• the technical, interpersonal, and conceptual skills required to function as an effective sport manager in today’s complex sport environment
  • learn how to plan, manage, and lead contemporary sport organizations in a virtuous and ethical manner
  • understand the governance structure of various sport organizations
  • learn the legal and regulatory environment of contemporary sport
  • enjoy athletics and sports
  • like working with people
  • have well developed communication skills
  • want to motivate and lead people
  • have an interest in finance, marketing, and operations
  • coaching
  • team and sports management
  • marketing, communications, economics, law, and operations as it relates to sports

Department Mission:

The Sport Management Department aims to inculcate a variety of skills and knowledge in its students in the areas of the business, management, and legal characteristics of sport.

We aim to form students who can integrate the skills and knowledge of the industry with the values of the College’s liberal arts curriculum.  Focusing on a specific knowledge of sport and the creative, ethical, and analytic emphases of the liberal arts, we aim to produce talented professionals in the field of sport management.

The Sport Management faculty is committed to modeling and encouraging the further development of honesty, integrity, and virtue in our students. Our hope is to provide an atmosphere of learning and study that will, in keeping with the highest values of a Catholic and Benedictine education, enable young men and women to engage in Sport Management practices that help to make the world a better place to live.

Department Goals:

Upon completion of the curriculum, graduates who earn a Bachelor of Arts in Sport Management will be able to:

  • Understand the technical, interpersonal, and conceptual skills required to function as an effective sport manager in today’s complex sport environment.
  • Recognize the importance of planning, management, and leadership in contemporary sport organizations, and apply those skills in sport management settings.
  • Appreciate the socio-cultural characteristics of sport and its effects on participants, spectators, and society.
  • Appreciate the ethical demands in today’s sport environment and its effects on personal and organizational responsibility.
  • Develop appropriate ethical practices that will be applied in sport management settings.
  • Understand the governance structure of various sport organizations and their influence on operations and decision-making.
  • Understand the legal and regulatory environment of contemporary sport.
(This option is available for traditional students only.)

Major Requirements

Lower-level courses to be completed prior to enrolling in any 300 level or higher Sport Management course:

  • SM 200 History, Culture, & Philosophy of Sport
  • SM 201 Introduction to Sport Management

Six of the following:

  • SM 310 Organizational Theory & Leadership in Sport
  • SM 320 Administration, Governance, and Policy
  • SM 330 Sport Marketing
  • SM 340 Sport Facility and Event Management
  • SM 350 Sport Law and Risk Management
  • SM 360 Sport Business and Finance
  • SM 370 Special Topics in Sport Management
  • SM 380 Independent Study

SM Senior Capstone courses:

  • SM 400 Senior Seminar
  • SM 450 Internship

Required Business Courses :

  • EC 201 Introduction to Economics
  • BU 265 Spreadsheet and Database Applications
  • BU 315W Business Communication

Other courses:

  • General elective courses

It is the student’s responsibility to verify that all degree requirements for graduation are fulfilled.

  • SM 200 History, Culture, & Philosophy of Sport
  • SM 201 Introduction to Sport Management
  • Any three additional 300-400 level SM classes

The preponderance of the courses for the minor must be taken at Belmont Abbey College.

It is the student’s responsibility to see that all degree requirements for graduation are fulfilled.

Faculty:

Andrew Rudd - Visiting Assistant Professor of Sport Management
B.S., Lewis-Clark State College, 1993
M.S., University of Idaho, 1996
Ph.D., University of Idaho, 1998