Sport Management

Degree Awarded

  • Bachelor of Science

Nature of Program

WVU Tech offers a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Education (BSPED) with majors in Athletic Coaching Education (ACE) and in Sport Management (SM) in the College of Business, Humanities and Social Sciences (BHSS). The SM major prepares graduates for careers in professional and collegiate sport organizations, fitness and recreational facilities, and sport-related businesses. Examples of career opportunities include directors of marketing and promotions, assistant general managers, athletic directors, vice presidents of operations, compliance directors, and other positions. In prior academic years the BSPED degree offered on the WVU Tech campus was conferred by the WVU College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences (CPASS). Students declaring the SM major in Spring 2018 semester or a later semester will have BSPED degrees earned on the WVU Tech Beckley Campus conferred by WVU Tech – BHSS. Students declaring the SM major in the Fall 2017 semester, and students enrolled in the SM major in an earlier semester, may elect to have their diplomas reflect either WVU Tech – BHSS or WVU – CPASS as the college conferring the degree.

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

Minimum 2.0 in all major courses (except SM 167)
Minimum 2.5 cumulative average for graduation
GEF Elective Requirements (2, 5, 6, and 8)16
WVUE 191First Year Seminar1
Pre-Major Requirements
ENGL 101
ENGL 102
Introduction to Composition and Rhetoric
and Composition, Rhetoric, and Research (GEF 1)
COMM 100Principles of Human Communication1
COMM 102Human Communication in the Interpersonal Context2
ECON 201Principles of Microeconomics3
JRL 101Media and Society3
Select one of the following (GEF 3):3
Intro Concepts Of Mathematics
College Algebra 5-Day
College Algebra 4-Day
SM 167Introduction to Sport Management (minimum grade of C-)3
Applied Area Requirements
SEP 271Sport in American Society (GEF 8)3
SEP 272Psychological Perspectives of Sport (GEF 4)3
CSAD 270Effective Public Speaking3
SM 340Sport Governance3
SM 345Technology in Sport Management2
SM 350Leadership in Sport Management2
SM 355Orientation in Sport Management1
SM 370Sport Finance and Economics3
SM 375Sport in the Global Market (GEF 7)3
SM 380History and Philosophy of Sport3
SM 387Issues in Sport Studies3
SM 425Sport Facility and Event Management3
SM 426Liability in Sport3
SM 485Sport Management3
SM 486Sport Marketing & Sales3
SM 491Professional Field Experience3
ACCT 201Principles of Accounting3
CS 101Intro to Computer Applications4
CSAD 270Effective Public Speaking3
BCOR 350Principles of Marketing3
BCOR 370Managing Individuals and Teams3
HUMS 320Public Administration3
Select two of the following:6
Principles and Problems of Coaching
Principles of Macroeconomics
Human Resource Management Fundamentals
Buyer Behavior
The Olympic Games
Total Hours120

Suggested Plan of Study

First Year
ENGL 101 (GEF 1)3ENGL 102 (GEF 1)3
SM 1673COMM 1001
WVUE 1911COMM 1022
Elective1CS 1014
GEF 24GEF 53
GEF 3 (MATH 121 or higher)3GEF 63
 15 16
Second Year
ACCT 2013JRL 1013
CSAD 2703SEP 272 (GEF 4)3
ECON 2013Advisor Approved Elective3
SEP 271 (GEF 8)3Advisor Approved Elective3
SM 375 (GEF 7)3GEF 83
 15 15
Third Year
BCOR 3503SM 3452
BCOR 3703SM 3502
HUMS 3203SM 3551
SM 3403SM 3803
SM 3703GEF 83
 15 14
Fourth Year
SM 4253ACE 4913
SM 4263SM 4863
SM 4853SM 3873
 15 15
Total credit hours: 120

Major Learning Goals

Sport management

Graduates of Sport Management will:

  • Recognize the importance and significance of the role of sport management
  • Develop analytical and communication skills appropriate to the professional and corporate environment
  • Be prepared to assume management positions in a variety of athletic and sport-related businesses and industries
  • Be familiar with compliance programs at the collegiate and national athletic sport levels
  • Recognize the importance of continuing emotional, intellectual, and physical development throughout their lives

Department of Sport Studies Minors

Sport management

minor code - UT20

A minimum grade of C- is required for all courses in this minor.
Required Courses
BCOR 350Principles of Marketing3
BCOR 370Managing Individuals and Teams3
SM 425Sport Facility and Event Management3
SM 485Sport Management3
SM 486Sport Marketing & Sales3
Select one of the following:3
Sport Finance and Economics
History and Philosophy of Sport
Total Hours18