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Sport Management

Sport Management Major

The Sport Management major is designed to prepare students for careers in sport and recreation organizations. The capstone experience is a 15 credit internship that may be completed during the junior or senior year or variable credit experiences taken throughout the program at approved local, state, regional, national or international organizations. To enhance employment prospects, undergraduate candidates in the Sport Management major are required to complete a Business Administration minor.

Students are also encouraged to participate in the Sport Management Association. This student organization meets regularly to organize and conduct professional and service events.

Pre-Professional/Professional Emphasis

Students are admitted to the Pre-Professional emphasis in Sport Management when declaring the major. The Pre-Professional emphasis encompasses the freshman year; transfer students are also placed in the Pre-Professional emphasis upon acceptance to the university. Entrance into the Professional Emphasis occurs for sophomores during the third semester of attendance; for transfer students, application occurs during the first semester of attendance.

The following requirements must be met before beginning the professional emphasis (sophomore, junior and senior level courses with prefix HNES) of study:

  1. Successful completion of HNES 190 Introduction to Sport Management with a grade of 'B' or better
  2. Successful completion of HNES 224 Sport and Event Management with a grade of 'B' or better
  3. Minimum NDSU GPA of 2.75 or higher

Application guidelines are provided during HNES 190 and during advising sessions with freshmen.

Retention Standards

Students must meet the following retention standards (per semester) in order to maintain their status in the Sport Management professional program:

  • Maintain a "C" or higher in all HNES courses required for the major.
  • Maintain an NDSU cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher on a 4.00 scale.
  • Maintain GPA requirements for the Business Administration Minor.

Major Requirements

Major: Sport Management

Degree Type: B.S.
Required Degree Credits to Graduate: 122

General Education Requirements for Baccalaureate Degree

  • A list of approved general education courses is available here .
  • General education courses may be used to satisfy requirements for both general education and the major, minor, and program emphases, where applicable. Students should carefully review the major, minor, and program emphases requirements for minimum grade restrictions, should they apply.
Communication (C)12
College Composition I
College Composition II
Fundamentals of Public Speaking
Upper Division Writing
Quantitative Reasoning (R) 3
Science and Technology (S) 10
Humanities and Fine Arts (A) 6
Social and Behavioral Sciences (B) 6
Wellness (W) 2
Cultural Diversity (D) *†
Global Perspectives (G) *†
Total Credits39

 May be satisfied by completing courses in another General Education category.

 May be satisfied with courses required in the major. Review major requirements to determine if a specific upper division writing course is required.

Major Requirements

  • A cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher is required for admission to the Sport Management program.
  • An NDSU GPA of 2.75 or higher must be maintained and the student must earn a grade of "C" or better in the HNES major requirements courses to retain status in the professional program.
Major Requirements
COMM 112Understanding Media and Social Change (May satisfy general education category B)3
COMM 200Introduction to Media Writing3
CSCI 114Microcomputer Packages (May satisfy general education category S)3
or MIS 116 Business Use of Computers
COMM 375Principles of Strategic Communication3
ENGL 320Business and Professional Writing (May satisfy general education category C)3
HNES 100Concepts of Fitness & Wellness (May satisfy general education category W)2
HNES 190Introduction to Sport Management *3
HNES 224Sport and Event Management *3
HNES 226Socio-Cultural Dimension in Sport3
HNES 304Sport Promotion and Public Relations3
HNES 426Sport Administration3
HNES 431Governance, Policy, Legal Liability and Ethics in Sport3
HNES 436Contemporary Issues in Sport Management3
HNES 485Sport Management Internship (students need to have completed HNES 190, 224 and 226 to be eligible for HNES 485)15
PSYC 111Introduction to Psychology (May satisfy general education category B)3
SOC 110Introduction to Sociology (May satisfy general education category B)3
Business Competency Options - Select one of the two options listed below:9
Option 1 - Management Group (Student must choose 9 credits) - MGMT 330, MGMT 430, MGMT 450, MGMT 451, MGMT 453, MGMT 454, MGMT 470, or BUSN 340
Option 2 - Marketing Group (Student must choose 9 credits) - MRKT 362, MRKT 410, MRKT 420, MRKT 460, MRKT 470, or BUSN 340
Required Minor - Business Administration
Minor application form is required to be completed with the College of Business. The business minor requires a 2.50 GPA in minor courses which cannot be taken pass/fail.24
Total Credits92

Requires a grade of ‘B’ or better.

Degree Requirements and Notes

  • Course taken Pass/Fail will not be used to satisfy any requirements other than total credits.
  • Students who have specific career goals in mind may elect to complete additional minor(s) by choosing focused electives. Examples of other minors that compliment Sport Management include: Accounting, Community Development, Hospitality & Tourism Management, Human Development and Family Science, Journalism, Public Relations & Advertising, Management Communication, and Web Design.

Plan of Study

The following combinations of courses are suggested semester schedules that allow the student to complete his/her major/option degree program in a four-year span. The arrangement of courses is based on which semesters the course is offered, the classification and the prerequisites or co-requisites required for successful completion of the course. The 4-Year Plan should be used with the curriculum guide. Remember, this is only a guide and circumstances may change the plan.

ENGL 1104COMM 1103
HNES 1002COMM 1123
HNES 1903CSCI 114 or MIS 1163
PSYC 1113ENGL 1203
Quantitative Reasoning3Humanities/Fine Arts3
 15 15
ACCT 102 (Busn Minor)3COMM 3753
COMM 2003ECON 105 (Busn Minor)3
HNES 2243HNES 2263
Humanities/Fine Arts-Diversity3SOC 1103
Science/Tech3Science/Tech w Lab4
 15 16
ENGL 3203HNES 3043
HNES 485*4HNES 4313
MGMT 3203HNES 4363
MRKT 3203HNES 485*4
 Business Compentency3
 13 16
HNES 4263HNES 485*3
HNES 485*4Business Minor3
Business Minor3Business Minor3
Business Minor3Business Compentency3
Business Compentency3Elective2
 16 14
Total Credits: 120

* HNES 485 Internship can be taken for variable credit (depending on hours) throughout various terms, including summer, to reach a total 15 credits.