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Department of Kinesiology

Sport Management

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Why pursue a sport management degree at North Central College?

Most observers don’t realize that a career in the sport industry can require an extremely broad knowledge base. Our sport management major will provide you with both the broad-based curriculum and the practical experience you’ll need to succeed. In fact, this combination is what sets North Central sport management graduates apart from the competition.

What you can expect to experience in the Sport Management program:

  • Being engaged by faculty, administrators, and professionals with firsthand experience in sport business, athletic administration, and event management and more.
  • Listening to and learning from experts in the field talk about everything from sport as a global enterprise to running a local health club; from creating your own sport business to working for the largest sport marketing agency in the world; from negotiating professional athlete contracts to high school sport administration. The opportunities at North Central are endless.
  • Gaining professional experience through internships, job shadowing, and volunteering with one of the numerous Chicago area organizations connected with the North Central community.
  • Joining the Sport Management Association, an organization for students aiming to network and increase your marketability.
  • Traveling abroad to learn more about global aspects of sport.

More Department information

Sport Management, B.A.

For additional programs and courses in this department, see Kinesiology.

Major Requirements

A maximum of 51 credit hours in KIN allowed.

  • KIN 150 - History of Physical Education and Sport

    KIN 150 - History of Physical Education and Sport

    3.00 credit hours

    Consideration of historical and philosophical foundations and the effect on present day sport and physical education.

    Core

    Social Science.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • KIN 250 - Introduction to Sport Management

    KIN 250 - Introduction to Sport Management

    3.00 credit hours

    The foundation or introductory course for sport management majors. The historical development of sport management as a profession and as an academic discipline is traced. The diverse variety of opportunities in sport management is presented. Selected functional areas of contemporary sport management are surveyed relative to supervisory responsibilities of the sport management professional.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • KIN 251 - Introduction to Sport Management II

    KIN 251 - Introduction to Sport Management II

    3.00 credit hours

    An examination of and extension of the introductory course and explores concepts in facility and event management, media/public relations, ethical challenges in sport management as well as an in-depth look at intercollegiate and professional sports.

    Prerequisite(s)


    KIN 250.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • KIN 260 - Psychological Aspects of Coaching

    KIN 260 - Psychological Aspects of Coaching

    3.00 credit hours

    An examination of the psychological principles which influence the athlete, coach and performance.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • KIN 320 - Sport and Recreation Marketing

    KIN 320 - Sport and Recreation Marketing

    3.00 credit hours

    This course is designed to assist students in creating and critiquing marketing, promotion and public relation efforts specific to sport. Emphasis is placed on the five "p's" of sport marketing: price, promotion, product, place and public relations.

    Prerequisite(s)


    BUS 368, KIN 250 and KIN 251.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • KIN 322 - Sport Law and Organization

    KIN 322 - Sport Law and Organization

    3.00 credit hours

    This course is designed to provide students the requisite knowledge of legal issues surrounding sport and the sporting industry. Topics include negligence, liability and waivers; the application of federal legislation, including Title IX and the Americans with Disabilities Act; social issues such as drug testing and hazing; employment law; and risk management. Students are provided a synopsis of applicable case law to support the issues and legislation presented.

    Prerequisite(s)


    BUS 205, KIN 250 and KIN 251.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • KIN 324 - Sport Event and Facility Management

    KIN 324 - Sport Event and Facility Management

    3.00 credit hours

    Introduces students to planning, funding, operating and evaluating events within the sport industry and the role facilities play. Direct involvement with planning and managing an event is a key construct of the application of the principles and practices learned.

    Prerequisite(s)


    KIN 251.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • KIN 497 - Internship

    KIN 497 - Internship

    0.00-9.00 credit hours

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ACC 201 - Accounting Principles I/Financial

    ACC 201 - Accounting Principles I/Financial

    3.00 credit hours

    An introduction to accounting principles and procedures as they are employed in the communication of financial information to various users, such as management, stockholders and government agencies. Topics include accounting for assets, liabilities, owner's equity and other reporting issues.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • BUS 205 - Introduction to Business Law

    BUS 205 - Introduction to Business Law

    3.00 credit hours

    An introductory survey of the major aspects of the law governing business and commerce including the domestic and international legal environment, the range of dispute resolution processes, legal liability including business torts and crimes, contracts, employment law including employment discrimination, business entities focusing on corporations and general partnerships and intellectual property with particular attention to copyright and trademark law.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • BUS 362 - Management and Organizational Behavior

    BUS 362 - Management and Organizational Behavior

    3.00 credit hours

    A study of management principles and functions in formal organizations. Setting objectives, planning, organizing, delegating, decision making, budget setting and controlling as practiced in for-profit and not-for-profit organizations.

