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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 for Baccalaureate Degree

  • A dynamic list of approved general education courses offered by term is available on the NDSU General Education Requirements website.
  • General education courses may be used to satisfy requirements for both general education and the major, minor, and program emphases, where applicable. Students should carefully review the major, minor, and program emphases requirements for minimum grade restrictions, if applicable.
First Year Experience (F)1
Skills For Academic Success (Also offered with the following prefixes: ABEN, AGRI, BUSN, HD&E, ME, NURS, PHRM)
Communication (C)12
College Composition I
College Composition II
Fundamentals of Public Speaking
Upper Division Writing
Quantitative Reasoning (R) 3
Science and Technology (S) 10
Humanities and Fine Arts (A) 6
Social and Behavioral Sciences (B) 6
Wellness (W) 2
Cultural Diversity (D) *†
Global Perspectives (G) *†
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 in the HNES major requirements courses to retain status in the professional program.
Major Requirements
COMM 112Understanding Media and Social Change (May satisfy general education category B)3
COMM 200Introduction to Media Writing3
CSCI 114Microcomputer Packages (May satisfy general education category S)3 or 4
or CSCI 116 Business Use of Computers
ENGL 320Business and Professional Writing (May satisfy general education category C)3
HNES 100Concepts of Fitness & Wellness (May satisfy general education category W)2
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
PSYC 111Introduction to Psychology (May satisfy general education category B)3
SOC 110Introduction to Sociology (May satisfy general education category B)3
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
Total Credits80-81

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.
  • 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.

Plan of Study

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 1103COMM 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.