Sport Management–Leadership

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.

The selection of courses for the leadership option is intended to create opportunities for sport management students to emphasize sports instruction, coaching and sports administration.

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Major requirements

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) 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. Note: Requires 25-clock hours of work experience. Graded on a pass/no pass basis.
KIN 320WI - Legal and Ethical Issues in Sport
(3 credits; alternate years, consult department) (Writing intensive) 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. Prerequisite: KIN182.
KIN 341 - Directed Field Experience in Kinesiology II
(1 credit) Provides practical work experience in fitness, therapy, or sport management settings. Prerequisite: KIN241. Note: Requires 25-clock hours of work experience. Graded on a pass/no pass basis.
KIN 360CC - Sport in Societies
(4 credits) (NWCore option under Cross-Cultural Engagement) A cross-cultural comparison of the relationship between sport and society. The primary emphasis will be the comparison of sport in the United States with sport in selected cultures, while attempting to develop a Christian worldview of sport. Prerequisite: sophomore class standing.
KIN 415 - Topics in Sport Management
(2 credits; alternate years, consult department) A project-based course for the sport management major and career concentration that examines selected contemporary sport management topics.
KIN 417 - Internship
(4 credits may apply toward the major) Prerequisite: KIN241 and either KIN341 or KIN381.
Choose one course:
BUS 403SR - Strategic and Ethical Management
(4 credits) This capstone management major course is designed to assist students in analyzing and synthesizing the material covered in other courses throughout their studies along with integrating their faith with that of their business education. It focuses on an integrated approach to management decision-making using all of the functional areas of business with an emphasis on strategic thinking. Prerequisites: Completion of business core and senior class standing.
KIN 450SR - Moving Forward: Seminar in Kinesiology
(2 credits) A capstone course to the entirety of your Northwestern education and the Northwestern Kinesiology programs. In this course you will integrate the various components of your college experience by evaluating your success in meeting the Northwestern Core goals and synthesizing your curricular, co-curricular, and extra-curricular learning experiences. You will connect the whole of your undergraduate education to life after college by identifying your personal commitments and articulating your sense of vocation. This reflection and projection will be accomplished by reflecting on assigned readings, class discussion, formal and informal writing assignments, and oral presentations.

Cognate requirements:

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.
BUS 200 - Principles of Marketing
(2 credits) This course introduces students to marketing terminology; defines the elements necessary in moving a product, service or idea from concept to market sales; and enables students to understand and replicate the marketing process at an entry level.
BUS 201 - Principles of Management
(2 credits) This course introduces the student to the basic principles of management. It includes the understanding of manager's actions in the work place, on the organization and employees. It includes the study of basic management tools and techniques.
CSC 120 - Business Analysis Using Spreadsheets
(2 credits) This course teaches students to use spreadsheets to organize, calculate, analyze, and report on business data. Topics include using built-in statistical, logical, lookup, and financial functions, writing custom formulas and conditional formulas, using built-in data analysis tools, presenting information with charts and graphs, creating PivotTables and PivotCharts, exporting and importing data to and from other applications, sharing data on the World Wide Web, and using macros to automate tasks. The course will culminate by developing key performance indicators (KPIs) and dashboards.
CSC 130 - Business Analysis Using Data Management
(2 credits) The course teaches students to use relational databases to organize, query, analyze, and report on business data. Topics include the relational database model, creating database tables and setting appropriate table options, querying tables to gain insight into data, aggregating and summarizing queries, and creating reports to professionally present and visualize data. Importing and exporting data, sharing data over the Internet, and automating tasks using macros will also be covered.
MAT 117QR - Applied Statistics for Management
(3 credits) (NWCore option under Quantitative Reasoning) The course is designed to study statistical methodology commonly used in business including descriptive statistics (the nature of data and how to summarize it), basic probability concepts, and inferential statistics (making claims or decisions from one or more sets of data using confidence intervals and multiple types of hypothesis testing). Prerequisite: ACT math score of 20 or above (SAT 510 or above), ALEKS placement exam score of 46 or above, concurrent enrollment in MAT100, or permission of instructor. Note: Students may receive credit for only one course among MAT 116QR, MAT 117QR and MAT 208QR.

Leadership option requirements (choose 14 credits)

BUS 305 - Organizational Behavior and Theory
(4 credits, alternate years, consult department) This course will review the major historical and contemporary themes and phases of organizational theory and behavior. The class will examine and discuss the evolution and practice of the modern organization. The course will provide an understanding of the key concepts and principles of organization theory and behavior. This course will provide an opportunity for critical analysis of practical application of the concepts identified through the readings and lecture. Prerequisite: BUS201.
BUS 360 - Organizational Leadership
(4 credits) This course offers students an extensive examination of leadership in organizations and provides a set of experiences that are designed to enhance self-awareness and capacity for effective leadership. As such, students will explore both how organizations function and leadership and followership choices within organizations. The coursework will allow individuals to begin to develop a vision of their leadership practice within a perspective of how organizations work in God's world. It will include an overview of issues related to organizational leadership, including the definition of organizations, theories of leadership, characteristics and behaviors of leaders as well as varying contexts under which leaders must perform. Prerequisites: Junior standing or permission of instructor.
CEY 310 - Leadership Development
This course invites students to explore the philosophy of servant-leadership, identify its characteristics, and discover its broad applications. The purpose of this course is to provide students with a deeper understanding of the paradox of being a servant-leader and to empower students to practice servant-leadership and to serve and love God's world. Prerequisite: Must be sophomore standing or higher. Cross-listed with business. (2 credits; alternate years, consult department)
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.
KIN 202 - Organization and Administration of Physical Education
(2 credits) A study of philosophy, objectives, curricular development, and organization and administration of programs of instruction used in physical education.
KIN 206 - Teaching of Sports
(3 credits, alternate years, consult department) Knowledge of and skill development in individual, dual and team sports with emphasis on unit plan formulation and teaching methods for various grade levels. Prerequisite or concurrent: KIN202.
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.
KIN 237 - Substance Abuse
(2 credits; alternate years, consult department) The study of the history, composition and use of drugs, alcohol and tobacco, including their reactions relative to therapeutic values, their known and potentially injurious effects on the human body, and methods for prevention, intervention and rehabilitation of those who would use, or have used, these substances.
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. American Heart Association Heartsaver First Aid and Adult CPR certification will be secured upon successful completion of this course. Prerequisite: sophomore standing or permission of instructor. Note: Course includes one 45-minute lab per week. A fee is associated with this course.
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 - Coaching Topics
(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 317 - Methods of Elementary Physical Education and Health
(3 credits; alternate years, consult department) The methods of teaching elementary physical education and health including: program planning and implementation, emphasizing effective instructional procedures through the use of educational movement, fundamental and specialized motor skills. Prerequisite: KIN202. Note: Students must earn a ?C? or better in the special methods course in order to fulfill program requirements for secondary licensure.
KIN 338WI - Adapted Physical Education
(3 credits; alternate years, consult department) (Writing Intensive) Developing increased knowledge and understanding of the uniqueness of individuals with special needs, acquiring the ability to select and modify tasks and experiences for selected populations, and to adjust learning opportunities to meet varied needs. Prerequisite: sophomore class standing.
KIN 403 - Motor Learning
(3 credits) Understanding of theoretical constructs of learning and knowledge of motor learning principles relating to response mechanisms, feedback, motivation, stress anxiety factors, and the influence of psycho-social elements in the acquisition of complex movements.

Total credits required: 51-53


Internships range from 2 to 12 credits. The maximum credits applied to the major is noted under the 417 course designation.