Sport management prepares students for a wide variety of careers in sport-related positions. The program is interdisciplinary and has required course work from the disciplines of Kinesiology, Accounting, Business, Economics, Mathematics and Computer Science. The courses will provide foundational and applied areas of study, in addition to practical experiences and internships.
|KIN 182 - Introduction to Sport Management
(2 credits) This course introduces students to the sport and fitness industry, the wide range of career opportunities involving sport, and the social and economic impact of sports on our culture. The course content includes theoretical and applied foundations of sport management. Topics include history of the profession, the need for management and organizational skills, current trends, and future issues.
|KIN 229 - Leadership in Sport Management
(3 credits; alternate years, consult department) This course introduces students to the management and leadership opportunities and skills required in the sport and fitness industry. The applied skills of organizational planning, human resource management, problem solving, communication and motivation in a sport leadership context are the primary focus in this course.
|KIN 241 - Directed Field Experience in Kinesiology I
(1 credit) Provides exposure to a variety of careers related to fitness, therapy, or sport management. Prerequisite: KIN180 or 182.
|KIN 320 - Legal and Ethical Issues in Sport
(3 credits; alternate years, consult department) This course presents legal and ethical issues in sport through a topical approach. The course will provide an overview of the American legal system and provide future sport managers with relevant examples of sport law.
|KIN 341 - Directed Field Experience in Kinesiology II
(1 credit) Provides practical work experience in fitness, therapy, or sport management settings. Prerequisite: KIN241.
|KIN 360 - Sport in Societies
(4 credits) A cross-cultural comparison of the interrelationship of sport and society. The primary emphasis will be to compare American sport with sport in selected cultures, while attempting to develop a Christian worldview of sport. Prerequisite: sophomore class standing.
|KIN 415 - Seminar in Sport Management
(2 credits; alternate years, consult department) This course is intended as a capstone integrative experience for the sport management majors and minor students. Topics discussed will provide a comprehensive analysis of the sport management field.
|KIN 417 - Internship
(4 credits may apply toward the major)
|ACC 215 - Principles of Financial Accounting
(4 credits) This course covers the basic introduction to financial management and financial accounting, including an understanding of the concepts, principles and practices in these areas.
|ACC 216 - Principles of Managerial Accounting
(3 credits) This course covers the basic concepts, principles and practice in managerial accounting, including the use of accounting in management decision- making. Prerequisite: ACC215.
|BUS 200 - Principles of Marketing
(4 credits) This course introduces students to marketing terminology; defines the elements and activities necessary to create, communicate and deliver value through beneficial exchanges; and enables students to understand and replicate the marketing process at any entry level.
|BUS 218 - Business Ethics
(2 credits) This course is a study of basic ethical theories including the Christian impact on ethics. It includes applications of ethical decision-making to business problems and cases. Prerequisites: sophomore class standing and completion of at least two courses in business, economics or accounting.
|CSC 102 - Business Computing
(2 credits) This course serves as an introduction to common business- oriented computer technologies and issues. Computer applications, misuse and the ethical use of computers in business are explored in detail. Current software applications are studied through laboratories, demonstrations and assignments. Students will learn advanced uses of application programs including spreadsheet processing and information processing with databases.
|CSC 110 - Advanced Spreadsheets
(1 credit) This class deals with advanced techniques for using spreadsheets. Topics
to be covered including writing conditional formulas, using built-in data analysis
tools, creating PivotTables and PivotCharts, exploring and importing data to
and from other applications, linking data between other applications, and
sharing Excel data on the World Wide Web. Basic computer programming concepts
and the role of data analysis tools in business will also be discussed.
|ECO 213 - Principles of Microeconomics
(4 credits) Microeconomics deals with price determination and how the price system functions. Supply and demand, output, competition, monopoly, resource pricing, international trade and finance will be studied.
|Choose one course
|MAT 111 - Calculus for Management, Life and Social Sciences
(3 credits) (IGE option under Quantitative Reasoning) A calculus course for non-majors that emphasizes applications and techniques that are of significance in business, biology, health and social sciences. Applications involving both differential and integral calculus are included. Prerequisite: C- or higher in MAT109, or an ACT math score of at least 22 (SAT 520 or above), or permission of mathematics department chair.
|MAT 116 - Statistics for the Natural and Social Sciences
(3 credits) (IGE option under Quantitative Reasoning) Topics in probability and statistics with an emphasis on problems in the sciences: discrete and continuous distributions, estimation and hypothesis testing, p-values, correlation, simple linear regression. Prerequisite: C- or better in MAT090 or an ACT math score of 20 or above (SAT 480 or above).
|MAT 117 - Applied Statistics for Management
(3 credits) (IGE option under Quantitative Reasoning) Topics in probability and statistics with an emphasis on problems in business: descriptive measures, distributions, one sample estimation and hypothesis testing, correlation, simple linear regression. Prerequisite: C- or better in MAT090 or an ACT math score of 20 or above (SAT 480 or above).
|Sport managment options
| Coaching/athletic administration option (choose 11 or more credits)
|KIN 202 - Organization and Administration of Physical Education
(2 credits, alternate years, consult department) A study of philosophy, objectives, curricular development, and organization and administration of programs of instruction used in physical education.
|KIN 234 - Prevention and Care of Athletic Injuries
(3 credits) An introduction to athletic injury prevention, recognition, evaluation, care and rehabilitation: including basic wrapping and taping techniques. Prerequisite: BIO102, 115, 121 or permission of instructor.
|KIN 236 - Nutrition for Life
(2 credits; alternate years, consult department) The study of principles of nutrition and the application of these principles to a healthy lifestyle. Prerequisite: KIN101.
