Bachelor of Science in Sport Management Studies

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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.

Sport Management Studies Program Requirements

Candidates for admission to the sport management studies program leading to the Bachelor of Science in Sport Management 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. The process is explained in the following link: www.calu.edu/current-students/career-services/internships/files/Step_by_Step.pdf.

Curriculum

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 199  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
3
SPT 330  Global and International Sport 3
General Education/Elective Courses
6
   
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.
3
SPT 312  Prac. in Sport Sales 1
SPT 340  History of Sport  OR  HIS 348  History of American Sport
3
SPT 400  Legal Aspects of Sport
3
General Education/Elective Courses 6
   
Sixth Semester 15
SPT 410  Governance in Sport
3
SPT 425  Organization and Administration of Sport
3
General Education/Elective Courses
9
   
Senior Year  
Seventh Semester 15
SPT 405  Finance and Economics of Sport
3
SPT 430  Sport Management Senior Seminar
3
General Education/Elective Courses 9
   
Eighth Semester 12
SPT 499  Internship in Sport Management 12

Program Notes:

  • Dev. Math and Eng. Course do NOT count towards 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.