Sport Management

Degree:Bachelor of Science B.S.
Major:Sport Management
Minor:Sport Management
Department:Administration and Law
Building 70, Room 101
College:School of Education
CIP Code:31.0504

The Sport Management program prepares students for entry-level careers as potential leaders and administrators in the sport industry and for further study in graduate school. Possible positions may be found in collegiate athletics, municipal parks and recreation departments, community sports programs, professional sports leagues, amateur sports organizations, and commercial sport industries such as fitness and activity centers, sport camps, and other private sport organizations. An internship in the field along with a capstone course for students is required in this degree.

Students in Sport Management must complete 30 sh of major required courses, 12 sh of major electives, 9 sh of practicum, and 9 sh of major-related courses.  

No more than 24% of the program requirements for the degree may be taken in traditional business subjects.

Requirements for admission to the capstone experience are as follows:

  • Grade of "C" or higher in all courses used to fulfill major requirements;
  • At least a 2.50 cumulative GPA in the major;
  • Completion of SPM 4003 Sport Management Careers Seminar; and
  • Recommendations of academic advisors and the Sport Management program coordinator.

No more than 24% of the program requirements for the degree may be taken in traditional business subjects.

General Education

In addition to the General Education requirements listed on this page, students must satisfy all additional University requirements, including the Gordon Rule, multicultural, and foreign language requirements. With appropriate planning and coordination with an academic advisor, students may satisfy some of the general University requirements through the General Education curriculum. For a complete listing of general degree requirements, refer to the "University Requirements" section of this catalog.

General Education Curriculum:

Sport Management majors are encouraged to take the following courses within general education requirements:

English Composition I
English Composition II
College Algebra
Elements of Statistics
Social Science6
Principles of Economics Macro
Introduction to Sociology
General Psychology
Introduction to Literature
Introduction to Philosophy
Critical Thinking
Ethics in Contemporary Society
Total Hours24

Multicultural Requirement

Civic Literacy Requirement

The 2017 Florida Legislature amended Section 1007.25, Florida Statutes, to require students initially entering a State University System (SUS) and/or Florida College System (FCS) institution in 2018-2019 and thereafter to demonstrate competency in civic literacy. The 2021 Legislature further amended Florida Statutes, requiring students to complete both a civic literacy course and an exam. As a result, there are three cohorts of students currently matriculating at Florida public institutions subject to varying requirements. As demonstrated in the table below, the exact civic literacy requirements are based on the academic term in which a student first enrolled in a Florida public institution.

Students Included in Cohort Civic Literacy Competency Requirement
Cohort 1: Students first entering the SUS or FCS prior to fall 2018 None
Cohort 2: Students first entering the SUS or FCS in fall 2018 – summer A 2021 Complete a course or exam
Cohort 3: Students first entering the SUS or FCS in summer B 2021 (on or after July 1, 2021) and thereafter Complete both a course and exam

Additionally, the 2021 Legislature made two additional exceptions: approving the use of accelerated mechanisms for meeting the course competency requirement and exempting high school students who pass the Florida Civic Literacy Exam in high school from the postsecondary exam requirement. These two changes are in effect for Cohort 3.

There are multiple ways to satisfy this requirement. Students should work with their academic advisor to determine which option is best for their degree requirements/degree plan. 

Additional information can be found on our Civic Literacy website.

*BOG 8.006s.1007.25(4,a-b)

Common Prerequisites (9 Hours)

State-mandated common prerequisites must be completed prior to graduation, but are not required for admission to the program. See the Common Prerequisite Manual for course substitutions from Florida colleges and universities.

Choose one:3
FIN XXXX Courses with a finance emphasis
MAR XXXX Courses with a marketing emphasis
GEB XXXX Courses with a general business emphasis*
Choose one:3
MAN XXXX Courses with a management emphasis
BUL XXXX Courses with a business law emphasis
CGS XXXX Courses with a general computer emphasis
STA XXXX Courses with a statistics emphasis
ACG XXXX Courses with a accounting emphasis
REE XXXX Courses with a real estate emphasis
Choose one:3
HFT XXXX Courses with a hospitality management emphasis
ECO XXXX Courses with a economics emphasis*
SDS XXXX Courses with a student development emphasis*
COM XXXX Courses with a communication emphasis
Total Hours9

 Indicates common prerequisites which can be used to satisfy General Education requirements.

Lower Division Electives

Students must complete sufficient 1000/2000 level electives to complete at least 60 sh in the lower division. Current UWF students may use elective courses at any level (1000-4000) to meet this elective requirement. Students should consult their academic advisor for guidance in course selection.

Major Courses (51 Hours)

Major Required

SPM 2010Sport in Global Society +3
SPM 3004Introduction to Contemporary Sport Management +3
SPM 3104Sport Facility Planning and Management +3
SPM 3109Sport Event Management and Revenue Generation +3
SPM 3115Managing a Sport Organization +3
SPM 3306Sports Marketing +3
SPM 3512Sport Sales and Fundraising +3
SPM 4505Sport Business and Finance +3
SPM 4703Sport Analytics +3
SPM 4723Sport Law and Risk Management +3
Total Hours30

Major Electives

Select 12 credit hours from the following12
Human Resources in the Hospitality Industry +
Communication and Social Media in Sports +
Sport Management Internship +
Sociology of Sport +
Sport Betting +
Esports Management +
Environmental Sustainability in Sport +
Sport Leadership and Governance Around the World +
Any 3000/4000 level course with approval
Total Hours12


SPM 3941Sport Management Internship +3
SPM 4003Sport Management Careers Seminar +3
SPM 4945Senior Capstone in Sport Management +3
Total Hours9

Major-Related Courses (9 Hours):

Choose three classes from the options below: 9
Accounting for Non-Majors
Intercultural Communication
Conflict Management
Principles of Economic Theory and Public Policy
Business Foundations for Non-Business Majors
Management Fundamentals
Behavior in Organizations
Human Resources Management
Marketing Fundamentals
Interpersonal Communication
Any 2000/3000/4000 level course with approval
Total Hours9


Sport Management

The Sport Management minor is intended to provide non-majors with the foundational knowledge to apply their respective major discipline in a sport setting. The minor supports students' major preparation for careers in sport media and communication, sport marketing, entrepreneurship in sport, sport law and risk management practice, sport hospitality and tourism, sport psychology practice, and a variety of disciplines that may be applied in the sport industry. The minor supplements the student's major discipline with knowledge of the sport industry. 

Students in the Sport Management minor must complete 12 sh of coursework. Students must take SPM 3004 Introduction to Contemporary Sport Management. In addition, students can choose any three SPM courses (excluding practicums).

SPM 3004Introduction to Contemporary Sport Management3
Choose three of the following:9
Sport Facility Planning and Management
Sport Event Management and Revenue Generation
Managing a Sport Organization
Sports Marketing
Communication and Social Media in Sports
Sport Sales and Fundraising
Sport Management Internship
Sport Management Careers Seminar
Sociology of Sport
Sport Betting
Esports Management
Environmental Sustainability in Sport
Sport Business and Finance
Sport Leadership and Governance Around the World
Sport Analytics
Sport Law and Risk Management