|KIN 260 - Coaching Endorsement
(4 credits) This course meets the Iowa Department of Education requirements for three of the four coaching authorization areas: Child Development (15 instructional hours), Anatomy and Physiology for Coaches (15 instructional hours) and the Care and Prevention of Injuries (30 instructional hours). Emphasis will be placed on the practical application of educationally sound strategies for caring for the needs of youth involved in sport. Prerequisite: sophomore standing or permission of instructor.
|KIN 300 - Coaching Methods
(2 credits) A study of organization skills, interpersonal relations and psychological approaches to coaching athletes and teams in contemporary society.
|KIN 302 - Topics in Coaching Sports Fundamentals and Strategies
(2 credits) This course examines the fundamental techniques and strategies in coaching specific sports. The sport to be studied will vary each semester. Practice and contest skills and strategies for coaching will be emphasized for the appropriate sport. Prerequisite: sophomore class standing.
|KIN 355 - Psychosocial Aspects of Sport for Health Care Professions
(2 credits, alternate years, consult department) This course will introduce those entering into a health care profession how to cope with various psychosocial aspects of injury, psychology of injury, and counseling techniques. Students will also learn various mechanisms to cope with psychosocial issues among those they are caring for as well as themselves. Prerequisites: KIN234, 243, PSY111 or permission of instructor.
|KIN 398 - Directed Study
No course description available.
| General business option (choose 11 or more credits)
|BUS 250 - Management and Organizational Behavior
(4 credits) This course is a study of how organizations function and the
importance of the individual, groups dynamic and the organizational setting in
which these realities take place. It includes the understanding of basic management
principles and the key concepts and principles of organizational behavior. It
will provide an opportunity for critical analysis and practical application of
the concepts identified through the readings and lectures.
|BUS 300 - Principles of Finance
(2 credits) This course covers the basic principles, theory and techniques of financial decision-making in the structure of a corporation. Prerequisites: ACC215 and ACC216; and either MAT109 or MAT117.
|BUS 309 - Human Resource Management
(3 credits) Students study the development of human resources management, including history, policies, practices and applications. Specific attention is paid to the study of the processes involving the management of human resources and its legal environment. Prerequisite: BUS250 or permission of instructor.
|BUS 325 - Marketing Communications
(4 credits) This course will examine promotional and integrated communication
strategies which include various marketing communication functions: sales promotion,
personal selling, branding, event promotion, public relations, advertising, and
interactive marketing. Students will learn to utilize this information in
developing effective marketing communication strategies and programs.
|BUS 401 - Consumer Behavior
(4 credits) This course explores the cultural, social, personal and psychological factors influencing buyer behavior; buying-decision processes and stages; and learning theory integrated with consumer beliefs and attitudes. Prerequisite: BUS200.
|ECO 214 - Principles of Macroeconomics
(4 credits) Macroeconomics concerns itself with economic aggregates such as inflation, unemployment, recessions, national debt, and international trades. Macroeconomic models will be introduced. These models will be used to understand the application of monetary and fiscal policy. Prerequisite: ECO213.
| Sports information/media option (choose 11 or more credits)
|ART 220 - Graphic Design I
(4 credits) Graphic Design I is an introduction to the computer applications used in
the communication, design and publishing fields. There will be an introduction to
graphic design problems and projects in order to learn how these applications
all work together.
|COM 185 - Media Writing
(4 credits) Students learn genres of writing for print and broadcast journalism and video, as well as for public relations and advertising. They learn these genres in relation to each other and in relation to their organizational contexts and audiences. Included are reporting, organizing and writing, as well as basic legal and ethical guidelines for reporters and writers in journalism and PR.
|COM 202 - Video Production
(2 credits) This course introduces students to some of the basic equipment, aesthetic techniques and procedures used in creating short videos. Students will practice these skills through a series of projects, assessing how the techniques could be applied to their unique areas of study.
|COM 230 - Principles of Public Relations
(3 credits; alternate years, consult department) Introduction to the field of public relations. Its focus is on public relations theory and practice with an emphasis on emerging trends. This course is offered as an overview covering public relations history, theories, strategies and tactics.
|COM 261 - Feature Writing
(2 credits; alternate years, consult department) Study of interviewing practices, research methods, organization, and interest-gathering techniques necessary for writing longer articles, profiles, columns and consumer affairs writing. Prerequisite: COM185 or permission of instructor.
|COM 263 - Layout and Design
(3 credits) Covers basic principles of design as they apply to a wide variety of publications. Emphasis on selecting type, art and graphics appropriate to subject matter, purpose and audience.
|COM 315 - Writing and Design for the Web
(3 credits; alternate years, consult department) Study of writing and design for a Web environment. Students will analyze Internet sites and design sites of their own, using a standard program for Web design. Prerequisites: any of the following: COM263, ART220, ART230, or permission of instructor.
|COM 332 - Social Foundations of Advertising
(3 credits; alternate years, consult department) An introduction to social and historical foundations of advertising. Includes a study of the role of advertising in American culture and economy.
|COM 340 - News Writing and Editing
(4 credits; alternate years, consult department) Principles of clear and forceful
journalistic writing. Includes fact gathering, story planning, lead and head
writing. Attention to editing for improved copy, headline writing, and selection
of photographs and art work. Prerequisite: COM185 or permission of instructor.
|COM 355 - Organizational Communication
(4 credits; alternate years) Examination of the role of communication within and between organizations. Attention to communication tasks within an organization such as news releases, memo writing, conducting meetings, and communicating to an organization's constituencies.
|Total credits required: 54