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    SPM 110 Sport Management  

    3 credits
    This course is an introduction to sport management topics. These topics include planning, marketing, financing, leading, and organizing sport and recreation organizations, events, and facilities. Sport law and sport ethics are also overviewed.


    SPM/PEH 130 History of Sports  

    3 credits
    A study of the historical and philosophical development of modern sport (late 19th Century to the present). Attention is also focused on ethics in the area of sport experiences.


    SPM 140 Sport Psychology  

    3 credits
    This course is an introduction to the application of psychological principles to sport settings. Topics of the course include sport motivation, sport leadership, sport anxiety management, teamwork, injury recovery, visualization, personality in sport, and peak performance. This course will not satisfy the social science core requirement.


    SPM 210 Sport Finance and Economics  

    3 credits
    A study of the application of economic thinking to sport enterprises. It shows how economic and financial analyses pertaining to different aspects of sports including player compensation, labor relations, facility development, broadcast rights, and competitive structure, are employed in managerial decision making in amateur and professional sports. Prerequisites: ECN 205 or ECN 207-208 and MTH 140.


    SPM 220 Sport Marketing  

    3 credits
    A study of basic marketing concepts with applications to sport organizations, both amateur and professional. Topics include promotions and public relations, sport consumer behavior, strategic market planning, marketing information management, marketing communications, sponsorship, and fund raising. Prerequisites: ECN 205 or ECN 207-208 and MTH 140


    SPM/PEH 231 Sociology of Sport  

    3 credits
    A study of sport in all societies; the impact of different social institutions upon amateur and professional sport. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing.

     
    SPM 240 Sport Recreation Management  

    3 credits
    Organization and administration principles for directing programs and facilities in physical education, intramurals and recreation. Students learn to create safe learning environments for diverse population of students to encourage positive interaction, active engagement in learning and self motivation. Students learn to organize, allocate and manage time, space, and equipment in a variety of ways to provide active and equitable learning experience as it relates to sport recreation.


    SPM 296 Field Experience in Sport Management  

    3 credits
    This course offers direct participation in sport management tasks of a sport organization chosen by the student in alignment with the student‘s career aspirations. Students gain initial practical experience prior to the required professional experience in the senior year. The student will have supervised participation of 80 clock hours and in-class assignments. An approved application is required through the Sport Management Coordinator. The experience will be arranged with pre-meetings by the student, the Sport Management Program Coordinator, and the sport organization supervisor. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing, SPM 110, and successful completion of the Sport Management application.


    SPM 310 Sport Event and Facility Management  

    3 credits
    This course focuses on planning, maintaining, and managing sport events and multi-purpose sports facilities. Concentration is on the planning, implementation, and evaluation of sport events in addition to the design, maintenance, and full utilization of athletic facilities. Principles for effective management of sport events and facilities in both human and physical resources are stressed. Prerequisites: ECN 205 or ECN 207-208 and MTH 140.


    SPM 333 Sport Communication  

    3 credits
    Students in this course will examine the sport communication industry including the process and categories of sport communication. Knowledge to be learned includes personal and organization sport communication, sport mass media, sport communication services. Topics will include the history, career options, strategy, legal aspects, and technology of sport communication.


    SPM 350 Sport Law  

    3 credits
    A presentation of the basic legal system, its terminology, and principles as applied to professional and amateur sports. Emphasis is on identifying and analyzing legal issues. Topics to be addressed include right to participate, liability for injuries, legal status of sports organizations, risk management, assertion of legal rights, and crisis management. Other areas of sport industry law to be covered are contracts, tort liability, negligence, gender equity, sport labor relations, and selected current issues. Prerequisites: ECN 205 or ECN 207-208; MTH 140; and junior standing.


    SPM 410 Sport Governance  

    3 credits
    Students in this course will examine local, national, and international governance structures that shape sport throughout the world. Knowledge to be learned includes the development, organization, and function of both professional and amateur sport governing bodies. Topics will include sport organization goals, structure, strategy, alliances, power, politics, conflict, change, decision making, leadership, effectiveness, and culture. Prerequisites: ECN 205 or ECN 207-208; MTH 140; and junior standing. 


    SPM 496 Professional Experience in Sport Management  

    3 credits
    This course offers direct and intensive professional participation in sport management tasks of a sport organization chosen by the student in alignment with the student‘s career aspirations. The student will have supervised participation of 160 clock hours and in-class assignments. An approval application is required through the Sport Management Coordinator. The experience will be arranged with pre-meetings by the student, the Sport Management Coordinator, and the sport organization supervisor. Prerequisites: SPM 296 and successful completion of the Sport Management application.


    SPM 479 CORE: Reflections on Truth: Sport Leadership and Ethics  

    3 credits
    In this capstone seminar, multiple theoretical perspectives on sport leadership and ethics will be examined. As the culmination of coursework for Sport Management majors and the core curriculum, students will explore ethical leadership taking into account human nature and leading for the common good. Professional ethics, rights, justice, and responsibilities in sport leadership will also be discussed. Students will utilize scholarly research to recognize and critically analyze moral issues to develop a personal approach of social responsibility in sport leadership settings. Prerequisites: Completion of junior seminar and SPM 296.