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SPORT MANAGEMENT.

B.S. Degree in Sport Management

Sport Management Degree – Bachelor of Science (BS)

Learn the interdisciplinary business of sports at Catawba College.

Have you ever wondered what gets fans into seats and athletes on the field for the big game?

Catawba College’s Sport Management bachelor’s degree program teaches the behind-the-scenes skills necessary to support sport marketing agencies, intercollegiate athletic departments or professional sport organizations, so you can build a successful career in the sports industry.

Career preparation is another big component for Sport Management majors at Catawba College. Your professors will guide you toward career development experiences that will help you choose a winning fit from among enormous variety of sports-related careers available.


BACHELOR OF science DEGREE IN Sports management

Sports management is an interdisciplinary subject, which means that as you pursue a Bachelor of Science degree in Sport Management at Catawba College, you will investigate topics such as facilities management, marketing, law and leadership in the sports industry as well as business basics such as accounting, finance, and management information systems. Not only will you learn how the sports industry works, you will also become fluent in general business. 


Minor or Double Major in Business

 The curriculum for the Bachelor of Science degree in Sport Management at Catawba College allows you to easily leverage the program’s business core into a minor in Business or double major in Business and Sport Management.


Sport Management Program Highlights

Catawba College’s Sport Management major is not only dedicated to giving you industry knowledge, but we also want to help you discover where you fit in the wide world of sports management.

Uniquely positioned in the epicenter of North Carolina’s sports industry with access to sports teams and organizations in Charlotte (such as the Panthers, Hornets, Knights, Checkers, NASCAR, Intimidators, UNC-Charlotte, Davison College, Big South Conference and CIAA), Winston-Salem (including IMG, Dash, Wake Forest and High Point University) and Greensboro (the ACC, Grasshoppers, UNC-Greensboro, Greensboro Coliseum and NBA D-League), Catawba offers countless opportunities for you to build your resume and acquire skills beginning your freshman year.

The upshot? By the time you graduate with your B.S. degree in Sport Management, you will have the knowledge and skills necessary to pursue the sports management career of your choice or to enroll in a sport management master’s degree program.

Here are some of the opportunities you will receive to build career skills at Catawba:

Apprenticeships.
Apprenticeships in Sport Management.

Start gaining for-credit, first-hand experience your freshman year working for Catawba College’s Athletic Department during a required 40-hour apprenticeship.

Practicums for Sport Management
Practicums for Sport Management.

Earn college credit working on-campus or off in an area of sports management that interests you, whether it’s in sports marketing, sales, event management, public relations, coaching or another area as part of a required 80-hour practicum.

Internships in Sport Management
Internships in Sport Management.

Gain job search skills and additional experience during a required internship working for organizations such as the Carolina Panthers, the Wake Forest Athletic Department, the Charlotte Motor Speedway, Fuel Sport Management Group, Joe Gibbs Racing, Greensboro Sports Commission, the Kannapolis Intimidators or shadow NCAA Division I professionals. 

Other Opportunities in Sport Management
Other Opportunities in Sport Management.

Build your professional network by working major sporting events. Due to Catawba’s educational partnerships, you will have the opportunity to help at events such as the Big South Conference Men’s and Women’s Basketball Media Day, Joe Gibbs Racing Fan Fest, ACC Football Championship, March Madness at Spectrum Center, CIAA at Bojangles Arena and the Kannapolis Intimidators Education Day.

Related bachelor degree Programs

Outcomes

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SPORTS MANAGEMENT JOBS.

Graduates with Catawba College Sport Management majors are currently working as the following:

    • Assistant Athletic Director
    • Operations and Account Executive, Minor League Baseball Team
    • Senior National Accounts Manager
    • President and Sport Agent at Sports Company
    • Pit Department, NASCAR Racing Team
    • Head Coach and Head Varsity Coach
    • Head Strength and Conditioning Coach
    • Compliance Specialist/Assistant Strength Coach
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GRADUATE SCHOOLS.

Catawba College Sport Management alumni have gone on to receive graduate degrees at the following schools:

    • University of Georgia - Sport Management
    • UNC-Chapel Hill Law School
    • West Virginia University Sport Management
    • University of South Carolina Sport and Entertainment Management
    • Nova Southeastern University Sport Management
    • Arkansas State University Sport Management

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"Working the Youth Football Combine at the ACC championship was one of my favorite experiences as a Catawba student. My day included interacting with fans, throwing footballs with kids and taking in the College Game Day experience."

