Sports & Fitness Management (B.S.)

Sports and Fitness Management major is for students interested in running a health club or managing a sports team. Individuals working in this industry are concerned with the planning, organizing, managing, and budgeting aspects of a department or organization whose main purpose is related to sports or physical activities. Sports management professionals handle the behind the scenes features, such as finance, marketing, leadership, facility management, and event management. Sports management is applied in nearly all types of levels of sports, including municipal recreation, private organizations, social organizations, government athletic activities, amateur sport, college-level athletics, and professional sports.

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Sports and Fitness Management major is for students interested in running a health club or managing a sports team. 

Job Outlook

A continued interest in sports and recreation and a growth in the overall population are expected to increase the need for sports and fitness management professionals.

Earnings

Salary varies greatly by location and employer.

Educational Qualifications

Many sports and fitness managers have to start with an internship with the organization and work their way up to managing. Often experience within the sport is a big help, as many former athletes go on to manage after their playing days are through. There are some colleges that offer master's degrees in sports management and this is obviously a large advantage in getting a job. To become a sports and fitness manager it is important to have a good business sense and the ability to communicate and negotiate in serious discussions about big issues. 

To view general education requirements for this major, please visit catalog.swau.edu/Undergraduate/2017-2018.

KINESIOLOGY CORE CURRICULUM

KINT 110 Fundamentals of Kinesiology............................ 3

KINT 201 Introduction to Kinesiology Research ............. 1

KINT 241 Care and Prevention of Athletic Injuries......... 3

KINT 310 Motor Learning................................................... 3

KINT 321 Exercise Physiology ............................................ 3

KINT 331 Biomechanics ...................................................... 3

KINT 490 Senior Seminar.................................................... 1 

TOTAL: 17

BUSINESS COURSES

ACCT 211 Accounting Principles I ..................................... 3

BUAD 301 Principles of Management................................. 3

BUAD 321 Business Finance................................................. 3

BUAD 372 Human Resource Management ........................ 3

BUAD 472 Business Policies and Strategies ........................ 3

ECON 211 Macroeconomics OR

ECON 212 Microeconomics ................................................. 3

MKTG 343 Principles of Marketing ....................................... 3

TOTAL: 21 

SPORTS & FITNESS MANAGEMENT CONCENTRATION

KINA 115 Resistance Training............................................. 1

KINT 252 ACSM Certified Personal Trainer..................... 3

KINT 354 NSCA Certified Strength &
Conditioning Specialist...................................... 3

KINT 450 Administration of Kinesiology ......................... 3

KINT 452 ACSM Certified Health Fitness Specialist....... 3

KINT 485 Internship............................................................. 6

TOTAL: 19

REQUIRED COGNATES:

ACCT 211 Accounting Principles........................................ 3

BIOL 101, 102 Anatomy & Physiology .............................. 8

BUAD 301 Principles of Management................................. 3

BUAD 321 Business Finance................................................. 3

BUAD 372 Human Resource Management ........................ 3

BUAD 472 Business Policies and Strategies ........................ 3

ECON 211 Macroeconomics OR

ECON 212 Microeconomics ................................................. 3

MATH 241 Intro to Probability and Statistics ..................... 3

MKTG 343 Principles of Marketing...................................... 3 

 

 

 

First Year

First Semester

KINT 110—Fundamentals of Kinesiology ...............................3

UNIV 111—Wellness of Life .......................................1

ENGL 121—Freshmen Composition........................................3

Math 110—College Algebra..............................................3

BIOL 101—Anatomy and Physiology.......................................4

TOTAL:​ 15

Second Semester

Computer Application Elective..................................................1

History .........................................................................................3

Religion ........................................................................................3

BIOL 102—Anatomy and Physiology.......................................4

Fine Arts Elective ...............................................................3

TOTAL:​ 16

Second Year

ACCT 211—Accounting Principles I ........................................3

KINT 241—Care and Prevention of Athletic Injuries.............3

PSYC 220—Human Growth and Development ......................3

ENGL 220—Research Writing...................................................3

Religion ........................................................................................3

KINA Activity Elective.........................................1

TOTAL:​ 16

KINT 201—Introduction to Kinesiology Research .................1

ECON 212—Microeconomics ...................................................3

MATH 241—Introduction to Probability and Statistics ......3

History (non-US) .......................................................................3

COMM 115—Discussion Techniques ......................................3

Religion ........................................................................................3

TOTAL:​ 16

Third Year

KINA 115—Resistance Training................................................1

KINT 252—ACSM Certi ed Personal Trainer ........................3

KINT 450—Administration in Kinesiology .............................3

BUAD 321—Business Finance...................................................3

BUAD 301—Principles of Management...................................3

KINT 310—Motor Learning.......................................................3

TOTAL:​ 16

KINT 331—Biomechanics ..........................................................3

KINT 452—ACSM Certified Health Fitness Specialist...........3

Religion Upper Division............................................................3

Literature .....................................................................................3

Physical Science Elective .............................................................3

TOTAL:​ 16

Fourth Year

KINT 321—Exercise Physiology ................................................3

BUAD 372—Human Resources Management.........................3

MKTG 343—Principles of Marketing .......................................3

Elective.........................................................................................3

Elective.........................................................................................3

TOTAL:​ 15

KINT 485—Internship ................................................................6

KINT 490—Senior Seminar........................................................1

BUAD 472—Business Policies and Strategies ......................3

KINT 354—NSCA Certified Strength

and Conditioning Specialist..................................3

Elective......................................................................................3

TOTAL:​ 16