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 1700, 2700, 3700 INTERNSHIP I, II, III (1 s.h. each)

Experiential learning in all aspects of Sport Management is acquired through three internships at a sport facility, organization, or businesses affiliated with sport and entertainment. The student is assigned duties and responsibilities approved by the faculty member and the assigned field site supervisor that focus on marketing, sales, personnel management, budgeting, public relations, and risk management.

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


SMA 2010 HISTORY OF SPORT (3 s.h.)

This course focuses on the evolution of sport within the United States and how it compares and contrasts with the development of sport around the world. Topics include development, youth sport, collegiate athletics, professional sports leagues, international competition, culture, race, and gender.

Offered: 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 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/FACILITY MANAGEMENT (3 s.h.)

The management of sports events and facilities as a business is covered. Planning, operating, and marketing an actual event will be the main focus of the course.

Prerequisite: SMA 1010
Offered: fall and spring


SMA 3360 DOMESTIC BUSINESS EXPERIENCE (3 s.h.)

An American Business is a dynamic process that brings together people, consumers, technology, natural resources and human initiative in a constantly changing and competitive environment. To understand the framework in which a business operates, students will travel for an exploration and learning opportunity from the business. This course will require research and class time at an off-site location as selected by the Professor of record. An additional fee will apply to cover the costs of travel and lodging. Travel for student conferences and conventions are prohibited as part of this course.

Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor


SMA 3400 SPORT ETHICS (3 s.h.)

This course will explore the concepts of ethical decision making processes as applied to issues found in sport settings. Areas such as fair play, equitable opportunity, exclusive membership policies, health and wellness concerns, and others will be explored. In particular, students will be exposed to concepts of morality and theories of ethical thought while developing a personal philosophy of social responsibility and professional codes of ethics. This course will focus on the ethical issues impacting sport organization policy formation and practice.

Prerequisite: SMA 1010 and sophomore standing
Offered: fall semester (odd years)


SMA 3450 SPORT TOURISM (3 s.h.)

This course introduces students to the nature, structure, and complexity of the sport tourism industry. Topics covered include: economic, sociocultural and environmental impacts, motivations, marketing, and development principles.

Offered: spring (odd years)


SMA 3500 SPORT ECONOMICS (3 s.h.)

This course applies economic principles to sports. Economic models from industrial organization, public finance, labor economics, game theory, macroeconomics, and other fields of economics are used to gain a better understanding of sports and the modern sports industry.

Offered: as needed


SMA 3540 LEGAL ISSUES IN SPORT (3 s.h.)

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 and junior standing
Cross-listed: BUS 3540
Offered: spring (even years)


SMA 4210 SPORT MARKETING (3 s.h.)

Students investigate existing marketing practices of business related to sports and conduct themselves as marketing consultants. The student will investigate these companies to assess the effectiveness of the organization’s marketing practices, marketing objectives, strategic planning processes, target markets, products and services, promotions, planning, pricing, and distribution methods.

Prerequisite: MKT 2510
Offered: fall


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 SALES AND PROMOTIONS (3 s.h.)

he business of sport requires individuals to sell and promote a variety of products and services. The purpose of this course is to examine the practical application with regard to sales and promotions in sport. With the development of an understanding of foundational concepts, students will be challenged to examine and practice a variety of sales and promotional strategies.

Prerequisite: SMA 1010
Offered: spring (even years)


SMA 4250 SPORT FINANCE (3 s.h.)

This course covers basic principles of finance as they relate to sports. Emphasis is placed on current practices and issues relating to funding, budgeting, and revenue acquisition in sports through private and public means. Topics include taxing and borrowing, ticket sales, concessions, broadcast sales, and sponsorship. The course includes an introduction to collection and analysis of sports business data.

Prerequisites: ACC 2510, and ECO 2610 or ECO 2620
Offered: as needed


SMA 4500 CAPSTONE IN SPORT MANAGEMENT (3 s.h.)

This course is intended to be a capstone course for the Methodist University Sport Management Program. The primary objective of this course is to immerse students with research projects, marketing, management and problem solving opportunities that sport managers and business leaders deal on a daily basis. In addition to the formulating strategies to accomplish projects, this course will also focus on implementation and control issues.

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


SMA 4850 SPECIAL TOPICS: SPORT MANAGEMENT (1-3 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 (1-3 s.h.)This course provides students with an opportunity for an in-depth work experience. The instructor may work with the student in finding an approved sport management internship site, but the priority is for the student to take responsibility for finding their internship. Students are expected to acquire relevant skills and develop a professional network in order to prepare for entry-level employment in the sport marketplace. The course is repeatable for up to three credit hours. Note: SMA 1700, 2700, and, 3700 (1 s.h. each) may be used to meet the SMA 4900 requirement.

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.