Bachelor of Arts (BA) Degree with a Major in Sport Management and a Major Concentration in Sport Leadership

Program Learning Outcomes for the BA Degree with a Major in Sport Management and a Major Concentration in Sport Leadership

Upon completing the BA Degree with a major in Sport Management, students will be able to:

  1. Develop and hone professional skills through classroom learning and experiential learning through a steady progression of internships with added responsibilities. 
  2. Develop a diverse set of fundamental principles and skills, including skills in business, finance, and marketing that would be necessary to produce or evaluate an event from beginning to end (from marketing and media promotion, to budget and sales, to execution and post-event evaluation). 
  3. Develop an understanding of the sports industry in relationship to the legal sector as well as the broader relationship between the industry and society. 
  4. Develop a marketing plan specific to a product in the sport industry. 

Upon completing the BA Degree with a major in Sport Management and a major concentration in Sport Leadership, students will be able to:

  1. Develop proficiency in leadership by evaluating and communicating the theories of management and leadership in the sport industry. 

Requirements for the BA Degree with a Major in Sport Management and a Major Concentration in Sport Leadership

For general university requirements, see Graduation Requirements. Students pursuing the BA degree with a major in Sport Management must complete: 

  • A minimum of 15 courses (46-47 credit hours depending on major concentration declared) to satisfy major requirements.  
  • A minimum of 120 hours to satisfy degree requirements.  
  • A minimum of 60 credit hours outside of major requirements. 
  • A minimum of 7-8 courses (21-24 credit hours) depending on major concentration declared taken at the 300-level or above. 
  • The requirements of a major concentration. When students declare the major in Sport Management, students must additionally identify and declare one of the three major concentrations, either in:

The 3 Sport Management major concentrations and descriptions are listed below: 

  • Sport Analytics: Designed to prepare our graduates as to how to properly use big data to make educated decisions in the sport management industry.
  • Sport Law: Designed to prepare our graduates for law school.  
  • Sport Leadership: Designed to prepare our graduates for management, leadership, and entrepreneurial roles within the sport industry. 

Because of the common core requirements, it is possible for students to change their major concentration at any time, even after initially declaring the major. To do so, please contact the Office of the Registrar.

The courses listed below satisfy the requirements for this major. In certain instances, courses not on this official list may be substituted upon approval of the major’s academic advisor (or official certifier). Students and their academic advisors should identify and clearly document the courses to be taken.

Summary

Total Credit Hours Required for the Major in Sport Management (depending on major concentration declared)46-47
Total Credit Hours Required for the BA Degree with a Major in Sport Management120

Degree Requirements

Core Requirements
BUSI 296BUSINESS COMMUNICATIONS3
or MANA 404 MANAGEMENT COMMUNICATIONS IN A CONSULTING SIMULATION
ECON 100PRINCIPLES OF ECONOMICS3
ECON 239LAW AND ECONOMICS3
or SMGT 364 SPORT LAW
SMGT 260INTRODUCTION TO SPORT MANAGEMENT3
SMGT 266LEADING WITH SERVICE3
SMGT 276SPORT MANAGEMENT PRACTICUM3
SMGT 362SPORT MARKETING3
SMGT 366EVENT MANAGEMENT3
SMGT 376SPORT MANAGEMENT INTERNSHIP 13
STAT 280ELEMENTARY APPLIED STATISTICS4
Major Concentration
Select 1 of the following Major Concentrations (see below for Major Concentration requirements):15-16
Sport Analytics
Sport Law
Sport Leadership
Total Credit Hours Required for the Major in Sport Management46-47
Additional Credit Hours to Complete BA Degree Requirements13-14
University Graduation Requirements *60
Total Credit Hours120

Footnotes and Additional Information

Major Concentration: Sport Leadership

Required Courses
SMGT 350SPORT ETHICS3
SMGT 377SPORT MANAGEMENT INTERNSHIP 23
SMGT 466SPORT PUBLIC RELATIONS3
Elective Requirements
Select 2 from the following: 16
LEADING PEOPLE IN ORGANIZATIONS
STRATEGIC MANAGEMENT
FOUNDATIONS OF ENTREPRENEURSHIP: STRATEGY AND FUNDING
SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP
BEHAVIORAL ECONOMICS
SALES & REVENUE GENERATION IN SPORT
SPORT FINANCE AND COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT
SPORT MEDIATION
ISSUES IN CONTEMPORARY SPORT
RESEARCH IN SPORT MANAGEMENT
THEORIES OF HIGH LEVEL PERFORMANCE
BUSINESS ANALYSIS IN SPORT
SPORT MANAGEMENT SEMINAR
CONSULTING PRACTICUM
Total Credit Hours15
Footnotes and Additional Information 

Policies for the BA Degree with a Major in Sport Management and a Major Concentration in Sport Leadership

Transfer Credit 

For Rice University’s policy regarding transfer credit, see Transfer Credit. Some departments and programs have additional restrictions on transfer credit. The Office of Academic Advising maintains the university’s official list of transfer credit advisors on their website: http://oaa.rice.edu. Students are encouraged to meet with their academic program’s transfer credit advisor when considering transfer credit possibilities. 

Departmental Transfer Credit Guidelines

Students pursuing the major in Sport Management should be aware of the following departmental transfer credit guidelines:

  • Requests for transfer credit will be considered by the program director (and/or the program’s official transfer credit advisor) on an individual case-by-case basis.

For additional information, please see the Sport Management website: http://sport.rice.edu/.

Opportunities for the BA Degree with a Major in Sport Management and a Major Concentration in Sport Leadership

Academic Honors

The university recognizes academic excellence achieved over an undergraduate’s academic history at Rice. For information on university honors, please see Latin Honors (summa cum laude, magna cum laude, and cum laude) and Distinction in Research and Creative Work. Some departments have department-specific Honors awards or designations.

Internships

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.

For additional information, please see the Sport Management website: http://sport.rice.edu/.