Florida State’s bachelor’s degree in Sport Management is designed to provide students with an introductory understanding of the sport industry. The coursework includes a focus on the applied aspects of Sport Management; students also gain knowledge of current industry literature, both applied and research based. Students have the opportunity to tailor the program to better satisfy their own interests and a variety of electives are available that relate to business, recreation, and other disciplines. Our program provides students with the academic foundation necessary to pursue a graduate degree in Sport Management or to pursue an entry-level position in the sport industry. Sport Management faculty members have developed and continue to develop relationships with many successful alumni who provide professional experience for our students in various forms (graduate assistantships, internship/volunteer partnerships, class/conference speakers, etc.).
Core classes – These courses cover a range of approved content areas and focus on combining theoretical understanding with practical applications for various aspects of managing in the sport industry. The core classes consist of ten classes (30 credit hours).
Electives – Electives give students the opportunity to focus on a particular area of the sport industry that interests them. There are courses specific to collegiate athletics, courses that focus on the broader industry, and sociocultural courses focusing on current issues in the industry as a whole. For the undergraduate Sport Management program, students must complete 18 credit hours of departmental electives, and 12 credit hours of electives that may come from courses outside the department.
Practicum – Each student has the opportunity to complete a culminating practical experience, allowing them to apply what they’ve learned in the real world. Experiences include part-time and full-time, volunteer and paid, and can occur almost anywhere. Practicum settings have included collegiate athletic departments, intramural departments, professional sport teams, professional sport leagues, private and public sector organizations, entrepreneurial endeavors, and many more.
While the practicum is not required to graduate, it is encouraged so students can have real-world experience to add to their resume. The practicum and volunteer experiences also give students the opportunity to network with sport industry professionals.
As a Sport Management major at FSU, you can also participate in the Global Sport Management program, which is a study abroad program that features a number of exciting opportunities for students interested in international and global aspects of the sport industry. You will have the chance to attend sporting events, meet with executives from various sport organizations, tour some of the United Kingdom’s most famous sporting venues, and learn about the global sport industry. Check out our video below and visit FSU’s International Programs’ website to learn more.
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For specific admission requirements, go to Sport Management Undergraduate Admissions.
The sport industry has many opportunities for bachelor’s degree graduates interested in professional sports, college or high school sports, elite amateur athletics, community sport programming, sport in the corporate sector and sport for development – just to name a few. As the sport industry continues to grow, new career opportunities are becoming available in areas such as business, recreation, facility, and event management. Sport professionals find themselves in a unique and rewarding industry that crosses paths with many other industries. View our active alumni base here!
For specific program course information, please see the FSU Academic Guide.