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2014-2015 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Sport Management, B.S.

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General Information on the Sport Management Program

The Sport Management program at York College of Pennsylvania is unique because of its comprehensive and interdisciplinary design. The major adheres to curricular guidelines set forth by the Commision on Sport Management Accreditation (COSMA) for undergraduate sport management programs and is accredited through COSMA. Students experience a comprehensive sport management curriculum reflective of the breath of the profession, and also have the opportunity to gain specialized expertise through elective sequences from other academic disciplines that will help prepare them for positions in the various segments of the sport management career field. These elective sequences include: Accounting, Applied Youth Development, Athletic Administration, Entrepreneurship, Hospitality Marketing, Human Resource Management, Information Systems, International Business, Legal Studies, Management, Marketing, Marketing Communications, Marketing Management, Operations Management, Public Relations, Retailing, Speech Communication, and Student-Initiated Sequence (students must have a 3.0 GPA).

A hallmark of the program is an emphasis on experiential learning. Students enter the major with a four-semester (freshman/sophomore), two-credit practicum experience, and end their major work with a nine-credit capstone work experience.

The major is guided by an advisory board consisting of leading professionals in the field of sport management that helps the program to maintain a strong strategic planning component that focuses on emerging trends, changing demands, and employment opportunities. Therefore, the major develops, plans, and executes sport management courses that reflect the current trends and professional practices in the sport management field as well as provide practical experiences in professional settings that are consistent with students’ professional aspirations. Finally, the major is one of the top undergraduate sport management programs in the country due to our commitment to excellence in every aspect of the major and our students, who are prepared for lifelong learning opportunities, including the pursuit of a post-graduate degree.

The Sport Management faculty consists of experienced practitioners and researchers in the field of sport management who take great pride in offering informative and challenging classroom experiences. The faculty’s vast network of professional contacts allow for numerous sites for work experiences.

Mission of the Sport Management Major

The mission of the York College of Pennsylvania Sport Management major is to provide students with a positive environment, rich in academic and practical experiences, oriented toward developing comprehensive professional and technical skills that are applicable to the diverse career opportunities in the sport management industry.

Sport Management Program Goals

  1. Develop a comprehensive understanding of the breadth of the sport management field, as evidenced by knowledge and skills in a variety of functional areas of the discipline.
  2. Successfully engage in experiential endeavors by translating theory from the sport management curriculum to practice.
  3. Exhibit proficiency in the skills of communication and critical thinking within the context of the sport management discipline.
  4. Develop knowledge and skill in key career and professional development competencies for the sport management field.

Requirements for Graduation:

To be considered for graduation, students majoring in Sport Management must complete all program requirements including a minimum of 127 credits, earn an overall GPA of 2.0, and complete the General Education Requirements of the College. Courses used to complete General Education Requirements may not be taken on a pass/fail basis.

In addition, Sport Management majors must achieve a minimum grade of a 2.0 in all required courses in the major and the student’s chosen concentration. The following core courses of Sport Management must be taken at York College of Pennsylvania: SPM 105 , SPM 110 , SPM 111 , SPM 112 , SPM 113 , SPM 201 , SPM 320 , SPM 330 , SPM 340 , SPM 350 , SPM 401 , SPM 410 , SPM 420 , SPM 425 , SPM 475 , and SPM 480 . The remaining required Sport Management courses (SPM 101 , SPM 220 , SPM 310 ) may be transferred from other institutions under the following conditions: the student has taken the course at an accredited institution; the student must have received a grade of 2.0 or better in the course. For the evaluation of credit transfer, the syllabus of the course must be submitted to the following instructors: SPM 101  Prof. Achtzehn, SPM 220  Dr. Klinedinst, and SPM 310  Dr. Grove.

Incoming students will be admitted to the major on a conditional basis. By the time they reach 60 credits they must have a cumulative GPA of 2.7 or higher. They must have taken and passed three of the following five courses with a GPA of 2.7 or higher. The courses are as follows: SPM 101 History and Philosophy of Sport ; SPM 201 Introduction to Sport Management ; SPM 220 Sport in Society ; SPM 310 Sport Behavior ; and SPM 320 Sport Administration and Management Practices . If they have met these requirements, they will be fully admitted to the Sport Management major.

Internal transfers who have less than 60 credits will have to meet the same requirements as incoming students to be fully admitted into the major. External transfers will be conditionally admitted to the major upon entering the institution.

After the first semester the student will have to achieve a cumulative GPA of 2.7 or higher. The student must also take at a minimum SPM 201 Introduction to Sport Management  but may take any of the other above listed courses as well and complete them with a GPA of 2.7 or higher.

Internal transfers who have more than 60 credits will have to meet the same requirements of external transfers.

To be eligible for placement in a work experience during his or her senior year, the student must also achieve a 2.7 GPA. There is a stipulation that students take no additional coursework during the work experience semester (SPM 475 , SPM 480 ). Should a candidate not be eligible, an alternate program may be pursued allowing the student to graduate with the degree in Sport Management, but without the invaluable and marketable experience provided by the supervised work experience.

Required Courses for the Sport Management Major:

Common Core Requirements (14 credits)

2.0 or better grade required.

Area Distribution Requirements (30 credits)

  • Area I Fine Arts and Humanities
  • Area II Social and Behavioral Sciences
  • Area III Laboratory Sciences
  • Area IV American Civilization/Government and Western Civilization
  • Area V International Studies/Foreign Language

Elective Sequence Courses (11 - 18 credits)

To be chosen from the following areas:

Aquatic Facility Management
Athletic Administration
Entrepreneurial Studies
Hospitality Marketing
Human Resource Management
Information Systems
International Business
Legal Studies
Marketing Communications
Marketing Management
Operations Management
Public Relations
Speech Communication
Student Initiated

Sport Management Suggested Course Sequence:

Freshman Year

Spring (16.5 credits)

Sophomore Year

Fall (16.5 credits)

Spring (16.5 credits)

Junior Year

Fall (15 credits)

Spring (18 credits)

Senior Year

Fall (16 credits)


* If a student is doing SPM 480  in the summer or fall, this should be taken during the fall of their senior year. If a student is doing SPM 480  in the spring, this should be taken during the spring of their junior year.

** If a student is doing SPM 480  in the summer or fall this should be taken during the spring of their junior year. If a student is doing SPM 480  in the spring, this should be taken during the fall of their senior year.

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