Josh Stewart ’18
Sport Management Major

Facilities

ABERNETHY PHYSICAL
EDUCATION CENTER

JOHNSON
TENNIS COMPLEX

SHUFORD
STADIUM

HAYES FIELD HOUSE -
ATHLETIC TRAINING ROOM

SOCCER
FIELD

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PARTICIPATE.

Get involved in the North Carolina Alliance for Athletics, Health, Physical Education, Recreation, Dance and Sport Management, which supports students and professionals in these fields. In 2017, Catawba student Brandon Floyd was named the NCAAHPERD-SM Sport Management Student of the Year and Catawba College finished second in the NCAAHPERD-SM Sport Management Case Study Competition.

Faculty

Dr. Duane Aagaard

Dr. Duane Aagaard

Associate Professor Duane Aagaard, Ph.D., runs Catawba’s Sport Management program. In addition to his academic background, he has served as athletic director at Southeastern University and worked for RDV Sports, the parent company of the Orlando Magic. He currently serves as chaplain of the Kannapolis Intimidators.

Curriculum

Required Courses for B.S. in Sport Management
Required Courses for B.S. in Sport Management

PER 2230 Introduction to Sports Management

3

PER 2231 Sports Marketing

3

PER 2232 Apprenticeship

1

PER 2355 Psychology of Sport

3

PER 3910 Historical Foundations of Sport and Physical Activity

3

PER 3920 Legal Aspects of Sports Recreation

3

PER 3930 Management of Sports Facilities

3

PER 4101 Seminar in Sports Management

3

PER 4111 Sport Philosophy and Ethics

3

PER 4201 Practicum

2

PER 4448 Internship

6

ACC 1901 Principles of Accounting

3

FIN 2535 Managerial Finance

3

MGT 2501 Principles of Management

3

MKT 2501 Principles of Marketing

3

IS 2501 Management Information Systems

3

COMART 1101 Fundamentals of Speech

3

COMM 1240 Journalism

3

Restricted Electives (Select TWO):               
- PER 1190 Scientific Foundations of Physical Education, Health and Recreation                 
- PER 2282 Recreation management                 
- PER 2594 Organization and Administration of Physical Education                 
- PER 2596 Measurement, Evaluation, and Research                 
- MGT 2453 Business Law I                 
- MGT 2454 Business Law II                 
- MGT 2451 Legal Environment of Business

6

 

Total:

60

Course Descriptions
Course Descriptions

All students must complete PER 1101. Students may receive a maximum of four semester hours credit in courses numbered 1101 to 1118.

1101 PRESCRIPTIVE FITNESS (1 hour)
A basic study of selected systems of the human body and their response to exercise, with emphasis on personal nutrition and its relationship to fitness, and the development of personal fitness programs. Lecture and participation. Completed medical history and informed consent form must be on file.

1103 CARDIOVASCULAR FITNESS (1 hour)
Management of fitness and appearance via aerobic activity choices.

1104 WEIGHT TRAINING (1 hour)
Management of fitness and appearance via weight training principles.

1106 TENNIS - GOLF (1 hour)
Instruction for non-experienced students. Fee required.

1108 RACQUETBALL (1 hour)
Instruction for non-experienced students.

1110 SWIM FOR BEGINNERS (1 hour)
Instruction for non-experienced students.

1112 LIFEGUARDING (1 hour)
Red Cross certification in Senior Life Saving and Water Safety Instruction. Prerequisite: permission of Instructor.

1114 TENNIS - VOLLEYBALL (1 hour)
Instruction for non-experienced students.

1115 JUDO (1 hour)
Instruction in Judo in the Kodokan tradition, including throwing and grappling techniques with emphasis on the principles of non-violence and self-discipline. Purchase of uniform required.

1116 AEROBICS (1 hour)
Instruction in aerobic exercises.

1117 KARATE (1 hour)
Instruction in the five basic principles of Karate: self-discipline, self-control, self-confidence, philosophy, and self-defense. Lab fee required.

1118 ARCHERY (1 hour)
Instruction for non-experienced students.

1161 BASKETBALL/SOCCER SKILLS AND TECHNIQUES (3 hours)
Coaching and teaching fundamental skills and techniques, game strategy, organization, scouting, and practical field experience.

1162 VOLLEYBALL/FIELD HOCKEY/ TENNIS SKILLS AND TECHNIQUES (3 hours)
Coaching and teaching fundamental skills and techniques, game strategy, organization, scouting, and practical field experience.

