The School of Social Sciences
Sport Management is an interdisciplinary field of study that draws from a wide range of academic disciplines, including business, management, law, and communication. The thoroughly interdisciplinary emphasis of the sport management major aims to educate students in the skills and theory necessary to assume leadership roles both in and out of the sport industry.
Career preparation for leadership and entrepreneurial positions is the ultimate goal of the sport management major at Rice. Students will acquire a solid academic and practical foundation and thus will be competitive for opportunities that include entering the sport business industry or applying to the country’s best law and business schools.
Upon completing the BA degree, a student majoring in Sport Management will be able to:
For general university requirements, see Graduation Requirements. Students pursuing the BA degree with a major in Sport Management (SMGT) must complete:
The three Sport Management major concentrations and descriptions are listed below:
CORE REQUIREMENTS Students must complete a total of 10 courses (31 credit hours) as listed below to satisfy the Sport Management major’s Core Requirements
MAJOR CONCENTRATION: SPORT ANALYTICS Students must complete a total of 5 courses (16 credit hours) to satisfy the requirements for the major concentration in Sport Analytics .
Required Courses Students must complete the following 4 courses (13 credit hours):
CapstoneStudents must complete the following course after all required courses above have been completed.
MAJOR CONCENTRATION: SPORT LAW Students must complete a total of 5 courses (15 credit hours), one required and four electives, to satisfy the requirements for the major concentration in Sport Law .
Required Course Students must complete the following course:
Electives To satisfy the remaining requirements for the major concentration in Sport Law, students must complete a total of 4 courses (12 credit hours) from the following:
MAJOR CONCENTRATION: SPORT LEADERSHIP Students are required to complete a total of 5 courses (15 credit hours), three required and two electives, to satisfy the requirements for the major concentration in Sport Leadership.
Required Courses Students must complete the following 3 courses (9 credit hours):
Electives To satisfy the remaining requirements for the major concentration in Sport Leadership, students must complete a total of 2 courses (6 credit hours) from the list below. At least 1 course (a minimum of 3 credit hours) must be taken outside of the Sport Management (SMGT) subject area.
Students are required to complete at least one internship prior to graduation, often with one of the professional teams in Houston (Rockets, Astros, Texans, Dynamo, etc.). Students also will receive networking and out-of-class developmental training, as these play a significant role in obtaining high-profile positions in collegiate and professional sports.
Students are encouraged to go to www.sport.rice.edu for the latest information about the SMGT major.
Note: Internally, the university uses the following abbreviations (4-digit codes) to identify the Sport Management undergraduate degree, major, and major concentrations. The following is a quick reference:
Course Catalog/Schedule - Course offerings/subject code: SMGT Department Description and Code - Sport Management: SMGT Degree Description and Code - Bachelor of Arts degree: BA Major Description and Code - Major in Sport Management: SMGT Major Concentration Descriptions and Codes - Major Concentration in Sport Analytics: SPAS - Major Concentration in Sport Law: SPLW - Major Concentration in Sport Leadership: SPLE
Sport Management does not offer an academic program at the graduate level.
The official course offerings, including course descriptions, for Sport Management can be found in Rice's Course Catalog.
To view the most recent course schedule for the 2016-2017 academic year, see Rice's Course Schedule.
For additional information regarding Sport Management, see the department's website: http://sportmanagement.rice.edu/.