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Overview

You love sports and staying active. You want to help others train to be better at sports, use sports to reach others for Christ, or maybe even own your own gym one day. You have thought about working for organizations like Upward Sports, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, a Major League Baseball team, ESPN, or Nike. Maybe you've even gone on trips with Missionary Athletes International. Or maybe you've always dreamed of being the head coach of a high school team, because you had inspiring coaches when you were growing up.

If this describes you, then the sport management degree at North Greenville University may be the best option for you. Here, NGU's Sport Management Department faculty members are prepared and willing to help you begin a successful career in sport management
 

Major Description

 

As a sport management major at NGU, you will spend much of your time involved in sport management and athletic work, workshops, game-day operations, event production, sport emergency management, sport ethic debates, professional presentations, and sport facility development.

Within the sport management degree, you can choose from three different emphases: business emphasis, coaching certification, or ministry emphasis. Depending on the emphasis you choose within the sport management degree, you will learn about different aspects of sport management.

Ultimately, whichever emphasis you choose, the sport management degree will provide a strong education based on a biblical worldview that will prepare you for a variety of sport management-related pursuits.

Business Emphasis

In the business emphasis program, you will learn about financial management, critical thinking, problem-solving, liability and risk management, communications and media relations, professional presentations, business report writing, and faith integration as they pertain to sport management.

By the completion of your senior year, you will have developed a public relations plan for a major sport franchise; conducted multiple case study analyses of actual sport litigation; organized and produced a personalized, live sporting event on campus; developed a business plan for your very own sport business; sold sport sponsorship for the NGU Alumni Golf Tournament; worked game-day operation for over 50 sporting events on campus; developed a professional-quality print advertisement for a sporting organization; and completed a 600-hour internship at a sport organization of your choice.

Coaching Certification

In the coaching certification program, you will learn about strength and conditioning for the coach, injury management and sport nutrition for the coach, sport-specific analysis of the athlete, developing a coaching philosophy and coach's eye, financial management, critical thinking, problem-solving, liability and risk management, communications and media relations, and faith integration as they pertain to sport management.

By the completion of your senior year, you will have developed a strength and conditioning plan for a sports team, developed an emergency management plan for a sport franchise, produced a public relations plan for your sport team, coached a live sporting event produced on campus, organized a coaching workshop on campus, worked game-day operation for over 50 sporting events on campus; developed a professional-quality print advertisement for your sport team, and completed a 600-hour internship at a sport organization of your choice.

Ministry Emphasis

In the ministry emphasis program, you will learn about discipleship for the sport minister, cross-cultural interaction for the sport missionary, injury management, the integration of faith and sports in the church and in non-church settings, developing a recreation ministry philosophy, financial management, programming a sport ministry and facility, critical thinking, problem-solving, liability and risk management, and communications and media relations.

By the completion of your senior year, you will have developed a sport ministry plan for a church and in a foreign country, developed an emergency management plan for a sport ministry, produced a public relations plan for your sport ministry, coached a live sporting ministry event produced on campus, worked game-day operation for over 50 sporting events on campus, developed a professional-quality print advertisement for your sport ministry, and completed a 600-hour internship at a sport ministry of your choice.

 

Curriculum

 

The curriculum within the Sport Management Department at NGU varies based on the emphasis chosen by the individual students in the program. The sport management degree offers three unique emphases: business emphasis, coaching certification, and ministry emphasis.

Business Emphasis

The business emphasis curriculum begins with foundational courses on sport psychology and sociology and sport economics and then progresses, allowing you to explore sport business operations in greater depth by studying the principles and elements of management, finance/budgeting, communication, legal, programming, and leadership.

As you continue through the program, you will experience heightened professional development while gaining valuable event management and game-day operation experience on campus and working with a number of off-campus sporting organizations. At the end of your academic career, you will venture off to a professional sport organization for a semester-long internship, which then leads to graduating as a qualified and experienced sport professional.

Coaching Certification

The coaching certification curriculum begins with foundational courses on sport psychology and sociology and athletic injury management and then progresses, allowing you to delve more heavily into the sport sciences, including strength and conditioning, biomechanics, sport nutrition, and coaching strategies.

As you continue through the program, you will begin to develop your own coaching philosophies and your coaching eye, while gaining valuable coaching experience through in-house camps, clinics, and team coaching, as well as off-site coaching opportunities. At the end of your academic career, you will venture off to a semester-long coaching internship, which then leads to graduating as a qualified and experienced athletic coach.

