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Sport Management B.A.

Division of Education
Division of Education
  • Program Type: Baccalaureate
  • Requirements for this program are current for Fall 2017
  • Required credits to graduate with this degree: 120
  • Required credits within the major: 54 to 56
  • Degree: Bachelor of Arts
This is an interdisciplinary program housed in the Division of Education. The program is administered by the sport management coordinator. Core courses build a foundation of knowledge and skills related to leadership as well as managing, planning, organizing, budgeting, and decision-making within the context of a sport-related organization or department. Core and appropriate elective courses prepare students for future graduate study or professional careers with a sport related emphasis, including areas of marketing, media, management, and governance in amateur and professional sports as well as parks and recreation organizations. Program Student Learning Outcomes(PSLOs): • Communication: Student will develop individual communication and collaboration skills representing written, verbal, and multi-media forms of which are appropriate for serving all stakeholders within the sport industry. • Critical thinking, problem solving and integrative learning: Students will be able to engage in critical and creative thinking as well as problem-solving appropriate for sport managers across various types of sport organizations and levels of leadership. • Professional and personal development: Students will develop skills for sustained learning as well as personal and professional development through their engagement with sport leadership principles from the perspectives of theory and practice and within practical and volunteer opportunities. • Diversity, civic, and environmental responsibility: Students will gain civic knowledge through service-learning activities connected to local community, national, and international sport and recreation organizations. Students will also grow their intercultural competence and environmental stewardship that will contribute to the sport industry’s efforts towards social and environmental sustainability. • Global interdependence: Students will be able to assess sport and function effectively with regard to international and global sport perspectives, experience, and influence that intersect with organizational objectives and personnel. • Technological literacy: Students will develop skills and understanding associated with electronic information and technology and their impact upon the sport industry’s efforts to disseminate information and programming. • Ethical, legal, and financial practices: Students will develop ethical reasoning skills as they pertain to sport leadership and decision-making across the segments of the sport industry involving governance and policy as well as personnel, legal, and financial aspects.
Program Delivery
This program is available:
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Admission Requirements
For information about University of Minnesota admission requirements, visit the Office of Admissions website.
General Requirements
All students are required to complete general University and college requirements. For more information, see the general education requirements.
Program Requirements
Students are required to complete 2 semester(s) of any second language. with a grade of C-, or better, or S, or demonstrate proficiency in the language(s) as defined by the department or college.
No grades below C- are allowed. Required courses including electives must be taken A-F, unless they are offered S-N only. A minimum GPA of 2.00 is required in the major to graduate. The GPA includes all, and only, University of Minnesota coursework. Grades of "F" are included in GPA calculation until they are replaced.
Foundational Courses
PHIL 2112 - Professional Ethics [E/CR] (4.0 cr)
STAT 1601 - Introduction to Statistics [M/SR] (4.0 cr)
or STAT 2601 - Statistical Methods [M/SR] (4.0 cr)
CMR 1042 - Public Speaking and Analysis [E/CR] (4.0 cr)
or CMR 1052 - Introduction to Public Speaking [E/CR] (2.0 cr)
or CMR 1062 - Introduction to Interpersonal and Group Communication [HUM] (4.0 cr)
Sport Management Core
ECON 1111 - Principles of Microeconomics [SS] (4.0 cr)
MGMT 2101 - Principles of Accounting I (4.0 cr)
SSA 2302 - Introduction to Sport Management (4.0 cr)
SSA 2401 - Sociological Aspects of Sports [SS] (2.0 cr)
SSA 2402 - Psychological Aspects of Sports [SS] (2.0 cr)
SSA 3101 - Sport Industry Analysis [SS] (4.0 cr)
SSA 3172 - Leadership in Sport Organizations [SS] (2.0 cr)
SSA 4101 - Planning and Programming of Athletic Facilities (4.0 cr)
SSA 4102 - Organization and Administration of Athletics and Recreation (4.0 cr)
SSA 4201 - Sport Governance: Legal and Ethical Issues [E/CR] (4.0 cr)
Elective Courses
Take an additional 12 or more credits from the courses listed below. At least 8 credits must be in management at the 3xxx level or above. Students interested in earning a management minor should see the management section of the catalog for additional information.
