Bachelor of Science - Sport Management & Recreation Studies

Combined with your natural enthusiasm for an active lifestyle, a Bachelor of Science in Sport Management and Recreation Studies can make sports and leisure your career! Supplement your love of the game with courses geared toward the leadership, marketing, management, and communications aspects of the businesses of sport and recreation.  Within the degree program you can select from two concentrations: Sport Management or Recreation Leadership.

While you’re hitting the books, you’ll also hit your stride through opportunities to gain real-world experience while you work alongside some of our sports industry partners. Here are just a few examples:

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The field is wide open. Your future is waiting. Get In the Game!

Sport Management Concentration

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This concentration will prepare you for all aspects of sport management including budgeting and finance, marketing and public relations, facilities management, event planning, and the legal and ethical considerations of sport management/recreation administration.  

What Can You Do With This Degree?

  • Sports Agent
  • Marketing and Advertising
  • Sporting Event/Game Day Operations
  • Facilities Director
  • Sports Broadcaster
  • Sports Analyst
  • Public Relations
  • Consulting
  • Sports Information Director
  • Athletic Director
  • Corporate Partnerships Manager

Degree Requirements

This concentration requires 120 total semester hours, including an internship.

View the Plan of Study and Program Checklist

Want to Learn More?

Contact Dr. Allen Gilbert, Chair
Undergraduate Sport Management Program
256-782-8012 or email agilbert@jsu.edu

Recreation Leadership Concentration

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With this concentration, even hard work can feel like play! Through active and creative learning, you will gain the leadership skills necessary for a lifetime of promoting and building healthy communities. Beginning with a foundation in outdoor, community, sports, and youth development, you will learn to manage indoor and outdoor recreational programs and facilities for all age groups. 

What Can You Do With This Degree?

  • Camp Director
  • Outdoor Adventure Guide
  • YMCA Director
  • Community Center Manager
  • Recreation Sport Supervisor
  • Gym / Rec Center Manager
  • Resort Manager or Activity Director
  • Event Planner
  • Golf Pro
  • Employee Wellness Program Coordinator
  • Aquatics Center Manager
  • Tour Operator or Guide

Degree Requirements

This concentration requires 120 total semester hours, including an internship.

View the Plan of Study and Program Checklist

Want to Learn More?

Contact Dr. Tom Anderson, Chair
Undergraduate Recreation Leadership Program
256-782-5519 or email tnanderson@jsu.edu