Ministry Emphasis

The ministry emphasis curriculum begins with foundational courses on sport psychology and sociology and sport economics and then allows you to study a combination of evangelism and discipleship, while partnering with sport operations and recreation programming.

As you continue through the program, you will deepen in your commitment of the Lord's calling in your life through sport ministry experiences both on campus, within the community, and in real-world settings. At the end of your academic career, you will be prepared to do kingdom work using sports as a tool and platform to serve the King through a semester-long internship, which then leads to graduating as a qualified and experienced sport minister.
 

 

Faculty Strengths

 

Sport Management Department faculty members are highly credentialed and qualified, steeped in diverse industry experience and research backgrounds. The entire group shares a combined 159 years of marketplace experience in the sport profession in the areas of collegiate athletics, YMCA and private sport facility management, aquatics and fitness programming and management, coaching and athletic training, legal and business consulting, and research.

Furthermore, the faculty remain committed to the sport profession, staying abreast of current and relevant industry issues and standards, which allows them improved student advising, enhanced industry-relevant projects, more realistic case examples in class, stronger industry connections, and improved networking both locally and nationally. The faculty's diverse marketplace experiences, research interests, and expertise add depth to the program, increase the number of industry contacts for internships and jobs, and create opportunities for the student to work on individual projects with a faculty member in his or her area of expertise.

Finally, the Sport Management Department faculty members remain committed to their faith and demonstrate a strong sense of community service and investment into the spiritual lives of their students. All faculty members actively serve in their local churches, as well as support a variety of other ministries. From our perspective, the diversity within the faculty represents NGU's dedication and commitment to the sport management program.
 

 

Electives

 

There are no electives for this major available at this time. 

Success

Future

Career Opportunities

 

  • Administrator of a recreation department
  • Administrator of a YMCA/YWCA
  • Administrator with a nonprofit missional organization
  • Club pro (golf or tennis)
  • Club sport coach
  • Collegiate athletic director
  • Collegiate coach
  • Facility operations
  • Front office of a professional sport franchise
  • Game-day operations for a convention center
  • Gym manager
  • High school coach
  • Manager of a church-based sport or recreation program
  • Manager of a sport ministry
  • Marketing for a sport organization
  • Private coach
  • Sales/Service for a sport organization
  • Sport academy coach
  • Sport missionary, domestically or overseas
  • Trainer of independent sport teams


 

Postgraduate Studies

 

  • North Greenville University
  • Anderson University Graduate School
  • Charleston Southern University Graduate School
  • Clemson University Graduate School
  • Florida State University Graduate School
  • Liberty University Graduate School
  • Southeastern University Graduate School
  • The Ohio State Graduate School
  • United States Sports Academy
  • University of South Carolina Graduate School

 

Employers

 

  • Accelerated Sports Institute
  • Adidas
  • Anderson University Athletics Department
  • Athletes in Action
  • Charlotte metro YMCAs
  • D1 Sports Training Institute
  • FBI Baseball
  • Fellowship of Christian Athletes
  • Francis Marion University Athletics Department
  • Greater Greenville metro YMCAs
  • Kroc Center
  • LifeWay Recreation
  • Missionary Athletes International
  • North Greenville University Athletics Department
  • Spartanburg Parks and Recreation District
  • Sport Friends
  • Sport Outreach
  • Sports Reach
  • TCU Athletics Department
  • The Basketball Academy
  • The Greenville Drive
  • University of Mississippi Athletics Department
  • University of Nebraska Athletics Department
  • University of Nevada, Las Vegas Athletics Department
  • University of South Carolina Athletics Department
  • Upward Sports
  • Utah Jazz
  • Washington Redskins
  • Wofford University Football Staff


 

Learning Experience



Hands-On Experience

 

Sport Events

While studying sport management, you will work multiple events for the athletic department and other non-NGU sport-related events across the Upstate. Upon reaching the final semester of your degree program, you will have worked a minimum of seven semesters, managing at least 28 different sporting events while receiving valuable event management and behind-the-scenes experiences. In the world of sport, experience is almost as important as knowledge, which makes the Volunteer Practicum a great resume enhancement.