Take 12 or more credit(s) from the following:
Take 8 or more credit(s) from the following:
· MGMT 3101 - Financial Management (4.0 cr)
· MGMT 3123 - Managerial Economics (4.0 cr)
· MGMT 3133 - Managerial Accounting (4.0 cr)
· MGMT 3141 - Business Law: The Legal Environment of Business (2.0 cr)
· MGMT 3142 - Business Law: Sales Law, Commercial Paper, and Forms of Business (2.0 cr)
· MGMT 3151 - Human Resources Management I [E/CR] (2.0 cr)
· MGMT 3152 - Human Resources Management II [HDIV] (2.0 cr)
· MGMT 3161 - Labor Management Relations I [E/CR] (2.0 cr)
· MGMT 3162 - Labor Management Relations II (2.0 cr)
· MGMT 3201 - Marketing Principles and Strategy (4.0 cr)
· MGMT 3221 - Management and Organization Theory (4.0 cr)
· MGMT 3513 - Negotiation (4.0 cr)
· MGMT 3701 - Organizational Behavior [SS] (4.0 cr)
· Take at most 4 credit(s) from the following:
· ECON 4101 - Labor Economics I [HDIV] (2.0 cr)
· ECON 4102 - Labor Economics II (2.0 cr)
· PSY 2001 - Research Methods in Psychology [SS] (4.0 cr)
· PSY 3701 - Organizational Behavior [SS] (4.0 cr)
· SOC 3103 - Research Methodology in Sociology (4.0 cr)
· SSA 1108 - The Aussie Sport Experience: Culture, Identity, and Impact [IP] (4.0 cr)
· SSA 2102 - Human Anatomy (4.0 cr)
· SSA 2111 - Kinesiology [SCI] (2.0 cr)
· SSA 2112 - Exercise Physiology (2.0 cr)
· SSA 2403 - Sport, Gender, and Sexuality [SS] (2.0 cr)
· SSA 2404 - Sport and Indigenous Cultures [HDIV] (2.0 cr)
· SSA 3201 - Coaching Practicum (1.0 cr)
 
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PHIL 2112 - Professional Ethics (E/CR)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
A critical examination of moral issues that arise in a person's professional life. Possible topics include affirmative action, autonomy in the workplace, ethical issues in advertising, corporate responsibility, coercive wage offers, distributive justice, and sexual harassment. Issues concerning race, gender, and women are included in selected modules.
STAT 1601 - Introduction to Statistics (M/SR)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Scope, nature, tools, language, and interpretation of elementary statistics. Descriptive statistics; graphical and numerical representation of information; measures of location, dispersion, position, and dependence; exploratory data analysis. Elementary probability theory, discrete and continuous probability models. Inferential statistics, point and interval estimation, tests of statistical hypotheses. Inferences involving one and two populations, ANOVA, regression analysis, and chi-squared tests; use of statistical computer packages. prereq: high school higher algebra
STAT 2601 - Statistical Methods (M/SR)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Descriptive statistics, elementary probability theory; laws of probability, random variables, discrete and continuous probability models, functions of random variables, mathematical expectation. Statistical inference; point estimation, interval estimation, tests of hypotheses. Other statistical methods; linear regression and correlation, ANOVA, nonparametric statistics, statistical quality control, use of statistical computer packages. prereq: Math 1101 or Math 1021
CMR 1042 - Public Speaking and Analysis (E/CR)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02518
Typically offered: Periodic Fall, Spring & Summer
Public address theories, practices, and analysis.
CMR 1052 - Introduction to Public Speaking (E/CR)
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02518
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Activities, assignments, and exercises related to public address/public speaking in a variety of speech settings.
CMR 1062 - Introduction to Interpersonal and Group Communication (HUM)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Activities, assignments, and exercises related to interpersonal and group communication in private and public settings including dating, family, and work.
ECON 1111 - Principles of Microeconomics (SS)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Study of scarce resource allocation in a market economy. Supply and demand, consumer theory, theory of the firm, market structure, pricing of factors of production, income distribution and the role of government. prereq: high school algebra or instr consent
MGMT 2101 - Principles of Accounting I
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
An introductory course in accounting principles and practices. Students develop an understanding of both the conceptual and procedural framework of accounting processes. Emphasis is placed on the preparation and communication of accounting information and the financial statements for proprietorships and partnerships.
SSA 2302 - Introduction to Sport Management
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Provides students with an overview of and a foundation in sport management. Topics include the history of sport management, the relevance of managerial concepts to sport, typical settings for sport managers, areas of study within sport management, sustainability in sport, and globalization and sport, among others.
SSA 2401 - Sociological Aspects of Sports (SS)
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Sociological aspects of physical education, sports, and recreation and the implications this knowledge has for effective teaching, coaching, and athletic training.
