Major | BS
The sport management program prepares you to work in exciting areas such as intercollegiate athletics management, sport organization management, sport communication, broadcasting, and sports promotions. In addition to core courses, you can pursue one of three areas of specialization: Marketing and Promotion, Management and Administration, or Sport Communications.
- Sport Management
- Business Operations
- Stadium Operations
- Sport Media
- Sport Marketing and Promotion
- Sport Communication
- Media Writing
- Facility Management and Design
- Attend Sport Management Conferences
- Gain hands-on management skills by working during various championships with athletic conferences including the MEAC, CIAA, ACC, and Mid-Atlantic conferences
- Travel to major sport cities to meet top management to enhance student professional development
- Participate in campus activities such as Homecoming, Founder's Day Convocation and Hoops for Heart
- Volunteer with various non-profit agencies
- Collect and donate food to agencies for the homeless
- Special guests attend Sport Management Majors meetings to discuss a variety of topics regarding being successful in the sports business industry.
- Other colleges and universities provide information for those students wanting to attend graduate school.
- SHAPE America: Society of Health and Physical Educators
- North Carolina Alliance for Athletics, Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (NCAAHPERD)
- National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE)
- North American Society for Sport Management (NASSM)
- Sport Marketing Association (SMA)
- Commission on Sport Management Accreditation
Frequently Asked Questions
Students will be interviewed by the Sport Management faculty to determine their status. We are looking for students who have an outgoing personality, initiative to go beyond the call of duty to get the job done, good organizational skills and excellent communication and computer skills. These students need to be insightful, energetic, motivated, flexible, intelligent and a team player.
Students who have been accepted into the program are required to read and sign the Department of Human Performance and Sport Sciences Professional Dispositions contract. Failure to follow the rules and regulations will result in a meeting with the program coordinator to discuss transferring out of the department.
Students must MAINTAIN a 2.50 or higher.
Starting the semester you are accepted, students are required to get hands-on-experience both within the department and at companies on and off campus. Assisting the athletic department in all sports is one opportunity that will enhance your chances of getting a job. Attending the weekly sport management majors' meetings will enable you to hear presentations from professionals who are working in the sport industry.
Yes. Once you get accepted into the major, you're required to attend all major meetings every Wednesday from 7:00 am to 7:30 am. Guest speakers talk about the type of employees their companies are looking to hire in the sport industry.
Yes. Students must dress professionally, with no exceptions.
No. Students are required to make a "C" or higher in all major and upper level courses. All courses earning a "D" must be repeated.
Only Sport Management faculty can advise the majors.
Students accepted into the sport management program are given a copy of the curriculum, which indicates what courses are required each year - freshman, sophomore, junior and senior year.
Sixty credits out of the required 120 are within sport management, including the three concentrations curriculum Marketing and Promotion, Management and Administration, and Sport Communication.
Graduates will earn a Bachelor's of Science Degree in Sport Management.
December, May, end of the first or second summer session, or August.
Yes. There are three concentrations along with the core sport management courses which prepare students to compete for entry-level positions outside of the sports arena. Because there is an MBA here at Winston-Salem State University, we encourage graduates to apply for this program or other related areas.
No. You would need to major in a teaching degree so you are licensed to teach and coach within the school. It is true there are a few individuals who get coaching jobs due to their personal experiences in the sports industry, but the majority of coaches are also licensed to teach in other areas as well.
Yes. There are several graduates who are coaching at the college/university level at this time.
Yes. However, you must be willing to go to law school. This degree will help you learn about the sport industry, including policies, legal issues, financial aspects and issues and trends. Most sports agents, however, do have law degrees. Students interested in such work may need to plan on pursuing a terminal degree in the future.
Absolutely. If you're an athlete, two things are paramount: take care of your academics and participate in your sports. Being organized, attending classes on time, submitting all assignments no later than the due date, and communicating with your teachers will enhance your chances of passing the classes and graduating on time.
Yes. This means that the program has met a defined standard of excellence.
Yes. The internship is the last course students are required to complete before receiving their degree.
The program is a member of the Commission on Sport Management Accreditation (COSMA) and is currently seeking COSMA accreditation.
Currently I am a Universal Banker at First Trust Bank. My major has placed me in a position where I am now able to use my understanding of compliance, financial aid, and collegiate sports to assist others with financial services.