester of the following year. The sixty applicants with the highest GPA and who minimally meet or exceed the aforementioned admission criteria will be accepted each year into this traditional four-year program cohort.
Depending upon demand, the program will try to offer a 3-year summer cohort. Students who were admitted to the traditional (first 60) cohort would have the opportunity to opt into a three-year summer cohort (maximum of twenty students). Students not admitted to the traditional program but meet the minimal criteria will have an opportunity for admission into the 3-year summer cohort until all seats are filled. A minimum of twelve students must be accepted for admission into the summer cohort for it to run. Applicants who meet or exceed the admission criteria are not guaranteed admission into either track of the program.
Direct Admission Criteria
High school students who have earned a overall gpa of a 3.50 and scores of 1100 total on SAT or 24 ACT composite. There is no application to the direct admission program. Students who meet the criteria will automatically be put into this program. Students will need to complete all pre-requisite requirements but have a guaranteed spot should they meet all minimum required criteria.
The College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences uses theadmission requirements ofWVU.
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 Skills||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|
|A grade of C- or higher must be earned in all courses unless otherwise noted.|
|A minimum GPA of 2.5 is required in all courses.|
|GEF 1, 2, 5, & 6 (may vary depending on overlap)||12|
|WVUE 191||First Year Seminar||1|
|ENGL 101||Introduction to Composition and Rhetoric (Minimum grade of C-)||3|
& COMM 102
|Principles of Human Communication|
and Human Communication in the Interpersonal Context (GEF 8)
|or COMM 104||Public Communication|
|ECON 201||Principles of Microeconomics (GEF 4)||3|
|or BUSA 202||Survey of Accounting|
|JRL 101||Media and Society (GEF 8)||3|
|Select one of the following (GEF 3):||3|
|Intro Concepts Of Mathematics|
|College Algebra 5-Day|
|College Algebra 4-Day|
|SM 167||Introduction to Sport Management (B- or higher)||3|
|Applied Area Requirements|
|SEP 271||Sport in American Society||3|
|SEP 272||Psychological Perspectives of Sport (GEF 8)||3|
|SM 340||Sport Governance||3|
|SM 345||Technology in Sport Management||2|
|SM 350||Leadership in Sport Management||2|
|SM 355||Orientation in Sport Management||1|
|SM 370||Sport Finance and Economics||3|
|SM 375||Sport in the Global Market (GEF 7)||3|
|SM 380||History and Philosophy of Sport||3|
|SM 385||Sport Economics||3|
|SM 425||Facility Planning||3|
|SM 426||Liability in Sport||3|
|SM 485||Sport Management||3|
|SM 486||Sport Marketing||3|
|SM 487||Issues in Sport Studies (Fulfills Writng and Communication Skills Requirement & Capstone)||3|
|SM 491||Professional Field Experience (3 hour required)||3|
|BUSA 202||Survey of Accounting (whichever was not completed to satisfy pre-major requirements)||3|
|or ECON 201||Principles of Microeconomics|
|CS 101||Intro to Computer Applications (GEF 2)||4|
|COMM 306||Human Communication in Organizations and Institutions||3|
|BUSA 320||Survey of Management||3|
|BUSA 330||Survey of Marketing||3|
|PR 215||Introduction to Public Relations||3|
|Advisor Approved Electives||6|
|Minor Courses or Free Electives||20|
Advisor Approved Electives
|SM 275||The Olympic Games||3|
|ACE 256||Principles and Problems of Coaching||3|
|ADV 215||Principles of Advertising||3|
|BUSA 310||Survey of Business Law||3|
|BUSA 340||Survey of Finance||3|
|COMM 316||Intercultural Communication||3|
|COMM 335||Social Media in the Workplace||3|
|DISB 385||Disability and Society||3|
|DSGN 140||Sustainable Living||3|
|DSGN 280||Sustainable Design and Development||3|
|DSGN 340||Design for Energy Efficiency||3|
|ECON 202||Principles of Macroeconomics||3|
|HTOR 376||Hospitality & Tourism Leadership||3|
|JRL 210||Visual Journalism and New Media||3|
|JRL 225||Media Tools & Applications||3|
|JRL 412||Sport Journalism||3|
|LDR 201||Principles of Leadership||3|
|LDR 330||Leadership and Athletics||3|
|MANG 330||Human Resource Management Fundamentals||3|
|MKTG 315||Buyer Behavior||3|
|MKTG 320||Personal Selling 1||3|
|PHIL 212||Philosophy of Sport||3|
|POLS 240||Introduction to Public Administration||3|
|RPTR 142||Introduction to Recreation, Parks and Tourism||2|
|RPTR 335||Management in Recreation, Parks and Tourism Organizations||3|
|SOWK 147||Human Diversity||3|
Suggested Plan of Study
|ENGL 101 (GEF 1)||3||Select one of the following (GEF 3):||3|
|JRL 101 (GEF 8)||3|
& COMM 102 (GEF 8)
|WVUE 191 (University Requirement)||1||SEP 271||3|
|Elective or Minor Course||3||CS 101 (GEF 2)||4|
|Elective or Minor course||3|
|ENGL 102 (GEF 1)||3||ECON 201 or BUSA 201 (GEF 4)||3|
|SEP 272 (GEF 8)||3||GEF 6||3|
|BUSA 202||3||COMM 306||3|
|PR 215||3||Elective (Advisor Approved)||3|
|GEF 2||3||Elective or Minor Course||3|
|SM 340||3||BUSA 330||3|
|SM 385||3||SM 370||3|
|BUSA 320||3||SM 375 (GEF 7)||3|
|SM 345||2||SM 380||3|
|SM 355||1||SM 350||2|
|Elective (Advisor Approved)||3|
|SM 425||3||SM 426||3|
|SM 485||3||SM 491||3|
|SM 487||3||SM 486||3|
|Electives or Minor courses||6||Elective or Minor Course||5|
|Total credit hours: 120|
Major Learning Goals
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 or 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.