SSA 2402 - Psychological Aspects of Sports (SS)
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Psychological aspects of physical education, sports, and recreation and the implications this knowledge has for effective teaching, coaching, and athletic training. prereq: 2401
SSA 3101 - Sport Industry Analysis (SS)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
An examination of the rapidly developing sports industry from a promotional and sales management perspective. Focus on sport promotion, sport consumers, sales, sponsorship, licensing, and e-commerce. prereq: 2302, Stat 1601 or Stat 2601 or instr consent
SSA 3172 - Leadership in Sport Organizations (SS)
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Examination of theories and case studies of organizational leadership within sport. Students learn about additional theories and models of sport leadership and practice and develop their leadership skills. [Note: no cr for students who have received cr for Mgmt 3172] prereq: 2302
SSA 4101 - Planning and Programming of Athletic Facilities
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Theories/techniques in administration/management of sport enterprises including the steps in planning/building facilities for athletics, physical education, and sport for college, professional, and public use. prereq: 3101
SSA 4102 - Organization and Administration of Athletics and Recreation
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Comprehensive analysis of organization and management of athletics and recreation. prereq: 3101
SSA 4201 - Sport Governance: Legal and Ethical Issues (E/CR)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
An integrative capstone for students in sport management. In addition to emphases in legal and ethical issues, it integrates knowledge from key areas of study in sport management. Includes an independent research project and a public presentation. prereq: 2401, 2402, 4102
MGMT 3101 - Financial Management
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Fundamental theories of financial management, their applications, and their limitations in solving real business problems. Emphasis on financial analysis, valuation of future cash flows, capital budgeting, risk and return, cost of capital. prereq: 2102, Econ 1111, Econ 1112, Stat 1601
MGMT 3123 - Managerial Economics
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Development of the basic concepts of the microeconomic theories of consumer behavior, the firm, and market structure, in application to managerial decision-making contexts in the operation and control of business and non-profit organizations. [Note: no credit for students who have received credit for Econ 3201] prereq: 2101, Econ 1111, Math 1101 or Math 1021, Stat 1601 or Stat 2601 or instr consent
MGMT 3133 - Managerial Accounting
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Prerequisites: 2102
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Managerial accounting is designed to help managers assess needed information to carry out three essential functions in an organization: planning operations, controlling activities, and making decisions. The emphasis of this course is placed on cost behaviors, various product costing methods, cost-volume-profit relationships, budgeting and control through standard costs, and other quantitative techniques used by management. prereq: 2102
MGMT 3141 - Business Law: The Legal Environment of Business
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Introduction to the legal environment in which business operates. Covers the sources of regulatory authority, including U.S. constitutional authority, judicial authority, and state and local regulatory systems; ethical business decision-making; tortious acts in the business world, intellectual property, and an introduction to contract law. prereq: 2101 or instr consent
MGMT 3142 - Business Law: Sales Law, Commercial Paper, and Forms of Business
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Covers sales law under the Uniform Commercial Code; negotiable instruments (i.e., the law of commercial paper); and principles of agency law. Provides an introduction to a wide variety of business organizational forms with in-depth emphasis on partnerships, limited partnerships, limited liability corporations, corporate law, and securities law and regulation. This class complements MGMT 3141, and may be taken with or without having first taken 3141. prereq: 2101 or instr consent
MGMT 3151 - Human Resources Management I (E/CR)
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
An introduction to the functional areas of human resource management through the use of case studies. Topics include legal issues, strategic and sustainability planning, recruitment, evaluation, compensation, and benefits. prereq: 2101 or instr consent
MGMT 3152 - Human Resources Management II (HDIV)
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Topics in human resource management: evaluating employee performance, training and safety, sustainability and "lean manufacturing," labor relations, and international human resource management. prereq: 3151 or instr consent
MGMT 3161 - Labor Management Relations I (E/CR)
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Historical development of labor relations and the legal framework governing collective bargaining. Labor relations law reform. Case studies from labor relations law. prereq: Econ 1111 or instr consent
MGMT 3162 - Labor Management Relations II
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
Issues in labor-management negotiation, grievances, wages and economic security plans, public policies toward collective bargaining. Case studies from labor arbitration. prereq: 3161 or instr consent
MGMT 3201 - Marketing Principles and Strategy
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
Basic factors affecting policy and strategy issues in marketing. Economic, legal, behavioral, environmental, competitive, and technological factors as they affect product, pricing, promotion, and marketing-channel decisions. prereq: 2102, Stat 1601 or instr consent
