Sport Management is a four-year program of study designed to prepare students for employment in wellness, sport, and sports-related enterprises. Students enrolled in the major focus on business skills such as financial management, marketing, and legal questions associated with the field as well as a solid foundation of philosophy, principles, and objectives of the sport and wellness industry.
The major offers two areas of concentration and requires an internship experience. The internship experience serves to complement the classroom learning and provide valuable on-the-job experience.
Only one concentration may be chosen by those selecting a major in Sport Management.
This fall, the Commission on Sport Management Accreditation (COSMA) granted WC’s program “candidacy” status as the latest step in the process that will include submitting a self-study in September 2016 followed by a campus visit by a COSMA review team in February 2017.
The sports industry is one of the fastest-growing industries in America, according to the North American Society for Sport Management. Sport management is a field of study that focuses on the business aspects of sports and recreation. Colleges and universities offering bachelor degrees in sport management often combine physical education, fitness, and kinesiology with business and finance, providing students with a wide scope of the sport industry.
Students who major in sports management are presented with a wide variety of career options. Graduates go on to pursue careers as agents, managers, publicists, and administrators in the sports industry.
Internships are important learning experiences at Wilmington. Interns apply what they have studied in college courses to real on-the-job situations. Often these internships can lead to full-time employment upon graduation. One former sport management intern for the Cleveland Cavaliers puts it this way: “My internship let me see it all. I helped set up a rookie camp and even sat in on a contract negotiation. The internship helped me decide on a career, too. After college, I went to graduate school and became an athletic program administrator.”
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