BA in Sport Management and Business

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This program is designed to prepare individuals for a career in sport management and business. It offers a dual major with courses offered in Sport Management and Business, with an emphasis on Christian service in the growing area of sport business. This program prepares individuals to use athletics and leadership principles and skills to the daily arena of sport and business. The program culminates with an internship with an opportunity to apply the principles of sport management and business. Approved 1.29.2019.

Objectives

On completion of the program, students should be able to:
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    Demonstrate an understanding of the psychological and spiritual aspects of sport.
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    Understand the principles for effective management in a variety of sport applications and situations.
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    Demonstrate the ability to integrate faith into Sport Leadership.
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    Demonstrate an understanding of the legal and ethical dilemmas involved in sport today. Take leadership roles in Sporting Events.
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    Demonstrate the appropriate organizational and administrative procedures for sport and recreational activities.
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    Evaluate financial condition and statements of a business and propose courses of action.

GENERAL EDUCATION CORE49 HOURS

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    Designed to support students experiencing academic, personal, and spiritual transition to Ohio Christian University. Academic advising, finances, time management, study skills, and resources available to students. Overview of what new students can expect from a university experience. Acclimation to the unique OCU community environment.
    Offered: Fall Prerequisites: None
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    Developing and maintaining a healthy lifestyle for achieving individual potential in all dimensions of wellness. Includes creation of short- and long-term fitness goals and fitness assessment activities for healthy habits. Required for all students.
    Offered: Spring Prerequisites: None
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    Weekly chapel services and other events designed to integrate spiritual, academic, and community life, and to engage the campus community in worship, biblically rooted teaching, and a deepening relationship with Jesus Christ.
     
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    Classroom introduction to the Christian Service program, including the rationale, policies, and procedures for Christian Service at Ohio Christian University, and field engagement in approved service learning experiences, including ministry and response to the needs of the community.
     
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    Field engagement in approved service learning experiences, including ministry and response to the needs of the community. This course does not have a scheduled class time. To earn credit, students independently arrange service opportunities with the approval of the Christian Service instructor, and submit online reports.
     

SF100 and CS071 requirements are prorated in certain instances.

REASONING SKILLS7 HOURS

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    Mathematical thinking encountered in college courses, careers, and everyday life. Quantitative reasoning skills needed to understand problem solving, money management, and growth models.
    Prerequisite: SI094 (recommended), SI092, SI096, or ACT math score of 19 or higher
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    Science Elective with Lab 4

COMMUNICATION SKILLS 9 HOURS

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    An introductory study of composition emphasizing writing as a process (prewriting, drafting, revising, and editing). Assignments focus on the different styles and uses of argument. Students gain and refine skills of developing a thesis, organizing content, controlling tone, and expressing ideas in clearly communicated language. In addition, students conduct library research and incorporate researched material into papers using APA format.
    Offered: Fall Prerequisite: None
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    An intermediate course designed to extend and refine students’ expository and creative writing experiences. Student writing will reflect university-level writing skills, such as principles of logical/critical thinking and reasoning, effective organization, APA research and documentation, and content-rich development of ideas.
    Offered: Spring Recommended: LA101
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    Skills for effective and professional business communications in written, oral, and non-verbal forms, including communication theory, business communication principles, developing and delivering oral presentations, composing business messages, and preparing business reports.
    Offered: Spring Prerequisite: None

SOCIAL AND BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES 6 HOURS

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    A comprehensive survey of the field of psychology, including historical and theoretical foundations, with special emphasis on contemporary scientific research and empirical applications, within a Christian perspective and a biopsychosocial approach.
    Offered: Spring Prerequisite: None
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    The scientific study of society, institutions, and group interaction, with focus on the sociological imagination and core theories. Topics include the sociological perspective, the individual in society, stratification and social inequality, social intuitions, human ecology, and social change, with special attention to issues of diversity.
    Offered: Fall Prerequisite: None

HUMANITIES 11 HOURS

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    Fine Arts Electives 2
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    Literature Elective3
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    History Elective3
Choose one of the following:
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    Overview of philosophical vocabulary and concepts, and a historical survey of the development of western philosophy. Basic understanding of the main currents in western thought and their relationships to each other.
    Offered: Fall Prerequisite: None
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    Introduction to logic and ethics including methodologies for applying those disciplines in Christian ministry and other vocations. Induction and deduction, principles of clean statement and valid reasoning, and fallacies. Moral theories of philosophical schools and their relationship to the development of a biblical ethic.
    Offered: Spring Prerequisite: None

GENERAL EDUCATION ELECTIVES3 HOURS

BIBLICAL LITERATURE, RELIGION, AND THEOLOGY 11 HOURS

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    Introduction to the New Testament narrative and teachings that constitute the Gospel message about Jesus Christ. Special attention to the narratives found within the four Gospels, their relationship to one another and the Book of Acts. Basic instruction in inductive Bible study method. Note: NT102 is a prerequisite for all other New Testament courses.
    Offered: Spring Prerequisite: None
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    Introduction to the Old Testament narrative with special attention to the Torah (the first five books). Emphasis on historical backgrounds, origins of the Israelite nation, and Hebrew worship. Note: OT101 is a prerequisite for all other Old Testament courses.
    Offered: Fall Prerequisite: None
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    Introduction to worldview and a survey of the plurality of worldviews in western culture. Special attention to the Christian worldview and how competing worldviews challenge and reinforce it. Basic instruction in creedal Christianity assists students in understanding and embracing the uniqueness of Christianity, enabling more effective communication of the Christian faith.
    Offered: Every semester Prerequisite: None
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    The Christian experience of spiritual redemption and sanctification examined in the light of its scriptural foundations as taught by theologians within the Wesleyan/Armenian tradition. Designed for non-religion majors.
    Offered: Every semester Prerequisites: TH100, OT101, NT102

