Sport Management Program Requirements for 2023-2024

B.S. in Sport Management

For students majoring in sport management, all courses designated as sport management (SPST) that may be applied to the major are included in the determination of the grade point average in the major.


Sport Management Courses – 40/43 credits

  • SPST 100 – Introduction to Sport Management (3)
  • SPST 105 – Sport Industry Seminar (3)
  • SPST 215 – Budgeting and Planning in Sport (3)
  • SPST 240 – Sport Law (3)
  • SPST 245 – Software in Sport (3)
  • SPST 280 – Theory and Behavior of Sport Organizations (3)
  • SPST 320 – Sport Marketing and Promotions (3)
  • SPST 380 – Sales and Client Services (3)
  • SPST 390 – Practicum (3)
  • SPST 399 – Research and Evaluation (3)
  • SPST 401 – Sport Business and Finance (3)
  • SPST 420 – Sport Leadership and Ethics (3)
  • SPST 421 – Capstone in Sport (1)
  • SPST 490 – Internship (3–6)

Electives – 15 credits

Choose FIVE sport management electives from the following two areas. You must take at least one course from each area.

Human Relations
  • SPST 140 – Athletes as Activists (3)
  • SPST 190 – Exploration in Sport (3)
  • SPST 201P – P3 Sport and Society (3)
  • SPST 203 – History of Sport (3)
  • SPST 205 – CC Gender and Sport (3)
  • SPST 212 – Psychology of Sport  (3)
  • SPST 230 – Esports and Digital Influencers (3)
  • SPST 235 – Ethics in Sport (3)
  • SPST 265 – P5 International Cultures & Sport (3)
  • SPST 270 – P5 Cultural Understanding Through Sport Film (3)
  • SPST 375 – Sport and Social Media (3)
Business Electives
  • SPST 231 – College Athletics (3)
  • SPST 250 – Facility and Operations Management (3)
  • SPST 255 – Sustainability in Sport (3)
  • SPST 260 – Sport and Recreation Management (3)
  • SPST 290 – Sport Industry Experience (3)
  • SPST 330 – Economics of Sport (3)
  • SPST 350 – Negotiation and Athlete Representation (3)
  • SPST 365D – CC International Sport (3)
  • SPST 460 – Event Planning and Sponsorship Sales (3)
  • SPST 497 – Baseball Ops Challenge (3)

Liberal Arts Courses – 6 credits

  • ECON 105C – P3 Principles of Microeconomics (3)
  • ECON 221 – SQ Statistics I (3)

Accounting and Management Courses – 6 credits

  • ACCT 101 – Principles of Accounting I (3)
  • MKTG 221 – Marketing Principles (3)

Total: 67–70 credits

Note:  Sport management majors must obtain a grade of “C” or higher in all SPST courses used for major requirements. SPST courses in which the student earns a “C-” or lower must be repeated if the course is to be used as part of the major.

A Minor in Another Discipline

The interdisciplinary nature of the sport management program provides students with a broad perspective of sport as business and its role in society. To narrow their perspective, students are strongly encouraged to minor in one of the following related areas: accounting, economics, media and communication, computer science, management (general business, finance, marketing), psychology, or sociology.

Practicum and Internship Courses

An important part of the sport management major is the experiential learning opportunities offered through the practicum and internship courses. These courses allow students to learn more effectively by applying classroom theory to real work experience. Students also build a portfolio and make contacts with leading professionals.

Sport management majors are also eligible to participate in an advanced field experience. This 12-credit internship allows students to spend an entire semester with an approved sport organization located outside the Western New York area. Students eligible for this experience will have demonstrated both excellence in the classroom and an ability to work independently.

A student is eligible for the practicum course upon earning 60 credits (with a minimum GPA of 2.75 in the major) and is eligible for the internship upon earning 90 credits (with a minimum GPA of 2.75 in the major).

Inclusive Childhood Education Major with a Liberal Arts Major/Concentration in Sport Management

Students pursuing teaching certification in inclusive childhood education must declare either a second major or a concentration in a liberal arts field. Either choice results in a Bachelor of Science degree. Inclusive childhood education students who wish to pursue a dual major with sport management take all of the major requirements as listed above, in addition to meeting all of the inclusive childhood education requirements (49 credits: see Inclusive Childhood Education for details). If an inclusive childhood education major wishes to concentrate in sport management, the sport management department in conjunction with the education department, has outlined the following courses which meet the New York state requirement for a liberal arts concentration in this field. Students must earn grades of “C” or higher in all courses in the content area.

  • SPST 100 – Introduction to Sport Management (3)
  • SPST 201 – P3 Sport and Society (3)
  • SPST 212 – Psychology of Sport (3)
  • SPST 215 – Budgeting and Planning in Sport (3)
  • SPST 240 – Sport Law (3)
  • SPST 280 – Theory and Behavior in Sport Organizations (3)
  • SPST 320 – Sport Marketing (3)
  • SPST 420 – Sport Leadership and Ethics (3)
  • TWO SPST electives (6)

Total: 30 credits

Note: All education degrees at St. John Fisher University are accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). Teacher certification requirements are established by New York State and other state licensing organizations. Inclusive childhood education majors are required to complete at least 30 credits in a liberal arts and sciences content area. While courses in sport management fulfill this requirement, neither the inclusive childhood education major nor teacher certification requirements fall under the purview of the Commission on Sport Management Accreditation (COSMA) and are not administered through the Department of Sport Management. All inquiries about the inclusive childhood education degree program and teacher certification should be directed to the chair of the Inclusive Education Department.

Minor in Sport Management


  • SPST 100 – Introduction to Sport Management (3)
  • Choose TWO:
    • SPST 240 – Sport Law (3)
    • SPST 280 – Theory and Behavior in Sport Organizations (3)
    • SPST 320 – Sport Marketing and Promotions (3)
    • SPST 401 – Sport Business and Finance (3)
  • THREE sport management electives *

Total: 18 credits

*Electives may be chosen from any level, excluding any foundational core courses (Learning Community, Research-Based Writing, Data Analytics).

Note: An internship in sport management is not available to those who minor in the department. Only one course taken to meet a major requirement may also be applied to the sport management minor. A grade point average of 2.00 is required for all courses taken in residence that may be applied to the minor.

Note: The program requirements listed are for the current academic year. Past and future program requirements may differ.