Sport Management Courses

SMA 1010 INTRODUCTION TO SPORT MANAGEMENT (3 s.h.)

Investigation of career opportunities in the Sport Management industry and the qualifications and responsibilities associated with them. Attention will be given to the issues facing sport. The development of effective communication skills, both written and oral will be emphasized through class presentations and written assignments.

Offered: fall and spring


SMA 1100 PRACTICUM IN SPORT MANAGEMENT (1-2 s.h.)

This course will allow students to bridge the gap between classroom learning and practical application in a sport setting.

Prerequisite: Permission of instructor of the department chair/school dean
Offered: fall and spring


SMA 2250 SPORT GOVERNANCE (3 s.h.)

The course is designed to expose the student 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 in professional, collegiate, scholastic, recreational and corporate settings as they relate to mission, strategic planning, and the development of human resources. This course will introduce students to the constitutions and by-laws of various agencies governing sport at various levels.

Prerequisite: SMA 1010
Offered: as needed


SMA 2500 HISTORY AND PHILOSOPHY OF SPORT (3 s.h.)

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 s.h.)

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 s.h.)

With particular emphasis on business ethics and American culture, the study of sport from a social perspective taking into account factors of corporate influence and other forms of dominant ideology over race, gender, religion, nationalism, history, and philosophy as they relate to the growth and development of the sport experience.

Prerequisite: SMA 1010
Offered: fall (even years)


SMA 3220 EVENT MANAGEMENT (3 s.h.)

The purpose of this course is to explore the roles and functions of events managers. It examines the steps and skills required to effectively plan, organize, lead, and evaluate an event 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 s.h.)

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
Offered: Spring or as needed


SMA 3550 SPORT AND TOURISM CONCEPTS (3 s.h.)

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: Fall


SMA 3600 FACILITY MANAGEMENT AND OPERATIONS (3 s.h.)

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: SMA 1010 or RMT 1010 or permission of the instructor
Cross-listed: RMT 3600
Offered: spring or as needed


SMA 4220 SPORT ADMINISTRATION (3 s.h.)

A capstone course that engages the student to apply their experiences and knowledge from internships and business and sport management course work to plan and manage a major event near the end of the semester. Attention will be given to understand how managers seek and obtain funding for their sport organizations, their influence on decision -making and action in sport related business.

Prerequisites: SMA 1010, Junior status, or permission of the instructor
Offered: spring


SMA 4230 SPORT MARKETING, SALES AND PROMOTIONS (3 s.h.)

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 s.h.)

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 towards 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: SMA 1010, senior status or permission of the instructor
Offered: fall


SMA 4850 SPECIAL TOPICS: SPORT MANAGEMENT (3 s.h.)

Study of special topics of critical, contemporary concern in Sport Management.

Prerequisite: permission of the instructor
Offered: as needed


SMA 4900 INTERNSHIP IN SPORT MANAGEMENT (3 s.h.)

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.

Prerequisites: junior status or permission of instructor
Offered: fall and spring


SMA 4990 INDEPENDENT STUDY IN SPORT MANAGEMENT (TBA)

An opportunity for a well-qualified, upper-division student to engage in special research in his/her major. Credit to be determined.

Prerequisites: approval by the faculty advisor, the supervising professor, the department chair, and the school dean before approval by Provost.