Sport Business

Major: Sport Business
Degree Awarded: Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA)
Calendar Type: Quarter
Total Credit Hours: 180.0
Co-op Options: Three Co-op (Five years); One Co-op (Four years); No Co-op (Four years)
Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) code: 31.0504
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code:

About the Program

The BSBA in Sport Business is designed for students who plan to pursue careers in the sport industry. The major draws on the strengths of its own offerings and the required business administration core. 

Students will master the knowledge and skills necessary for success in professional sports organizations, collegiate athletics, sport media companies, and businesses that service and are complimentary to the sport industry. The co-op option engages students with extensive experiential learning. Our Philadelphia location is optimal for accessing opportunities throughout the Northeast corridor and beyond.

The program offers options covering a wide range of areas of study; students are able to match their skills, abilities, and interests with a specific niche within the sport industry. Students may choose a minor or create their own particular specialization and area of expertise, in consultation with our department's academic advisor and faculty.

Degree Requirements

Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) Degree Requirements
General Education Requirements
CIVC 101Introduction to Civic Engagement1.0
COM 270 [WI] Business Communication3.0
ENGL 101Composition and Rhetoric I: Inquiry and Exploratory Research3.0
or ENGL 111 English Composition I
ENGL 102Composition and Rhetoric II: Advanced Research and Evidence-Based Writing3.0
or ENGL 112 English Composition II
ENGL 103Composition and Rhetoric III: Themes and Genres3.0
or ENGL 113 English Composition III
MATH 101Introduction to Analysis I4.0
MATH 102Introduction to Analysis II4.0
PHIL 105Critical Reasoning3.0
PSY 101General Psychology I3.0
UNIV B101The Drexel Experience1.0
UNIV B201 [WI] Career Management1.0
English literature elective ENGL 200 through ENGL 3993.0
Fine Arts elective3.0
History (HIST) elective4.0
Select two of the following:6.0
Applied Cells, Genetics & Physiology
Applied Biological Diversity, Ecology & Evolution
Applied Chemistry
Applied Physics
General Education Electives
Students select seven (21.0 credits) general education electives, with a minimum of one course in each of the following three categories. Students take the remaining 12.0 credits from any of the topics listed under Additional General Education Electives.
Society and Culture
Communication, English, Fine Arts, Global Studies, Language or Philosophy3.0
Social Science
Anthropology, History, Sociology, Political Science, Psychology3.0
Science
Computer Science, Information Systems, Science3.0
Additional General Education Electives
Twelve (12.0) credits must be earned by taking 4 courses from the following topics: Communication, English, Fine Arts, Global Studies, Language, Philosophy, Anthropology, History, Sociology, Political Science, Psychology, Computer Science, Information Systems, Math, Science12.0
Business Requirements
ACCT 115Financial Accounting Foundations4.0
ACCT 116Managerial Accounting Foundations4.0
BLAW 201Business Law I4.0
BUSN 101Foundations of Business I (Online students take BUSN 111)4.0
BUSN 102Foundations of Business II (Online students take BUSN 112)4.0
ECON 201Principles of Microeconomics4.0
ECON 202Principles of Macroeconomics4.0
FIN 301Introduction to Finance4.0
INTB 200International Business4.0
MGMT 450Strategy and Competitive Advantage4.0
MIS 200Management Information Systems4.0
MKTG 201Introduction to Marketing Management4.0
OPM 200Operations Management4.0
ORGB 300 [WI] Organizational Behavior4.0
STAT 201Introduction to Business Statistics4.0
Select one of the following:4.0
Introduction to Entrepreneurship
For-Profit Business Consulting
Nonprofit Business Consulting
Negotiations and Conflict Resolution
Business Statistics II
Major Requirements
Eight required courses (See Major Requirements list below)32.0
Free Electives18.0
Total Credits180.0
Sport Business Major Required Courses
SMT 110The Business of Sport4.0
SMT 201Sports Marketing, Promotion, and Public Relations4.0
SMT 230Sports and the Law4.0
SMT 285Sport, Industry, and Society4.0
SMT 320Sport Economics4.0
Sport Major Electives: Select 3 of the following courses12.0
Sport Media Relations
Recreation, Wellness & Society
Sport Entrepreneurship
Olympic Games
NCAA Compliance
Technology and Sport
Legal Foundations of Title IX
Sports Agents & Labor Relations
Digital Sports Storytelling
Sports Facility Planning & Management
Sports Event Management
Digital Media in Sport
Fundraising in Sports
Corporate Sponsorship in Sports
Sports Contracts
Money, Power, Politics: College Sports in America
Business of Sports Media
Sports Gambling
Sport Governance & Policy
International Aspects of Sport
Sport Ticket Sales
Sport Business Consulting
Sport Finance
Sports Analytics
Sports Industry Practicum
Total Credits32.0

Writing-Intensive Course Requirements

In order to graduate, all students must pass three writing-intensive courses after their freshman year. Two writing-intensive courses must be in a student's major. The third can be in any discipline. Students are advised to take one writing-intensive class each year, beginning with the sophomore year, and to avoid “clustering” these courses near the end of their matriculation. Transfer students need to meet with an academic advisor to review the number of writing-intensive courses required to graduate.

