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Sport Management

Division of Business

The Bachelor of Science in Sport Management prepares students to be productive and dynamic sport professionals with knowledge, leadership, and management skills transferable to a wide variety of careers.

Program Overview

The B.S. in Sport Management is a cornerstone program at Mitchell College, preparing students with the knowledge, leadership, and management skills to be productive and dynamic sports management professionals in a wide variety of careers. Students learn to be a professional sports managers and employees with a focus on workplace readiness within their chosen career pathway.

Students have access to high-quality academic content delivered by outstanding faculty with extensive professional experience. Unique experiential learning opportunities are built into the program, including Workplace Readiness and Business Learning Labs, extensive local internship opportunities, and the option to pursue deeper, final-year Practicum Experiences working on and off campus with future employers.

What You Will Learn

The B.S. in Sport Management program prepares students to:
  • Demonstrate the knowledge, skills, attitudes and behaviors required to create a pathway to a rewarding professional career in sport management
  • Evaluate business situations in mature and startup organizations and apply appropriate professional methods to improve operations, solve problems and deliver results
  • Describe and evaluate the prevailing environmental, social, and economic systems and emerging megatrends that affect contemporary global business operations, with an emphasis the sports industry

Specializations and Minors

The B.S. degree in Sport Management is a full featured management degree, and includes a choice of specializations, enabling students to focus on a chosen professional management discipline as part of their degree. Specializations are available in:
In addition to degree specializations within the Sport Management major, the Business Division offers a minor in Sport Management to non-business students.

The Mitchell Difference

Earning a B.S. degree at Mitchell College requires a combination of coursework and experiential learning built around our Abilities Model. This skills-based learning approach includes the following: First-Year Experience, General Ed Courses, Integrative Career Development, Major Curriculum, Workplace Readiness Curriculum and Discipline-specific Specializations, along with space for several Open Electives. Every program at Mitchell offers unique opportunities to our broad spectrum of students for their educational, occupational and lifestyle pursuits.

 

  • Hands-on and Field Learning as a way for students to explore, retain, and experiment within their field of study
  • Wraparound Supports that offer resources and promote community-building within the learning process
  • Organizations and Activities to build community with peers, learn, and have fun such as:
      • Student Government Athletic Clubs
      • Sport and Fitness Club
      • National Society of Leadership and Success
      • Dance/Cheer Team
  • Internship opportunities offering real-world experience to enhance our students’ education journey in such environments as:
      • Mystic YMCA
      • Norwich Sea Unicorns/Dodd Stadium
      • Mitchell College Athletics
      • Waterford Recreation Department
      • U.S. Coast Guard
      • Stonington Recreation Department
      • New London Recreation Department
      • G’s Fitness and Nutrition
      • Wide World of Sports
      • Work Out World
      • Connecticut Sun
      • Waterford Speedbowl
      • Mohegan Sun
      • Power in Training Baseball and Softball Facility
      • DBI Baseball and Training
      • Many other opportunities
  • Service learning that combines learning objectives with community service in ways that can benefit both student growth and the community
  • Research that offers students the opportunities to delve deeper into subject areas of interest with faculty guidance
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Career Pathways

The Sport Management program prepares students for a number of different career options, as well as the potential for future advanced study. Many students go on to enjoy careers in environments such as:

  • Management — Small and Large Organizations
  • Entrepreneurship — Start-ups and Mature Firms
  • Sport Facility Management
  • Sport Event Management
  • Sport Information Management
  • Sport Marketing — All Types of Organizations
  • Athletic Administration — Schools, Universities, Municipal Recreation
  • Coaching — Grassroots, High School, College
  • Physical Education

Additionally, graduates have gone on to pursue advanced educational degrees or certification programs in areas such as teaching, health sciences, athletic training, exercise science, physical therapy, public health, organizational management, event management, and more. The Integrative Career Development program helps to focus students on career paths they are passionate about, leading to internships which become full-time positions for many students post-graduation.

    Sample Coursework: 4-Year Overview

    View the College Catalog for full descriptions of these courses.

    Year 1
    Fall Semester Cr. Spring Semester Cr.
    CW101 Intro to College Writing 3 EC101 Intro to Economics 3
    FC101 Seminar I: Compass 3 CW102 College Writing/Research 3
    MA104 Financial Literacy 3 FC102 Seminar II: Journey 3
    SM110 Intro to Sport Management 3 Lab Science 3
    Exploratory Elective 3 FC105 New London: Then & Now 3
    MG182 Work Readiness Lab: PowerPoint 1
    Fall Credits: 15 Spring Credits: 16
    Total First Year Credits 31
    Year 2
    Fall Semester Cr. Spring Semester Cr.
    MG181 Work Readines Lab: Excel 1 AC103 Financial Accounting 3
    MG215 Bus Lab I: Improving Business Operations 3 AC183 Work Readiness Lab: QuickBooks 1
    MG230 L&M Career Seminar 3 MG204 Principles of Marketing 3
    MG240 Principles of Leadership 3 SM310 Athletic Event Management 3
    SM302 Sport Facilities 3 MG340 Business Law & Ethics 3
    Theme Area Humanities Elective 3 Theme Area Humanities Elective 3
    Fall Credits: 16 Spring Credits: 16
    Total Second Year Credits 32
    Year 3
    Fall Semester Cr. Spring Semester Cr.
    CO126 Interpersonal Communication 3 SM415 Management of PE & Rec 3
    SM325 Sports Psychology 3 IN450 Advanced Internship 3
    MG325 Financial Management 3 Specialization Elective #2 3
    Specialization Elective #1 3 HUM Elective 3
    Theme Area SOC Elective 3 Exploratory Elective 3
    Fall Credits: 15 Spring Credits: 15
    Total Third Year Credits 30
    Year 4
    Fall Semester Cr. Spring Semester Cr.
    MG321 HR Management 3 MG490 Strategic Management Seminar or MG495 Strategic Management Project 3
    Specialization Elective #3 3 Specialization Elective #4 3
    Exploratory Elective 3 Exploratory Elective 3
    Exploratory Elective 3 Exploratory Elective 3
    Exploratory Elective 3
    Fall Credits: 15 Spring Credits: 12
    Total Fourth Year Credits 27
    Total Credits to Graduate: 120

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