Jan 15, 2021
The sport management major is designed to provide students with the opportunity to develop expertise in management and business with an orientation toward the world of sport. As sports have evolved into an integral part of the American culture, the operations of sports programs have become more sophisticated and complex. People assigned to the responsibility for the management of sports programs and venues must become familiar with the intricacies of sports operations and also be effective as management professionals.
The program of study consists of two basic components: General Education courses and the sport management core. These program components provide a foundation for the development of knowledge and skills required for sport management. Practical experience is provided in many classes that enables students to apply what has been learned in a variety of business settings. 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.
If students opt for an additional semester to satisfy the program’s internship requirement, additional tuition charges will apply.
For students enrolled through our online and regional campuses, there is also a Human Services program with a concentration in Community Youth Development and Leadership. This program is available through blended classroom coursework as well as online. For more information on this program, click here: Human Services / Community Youth Development and Leadership .
To view a major program sequence to assist with course planning, click here.
Degree: Bachelor of Science (B.S.) with a major in Sport Management
(120 credit hours) Requirements are subject to change
For more information about the sport management major, contact Dr. Kevin McAllister, chairperson of the Sport Management and Recreation Department, at (413) 748-3476 or the Admissions Office at (800) 343-1257.
General Education Program (40 - 46 credits)
The General Education program at Springfield College is informed by its century-old Humanics tradition of educating the whole person in spirit, mind, and body, for leadership in service to humanity. These requirements have the goal of developing literate, thoughtful, socially responsible students, and instilling in them a spirit of inquiry into the nature of humankind and the universe. Towards those ends, the requirements emphasize and encourage: the acquisition of knowledge, understanding, and competency essential for the improvement of the human condition in a diverse society; a search for personal and spiritual values; and the development of an understanding and appreciation of physical well-being.
For specific requirements, see the General Education Program - Traditional Undergraduate Students (40 - 46 credits) section.
III. Electives (to complete a minimum of 120 credits)
Students are strongly advised to consider one of the following minor courses of study in order to strengthen their preparation for entry into their profession.
- Business Management
- Sports Analytics
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 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 will not be able to go out on internship without a minimum GPA of 2.500.
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.