A "WI" next to a course in this catalog may indicate that this course can fulfill a writing-intensive requirement. For the most up-to-date list of writing-intensive courses being offered, students should check the Writing Intensive Course List at the University Writing Program. Students scheduling their courses can also conduct a search for courses with the attribute "WI" to bring up a list of all writing-intensive courses available that term.

Sample Plan of Study

Term 1Credits
BUSN 101Foundations of Business I4.0
ECON 201Principles of Microeconomics4.0
ENGL 101
or 111
Composition and Rhetoric I: Inquiry and Exploratory Research
English Composition I
3.0
MATH 101Introduction to Analysis I4.0
UNIV 101The Drexel Experience1.0
 Term Credits16.0
Term 2
BUSN 102Foundations of Business II4.0
ECON 202Principles of Macroeconomics4.0
ENGL 102
or 112
Composition and Rhetoric II: Advanced Research and Evidence-Based Writing
English Composition II
3.0
MATH 102Introduction to Analysis II4.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 3
ACCT 115Financial Accounting Foundations4.0
ENGL 103
or 113
Composition and Rhetoric III: Themes and Genres
English Composition III
3.0
PSY 101General Psychology I3.0
CIVC 101Introduction to Civic Engagement1.0
General Education Elective3.0
Society and culture course3.0
 Term Credits17.0
Term 4
ACCT 116Managerial Accounting Foundations4.0
STAT 201Introduction to Business Statistics4.0
SMT 110The Business of Sport4.0
Select one of the following3.0
Applied Cells, Genetics & Physiology
Applied Biological Diversity, Ecology & Evolution
 
Applied Chemistry 
Applied Physics 
 Term Credits15.0
Term 5
BLAW 201Business Law I4.0
INTB 200International Business4.0
COM 270 [WI] Business Communication3.0
Select one of the following3.0
Applied Biological Diversity, Ecology & Evolution
Applied Cells, Genetics & Physiology
 
Applied Chemistry 
Applied Physics 
 Term Credits14.0
Term 6
FIN 301Introduction to Finance4.0
MKTG 201Introduction to Marketing Management4.0
ORGB 300 [WI] Organizational Behavior4.0
ENGL 200 Through ENGL 3993.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 7
MIS 200Management Information Systems4.0
OPM 200Operations Management4.0
Science or Computer Science elective3.0
History Elective 4.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 8
PHIL 105Critical Reasoning3.0
SMT 285Sport, Industry, and Society4.0
Select one of the following4.0
Introduction to Entrepreneurship 
For-Profit Business Consulting 
Nonprofit Business Consulting 
Management Simulation 
Business Statistics II 
Free Electives4.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 9
SMT 230Sports and the Law4.0
SMT 320Sport Economics4.0
General Education Elective3.0
Free Electives4.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 10
MGMT 450Strategy and Competitive Advantage4.0
SMT 201Sports Marketing, Promotion, and Public Relations4.0
Fine Arts Elective3.0
Sport Major Course4.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 11
Sport Major Course4.0
UNIV B201 [WI] Career Management1.0
General Education Elective3.0
Social Science Elective3.0
Free Elective3.0
 Term Credits14.0
Term 12
Sport Major Course4.0
General Education Elective3.0
Free Electives7.0
 Term Credits14.0
Total Credit: 180.0

Co-op/Career Opportunities

Co-op Opportunities

Drexel University has long been known for its co-operative education programs, through which students combine periods of full-time, career related employment with their studies. Co-op employment for sport business students is central to their experience.

With the BSBA sport business major, co-operative education gives students experience in a range of sport related jobs and settings. Students may be placed with professional athletic teams, university athletics and recreation programs, or with organizations aligned with sports (e.g., a sports agency). Co-op experiences are available with many of the region's sports, organizations, including professional sports teams, college athletic departments, law firms, and sports agencies, sports media networks, non-profit organizations, youth organizations, sports complexes, and others.

Career Opportunities

The multidisciplinary nature of the sport business program allows its graduates to be ready for a wide range of sport-related professions, including athletic management, the sport industry at all levels (professional, semi-professional, collegiate) within a range of organizations (public, private, professional, and amateur).

Sport business graduates are uniquely qualified for leadership, or support positions in professional and amateur sports organizations, college sports, and in other sports venues. The program also prepares students for graduate or professional study in a variety of fields including sport management, law, and business.

Facilities

In fall 2013, LeBow College opened its 12-story, Gerri C. LeBow Hall, with a finance trading lab, behavioral studies lab and integrated teaching technology in all classrooms. The new building features two lecture halls, 15 classrooms of varying sizes and seating configurations, including case study rooms and cluster classrooms designed to facilitate group work. Other amenities consist of extensive areas of student spaces, including 19 collaboration rooms, two quiet study areas, and 3,500 square feet of student lounges. Gerri C. LeBow Hall brings together faculty, students and staff, in a state of the art building on the University City campus. Please visit the LeBow College of Business webpage to learn more about Gerri C. LeBow Hall.

Sport Business Faculty

Lawrence Cohen, JD (Temple University). Associate Teaching Professor. Sports and antitrust law; tickets & sales data analytics; sport sponsorship.
Jeffrey Levine, JD (University of Louisville, Tulane University). Assistant Clinical Professor. Sport law, sport development and policy; non-profits in sport.
Joel Maxcy, PhD (Washington State University) Department Head Sport Management & General Business. Professor. Economics of sport; labor economics & policy; economics of antitrust & regulation.
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