SPORT MANAGEMENT MAJOR36 HOURS

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    Introduction to the sports industry, including foundations of sports management and an awareness of career opportunities in the sports industry, history of the profession, management and organizational skills, current trends and future issues.
    Offered: Every spring Prerequisite: none
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    The interaction between sports and society, including relationship of sports to social variables, institutions, and social issues, and ethical dilemmas in sports, within a Christian worldview perspective.
    Offered: Fall Prerequisite: None
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    Financial aspects of the sport industry, including basic finance principles and financial control of sports facilities and organizations.
    Offered: Spring, odd semester Prerequisite: AC101, EC201
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    SM210 Sport Media3
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    This course will focus on the three major areas of law that have a direct impact on the management of sport: sport liability and risk management, contract law, and constitutional law.
    Offered: Spring, odd semester Prerequisite: SM102
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    This course includes the process of planning for and organizing an event in sport. Organizing a plan for an event would include financial planning, risk management, scheduling, facility use, communication, promotions, and registration.
    Offered: Spring Prerequisite: None
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    This course will help students define and understand the concepts of management and leadership within sport organizations. There will be a focus upon the various skills, roles, and functions of sport managers. This course places sport organizations in the context of their environment and emphasizes the manager’s role in adapting and reacting to changes in the environment.
    Offered: Spring Prerequisite: MG215
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    Sports create governance structures, policies, and procedures, even at the most rudimentary level. This course examines the purpose and practice of sports governance and how it relates to sports administration from little league to the Olympic games to international federations to professional sports. The roles and functions of governing bodies are discussed and analyzed.
    Offered: Fall Prerequisite: None
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    This course will focus on general techniques and concerns dealing with coaching. A specific focus will be placed on effective instructive skills in coaching, including feedback, use of practice time, and fundamental techniques of sports skills. As part of this course’s practical experience, the student will serve as an assistant coach for one of our varsity sports.
    Offered: Fall Prerequisite: SM102
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    This course applies the principles of promotion and marketing to the sport and fitness industry, including the area of professional sports, corporate fitness, college/high school athletics, clubs, and resorts.
    Offered: Fall Prerequisite: SM102

INTRERNSHIP ELECTIVES 6 HOURS

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    A sport management internship opportunity for students to be involved in a variety of activities compatible with athletic and recreational sporting events and experiences. This internship can be on campus or off campus, depending on the student. Students must complete not less than a minimum of 90 actual hours in an internship in the Sport Management field. Interns should strive to gain appropriate and valuable experience, as well as apply the knowledge they have gained in their various courses.
    Offered: Every semester Prerequisite: Permission, Sport Mgmnt program coordinator or SBG Dean
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    See SM408
     
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    SM412 Sport Management Internship III6

BUSINESS MAJOR 30 HOURS

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    Accounting, cost, finance, and information systems for strategic business and financial decisions of a business enterprise.
    Offered: Spring Prerequisite: None
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    Economic principles related to supply and demand, consumer behavior, market dynamics, income distribution, government influence, and comparative economic systems with major focus on free enterprise and capitalism.
    Offered: Fall Prerequisite: None
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    Economic principles related to global and national economies, income accounting, unemployment, inflation, fiscal policy, public debt, monetary systems, and economic growth or retraction.
    Offered: Spring Prerequisite: None
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    Foundations of business, including environment, planning, entrepreneurship, management, marketing, distribution, finances, and ethics. Introduction to business terms and concepts.
    Offered: Fall Prerequisite: None
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    Integrated analysis of the role of marketing within the total organization, including analysis of factors affecting consumer behavior, the identification of marketing variables, the development and use of marketing strategies, and the discussion of international marketing.
    Offered: Fall Prerequisite: None
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    Ethical and legal dilemmas facing individuals and business organizations. This inter-disciplinary course integrates biblical principles and Christian worldview with decision-making in business.
    Offered: Fall, even semester Prerequisite: MG215
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    Methods and tools to interpret, evaluate, and analyze business data and determine the appropriate statistical methods for decision-making in business, especially the interpretation and integrity of charts, graphs, and other numerical and statistical presentation of data. The use of probability, distribution, sampling, simple linear regression, and correlation analysis in the presentation of business information.
    Offered: Spring Prerequisite: GenEd Math Requirement
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    System concepts, methodologies, and tools to strategically plan and effectively manage core competencies, and to integrate technology into the planning process. (Also known as Business Capstone.)
    Offered: Spring Prerequisite: AC222 or SM206 (see Business program page)
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    Management theories, principles, and philosophies, and the difference between management and leadership. This interdisciplinary course addresses the importance of a Christian worldview for leaders and managers as they influence, plan, organize, control, and lead for effectiveness.
    Offered: Spring Prerequisite: MG101
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    Fundamental principles and practices of law and how it impacts business situations, including Christian ethics and proper business conduct, and the dynamic interaction between the individual, organization, and society.
    Offered: Fall Prerequisite: MG101

PROFESSIONAL ENGAGEMENT0 HOURS

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    SM422 Mobile, AL Experience (1 event)0
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    Roundtables with business leaders in small, medium, and large businesses demonstrate how theory and practice come together in the actual experiences of significant business people. Students interact and network with these business leaders during and after the roundtables.
    Offered: Every semester Prerequisite: None Pass/Fail

ELECTIVES 5 HOURS

Any credit-bearing course, 100-level or above

Program Total120 Hours

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