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Sport Management

Sport Management Major

The Sport Management major is designed to prepare students for careers in sport and recreation organizations. The capstone experience is a 12 credit internship that may be completed during the senior year or variable credit experiences taken throughout the program at approved local, state, regional, national or international organizations. To enhance employment prospects, undergraduate candidates in the Sport Management major are required to complete a Business Administration minor.

Students are also encouraged to participate in the Sport Management Association. This student organization meets regularly to organize and conduct professional and service events.

Pre-Professional/Professional Emphasis

Students are admitted to the Pre-Professional emphasis in Sport Management when declaring the major. The Pre-Professional emphasis encompasses the freshman year; transfer students are also placed in the Pre-Professional emphasis upon acceptance to the university. Entrance into the Professional Emphasis occurs for freshman during the second semester of attendance; for transfer students, application occurs during the first semester of attendance.

The following requirements must be met before beginning the professional emphasis (sophomore, junior and senior level courses with prefix HNES) of study:

  1. Successful completion of HNES 190 Introduction to Sport Management with a grade of 'B' or better
  2. Minimum NDSU GPA of 2.70 or higher

Application guidelines are provided during HNES 190 and during advising sessions with freshmen.

Retention Standards

Students must meet the following retention standards (per semester) in order to maintain their status in the Sport Management professional program:

  • Maintain a "C" or higher in all HNES courses required for the major.
  • Maintain an NDSU cumulative GPA of 2.70 or higher on a 4.00 scale.
  • Maintain GPA requirements for the Business Administration Minor.

Major Requirements

Major: Sport Management

Degree Type: B.S.
Required Degree Credits to Graduate: 122

General Education Requirements

First Year Experience (F):
HD&E 189Skills for Academic Success (Students transferring in 24 or more credits do not need to take HD&E 189.)1
Communication (C):
ENGL 110College Composition I3
ENGL 120College Composition II3
ENGL 320Business and Professional Writing3
COMM 110Fundamentals of Public Speaking3
Quantitative Reasoning (R): Select from current general education list3
Science & Technology (S):
CSCI 114Microcomputer Packages3-4
or CSCI 116 Business Use of Computers
A one-credit lab must be taken as a co-requisite with a general education science/technology course unless the course includes an embedded lab experience equivalent to a one-credit course. Select from current general education list6-7
Humanities & Fine Arts (A): Select from current general education list6
Social & Behavioral Sciences (B):
PSYC 111Introduction to Psychology3
SOC 110Introduction to Sociology3
Wellness (W):
HNES 100Concepts of Fitness & Wellness2
Cultural Diversity (D): Select from current general education list
Global Perspectives (G): Select from current general education list
Total Credits40

Major Requirements

  • A cumulative GPA of 2.70 or higher is required for admission to the Sport Management program.
  • An NDSU GPA of 2.70 or higher must be maintained and the student must earn a grade of "C" or better within the HNES Major Requirement Courses to retain status in the professional program.
General Education Requirements40
Major Requirements
COMM 112Understanding Media and Social Change3
COMM 200Introduction to Media Writing3
HNES 190Introduction to Sport Management *3
HNES 224Sport and Event Management3
HNES 226Socio-Cultural Dimension in Sport3
HNES 304Sport Promotion and Public Relations3
HNES 305Legal Liability and Ethics in Sport3
HNES 426Sport Administration3
HNES 431Governance and Policy in Sport3
HNES 436Contemporary Issues in Sport Management3
HNES 485Sport Management Internship12
Required Minor - Business Administration
Minor application form is required to be completed with the College of Business. The business minor requires a 2.50 GPA in minor courses which cannot be taken pass/fail.24
Degree Requirements: Elective credits as needed to reach 12216
Students who have specific career goals in mind may elect to complete additional minor(s) by choosing focused electives. Examples of other minors that compliment Sport Management include: Accounting, Community Development, Hospitality & Tourism Management, Human Development and Family Science, Journalism, Public Relations & Advertising, Management Communication, and Web Design.
Total Credits122

Requires a grade of ‘B’ or better.

Degree Requirements and Notes

  • Course taken Pass/Fail will not be used to satisfy any requirements other than total credits.

The following combinations of courses are suggested semester schedules that allow the student to complete his/her major/option degree program in a four-year span. The arrangement of courses is based on which semesters the course is offered, the classification and the prerequisites or co-requisites required for successful completion of the course. The 4-Year Plan should be used with the curriculum guide. Remember, this is only a guide and circumstances may change the plan.

ENGL 110 (w/ Engl 100 lab)3COMM 1103
HD&E 1891COMM 1123
HNES 1002CSCI 114 or 1163-4
PSYC 1113ENGL 1203
Humanities/Fine Arts3HNES 1903
Quantitative Reasoning3 
 15 15-16
ACCT 102 (Bus Minor)3ECON 105 (Bus Minor)3
COMM 2003HNES 2263
HNES 2243SOC 1103
Humanities/Fine Arts-Diversity3Science/Tech w Lab4
 15 16
HNES 3053HNES 3043
HNES 4313HNES 4363
HNES 485*3HNES 485*3
Business Minor3Business Minor3
Business Minor3Electives3
 15 15
HNES 4263HNES 485*3
ENGL 3203Business Minor3
HNES 485*3Business Minor3
Business Minor3Electives3
Electives3Electives as needed to reach 122 credits4
 15 16
Total Credits: 122-123

* HNES 485 Internship can be taken for variable credit (depending on hours) throughout various terms, including summer, to reach a total 12 credits.