Sport Management

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A Bachelor of Science in Sport Management enables students to ethically apply the fundamental concepts of management, marketing, finance, and law to sport organizations. Coursework prepares students for a range of opportunities in the sport industry, including positions with professional, collegiate, and amateur sport organizations.

About this Program

To graduate with this major, students must complete all university, college, and major requirements.

Department Information

The Department of Sport Management (SPM) studies the impact of professional and amateur sports on the personal, social, economic, environmental, and resource infrastructures of society. SPM’s goal is to improve the overall quality of life by learning and teaching what leads individuals, families, and industry to value and benefit from sports.
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GAINESVILLE FL 32611-8208

 Curriculum

The acquisition of knowledge regarding the internal and external factors that influence sport in society enables students to use accepted techniques of discovery and critical thinking to solve problems, evaluate opinions and determine outcomes within the sport management area.

To earn a Bachelor of Science in Sport Management, a student must successfully complete 120 credits of prescribed coursework. Professional core courses, related option courses and specialization electives are taken during your last two years of work.

As part of the degree program, students must complete either an approved 12 credit internship in their final semester of degree program or opt for the non-internship option. The 12 credit internship is an approved 13-week internship required upon completion of all coursework. Students who declare for the non-internship option prior to the completion of semester five can replace the 12 credit internship with 12 credits of non-internship pre-approved SPM courses. Students should consult the internship coordinator or an academic advisor for more information.

Critical Tracking records each student’s progress in courses that are required for progress toward each major. Please note the critical-tracking requirements below are on a per-semester basis.

Equivalent critical-tracking courses as determined by the State of Florida Common Course Prerequisites may be used for transfer students.

Semester 1

Semester 2

  • Complete 2 additional critical-tracking course
  • 2.2 GPA required for all critical-tracking courses
  • 2.0 UF GPA required

Semester 3

  • Complete 1 additional critical-tracking course
  • 2.2 GPA required for all critical-tracking courses
  • 2.0 UF GPA required

Semester 4

  • Complete all 6 additional critical-tracking course
  • 2.2 GPA required for all critical-tracking courses
  • 2.0 UF GPA required

Semester 5

  • Complete a minimum of 2 SPM courses at the 3000 or 4000 level
  • 2.0 UF GPA required

Semester 6

  • Complete a minimum of 2 SPM courses at the 3000 or 4000 level
  • 2.0 UF GPA required

Semester 7

  • Complete a minimum of 2 SPM courses at the 3000 or 4000 level
  • 2.0 UF GPA required

Semester 8

  • Complete remaining SPM courses
  • 2.0 UF GPA required

To remain on track, students must complete the appropriate critical-tracking courses, which appear in bold. These courses must be completed by the terms as listed above in the Critical Tracking criteria.

This semester plan represents an example progression through the major. Actual courses and course order may be different depending on the student's academic record and scheduling availability of courses. Prerequisites still apply.

Plan of Study Grid
Semester OneCredits
Quest 1 (Gen Ed Humanities) 3
MAC 1105 Basic College Algebra (Critical Tracking; or higher; State Core Gen Ed Mathematics) 3
PSY 2012 General Psychology (Critical Tracking; State Core Gen Ed Social and Behavioral Sciences) 3
State Core Gen Ed Biological or Physical Sciences 3
Gen Ed Composition; Writing Requirement 3
 Credits15
Semester Two
Quest 2 (Gen Ed Biological and Physical Sciences) 3
Select one: 4
Principles of Macroeconomics (Critical Tracking)
Principles of Microeconomics (Gen Ed Social and Behavioral Sciences)
STA 2023 Introduction to Statistics 1 (Critical Tracking; Gen Ed Mathematics) 3
State Core Gen Ed Composition; Writing Requirement 3
Gen Ed International 3
 Credits16
Semester Three
MAN 3025 Principles of Management (Critical Tracking) 4
SPC 2608
Introduction to Public Speaking
or Effective Oral Communication
3
SPM 2000 Introduction to Sport Management 3
Elective (Gen Ed Diversity; Writing Requirement) 6
 Credits16
Semester Four
EME 2040
Introduction to Educational Technology
or Problem Solving Using Computer Software
3
MAR 3023 Principles of Marketing (Critical Tracking) 4
SPM 2060 Sport Career Preparation 1
SPM 3012 Social Issues in Sport 3
State Core Gen Ed Humanities 3
 Credits14
Semester Five
ACG 2021 Introduction to Financial Accounting (Critical Tracking) 4
SPM 4104 Sport Operations and Facility Management (Critical Tracking) 3
SPM 4510Revenue Generation in Sport (Critical Tracking) 3
Approved Elective 3
Elective (Writing Requirement) 4
 Credits17
Semester Six
SPM 4515 Sport Business and Finance (Critical Tracking) 3
SPM 4723 Legal Issues in Sport (Critical Tracking) 3
Approved Electives 10
 Credits16
Semester Seven
SPM 3306 Sport Marketing (Critical Tracking) 3
SPM 4154 Managing Organizations in Sport 3
SPM 4724 Risk Management in Live Entertainment and Sports (Critical Tracking) 3
SPM 4940 Advanced Career Preparation 2
Approved Elective 3
 Credits14
Semester Eight
Select one: 12
Internship in Sport Management (Critical Tracking)
Non-Internship pre-approved SPM course electives over semesters 5-8 (Critical tracking)
 Credits12
 Total Credits120

The Bachelor of Science in Sport Management enables students to apply the fundamental concepts of management, marketing, finance and law to sport organizations. The acquisition of knowledge regarding the internal and external factors that influence sport in society enables students to use accepted techniques of discovery and critical thinking to solve problems, evaluate opinions and determine outcomes within sport management. They will also be able to use qualitative and quantitative analysis to assess problems and to determine solutions for sport organizations, effectively communicating these assessments in speech and in writing to internal and external constituencies.

Before Graduating Students Must

  • Practically demonstrate an understanding of the critical skills needed in the planning and delivery of sport management programs, as well as successfully completing an internship experience, as assessed by the site supervisor and internship coordinator or non-internship option, as assessed by the faculty and academic advisors.
  • Complete requirements for the baccalaureate degree, as determined by faculty.

Students in the Major Will Learn to

Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

Content

  1. Apply sport management concepts and theories for managing sport settings.
  2. Identify and explain the internal and external factors that influence and shape sport in society.
  3. Apply management functions to sport business settings.
  4. Explain and evaluate fundamental legal concepts including but not limited to relevant to tort, contract, and constitutional law in sport management settings.

Critical Thinking

  1. Apply techniques of discovery and critical thinking to solve problems independently and collaboratively within sport management settings.

Communication

  1. Develop oral, written, and digital communication skills for effective sport business presentations and documents.

Curriculum Map

I = Introduced; R = Reinforced; A = Assessed

Courses SLO 1 SLO 2 SLO 3 SLO 4 SLO 5 SLO 6
SPM 2000 I I I I I I
SPM 3012 R R, A R R R
SPM 3306 R R R R R
SPM 4154 R R R, A R R
SPM 4515 R R R R
SPM 4723 R R, A R R
SPM 4940 A A A

Assessment Types

  • Assignments
  • Final project/course grades
  • Supervisor internship evaluation and feedback