    Prerequisite(s)


    ACC 201ECN 250 and BUS 241.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • BUS 368 - Principles of Marketing

    BUS 368 - Principles of Marketing

    3.00 credit hours

    The scope and methods of product development, pricing, distribution and promotion of goods and services by for-profit as well as not-for-profit organizations.

    Prerequisite(s)


    ACC 201, ECN 250 and BUS 241.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • BUS 378 - Sales and Sales Management

    BUS 378 - Sales and Sales Management

    3.00 credit hours

    A survey of the basic principles of selling, consumer analysis, sales presentations, leadership and management of the sales organization. Emphasis is placed on the selection process, training methods, control components and motivational factors for the sales force, with an integrated approach identifying ethical issues, societal values and leadership strategies to encourage and enhance behavior among all individuals in the sales organization.

    Prerequisite(s)


    BUS 368.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • BUS 384 - Human Resource Management

    BUS 384 - Human Resource Management

    3.00 credit hours

    An examination of the basic functions of personnel and labor relations. Discussions focus on valuing, employing, developing, motivating and maintaining human resources in organizations. The history of the American labor movement and the collective bargaining process is also examined.

    Prerequisite(s)


    BUS 362.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • COM 230 - Business and Professional Communication

    COM 230 - Business and Professional Communication

    3.00 credit hours

    This course focuses on developing the skills and strategies involved in written, face-to-face and electronic communication in professional settings. Students learn fundamentals of interviewing, writing and presenting in professional contexts and may investigate organizational communication practices such as performance feedback, training, meeting management and organizational identity.

    Prerequisite(s)


    One of COM 100, COM 200 or COM 214; Junior standing.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ECN 241 - Business and Economic Statistics

    ECN 241 - Business and Economic Statistics

    3.00 credit hours

    This course is designed to provide students with the ability to apply and interpret descriptive and inferential procedures, probability distributions, statistical sampling and design, hypothesis testing and regression. Primary objectives are to improve the statistical capabilities of students as well as their abilities to apply statistical concepts in a business setting.

    Prerequisite(s)


    MTH 121 or higher or appropriate placement.

    Core

    Mathematics.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ECN 310 - Economics of Sports

    ECN 310 - Economics of Sports

    3.00 credit hours

    This course will analyze and explain the industry of sports from an economics perspective. Topics covered will include league competitiveness and collusion, what factors determine franchise profitability and market value and how central are these issues to owners' decision making, revenue-sharing, player compensation, salary caps, free agency, antitrust issues surrounding both professional and collegiate athletics, as well as the economics of sports stadiums and arenas.

    Prerequisite(s)


    ECN 100 or ECN 250.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • LEV 230 - Conflict Resolution

    LEV 230 - Conflict Resolution

    3.00 credit hours

    An inquiry into the theories and skills relating to the resolution of conflict in the community and the workplace. A variety of approaches are used to understand and analyze issues and develop skills including lecture/discussion, negotiation exercises and simulated mediations. The course focuses on developing the ability to practice as a mediator.

    Prerequisite(s)


    Sophomore standing.

    Core

    Communication or Social Science.

    Schedule Of Classes

One of the following:

  • KIN 390 - Special Topics in Sport Management

    KIN 390 - Special Topics in Sport Management

    3.00 credit hours

    Each version of this course will feature a selected topic relevant to the dynamic field of sport management. Repeatable with different topics.

    Schedule Of Classes

    • Three credit hours in BUS at the 300-level or higher

Prerequisite Course

  • ECN 250 - Microeconomic Principles

    ECN 250 - Microeconomic Principles

    3.00 credit hours

    Introduction to the theory of consumer choice, social and individual welfare, the behavior of business firms under pure competition and monopoly and applied microeconomic topics.

    Prerequisite(s)


    MTH 121 or higher or appropriate placement.

    Core

    Social Science.
    IAI

    S3 902

    Schedule Of Classes

Recommended Minors

General BusinessMarketing, International Business, Conflict Resolution, Leadership, Finance, AccountingBroadcast Communication, Organizational Communication, Speech Communication or Coaching.

Sport Management Minor

For additional programs and courses in this department, see Kinesiology.

21-24 credit hours, including:

  • KIN 250 - Introduction to Sport Management

    KIN 250 - Introduction to Sport Management

    3.00 credit hours

    The foundation or introductory course for sport management majors. The historical development of sport management as a profession and as an academic discipline is traced. The diverse variety of opportunities in sport management is presented. Selected functional areas of contemporary sport management are surveyed relative to supervisory responsibilities of the sport management professional.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • KIN 251 - Introduction to Sport Management II

    KIN 251 - Introduction to Sport Management II

    3.00 credit hours

    An examination of and extension of the introductory course and explores concepts in facility and event management, media/public relations, ethical challenges in sport management as well as an in-depth look at intercollegiate and professional sports.