Business Planning

You will also develop your own sport business by writing a business plan in the facility course and develop your own PR plan in the Sport Communications course. You will also develop your own sporting event to be produced on campus and marketed to the campus community. You will publically debate sport ethics matters in the Sport Ethics course.

Internship

Upon satisfactory completion of all coursework, you will qualify for a 12-credit internship. The final semester of the program requires you to work in an internship program at a sport business of your choice. You will work a minimum of 16 weeks for 40 hours per week, culminating in a 640-hour internship experience. Once you have successfully completed the internship, the degree requirements are satisfied for graduation, and you will immediately become available for employment. Some of our interns have even been hired prior to completing their internship.
 

Courses

SAMPLE COURSE SEQUENCE

First Semester
COLL 1100/1300 First-Year Experience (1 hour)
ENGL 1310 English Composition and Rhetoric (3 hours)
MATH 1310 College Algebra (3 hours)
CHST 1310 Old Testament Survey (3 hours)
Biological science course (4 hours)
SPTM 1310 Introduction to Sport Management (3 hours)

Second Semester
PHED 1200 Concepts of Physical Fitness and Wellness (2 hours)
ENGL 1320 English Composition and Literature (3 hours)
MATH 1330 Probability and Statistics (3 hours)
CHST 1320 New Testament Survey (3 hours)
Physical science course (4 hours)
SPTM 2340 Psychology and Sociology of Sport  (3 hours)

*In addition to the courses listed for this major, every student at NGU will take chapel and cultural events each semester of full-time enrollment for up to eight semesters.

SAMPLE COURSE SEQUENCE

First Semester
ACCT 2310 Principles of Accounting I  (3 hours)
CSCI 1305 Introduction to Information Technology (3 hours)
PSYC or SOCY 2310 General Psychology/Introduction to Sociology (3 hours)
SPTM 2320 Sport Economics (3 hours)
SPTM 2330 History and Philosophy of Sport (3 hours)

Second Semester
ACCT 2320 Principles of Accounting II (3 hours)
HIST 1350/1360 Western Civilization to 1715/since 1715 (3 hours)
ENGL 2000-level literature course (3 hours)
ECON 2310 Principles of Economics: Macro (3 hours)
SPTM 2395 Sport Organization and Administration (3 hours)

*In addition to the courses listed for this major, every student at NGU will take chapel and cultural events each semester of full-time enrollment for up to eight semesters.
 

SAMPLE COURSE SEQUENCE

First Semester
COMM 2300 Oral Communication (3 hours)
SPTM 3315 College Athletics (3 hours)
SPTM 3330 Sport Law (3 hours)
SPTM 3350 Sport Communications (3 hours)
SPTM 3355 Sport Emergency Management (3 hours)
SPTM 3360 Sport Finance and Fundraising (3 hours)

Second Semester
BUSN 3330 Human Resource Management (3 hours)
SPTM 3335 Sport Liability and Risk Control (3 hours)
SPTM 3340 Sport, Recreation, and Wellness Program Development (3 hours)
SPTM 4310 Sport Facility Design and Management (3 hours)
SPTM 4355 Sport Leadership and Staff Development (3 hours)
SPTM 4360 International Sport Management (3 hours)

*In addition to the courses listed for this major, every student at NGU will take chapel and cultural events each semester of full-time enrollment for up to eight semesters.

SAMPLE COURSE SEQUENCE

First Semester
MCOM 1310 Media Technology (3 hours)
Fine arts 2000-level course (3 hours)
SPTM 3325 Sport Ethics (3 hours)
SPTM 4320 Sport Marketing, Sales, and Promotions (3 hours)
SPTM 4330 Event Management and Funding (3 hours)
SPTM 4380 Seminar in Sport Management (3 hours)

Second Semester
SPTM 4390 Directed Internship in Sport Management (12 hours)

*In addition to the courses listed for this major, every student at NGU will take chapel and cultural events each semester of full-time enrollment for up to eight semesters.

Program Objectives

 

  • Demonstrate knowledge of business concepts applicable to the sport profession.
  • Communicate effectively when presenting to an audience within the sport profession.
  • Write a researched response applying principles of problem-solving to challenges applicable to the sport profession.
  • Use knowledge and skills indicative of one who is prepared to enter the workforce within the sport profession.
  • Develop and grow in their Christian worldview while studying in the sport management program.

 

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