Mar 04, 2021
(132 semester hours) Requirements are subject to change.
The sport management major is designed to provide students with the opportunity
to develop expertise in business management with an orientation toward the world
of sport. As sports have evolved into an integral part of the American culture,
the operations of sport programs have become more sophisticated and complex. People
assigned to the responsibility for the management of sport programs and facilities
must become familiar with the intricacies of sport activities and also be effective
as business professionals.
The program of study consists of three basic components: General Education courses,
the business management core, and the sports concepts core. These program components
provide a foundation for the development of knowledge and skills required for
sport management. Practical experience is provided in the sports concepts core
that enables students to apply what has been learned in a business setting. During
the senior year, students are required to complete a fifteen-week field experience
under the supervision of a qualified professional in sport management. This experience
affords students the opportunity to nurture acquired skills while functioning
in the business of sport. It also facilitates student entry into the employment
market upon graduation.
For more information about the sport management major, contact Dr. Matthew Pantera,
chairperson of the Sport Management and Recreation Department, at (413) 748-3693
or the Admissions Office at (800) 343-1257.
I. General Education Program (41 s.h. in addition to courses taken for the major)
To integrate the humanics philosophy into their lives, Springfield College students
engage in the search for knowledge, understanding, and appreciation of values
through a variety of courses in the sciences and humanities. In addition to those
General Education courses, students must complete 6 s.h. of Writing-Across-the-Curriculum
(WAC) courses. For more information see the General Education Program and WAC courses. In the major requirements listed below, selected courses which fulfill General
Education categories are marked with an asterisk; selected WAC courses are marked
with a “W”.
II. Business Management Core (27 s.h.)
III. Sport Management Core (61 s.h.)
Required Courses (52 s.h.)
Sport Management Selectives (9 s.h.)
Choose three courses from the following:
IV. Sport Management Pre-Preacticum and Fieldwork
All sport management majors must submit an application for both SMRT 340 and
SMRT 485 at least one semester prior to enrollment in those courses. This application
may be secured from and must be submitted to the sport management fieldwork coordinator
by a specified and published deadline to assure appropriate site identification
and arrangement. All arrangements for both the pre-practicum and fieldwork must
be approved by the fieldwork coordinator. SMRT 485 is worth 12 s.h., all majors
enrolled in this course are required to complete the equivalent of one full semester
(15 weeks) in this experience for a minimum of 480 clock hours.
V. Program and Advanced Standing Standards
Sport management majors must qualify for advanced standing in order to register
for the third- and fourth-year sequences of required courses (including pre-practicum
and internship). To qualify for advanced standing, the student must meet the following
standards by the conclusion of his or her sophomore year.
- An overall GPA (all courses) of 2.500 or higher
- Proper professional and responsible behavior is expected of each sport management
student. This includes behavior while a student (on- and off-campus) and as a
member of the college community.
After achieving the minimum GPA, the student must maintain those standards through
the remainder of the program. If the student fails to meet or maintain those standards,
the sport management faculty will review the student’s record and recommend departmental
probation (with appropriate prescription to overcome the deficiency) or dismissal
from the program.
A student may appeal any action taken by the department regarding his or her
probation or dismissal from the major. In order to appeal, the student must submit
a letter to the department chairperson requesting a review of their status. This
appeal must be submitted within two weeks of the student being notified of his
or her probation or dismissal. The sport management and recreation chairperson
will call a meeting of the appropriate faculty to which the student will be invited.
The student will be notified within ten days of the meeting regarding the outcome
of his/her appeal.
VI. Sample Program by Year
The program listed below is a sample—courses are not guaranteed to be offered
during the semester or year listed. It is the student’s responsibility to insure
that all requirements are met on a timely basis and that needed prerequisite courses
are completed before taking upper-level requirements; therefore, they should consult
carefully with an advisor when planning their program. Students must average a
minimum of 17.0 s.h. a semester to complete this program in four years.
In addition to the courses identified below, the following General Education
categories need to be fulfilled for this major: Natural Science, Computer Science,
Health, Physical Education, Literature, Second Language/Culture, Visual and Performing
Arts, History, Social Justice, Philosophy, and Religion.
A. First Year - Fall Semester
First Year - Spring Semester
B. Second Year - Fall Semester
Second Year - Spring Semester
C. Third Year - Fall Semester
Third Year - Spring Semester
D. Fourth Year - Fall Semester
Fourth Year - Spring Semester