1163 FOOTBALL/WRESTLING SKILLS AND TECHNIQUES (3 hours)
Coaching and teaching fundamental skills and techniques, game strategy, organization, scouting, and practical field experience.

1164 STRENGTH/BASEBALL/SOFTBALL/TRACK & FIELD SKILL AND TECHNIQUES (3 hours)
Coaching and teaching fundamental skills and techniques, game strategy, organization, scouting, and practical field experience.

1190 SCIENTIFIC FOUNDATIONS OF PHYSICAL EDUCATION, HEALTH & RECREATION (3 hours)
A study of the nature and scope of physical education, health, and recreation with emphasis on the physiological, philosophical, psychological, and sociological aspects.

1255 COACHING RESPONSIBILITIES (3 hours)
Acomprehensive study of the responsibilities associated with, and the personal qualifications necessary to coach a sport.

1270 HEALTH SCIENCE (3 hours)
An analysis of health dilemmas facing modern man and means of comprehending, alleviating, and/or solving the problems.

1290 FIRST AID, CPR AND EMERGENCY CARE (3 hours)
A practical study of the theory and application of first aid, cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and rescue breathing AED, and two-person CPR, to include both minor and extreme medical problems.

1390 LEISURE ACTIVITIES I (3 hours)
Skill acquisition, testing, presentation methods, skill analysis, and presentation planning in selected activities to include dance, badminton, bowling, softball, and volleyball. Lecture and laboratory.

1392 LEISURE ACTIVITIES II (3 hours)
Skill acquisition, testing, presentation methods, skill analysis, and presentation planning in selected activities to include gymnastics, basketball, tennis, soccer, and golf. Lecture and laboratory.

1520 INTRODUCTION TO ATHLETIC HEALTH CARE (2 hours)
Astudy of the principles, procedures, and techniques concerning the prevention and treatment of athletic injuries from a coaching perspective. (Offered in alternate years.)

1525 INTRODUCTION TO ATHLETIC TRAINING (4 hours)
A survey of injury/illness factors, appropriate care from onset through referral, follow-up and rehabilitation, and prevention programs of athletic injuries/illness, including psychological, environmental conditions, drug-use considerations, administrative components, health care and counseling information, professional discipline information of an athletic training program, and the history and structure of the N.A.T.A. This course is designed for Athletic Training majors. Lecture and laboratory.

1945 HEALTH AND PHYSICAL EDUCATION IN ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS (4 hours)
A study of the materials and methods for teaching health and physical education in grades K-6. Skill maturation, levels, and activities are emphasized.

2100 INTRODUCTION TO SIGN LANGUAGE (2 hours)
An introduction to the basic skills necessary to communicate effectively with sign language.

2110 MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY (1 hour)
An introduction to basic medical terms and their use as they are encountered in athletic training and therapeutic recreation.

2230 INTRODUCTION TO SPORTS MANAGEMENT (3 hours)
An introduction to the sports industry community, with an emphasis on career possibilities and necessary competencies.

2231 SPORTS MARKETING (3 hours)
An overview of the principles of promotion and marketing of the sport industry.

2232 APPRENCTICESHIP (1 hour) 
This course is a directed field experience designed to help students gain initial or continuing work experience in their chosen specialty area or to explore a variety of sport settings in order to determine their desired work setting in preparation for the required fulltime internship. Assistance in securing a work site is provided if necessary.

2250 ELEMENTARY PHYSICAL EDUCATION (4 hours)
Astudy of the fundamental skills associated with various age groups and skill activities best suited to them. The laboratory experience allows students to select an appropriate class level and handicapped group with which to work. Lecture and laboratory.

2280 RECREATIONAL LEADERSHIP (3 hours)
A basic course including fundamentals of recreational leadership, group dynamics, and human relation skills.

2282 RECREATIONAL MANAGEMENT (3 hours)
Identification and explanation of administrative opportunities specific to recreation. Particular emphasis given to personnel, facilities development and maintenance, scheduling, and financial management.

2283 CAMPING AND OUTDOOR RECREATION (2 hours)
Training in the practical skills of organized camping, to include experience in a camp setting. Fee required.

2355 PSYCHOLOGY OF SPORT (3 hours)
A study of the conditions affecting skill acquisition and human performance.

2372 MIDDLE AND SECONDARY SCHOOL HEALTH EDUCATION (3 hours)
A study of the organization and administration of the middle and secondary school health program, with emphasis on methods and techniques of health instruction, to include observation and teaching in the middle and secondary schools.

