The A.A.S. in Sport Management degree program is designed not only for students who plan to enter the workforce after completion of the two-year degree, but also for transfer to a four-year institution upon graduation. The curriculum, along with practical, hands-on instruction and field experience, will enable students interested in a sport management career to develop the knowledge and skills required in today’s competitive market.
Why Choose Garrett for Sport Management?
Beyond the theoretical, classroom-based instruction, Garrett’s program features a required internship that provides hands-on, work-based experience in the sport management field.
On-campus field experiences are available, both through the College’s Athletic Department and the Community Aquatic and Recreation Complex. Garrett’s location is a prime opportunity for internship opportunities within the Deep Creek Lake area as well as nearby West Virginia and Pennsylvania.
Sport Management Major A.A.S. Degree
Graduates of the program earn an Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) in Sport Management.
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GC's Sport Management degree is not a traditional transfer program; the degree is unique in the fact that students can concentrate on coursework that lead directly to employment, or graduates can build upon the A.A.S. by transferring to a nearby four-year institution that offers a baccalaureate program in sport management, such as West Virginia University.
Garrett's Sport Management program prepares you for a career and/or employment in any of the following career fields:
- Sports-related professions
- Facility and Event Management
- Recreation Management
- Professional Sports
- Fitness Industry
Statewide, the Maryland Occupation Projections, 2014-2024 indicates double-digit growth in a variety of sport management career fields, including public relations, marketing, coaching and management.
Nationally, the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-2024 identifies advertising, promotions and marketing managers; meeting, convention and event planners; coaches and scouts; and recreation works showing some of the strongest growth within the sport management field.
Program Learning Outcomes
- Students will demonstrate the ability to identify and analyze ethical, legal, socioeconomic, and cultural issues related to managerial decision-making in sport management.
- Students will demonstrate t ability to develop and apply critical thinking and abstract reasoning skills in analyzing sport management issues.
- Students will demonstrate the ability to apply and evaluate principles of interpersonal communication, mass communications, and public relations, relating to the sport industry.
- Students will demonstrate competent understanding of the importance of budget and finance, and the ability to evaluate the economic principles as related to the industry.
- Students will demonstrate competent understanding of the concepts of management and leadership.
Sport Management — Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) Degree
Total Credit Hours Required 60
Institutional Requirement (1 credit)
- FYE101 First Year Experience 1
GER Required Credits (22 credits)
Comp I—Expos Writing
Min. C grade required
Arts and Humanities
- COM101 Intro to Communication 3
ENG102 recommended for WVU transfers
Social and Behavioral Sciences
- ECN201 Principles of Economics I (Macro) 3
- Science Lab CourseG 4
- GER Mathematics CourseG 3
- CIS105 Intro to Computers 3
Major Courses (30 credits)
- ACC210 Financial Accounting 3
- BUS101 Intro to Business 3
- BUS170 Intro to Management 3
Principles of Marketing OR
SPM286 Sport Marketing 3
- BUS203 Business Law 3
- BUS294 Field Experience in Business 3
- COM105 Media & Society 3
- SPM102 Intro to Sport Management 3
- SPM237 Event, Facility & Program Mgmt 3
- SPM271 Sport in American Society 3
Elective (7 credits)
Choose courses after consultation with advisor. SPM272 Psychological Perspective of Sport and SPM256 Principles & Problems of Coaching are highly recommended. Also consider SPM252 Camp Administration.