SMA 1010 INTRODUCTION TO SPORT MANAGEMENT 3 credits

The purpose of this course is to provide an overview of the sport industry that introduces the student to the basic fundamental knowledge and skill sets required of the sport manager to solve sport business problems. Focus will also be placed on understanding career options in the sport industry and preparing for employment. Identifies necessary competencies for sport managers.

Offered: fall

SMA 2250 SPORT GOVERNANCE 3 credits

The purpose of this course is to expose students to various governing bodies in professional and amateur sport. Students will study the organizational structure and policy functions of various governing entities. There will be an examination of sport as a cultural product and the relationships within sport affecting sport organizational structures with emphasis given to the dynamics of sport organizations.

Offered: as needed

SMA 2500 HISTORY AND PHILOSOPHY OF SPORT 3 credits

The goal of this course is to gain a better understanding of the history and philosophies of modern sport. Students will explore the ancient Greeks and Romans and their impact on modern sport. Additionally, students will learn about the history of the modern Olympic Games. The students will gain an understanding of the rise of modern sport, through the history of the United States. Finally, the students will learn about current issues within sport including race, sex, media, social class, and social deviance.

Cross-listed: PXS 2500

Offered: fall

SMA 3080 SPORT PSYCHOLOGY 3 credits

Overview of psychological and sociological problems of leadership, coaching, and motivation in exercise and physical fitness, and in competitive athletics, including professional, intercollegiate, youth sport, character, aggression, gender, race, class, and media.

Cross-listed: PXS 3080

Offered: fall

SMA 3210 SPORT SOCIOLOGY 3 credits

With particular emphasis on the intersectionality of sport in American culture, topics will include sport as a business, ethics in sport, the study of sport from a social perspective taking into account factors of dominant ideology of race, sex, religion, nationalism, history, and philosophy as they relate to the growth and development of the sport experience.

Cross-listed: PXS 3210

Offered: spring

SMA 3220 EVENT MANAGEMENT 3 credits

The purpose of this course is to explore the roles and functions of facility and events managers. It examines a variety of public assembly and privately managed sport facilities; the steps and skills required to effectively plan, organize, lead, and evaluate an event, and facilities to meet the needs of sports organizations. Experiential Learning course with MU Athletic Department.

Offered: fall and spring

SMA 3400 CLUB MANAGEMENT AND OPERATIONS 3 credits

This course provides a detailed view of career opportunities and operational challenges in the private club industry. Topics include: the roles of the club governing boards, service excellence, leadership in club operations, quality management system, strategic management, club marketing, human resources, food and beverage operations, financial management, computer systems, golf operations, and club sports operations.

Cross-listed: RMT 3400

Offered: as needed

SMA 3540 LEGAL ISSUES IN SPORTS 3 credits

A study of legal principles as applied to professional and amateur sport organizations and participants. An overview of contract law, tort law, constitutional law, administrative law, antitrust law, collective bargaining, and arbitration as it relates to the sport industry. Class presentations on current legal issues are required.

Prerequisite: SMA 1010

Cross-listed: BUS 3540

Offered: as needed

SMA 3550 SPORT AND TOURISM CONCEPTS 3 credits

The course is based on a global perspective with examples of the economic, sociocultural and environmental impacts, motivations, marketing, and development principles of sports and tourism activities.

Prerequisite: RMT 1010 or SMA 1010 or permission of the instructor

Cross-listed: RMT 3550

Offered: as needed

SMA 3600 FACILITY MANAGEMENT AND OPERATIONS 3 credits

275 Students will explore the sport and hospitality industries from concept and development to management and operation with examples from sports venues such as golf courses, tennis facilities, water sports and spas. The course covers facility planning, staffing, front and back of the house management, physical plant maintenance and sustainability practices.

Prerequisite: SMA1010 or RMT 1010 or permission of the instructor

Cross-listed: RMT 3600

Offered: as needed

SMA 4220 SPORT ADMINISTRATION 3 credits

The purpose of this course is to understand the issues related to the administrative tasks of planning, managing, budgeting, and operating various types of sports programs. Topics covered include the administration and planning of high school, college, and professional sports programs.

Prerequisite: SMA 1010

Offered: fall

SMA 4230 SPORT MARKETING, SALES, AND PROMOTIONS 3 credits

The purpose of this course is to develop promotions, marketing and sales skills within the context of sport management. This provides a comprehensive study of promotions and marketing practices in the industry. Analysis of sport sponsorship, retention strategies and evaluation methods, plus fundraising and promotion of sports services and products to the sports consumer. Experiential Learning Course with Fayetteville Marksmen Hockey.

Prerequisite: SMA 1010 or RMT 1010.

Cross-listed: RMT 4230

Offered: spring

SMA 4500 CAPSTONE IN SPORT MANAGEMENT 3 credits

The purpose of this course is to apply previously acquired knowledge during undergraduate studies will be applied to a customized graduation portfolio and Senior Capstone Project. Students will obtain key information regarding possible career options within the sport management field that can be applied toward future job-related goals. Various career tools will be explored and applied as part of the learning process, including the creation of a resume.

Prerequisite: 90 credit hours earned or permission of instructor

Offered: spring

SMA 4850 SPECIAL TOPICS IN SPORT MANAGEMENT 3 credits

This course is designed to provide a platform for SMA faculty to teach a class that might address a timely issue in Sport, or to try out new course ideas.

Offered: As needed

SMA 4900 INTERNSHIP IN SPORT MANAGEMENT 3 credits

The purpose of this course is to provide an experiential learning opportunity through placement with organizations in either the private or public sectors. Students are responsible for securing an internship prior to the start of classes. The student is assigned duties and responsibilities approved by the Director of Internships. The student is to be under the direct supervision of a working professional at their internship site and will be evaluated by both their internship supervisor and the course instructor. Students are expected to acquire relevant skills and develop a professional network in order to prepare for entry-level employment in their major. Weekly class contact and written assignments are required to include a final project or report encompassing the internship experience. Classroom instruction covers professional development skills such as goal setting, office culture, networking, etiquette and communication, conflict management, change management, relevancy, and transitions.

Offered: fall, spring, and summer.

SMA 4990 INDEPENDENT STUDY IN SPORT MANAGEMENT 1-3 credits

This course is an individual, directed study in a Sport related special interest on a previously approved topic taken under the supervision of a faculty member within the Sport Management department. Approval of the SMA Director is required.

Offered: as needed