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Department of Sports Administration

Copeland Hall
Athens, OH 45701

Michael Pfahl
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College of Business

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Athens, OH

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Undergraduate Admissions

120 Chubb Hall
1 Ohio University
Athens, OH 45710

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Sport Management  

The sport management major, designed to meet the needs of the sport industry, provides a student with the academic preparation and applied/practical training required to be successful in various careers in the sport industry. These careers include sport sales or ticket operations, intercollegiate athletic administration, administration in professional sports, sports agencies, sport promotion and marketing, sports information, sports media, customer and community relations, facility and event management, and sport or corporate sponsorship.

Professional preparation for the field of sport management consists of a curriculum that blends core College of Business coursework with that specific to the sport management field. In addition to the major coursework, students will undertake applied experiences in the form of practicum opportunities and an internship (required) as well as numerous volunteer opportunities. Upon successful completion of all requirements and official application for degree conferral, students will be awarded the bachelor of sport management degree.


Special Features

The department is also home of the Center for Sports Administration, an auxiliary unit designed to bring together various constituent groups (e.g., alumni, current students, and the sport industry) associated with the department and to act as a resource to solve issues facing the sport industry.

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College of Business

The College of Business provides a distinctive learning environment that actively engages students, faculty, and the business community in developing knowledge and skills relevant for success in a complex, global economy.

This environment stimulates student learning and faculty research so that our graduates are able to: a) apply a holistic, integrated approach to business problems; b) apply the communication, leadership, team and technological skills needed to succeed in their business careers; c) understand how to work with people from other cultures and to operate effectively in other countries; and d) understand the social responsibilities of individuals and organizations and evaluate the ethical dimensions of decisions in a business context.

Ohio University

Established in 1804, Ohio University is the oldest public institution of higher learning in the state of Ohio and the first in the Northwest Territory. Admission to Ohio University is granted to the best-qualified applicants as determined by a selective admission policy.