Academic Catalog 2020-2021

Slippery Rock University

Sport Management, Bachelor of Science (BS) - Liberal Studies

The sport management degree program at Slippery Rock University has received specialized accreditation through the Commission on Sport Management Accreditation (COSMA) located in Fort Collins, Colorado, USA. In 2010, the Department of Sport Management was the first program in the US to  be accredited by the Commission on Sport Management Accreditation (COSMA), and in 2017 was the first program to be re-accredited.

Program Learning Outcomes

The Sport Management faculty has established five program outcomes for the undergraduate program that are implemented on a daily basis inside and outside the classroom.  These program outcomes are an extension of the mission statement and connect to the university's outcomes. In order to achieve our mission, these outcomes are assessed using a variety of direct and indirect performance indicators. 

  • Communication: Communicate effectively in speech and in writing, using appropriate information sources, presentation formats, and technologies.
  • Diversity, Ethical, Legal and Financial Practices: Integrate diverse, ethical, legal and financial principles and understand their impact on decision making in sport managerial situations.
  • Technological and Global Interdependence: Demonstrate proficiency in use of current technologies and exhibit understanding of the global sport industry.
  • Professional Proficiency and Development: Apply knowledge and skills to meet professional competencies within sport industry.
  • Critical Thinking and Problem Solving: Demonstrate ability to identify, analyze, synthesize and evaluate information and ideas through professional performance in simulated sport industry environments such as an internship, practicum or volunteer experience.

Related Links

Sport Management, BS Program Page

Sport Management Department Page

Professional Licensure/Certification Page

Curriculum Guide

GPA Requirement

Major GPA: 2.0 or higher
Overall GPA: 2.0 or higher


Liberal Studies Requirements45-46
Other Basic Requirements0-3
Computer Competency0-3
Major Requirements58

* All undergraduate degree programs require a minimum of 120 credits.  Some courses meet multiple requirements, but are only counted once toward the 120 credit total required to graduate.

Liberal Studies Requirements

See Liberal Studies Guide for Goal and Enrichment choices

Goal Course Requirements
Basic Requirements
ENGL 102Critical Writing3
ENGL 104Critical Reading3
COMM 200Civil Discourse: Theory & Practice3
The Arts
Global Community
Human Institutions/Interpersonal Relationships
Science, Technology & Math
Goal –Math3
Challenges of the Modern Age
Enrichment Course Requirements
Select one course from three of the following Enrichment Areas:9
Total Hours45-46

Basic Math Requirement

Check with your adviser or a current degree audit report to see if you have been exempted from this course. The credit earned in this course will not be counted toward the 120 credit hour minimum needed to earn a degree.

Complete one of the following:0-3
Meet required minimum SAT or ACT math score OR
Beginning Algebra
Total Hours0-3

Computer Competency

Demonstrate "computer competency" by one of the following:0-3
Pass Computer Competency Exam OR
Select one of the following at SRU or another post-secondary institution:
Introduction to Computing for Liberal Arts
Computer Concepts
Introduction to Computing and Programming
Technology for Wellness
Total Hours0-3

Major Requirements 

  • 29 major credits must be taken at SRU or PASSHE
  • 29 major credits must be taken at the 300 level or above
Required Practical Application Courses
SPMT 150Sport Management Practicum (Freshman) 11
SPMT 150Sport Management Practicum (Sophomore) 11
SPMT 150Sport Management Practicum (Junior) 11
SPMT 150Sport Management Practicum (Senior) 11
Sport Management
SPMT 194Introduction to Sport Management (Freshman) 13
SPMT 196Global Sport Management (Freshman) 13
SPMT 269American Sport in the 21st Century (Sophomore) 13
SPMT 286Sport Communication and Technology (Sophomore) 13
SPMT 294Sport Management and Ethics (Sophomore) 13
SPMT 315Diversity Issues in Sport Management (Junior) 13
SPMT 369Sport Budgeting and Finance (Junior/Senior) 13
SPMT 386Leadership in Athletic Administration and Sport Management 13
SPMT 394Sport Marketing (Junior) 13
SPMT 396Selling in the Sport Industry (Junior) 13
SPMT 406Sport Fundraising and Event Management (Senior) 13
SPMT 450Sport Management Internship (last semester) 112
SPMT 486Sport Law and Facilities (Senior) 13
SPMT 494Sport Management Senior Seminar (Senior) 13
SPMT 499Sport Management Research Methods (Senior) 13
Total Hours58

Recommended Electives (20 Credits)

Select 20 credits of 300 level or above classes
The Department of SPMT recommends courses to be taken from Accounting, Communication, Economics, Finance, Management or Marketing or:
Any 300 level or above courses that lead to the Minor in Leadership
Any 300 level or above courses that lead to the Minor in Physical Education/Coaching
Any 300 level or above courses that lead to the Minor in a Foreign Language
This will help you complete a minor if you are interested. See your MyRockAudit for details.

Additional Requirements

Required Volunteer Hours
Volunteer Hours - 120 hours minimum
Required to pass the Senior Comprehensive Exam prior to Internship
Required First Aid & CPR Certification
Students must become certified in both First Aid & CPR. This can be accomplished by:
Take a course (Red Cross or YMCA)
First Aid and Safety

Important Curriculum Guide Notes

This Curriculum Guide is provided to help SRU students and prospective students better understand their intended major curriculum. Enrolled SRU students should note that the My Rock Audit may place already-earned and/or in progress courses in different, yet valid, curriculum categories. Enrolled SRU students should use the My Rock Audit Report and materials and information provided by their faculty advisers to ensure accurate progress towards degree completion. The information on this guide is current as of the date listed. Students are responsible for curriculum requirements at the time of enrollment at the University.

PASSHE - Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Institutions

This program is effective as of Fall 2019.
UCC 05.13.20
Revised 08.07.20