    Prerequisite(s)


    KIN 250.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • KIN 320 - Sport and Recreation Marketing

    KIN 320 - Sport and Recreation Marketing

    3.00 credit hours

    This course is designed to assist students in creating and critiquing marketing, promotion and public relation efforts specific to sport. Emphasis is placed on the five "p's" of sport marketing: price, promotion, product, place and public relations.

    Prerequisite(s)


    BUS 168, KIN 250 and KIN 251.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • KIN 322 - Sport Law and Organization

    KIN 322 - Sport Law and Organization

    3.00 credit hours

    This course is designed to provide students the requisite knowledge of legal issues surrounding sport and the sporting industry. Topics include negligence, liability and waivers; the application of federal legislation, including Title IX and the Americans with Disabilities Act; social issues such as drug testing and hazing; employment law; and risk management. Students are provided a synopsis of applicable case law to support the issues and legislation presented.

    Prerequisite(s)


    BUS 205, KIN 250 and KIN 251.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • BUS 168 - Marketing

    BUS 168 - Marketing

    3.00 credit hours

    The scope and methods of product development, pricing, distribution and promotion of goods and services by for-profit as well as not-for-profit organizations.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • BUS 205 - Introduction to Business Law

    BUS 205 - Introduction to Business Law

    3.00 credit hours

    An introductory survey of the major aspects of the law governing business and commerce including the domestic and international legal environment, the range of dispute resolution processes, legal liability including business torts and crimes, contracts, employment law including employment discrimination, business entities focusing on corporations and general partnerships and intellectual property with particular attention to copyright and trademark law.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ECN 310 - Economics of Sports

    ECN 310 - Economics of Sports

    3.00 credit hours

    This course will analyze and explain the industry of sports from an economics perspective. Topics covered will include league competitiveness and collusion, what factors determine franchise profitability and market value and how central are these issues to owners' decision making, revenue-sharing, player compensation, salary caps, free agency, antitrust issues surrounding both professional and collegiate athletics, as well as the economics of sports stadiums and arenas.

    Prerequisite(s)


    ECN 100 or ECN 250.

    Schedule Of Classes

One of the following (up to three credit hours):

  • KIN 497 - Internship

    KIN 497 - Internship

    0.00-9.00 credit hours

    Schedule Of Classes

    • 200-level or higher course connecting sport to a wider context (with department chair approval)*

    *Note: Courses should contain an applied sport management focus. Suitable examples include selected practical application courses (KIN 360BUS 497, COM 497, MED 422, etc.) or some D-term courses.

Prerequisite Course:

  • ECN 100 - Economics of Social Issues -or-

    ECN 100 - Economics of Social Issues

    3.00 credit hours

    This course surveys the basic principles of economic theory with a special emphasis on applications of economics to practical problems. Use of supply and demand analysis enables the student to better understand how the market system works. Included among other issues to be covered are inflation, unemployment, pollution, health care, international trade and income distribution. This course may not be taken after completing either ECN 250 or ECN 252.

    Core

    Social Science.
    IAI

    S3 900

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ECN 250 - Microeconomic Principles

    ECN 250 - Microeconomic Principles

    3.00 credit hours

    Introduction to the theory of consumer choice, social and individual welfare, the behavior of business firms under pure competition and monopoly and applied microeconomic topics.

    Prerequisite(s)


    MTH 121 or higher or appropriate placement.

    Core

    Social Science.
    IAI

    S3 902

    Schedule Of Classes

Sport Management Internships and Jobs

A North Central education integrates 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

  • Chicago Bears
  • Chicago Cubs
  • Chicago Fire
  • Chicago Bulls/White Sox Training Academy
  • Chicago Blackhawks
  • Portland Trailblazers
  • Normal CornBelters professional baseball
  • Chicago Steel indoor professional football
  • Chicago Bandits professional softball
  • Sydney Kings Australian professional basketball
  • Sport Management Worldwide
  • Niblock Enterprises - Irish triathlon business
  • Wheatland Athletic Association
  • Neuqua Valley High School
  • National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown
  • Super Bowl Host Committee
  • NCAA DIII Indoor

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 sports management include:

  • Chicago Bears, ticket sales and service
  • Tampa Bay Rays, ticket sales
  • Box office coordinator, Chicago Red Stars women’s professional soccer
  • Head cross country coach, Campbellsville University
  • Marketing coordinator, Chicago Fire men’s professional soccer
  • Assistant manager, Title Boxing Club
  • Sports Marketing Manager, Premier Tourism Marketing
  • ESPN Associate Jr. Account Manager

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