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Recreation and Sport Management, Sport Management concentration Major Guide for 2016-2017

What is Recreation and Sport Management, Sport Management concentration

The sport management concentration is designed for students interested in working in the sports industry. The program combines sport management with a minor in business administration. A formally recognized program at the University of Tennessee since 1983, sport management is a field of study and application based upon the integration of sports and recreation with management theory and principles. Sport management applies skills related to planning, organizing, leading, and evaluating to organizations or departments whose primary product or service is sports and/or recreation. This program includes study in management, economics, finance, and marketing, as well as communications and law. The program also includes a semester-long internship experience. The internship, a full-time work experience at an approved site with expert supervision, is the culmination of study. Through the internship experience, students gain managerial skills as well as valuable contacts for possible future employment.

Career Opportunities in Recreation and Sport Management, Sport Management concentration

Growth of sport industries in this country and the world has created a demand for sport and fitness professionals trained in management. In the United States, sport-related businesses are a multi-billion dollar enterprise, ranking in the top fifteen industries in the nation. Opportunities for sport management graduates range from working for a local non-profit organization to working for a professional sports team. Career possibilities include marketing, media relations, facility management, and athletic administration. Sport management majors may work in a variety of settings: sports teams of various types and levels; sport and fitness facilities; college/university intramurals and sport clubs; sport information; public and private sport clubs; and the sporting goods industry.

Salary Trends in Recreation and Sport Management, Sport Management concentration

Salary can vary based on education, experience, geographic location and specific position. For the most up to date salary information in various related careers, please refer to the following links: – Occupational Outlook Handbook – Career Services Final Destination Survey  – 2014-15 Results

High School Preparation

High school preparation should include involvement in sport-related activities or working in a support role in athletics.  This major includes a minor in business administration; it is important to take a variety of college preparatory mathematics courses to develop the mathematical skills necessary to be successful in this major.  Pre-calculus and calculus are particularly helpful preparatory courses.

How to Major in Recreation and Sport Management, Sport Management concentration

Entering freshmen students may declare Recreation and Sport Management with a Sport Management concentration as their major at Orientation.  During the first one to two years at UT, SM students should contact the College of Education, Health and Human Sciences Office of Student Services at 865-974-8194 for advising.  Current students interested in changing their major to SM should also consult with an EHHS advisor.  Students will take RSM 100 (Orientation to Recreation and Sport Management) and RSM 250 (Foundations of Sport Management) prior to applying to transition to faculty advising.  Other than RSM 100 and RSM 250, the courses students take in their first two years will be general education requirements (including milestone courses to be ready to submit the application) and courses toward the built-in business minor.  Students must apply to continue in the Sport Management major and transition to faculty advising.  Applications will be considered after the successful completion of English 101-102, Math 125 or 141, RSM 100 (C or better), and RSM 250 (C or better).  A minimum GPA of 2.5 is also required and must be maintained.

Requirements for Recreation and Sport Management, Sport Management concentration

Students are required to take 37 credit hours in general education, 43 in the sport management curriculum, 22 hours in the business minor, and 15 hours of general electives. Students must maintain a 2.5 GPA to complete the program.

Special Programs, Co-ops, and Internships

Each sport management major is required to complete two practicum courses and a semester-long full-time internship. The internship can be done during either, the fall, spring, or summer semester. Students have held internships at Disney Sports, Tennessee Titans, Cleveland Browns, Collegiate Licensing Company, Boston Celtics, North Carolina State University, the University of Tennessee, Texas Tech University, YMCA, Boys’ & Girls’ Club, city Parks and Recreation Departments, and Health and Fitness Centers.

Highlights of Recreation and Sport Management, Sport Management concentration

Partners in Sports encourages the development of leaders in the growing sports industry throughout the world and attempts to elevate the status of the sport management program at UT. Partners in Sports promotes practical experiences and the professional development of students.

Ready for the World

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, offers study abroad programs in Asia, Europe, Africa, Australia, South America, and North America. Program lengths vary from mini-term trips to the entire academic year, and students may choose to fulfill general education requirements, study a foreign language, or take courses within their majors.

Study abroad options certainly exist for RSM majors! UTK RSM majors have most frequently found compatible major coursework at institutions in other English-speaking countries. Possibilities include (but are not limited to) studying sport and event marketing in Australia, sponsorship and fundraising in England, sport governance and administration in New Zealand, or sport services management in Ireland.  Sport management majors also have the option to complete practica and internships abroad. The globalization of sports means that our majors have the opportunity to interact with scholars from around the world and have the knowledge and skills to compete on an international level for jobs.  In addition to taking major-related courses abroad, many students elect to fulfill their language requirement and/or general education courses overseas.

Consult an academic advisor early in your academic career about the best time for you to study abroad as well as what courses you may need to take. For more information about program options, the application process, and how to finance study abroad, please visit the Programs Abroad Office website.  Learn more about UT’s Ready for the World initiative to help students gain the international and intercultural knowledge they need to succeed in today’s world.

Experience Learning

Experience Learning LogoExperience Learning is a bold new initiative with the goal of transforming the educational student experience at the University of Tennessee. Over a five-year period, UT will transform our culture to give students more opportunities to be involved in civic engagement, solve complex real-world problems, and contribute to the welfare of their communities as part of their regular course work.

The purpose of Experience Learning is to help students apply the knowledge, skills, and values learned in the classroom to real-world challenges. Experience Learning also seeks to engage student learning through direct experience and intense reflection to increase knowledge, acquire lifelong learning and problem-solving skills, and elucidate values.

Learn more about Experience Learning.

Academic Plan and Milestones

Following an academic plan will help students stay on track to graduate in four years. Beginning with first-time, first-year, full-time, degree-seeking students entering in the Fall 2013 semester and later and transfer students beginning Fall 2015 and later, UT has implemented Universal Tracking (uTrack), an academic monitoring system designed to help students stay on track for timely graduation. In order to remain on track, students must complete the minimum requirements for each tracking semester, known as milestones. Milestones may include successful completion of specified courses and/or attainment of a minimum GPA.

To see a sample academic plan and milestones for this major, click here.

For More Information

Carrie Trexler
Department of Kinesiology, Recreation and Sport Studies
HPER 326, 1914 Andy Holt Avenue
Knoxville, TN 37996-2700
(865) 974-3340


The information on this page should be considered general information only. For more specific information on this and other programs refer to the UT catalog or contact the department and/or college directly.

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