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Sport Management

Why pursue a sport management degree at North Central College?

Sports managers are responsible for overseeing business operations across multiple organizational departments. Leaders in the field analyze and solve managerial problems regarding people, organizations and markets. Our program is designed to prepare you for a wide range of career paths, with a extensive curriculum and practical experience in sports you’ll need to succeed. At North Central, you will have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in on-campus organizations, off-campus internships, or on-the-field projects. A sport management degree offers a lasting career with a diverse skillset and the opportunity to transform sports organizations.

IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN

  • Developing long-term plans for organizational success
  • Developing innovative solutions for day-to-day challenges
  • Applying business concepts to a sports environment

then a degree in SPORT MANAGEMENT might be for you.

Why study sport management at North Central College?

In the Classroom

Coursework topics:

  • Applied Sport Sales
  • Budgeting and Finance in Sport
  • Contemporary Sport Studies
  • Full Immersive Internship Experience
  • Sport Facility and Event Management
  • Sport Law, Ethics, and Organization
  • Sport Marketing

Beyond the Classroom

As a sport management major, you can:

  • Research with faculty, administrators and professionals who have firsthand experience in sports.
  • Interact with industry experts on topics such as sport entrepreneurship, running youth sports clubs and leagues, risk management, rules and governance changes and so many more.
  • Join the SportxNC, an organization for students interested in networking, increasing their marketability, discussing current sport topics, organizing events and taking on leadership roles on special projects and committees.
  • Volunteer, intern and job shadow in Naperville and the Greater Chicago area, one of the most vibrant sport communities in the country.
  • Intern in a variety of areas such as hospitality and fan services, sales, event management, tourism or sports facility operations.
  • Work with nearby organizations like the Chicago Bears, Chicago Fire, Chicago Bulls, Kane County Cougars, Game Day USA, the Chicago Marathon, Premier Sport Tourism, the City of Naperville, and more.

 

More Department information

 

Sport Management, B.A.

The Sport Management program is designed to provide the academic foundation and practical experience required to make an impact in today's sport industry. Business and sport-focused courses with tailored emphasis in a student's chosen area provide a unique combination in preparing students to be curious, engaged, ethical and purposeful citizens and leaders.

For additional programs and courses in this department, see Health Sciences.

Major Requirements

Note:

Students must also choose a minor from another NC department to complete the major.

Additional Requirements for the B.A. Degree

Students must demonstrate elementary competence in a foreign language. For more information, see the B.A. Degree Requirements within the Academic Regulations section of this catalog.

Sport Management, Digital Marketing Track, B.A.

The Sport Management program is designed to provide the academic foundation and practical experience required to make an impact in today's sport industry. Business and sport-focused courses with tailored emphasis in a student's chosen area provide a unique combination in preparing students to be curious, engaged, ethical and purposeful citizens and leaders.

For additional programs and courses in this department, see Health Sciences.

Major Requirements

Sport Management Core Courses

Digital Marketing Courses

Additional Requirements for the B.A. Degree

Students must demonstrate elementary competence in a foreign language. For more information, see the B.A. Degree Requirements within the Academic Regulations section of this catalog.

Sport Management, General Business Track, B.A.

The Sport Management program is designed to provide the academic foundation and practical experience required to make an impact in today's sport industry. Business and sport-focused courses with tailored emphasis in a student's chosen area provide a unique combination in preparing students to be curious, engaged, ethical and purposeful citizens and leaders.

For additional programs and courses in this department, see Health Sciences.

Major Requirements

Sport Management Core Courses

General Business Courses

Additional Requirements for the B.A. Degree

Students must demonstrate elementary competence in a foreign language. For more information, see the B.A. Degree Requirements within the Academic Regulations section of this catalog.

Sport Management Minor

The Sport Management minor is designed to provide the academic foundation and practical experience required in today's sport industry.

For additional programs and courses in this department, see Health Sciences.

Minor Requirements

A minimum of 20 credit hours, including:

Elective(s)

An additional four credit hours of Sport Management.

Sport Management Internships and Jobs

A North Central education integrates sport management career preparation with rich academic study. Our faculty encourages you to refine and apply your knowledge in an interconnected world. Here you'll learn to think independently and work globally to solve problems and lead.

Internships

Recent graduates in sport management interned with:

  • Chicago Bears
  • Chicago Cubs
  • Chicago Fire
  • Chicago Bulls/White Sox Training Academy
  • Chicago Blackhawks
  • Normal CornBelters professional baseball
  • Chicago Bandits professional softball
  • Sydney Kings Australian professional basketball
  • Sport Management Worldwide
  • Wheatland Athletic Association
  • Neuqua Valley High School
  • NCAA DIII Indoor Track & Field National Championships
  • Windy City Bulls
  • Chicago Empire FC
  • Kane County Cougars
  • Chicago Sky
  • Darien Sportsplex
  • Chicago Steel
  • Golf Invite
  • Big Ten Conference
  • Chicago Sports Commission
  • NFL Draft
  • Chicago Area Runners Association (CARA)
  • Walt Disney World Resort

Graduate Schools

Recent graduates in sport management have been accepted at:

  • North Central College
  • Illinois State University
  • Northern Illinois University
  • DePaul University
  • Lindenwood University
  • Campbellsville University

Careers

Recent graduates in sport management include:

  • All Physical therapy, Marketing Communications
  • Lehigh Valley IronPigs, TrackMan Operator
  • Chicago Bears, ticket sales and service
  • Tampa Bay Rays, ticket sales
  • Chicago Red Stars women’s professional soccer, box office coordinator
  • Campbellsville University, head cross country coach
  • Chicago Fire men’s professional soccer, marketing coordinator
  • Title Boxing Club, assistant manager
  • Premier Tourism Marketing, sports marketing manager
  • ESPN, associate jr. account manager
  • New York Islanders
  • Chicago White Sox, New Business Account Representative
  • Learfield Sports, Partnership Services Coordinator
  • Disney Sports/ESPN Wide World of Sports, sales associate
  • Kansas City Royals, Assistant to Dominican Operations
  • Vivid Seats, Customer Services
  • Fanduel, Customer Services
  • Vail Resorts, Product Sales Lead

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