Catalogue: Traditional Program:
Sports Administration (SAM)
Assistant Professor Bartee, Chair
Assistant Professor Garrett
The mission of the Sports Administration program is to provide quality preparation for administration positions within the sports industry. This focus necessitates sport education professionals teaching sport administration students by integrating theory and practice, thus allowing the students to serve a diverse population in a global society. Achieving this mission requires an integration of sport administration theory and practice and the interaction of academic sport professionals, practicing sport administrators and goal-oriented students. Instruction centers on how sport administration can have a Christ-centered focus in relation to athletic and sport program operation. Sports Administration students will have real-world experience through site observation, internship and pre-professional clinical experience, SAM 435, 436, 450, or 470.
Sports Administration Major:
42 hours to include the following:
BUS210, SAM 270
BUS 304, BUS 305, BUS 326, BUS 418
SAM 302, SAM 306, SAM 310, SAM 380, SAM 400,
SAM 410, SAM 419, SAM 435 or SAM 450
Sports Administration Minor:
18 hours to include the following:
SAM 302, 306, 310; BUS 110, six hours of SAM electives.
Sports Ministry Minor:
18 hours to include the following:
SAM 200, SAM 300, SAM 306, SAM 380, SAM 420 and SAM 436
SME 202, SAM 435 or SAM 450 (in a coaching setting), and SAM 420; additional electives to include Coaching Theory Courses (no more than six hours). Students interested in coaching on the secondary level should consult the School of Education for teacher certification requirements.
Sports Ministry Concentration:
*If a student selects a concentration, then 6 hours (SAM 200 & SAM 436) would be required, while 6 hours would need to come from the following courses: SAM 300, SAM 306, SAM 380 or SAM 420 for a total of 12 hours.
|200||Introduction to Sports Ministry (3).
This course provides an overview of all sports-related ministries. Several examples will be given as to how sports ministry can be used as a discipleship and evangelical tool. In addition to classroom examples, opportunities will be provided for site-based sports ministry observations. The course will give specific career directions for sports-related ministries.
|201-207||Theory of Coaching Basketball (201), Baseball (202), Soccer (203), Softball (204), Volleyball (205), Tennis/Track/Golf
(206), Football (207) (3).
These courses will provide specific instruction related to a given sport. Techniques, strategies, skills, and organization of each sport will be presented in order to give an in-depth understanding of all aspects involved in coaching. Each course will give specific examples of Christ-centered coaching application. (Fall and spring)
|270||Sports Economics (3).
A study of the basic tools of microeconomics as applied to the sports industry and their application to decisions by various decision-makers in the sports arena. (Fall and spring)
|300||Administration and Activities of Sports Ministry (3).
The focus of this course deals with the intricacies involved in the management and operation of sports ministry. Specific techniques will be provided for the operation of sports ministry programs. Methods for designing activities will be given to foster efficient and cooperative programs. Different areas of sports administration, including full-time sports ministry and sports ministry within a church, will be presented.
|302|| Sports Marketing (3).
This course consists of study in the areas of marketing, promotion, and fund-raising, within the context of interscholastic, intercollegiate, amateur, and professional sports. The course includes an overview of the present sports-business and industry-marketing theory and systems. The systems include advertising, sponsorship, pricing, licensing, distribution, endorsements, and promotional techniques of sports-related products. (Spring only)
|306|| Sports Administration (3).
This course studies the intricacies involved in the management and leadership of sports programs. Specific management techniques, administration techniques, and theories will be studied to provide the foundation for effective leadership and supervision of sports programs. Methods for designing systems and programs within the context of sports administration are studied to give application relevance. (Fall and spring)
|310|| Facility Design and Maintenance (3).
An overview and familiarization with the maintenance and design of sports-related facilities. Use of space, surface types, construction specifications, and economic constraints will be studied in order to provide a basis for understanding stewardship in the development of sports structures and fields. (Fall only)
|340|| Selected Topics in Sports Administration (3).
An overview of current issues, research, measurement techniques, and problems in the area of sports administration and related fields as they relate to a Christian worldview. Problem-solving models and management techniques will be presented as issues are discussed.
|380||Sports Finance(3). Prereq: ACC 213 or BUS 210. May be taken concurrently with permission of the instructor.
A comprehensive analysis of issues related to Sports finance. Topics include budgeting and planning to acquisitions and liquidation. Emphasis on the receipt, disbursement, and utilization of capital to foster sports business growth. (Fall only)
|400|| Governing Bodies in Sports (3).
A familiarization with the major components of bodies that govern sports competition. The bodies include recreational associations, the High School Activities Association, the NAIA, and the NCAA. Comparative studies will be conducted to establish the relationship between these bodies and how they affect each other. (Spring only)
|410||Sports and the Law (3).
The study of legal liabilities and responsibilities of coaches, administrators, managers, and institutions related to the sports field. (Spring only)
|419||Strategic Management in Sports Administration (3) Prereq: Senior class standing and permission from the instructor.
A study of the methods used by sports management activities in developing and evaluating strategies and policies to achieve goals and objectives. Application of the Christian world view to the field of Sports Administration also emphasized. A capstone project is required as part of the course. (Spring only)
|420||Sports Psychology (3).
Explores issues related to sports from several perspectives-those of individual athletes, coaches, sports psychologists, trainers, sports managers, and that of the larger society. Issues discussed include goal setting for peak performance, motivation, competitive stressors, visualization, burnout and drug abuse, as well as sociological issues of race and gender as they relate to stereotyping, participation, and opportunity structure. (Fall only)
|435|| Site Observation in Sports Administration (3).
The course will consist of a variety of specific settings where students can observe and research various aspects of corporate sports fields or coaching. Students will learn to compare and contrast these settings in regard to their demands and expectations from a Christian worldview perspective. May be taken as an alternative to SAM 450 Internship in Sports Administration. (Fall and spring)
|436||Site Observations in Religious Sport Organizations (3)
The course will consist of a variety of specific settings where students can observe and research various aspects of religious sport organizations. Students will learn to compare and contrast these settings in regard to their demands and expectations from a Christian worldview perspective. (Fall and spring)
|450||Internship in Sports Administration/Coaching (1-6). Prereq: 2.75 overall GPA. (If a 2.75 overall GPA is not obtained by the final semester, six hours of relevant coursework will be chosen by the advisor for substitution.). This course involves putting into practice those things learned in academic preparation. An internship site will be determined by the student's future goals. The internship may be set up in a variety of different areas such as coaching, sports administration, sports information, facilities management, sports marketing, etc. The internship will have specific learning objectives made accountable by the instructor in charge of the internship. Refer to "Student Intern Programs and Practicum's" for further requirements.|
|470||Pre-professional Clinical Experience in Sports Administration (3).
Provides an opportunity for students to experience and observe specific environments and vocations in the area of sports administration and related fields. Areas of study may include various educational settings and/or sports-related business industries. Specific observations, papers, surveys, and reports will be required as a part of the course requirements.
|490||Guided Study in Sports Administration (1-3).
Gives students the opportunities for personalized research and study in the area of sports administration. The student's needs, interests, and vocational calling determine specific content of the study. Research and projects will be included in the course requirements.