Bachelor of Science in Sports Management

  • Overview

    Saint Joseph’s sports management major provides students with a strong working knowledge of sports from an operational perspective. Upon completion, students will have developed the knowledge and skills necessary to work in sports and fitness-related industries.

    Throughout the program, students study courses in sports marketing, sports law, sports and society, facilities management, and event planning. Additionally, students must complete a business administration minor in business and sports management. Internships are not required, but most students take advantage of the exciting networking opportunities available in order to gain experience and make contacts for future employment after graduation.

    At a Glance

    • Faculty members provide personal attention and mentoring for students.

    • Access to outstanding, flexible internships, including ties with the professional sports community in Portland.

    • Integrated major with business administration prepares students for the possibility of later working in sales, merchandising, or management as it relates to sports and fitness.

  • Curriculum

    The Bachelor of Science in Sports Management curriculum enables student to apply business knowledge and skills to the unique demands of a sports-related industry. As such, students majoring in sports management are required to complete a 20-credit minor in business administration.

    There is the option of a sports management athletic administration concentration available, requiring 14 credits to complete. The concentration in athletic administration prepares students to be leaders and role models in interscholastic, university, and collegiate sports. Courses focus on the significant role that athletic administrators engage in within the school and the community. Learning outcomes support skill development in the areas of management, leadership, marketing, and communications. Special emphasis will be placed on developing personal philosophies and values related to administration and coaching. Students upon the completion of course work will have a thorough understanding of the nature of athletic administration.

    A minor in sports management is also available and requires 20 credit hours.

  • Some of our faculty

    • Lisa Ahearn

      Instructor of Exercise Science, Sport and Exercise Science Chair

      PhD candidate, United States Sports Academy

      MS, Ithaca College

      BS, Plymouth State College

    • Thomas C. Dann

      Instructor of Exercise Science

      MEd, Cleveland State University

      BA, Wittenberg University

    Lisa Ahearn

    Instructor of Exercise Science, Sport and Exercise Science Chair

    PhD candidate, United States Sports Academy

    MS, Ithaca College

    BS, Plymouth State College

    Thomas C. Dann

    Instructor of Exercise Science

    MEd, Cleveland State University

    BA, Wittenberg University

  • Student Stories

    • Courtney Rague ’11

      Courtney Rague ’11 worked firsthand with two minor league sports teams that put her on the path to a winning career. As a result of her real-world experience, she is now the ticket sales director for the Portland Sea Dogs.

    • Sean Caldwell ’11

      Sean Caldwell ’11 was all about sports and sports organization as a student. Now, as a member of game day operations with the NBA’s New Orleans Pelicans, Caldwell’s leading the charge with a professional sports team.

    • Shakira LaFond ’11

      Shakira LaFond ’11 was originally reluctant to take a course on facilities management. Then, a few classroom field trips changed her mind and set her on a new career path.

  • Career Moves

    Explore the possible career paths available with a degree in sports management: sports media, merchandising, professional team and league operations, and more.