SM 167. Introduction to Sport Management. 3 Hours.
Overview of the sport management profession including career opportunities, critical current issues.trends, professional standards and the professional organizations.
SM 275. The Olympic Games. 3 Hours.
An examination of the historical development of the Olympic Games from the Greek classic period (500 B.C.) to the games of the XXVI Olympiad of Atlanta in 1996.
SM 293A-B. Special Topics. 1-6 Hours.
PR: Consent. Investigation of topics not covered in regularly scheduled courses.
SM 340. Sport Governance. 3 Hours.
This course examines how sport organizations interact and coordinate with numerous policy actors to facilitate and coordinate the mechanisms of governance.
SM 345. Technology in Sport Management. 2 Hours.
PR: Majors only. This course provides an understanding of the technological concepts and principles relevant to sport management and provides student with practical experiences in the use of emerging technologies in the field.
SM 350. Leadership in Sport Management. 2 Hours.
PR: Majors only. The purpose of this course is to identify the fundamental leadership behaviors in sport management. This course provides sport management students the opportunity to explore current leadership theories and practices in sport.
SM 355. Orientation in Sport Management. 1 Hour.
PR: Majors only. In this course students will identify and develop the skill sets necessary for successful completion of an internship in sport management.
SM 370. Sport Finance and Economics. 3 Hours.
The purpose of this course is to provide financial and economic overview of professional, collegiate and recreational sports. Students will learn financial structures of sport organizations and various economic principles applied to the sport industry.
SM 375. Sport in the Global Market. 3 Hours.
An examination of the role of sports within the broader process of globalization. Its impact on culture, politics, economics and how these influences shape today's sport.
SM 380. History and Philosophy of Sport. 3 Hours.
This course is designed to acquaint students with philosophical issues related to sport and sport management and with individuals and events that helped shape the history of sport.
SM 385. Sport Economics. 3 Hours.
Provides an understanding of the economic concepts and principles relevant to the sport industry. Provides the opportunity to apply the concepts and principles in a practical manner within a variety of different sport settings.
SM 425. Facility Planning. 3 Hours.
PR: Consent. An in-depth study of sport facilities, including planning, design, liability and facility management concepts and evaluation.
SM 426. Liability in Sport. 3 Hours.
An overview of the legal system as it applies to sport, including contracts, tort law, drug testing, types of athletes, product liability, and legal duties of coaches, facilities supervisors, and athletic directors.
SM 485. Sport Management. 3 Hours.
PR: Senior standing. The study of management principles as they relate to sport organizations. The analysis includes specific references to planning, organizing, leading and evaluating functions of management in sport.
SM 486. Sport Marketing. 3 Hours.
PR: Senior Standing. The study of marketing principles as they relate to sport organizations. Specific attention is focused on the marketing planning process, marketing informational systems, and internal marketing.
SM 487. Issues in Sport Studies. 3 Hours.
SM 490. Teaching Practicum. 1-3 Hours.
PR: Consent. Teaching practice as a tutor or assistant.
SM 491. Professional Field Experience. 1-18 Hours.
PR: Consent. (May be repeated up to a maximum of 18 hours.) Prearranged experiential learning program, to be planned, supervised, and evaluated for credit by faculty and field supervisors. Involves temporary placement with public or private enterprise for professional competence development.
SM 492. Directed Study. 1-3 Hours.
Directed study, reading, and/or research.
SM 493A-Z. Special Topics. 1-6 Hours.
PR: Consent. Investigation of topics not covered in regularly scheduled courses.
SM 494A-Z. Seminar. 1-6 Hours.
PR: Consent. Presentation and discussion of topics of mutual concern to students and faculty.
SM 495. Independent Study. 1-6 Hours.
Faculty supervised study of topics not available through regular course offerings.
SM 496. Senior Thesis. 1-3 Hours.
SM 498. Honors. 1-3 Hours.
PR: Students in Honors Program and consent by the honors director. Independent reading, study or research.
- Gonzalo Bravo - Ph.D. (Ohio State University)
- Dennis Floyd Jones - Ph.D. (University of Pittsburgh)
- Cindy Lee - PhD (Ohio State University)
- Zachary Eckert - M.S. (West Virginia University)
- Terri Howes - M.S. (West Virginia University)
- Christopher Miller - JD (West Virginia University)
- C. Richard Wilson - M.S. (West Virginia University)
- Tyler Wilson - M.S. (West Virginia University)
Associate Teaching Professor
- Gary Lhotsky - Ed.D. (Florida State University)