2020-2021 Academic Catalog

B.S. in Sport Management Studies

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Program Description

The Bachelor of Science in Sport Management Studies develops knowledge and skills used by managers, marketers and other professionals within the sport industry. 

Delivery Mode

Traditional (on campus)


The following eight-semester schedule of courses provides a recommended framework for completing this program of study in four years.

Course Credits
Freshman Year  
First Semester 14
ENG 101  English Composition I 3
SPT 100  Introduction to Sport Management 3
SPT 101  Practica in Sport Management 1
UNI 100  First-Year Seminar 1
General Education/Elective Courses 6
Second Semester 18
SPT 300  Psychology of Sport 3
SPT 325  Sport and Society  OR  SOC 309  Sociology of Sport 3
General Education/Elective Courses 12
Sophomore Year  
Third Semester 15
SPT 305  Ethics in Sport 3
SPT 320  Administration of Intercollegiate Athletic Programs
SPT 330  Global and International Sport 3
General Education/Elective Courses
Fourth Semester 16
SPT 310  Sport Marketing 3
SPT 315  Facility and Event Management 3
SPT 316  Practica in Facility and Event Management 1
SPT 360  Sports Communication  OR  CDC 305  Sport Communication and Media 3
General Education/Elective Courses 6
Junior Year  
Fifth Semester 16
SPT 311  Sales Techniques in Sport Ind.
SPT 312  Prac. in Sport Sales 1
SPT 340  History of Sport  OR  HIS 348  History of American Sport
SPT 400  Legal Aspects of Sport
General Education/Elective Courses 6
Sixth Semester 15
SPT 410  Governance in Sport
SPT 425  Organization and Administration of Sport
General Education/Elective Courses
Senior Year  
Seventh Semester 15
SPT 405  Finance and Economics of Sport
SPT 430  Sport Management Senior Seminar
General Education/Elective Courses 9
Eighth Semester 12
SPT 499  Internship in Sport Management 12

Program Notes

  • Dev. Math and Eng. courses do NOT count toward graduation. 
  • Once a student matriculates into the program, they may not transfer major courses into Cal U.
  • Students must have a 2.0 GPA prior to enrolling in SPT 499.
  • A business minor is strongly encouraged.

Additional Requirements

Admission to the sport management studies program is open to any student who has been admitted to California University of Pennsylvania. Once a student has requested to be a sport management studies major, a practicum class of observation/work in an approved sport management environment is required. The practicum class is a work experience in a major sport management setting (Heinz Field, PNC Park, community clubs and game day activities) to experience behind-the-scenes operations of sporting events. As a culminating activity in the program, students are required to complete a supervised 400- hour internship. The internship is the student's capstone experience. Students, in conjunction with the program faculty and Internship Office, will secure an internship site based on their unique educational needs and experience.

Candidates for admission to the sport management studies program leading to the Bachelor of Science in Sport Management Studies are required to:

  • Maintain a minimum 2.0 cumulative grade-point average; students earning a grade below a D in any sport management course(s) (SPT) must repeat the course(s). 
  • Follow the predetermined sequence of courses; failure to follow the sequence may result in delayed graduation.
  • Complete all didactic coursework prior to the capstone internship experience, SPT 499.
  • Enroll in the Internship Intent during the preregistration process the semester prior to completing the internship.

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