MGMT 3221 - Management and Organization Theory
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Theory, research, and practice of management. Planning, organizing, leading, controlling. Emphasizes goals, policies, procedures. Factors and human relationships necessary to achieve organizational success. Organizational structure/culture. Changing environment in which businesses operate. prereq: 2101, Econ 1111 or instr consent
MGMT 3513 - Negotiation
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00918 - Mgmt 3513/Psy 3513
Prerequisites: 3221 or Psy 3501 or Psy/Mgmt 3701
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
Same as Psy 3513. Examines the theoretical and applied aspects of negotiation. Topics include negotiation theory, strategy, skills and tactics, communication processes, global negotiation, and ethics. Use of negotiation simulations. prereq: 3221 or Psy 3501 or Psy/Mgmt 3701
MGMT 3701 - Organizational Behavior (SS)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00926 - Mgmt 3701/Psy 3701
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Same as Psy 3701. Uses the theories and research of the behavioral sciences to understand how organizations function at the individual, group, and organizational levels. Topics include stress in the workplace; group dynamics; power, leadership, and attribution theory. prereq: Stat 1601 or Stat 2601, jr or sr
ECON 4101 - Labor Economics I (HDIV)
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Wage and employment determination. Distribution of earnings and earnings inequality by race and sex. Labor supply applications. prereq: 3201 or instr consent
ECON 4102 - Labor Economics II
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Functioning and performance of the labor market. Heterodox explanations of labor market behavior. Labor demand applications. prereq: 3201 or instr consent
PSY 2001 - Research Methods in Psychology (SS)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Design, analysis, and interpretation of research in psychology. Instruction on different research techniques and ethics in research. Students conduct, analyze, and evaluate empirical research and gain experience preparing APA-style research reports. Includes laboratory/discussion sessions. prereq: 1051, Stat 1601 or Stat 2601, or instr consent
PSY 3701 - Organizational Behavior (SS)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00926 - Mgmt 3701/Psy 3701
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Same as Mgmt 3701. Uses the theories and research of the behavioral sciences to understand how organizations function at the individual, group, and organizational levels. Topics include stress in the workplace; group dynamics; power, leadership, and attribution theory. prereq: Stat 1601 or Stat 2601, jr or sr
SOC 3103 - Research Methodology in Sociology
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Prerequisites: 1101
Typically offered: Every Fall
An introduction to research procedures used in sociology. Developing a research design and applying it to a concrete problem. Questions of validity and reliability examined in the context of research projects developed by the students. prereq: 1101
SSA 1108 - The Aussie Sport Experience: Culture, Identity, and Impact (IP)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: S-N only
Typically offered: Periodic Summer
Provides students with opportunities to engage with sport management-based content on an international level, including content, key concepts, organizations, and personnel representing established partners, sites, and experience in Australia. Specific emphasis is placed on Australia's engagement with sport at the local level, in addition to their position as a global force when considering athlete development, organizational leadership, and international-level events and venues. Course content also includes emphasis on sport and indigenous culture including a service-learning component with local youth and community organizations. prereq: 2302 or instr consent
SSA 2102 - Human Anatomy
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Same as Biol 2102. Structure of human systems at their organ and cellular level. (two 75-min lect, one 120-min lab)[Note: no elective cr for biol majors or minors] prereq: soph
SSA 2111 - Kinesiology (SCI)
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Scientific principles of movement and tissue responses to force; analysis of basic movement in sports and other physical activities. prereq: 2102
SSA 2112 - Exercise Physiology
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Human physiological adaptations resulting from activity/exercise.
SSA 2403 - Sport, Gender, and Sexuality (SS)
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Typically offered: Fall Even Year
Interdisciplinary introduction to gender and sexuality and their intersection with sport as a social institution. Varying levels and contexts of sport are examined in contribution to the discussion of the sport industry's opportunities as a platform to address and influence issues of inclusion, accessibility, and equity. prereq: GWSS 1101 or SSA 2302
SSA 2404 - Sport and Indigenous Cultures (HDIV)
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Typically offered: Fall Odd Year
Introduction to Native American sports and games from historical and modern perspectives, with general global comparisons. Emphasis upon the significance, ritual practice, and use of sport and games within Native American communities. Examination of the representation of Native American athletes, identities, and symbols in popular sport. prereq: NAIS 1101 or SSA 2302
SSA 3201 - Coaching Practicum
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Grading Basis: S-N only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Supervised field experience in coaching, consisting of no fewer than 40 hours. prereq: instr consent