PER 2551 ATHLETIC TRAINING I (LOWER BODY ASSESSMENT) (3 hours)
A study of the prevention, recognition, evaluation, management, treatment and disposition of injuries/illness associated with participation in competitive athletics and physical activity, and implementation of all components of a comprehensive athletic training program plan as it relates to the lower body. Prerequisite: PER 1525; Co-requisite: BIOL 2419.

PER 2552 ATHLETIC TRAINING II (UPPER BODY ASSESSMENT) (3 hours)
A study of the prevention, recognition, evaluation, management, treatment and disposition of injuries/illness associated with participation in competitive athletics and physical activity, and implementation of all components of a comprehensive athletic training program plan as it relates to the upper body, abdominal and thoracic regions. Prerequisite: PER 2551.

2594 ORGANIZATION AND ADMINISTRATION OF PHYSICAL EDUCATION (3 hours)
A study of the organization and administration of physical education, athletic training, and athletic programs, with emphasis on financial, physical, legal, and medical issues.

2595 ORGANIZATION AND ADMINISTRATION OF RECREATION (3 hours)
A study of the organization and administration of recreational programs with emphasis on programming, staffing, budgeting, and risk management issues.

2596 MEASUREMENT, EVALUATION, AND RESEARCH (3 hours)
The statistical and testing techniques used to ascertain performance levels, individual improvement, and the validity of empirical data.

2901 ATHLETIC TRAINING SKILLS (1 hour)
Students learn basic athletic training skills in the areas of risk management and acute care of injury and illness. Prerequisite: PER 1525.

2902 CLINICAL I (1 hour)
Students complete clinical proficiency requirements and gain clinical experience. Prerequisite: PER 2901.

3000 TOPIC IN PHYSICAL EDUCATION (1-3 hours)
Astudy of selected topics from the fields of physical education, recreation, and sports medicine, focusing on specialized interests within the discipline.

3050 ORGANIZATION AND ADMINISTRATION OF ATHLETIC TRAINING (3 hours)
A study of the organization and administration of athletic training programs with an emphasis on health care administration, financial, physical, legal, ethical, and athletic training issues.

3070 NUTRITION AND PHYSICAL CONDITIONING (3 hours)
A study of basic nutrition and its effects upon growth and development, body composition, and human performance in the active and inactive person. In conjunction with studying the basic components of a total body, year-round physical conditioning program specific to the individual and activity.

3519 THERAPEUTIC MODALITIES AND TREATMENT OF ATHLETIC INJURIES (3 hours)
A study of the theory and application of the physiological regulation of pain, inflammation, and healing of the human body to include basic physics, application of modalities, the basic rehabilitation concepts and modalities of the treatment and care of the physically active. Prerequisites: Athletic Training major.

3520 REHABILITATION TECHNIQUES AND THERAPEUTIC EXERCISE (3 hours)
A study of the theory and application of the basic rehabilitation and reconditioning concepts and protocols for the physically active. Prerequisites: PER 3950 and PER 3951. Corequisites: PER 3855 and PER 3856.

3525 INTRODUCTION TO THERAPEUTIC RECREATION (3 hours)
An introduction and overview of the history, philosophy and practice of Therapeutic Recreation as a treatment service.

3530 ISSUES AND TRENDS IN THERAPEUTIC RECREATION (3 hours)
A study of prominent issues and trends in the field of Therapeutic Recreation.

3535 ASSESSMENT IN THERAPEUTIC RECREATION (3 hours)
A study of the basic concepts, techniques, and methods connected with the practice of Therapeutic Recreation in settings offering medical, rehabilitation and health care services.

3540 PROGRAM PLANNING IN THERAPEUTIC RECREATION (3 hours)
An introduction to the systematic design, implementation and evaluation of therapeutic recreation programs.

3545 THERAPEUTIC RECREATION INTERVENTION AND TECHNIQUES (3 hours) 
A course designed as an experiential class in implementing therapeutic recreation interventions which will emphasize group dynamics, initiatives, leadership, adaption, therapeutic communication, and behavior management.

3551 PHARMACOLOGY (2 hours)
A study of the basic principles and fundamentals of human pharmacology, to include a knowledge of the chemical and physical properties, biochemical and physiological effects, mechanism of action, absorption, distribution, and biotransformation and excretion, therapeutic use and adverse reactions of drugs commonly used in the treatment of athletic injuries.

3759 TEACHING METHODS SEMINAR (2 hours)
Methods of organizing, presenting, and evaluating selected physical education activities.

3800 MOTOR LEARNING (2 hours)
An investigation of motor development needed to understand human behavior as it relates to teaching, learning, and performing motor skills.

