Bachelor of Science in Education
School of Human Movement, Sport, and Leisure Studies
College of Education and Human Development
The Sport Management major in the School of Human Movement, Sport, and Leisure Studies is a four-year undergraduate program that leads to the Bachelor of Science in Education degree. The program boasts one of the largest and most diversified undergraduate programs with an excellent national and international reputation for producing outstanding professionals. The major offers one of the largest sport management staffs in the country with10 full-time faculty members, all active in research and publication.
Students are prepared for a variety of sport-related careers and complete a required minor in General Business, Marketing, Journalism, Entrepreneurship, or International Business.
Students interested in becoming sport journalists; sports information directors in intercollegiate athletic programs, athletic conference offices or sport governing bodies; or in working in public/community relations with professional teams select this emphasis. A minor in journalism helps students develop writing skills.
Students are prepared for careers such as account executives for professional teams; sales representatives for sporting goods companies; and marketing directors in intercollegiate athletic programs, conference offices, governing bodies or professional sports.
This strong business component prepares students for management-level positions such as professional sport administrator, corporate administrator of sporting events, tournament director, university athletic director, business manager, fund-raising administrator or sport facility manager.
BGSU Sport management graduates have been employed by agencies and organizations such as USTA National Junior Tennis League, CAVS/Gund Arena Co., San Diego Chargers, Cincinnati Reds, PGA Tour, Cleveland Indians, New Jersey Devils, Sports Channel, The Collegiate Licensing Company, McCann-Erickson Event Management, Chicago Bulls, TRZ Communications, National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics, Big Eight Conference, Atlanta Hawks, San Diego State University, Thistledown Race Club, New York Mets, Detroit Lions, IMG Motor Sports, Akron Aeros, Anaheim Mighty Ducks and Star Bank LPGA Classic.
The sport management major is competitive. Students must apply for formal admission to the program upon satisfactory completion of specific academic prerequisites which include a 2.5 overall grade point average and completion of 44 semester hours.
Core courses are supplemented by required field experiences. Students also take at least 33 semester hours from a variety of liberal arts courses to gain a broad general education.
Students gain valuable insight and practical experience through fieldwork, practica and internships. The locations are carefully selected by the students in cooperation with their advisor and the sport management field experience coordinator. All field experiences are conducted under the supervision of the sport management faculty.
Students have completed fieldwork with such organizations as the Buffalo Bills, Boston Celtics, New England Patriots, Detroit Pistons, Detroit Tigers, Pittsburgh Pirates, Pittsburgh Penguins, Los Angeles Rams, Atlanta Hawks, Cleveland Indians, Cleveland Cavaliers, New Jersey Devils, New York Rangers, Women’s Sports Foundation, International Management Group, Purdue, Maryland, Michigan State and Ohio State, Ameritech Senior Open, Olympic Training Center, Medsport, Performance Research, Sports Channel, NBC Sports, Mid-American Conference, Big East Conference and Recreating Unlimited.
International study opportunities provide students with outstanding academic and travel experiences. Exchange programs are offered at Chelsea School of Physical Education, Sports Science, Dance and Leisure, University of Brighton, East Bourne, United Kingdom and Southern Cross University, Lismore, New South Wales, Australia.
The Sport Management Alliance (SMA) is a student organization for sport management majors that provides opportunities to network, build leadership competency, and develop professional and time-management skills. The SMA offers activities such as volunteering for the Ohio Special Olympics State Basketball Tournament, BGSU Dance Marathon and Mid-American Conference Basketball Tournament; attending Cleveland Cavs and Toledo Mud Hens games, “Inside the Lines” sport management day at the Columbus Crew and College Career Day at Gund Arena; and participating in intramural sports.
The Gertrude M. Eppler Complex features state-of-the-art gymnasia, classrooms, teaching and research laboratories that optimize and individualize student learning. The complex offers fully equipped Biomechanics/Motor Behavior, Exercise Physiology and Teacher Education laboratories.
Laboratory equipment includes advanced video cameras, recorders and video digitizing systems, AMTI force platforms, Cybex and Kin-Com Isokinestic Systems, physiological metabolic carts, computer-controlled treadmills and bicycle ergometers, bioimpedance analyzer, underwater weighing tank, electromyography system and advanced anatomical models.
The College of Education and Human Development’s Technology and Resource Center provides audio-visual equipment, networked computers, laser printing, scanners and a wide variety of application and educational software.
Although no special high school background is required for admission to the sport management major, experience in sports, business or communications is helpful.
Completing the requirements for high school graduation is necessary for admission to BGSU, but only finishing the minimum coursework will leave you unprepared for college. Consider taking four years of mathematics instead of the three that are required. Two, three or even four years of the same foreign language is excellent for preparation for college. You will also benefit from competency in computer use. Courses that provide exposure to or training in the visual and performing arts are excellent choices.
BGSU's website for future students contains University highlights, admissions procedures, financial aid information and many department profiles. It can be accessed at www.bgsu.edu.
Bowling Green State University is a vibrant university that engages, challenges and prepares students for meaningful futures. At BGSU, students enjoy an education that integrates personal growth, academic excellence and an environment that expands their thinking and potential. A mid-size residential university, BGSU has an enrollment of approximately 20,000 and a full-time faculty of more than 900 on its main campus. More than 200 undergraduate majors and programs are offered as well as master's and doctoral level programs.
NOTE: Information in this guide is subject to change without notice. To learn more about the official program of study for Sport Management, please check the undergraduate catalog online at www.bgsu.edu/catalog/EDHD/EDHD62.html.