3855 EXERCISE PHYSIOLOGY (3 hours)
A study of the immediate and chronic physiological changes which accompany exercise and the implication of these changes for physical education and training programs. Lecture and laboratory. Prerequisite: BIOL 2419.

3856 EXERCISE PHYSIOLOGY LAB (1 hour)
An application of physiological principles to the study of the immediate and chronic physiological changes which accompany exercise and the implication of these changes for physical education and training programs. Lecture and laboratory.

3901 CLINICAL II (1 hour)
Students complete clinical proficiency requirements and gain clinical experience. Prerequisite: PER 2552.

3902 CLINICAL III (1 hour)
Students complete clinical proficiency requirements and gain clinical experience. Prerequisite: PER 3519.

3903 CLINICAL IV (1 hour)
Students complete clinical proficiency requirements and gain clinical experience. Prerequisite: PER 3519.

3910 HISTORICAL FOUNDATIONS OF SPORT AND PHYSICAL ACTIVITY (3 hours)
The course will examine the history of sport and physical activity. Students will be encouraged to challenge the stereotypes of sport and to think critically about the role of organized athletics as part of the cultural fabric of the United States. The emphasis will be on the history of American sport and international events such as The Olympics, World Cup, Tour de France, and Wimbledon.

3920 LEGAL ASPECTS OF SPORTS AND RECREATION (3 hours)
A study of the law as it relates to recreation and sport. The four major fields of law will be reviewed - tort law, criminal law, contract law and constitutional law.

3930 MANAGEMENT OF SPORTS FACILITIES (3 hours)
An analysis and critical study of the principles used in financing and maintaining the faculties for various sports related programs.

3950 KINESIOLOGY (3 hours)
An analysis of human movement patterns including involved musculature mechanical principles, and techniques of improving movement efficiency. Prerequisite: BIOL 2419.

3951 KINESIOLOGY LAB (1 hour)
A study of the application of kinesiology principles as they relate to the analysis of human movement patterns, including involved musculature mechanical principles and techniques of improving movement efficiency.

4101 SEMINAR IN SPORTS MANAGEMENT (3 hours)
A systematic review of the other sports management courses with an emphasis on current problems, issues and trends.

4111 SPORT PHILOSOPHY AND ETHICS (3 hours)
This course is the culminating experience for students majoring in Sport Management. It is a writing intensive course and includes an in-depth study into the implementation of various programs as well as philosophical approaches to recreation and sport management. Topics to be covered will include philosophy, societal issues, ethics, and issues facing the profession in the 21st century.

4201 PRACTICUM (1-5 hours)
An ongoing relationship with an agency or group related to the student’s major interest, resulting in understanding of the purpose and methods of the agency or group. Prerequisite: Departmental acceptance. The minimum number of work experience hours is determined at the time of practicum acceptance.

4301 INDEPENDENT STUDY (3 hours)
Self-directed study following a contractual plan initiated by the student and accepted by the staff.

4448 INTERNSHIP (1-12 hours)
Practical work experience with a cooperating agent and under the supervision of a departmental faculty member. Credit is granted as a result of pre-agreement and planning of the advisor and student. The minimum number of work experience hours is determined at the time of field experience acceptance. Written work and a summary evaluation is required.

4522 RESEARCH (1 hour)
Guidance and experimentation in the process of selecting, researching, producing, revising, evaluating, submitting and presenting a topic selected by the student with input of the instructor focusing on a specialized area of athletic training. Prerequisite: Permission of Instructor.

4552 GENERAL MEDICAL (3 hours)
A study of the signs, symptoms, and treatment of diseases and illnesses associated with the human body.

4740 ADAPTING ACTIVITIES TO SPECIAL POPULATIONS (3 hours)
Creating unique opportunities of motor skill and leisure activities for handicapped individuals and groups. Particular emphasis is given tot he construction of corrective and adapted programs, and teaching the atypical. Lecture and laboratory.

4901 CLINICAL V (1 hour)
Students complete clinical proficiency requirements and gain clinical experience. Prerequisites: PER 3520.

4902 SENIOR CLINICAL (1 hour)
Students will complete clinical proficiency requirements and gain clinical experience. Course also helps athletic training students prepare for the Board of Certification exam and will contain a mock exam.

5850 HEALTH & PHYSICAL NEEDS OF YOUNG CHILDREN (3 hours)
A review of the growth and development of the elementary school child and the relationship of health and physical activity to learning, focusing on the whole child. Prerequisite: permission of the Instructor.