Exercise Science and Sport Management - Sport Management Concentration B - Composite Major

Department Chair: Diane Burr, diane.burr@vcsu.edu, (701) 845-7242
Faculty Contact: Sarah Milner, sarah.milner@vcsu.edu, (701) 845-7162
Department Office: 149 Gaukler Wellness Center, (701) 845-7580
Schedule a Visit: http://visit.vcsu.edu/, (701) 845-7101 or (800) 532-8641, ext. 7101


The program of study in the Sport Management concentration is primarily designed to prepare students for careers in the Sport Management industry. The program is housed in the new state-of-the-art Wellness Center. Those enrolled in the program will develop an understanding of the components of leadership, planning, and management of sport and recreation related services by providing students with field experiences where they will be mentored by professionals in the field. Students have a wide range of choices when choosing these experiences.  Some include the Valley City Parks and Recreation Department, Gaukler Wellness Center, VCSU Sport Information, and Valley City High School. Through these experiences, students will develop a knowledge base appropriate for careers in sport management, facility management, athletic administration and recreation leadership. 


The Exercise Science Club provides students in the fitness, exercise science, and wellness fields opportunities to discuss current topics in the profession and provide community outreach programs. 

“What I love the most about the Sport Managment program is that it’s so diverse. There are many different aspects of the career, and I feel that the staff at VCSU helps to prepare you for all of them. They truly care about you and your future. I’m confident that the Sport Management program at VCSU has given me the knowledge and experience to go out into the real world and be able to obtain a variety of different jobs.” —Bailey Goolsbey, Milnor, N.D.

"The Exercise Science program at VCSU gave me the knowledge and the skills to provide people of all ages with better health and well-being. While attending my last semester my professor helped me get a great internship at the Sanford POWER Center in Fargo, and I was hired onto the POWER staff once I graduated. Without this program and professors at VCSU, I wouldn’t be where I am today.” —Scott Stephenson ’14, Ontario, Calif.; exercise specialist, Sanford POWER

General Education Requirements

English Composition
Select one of the following:6
College Composition I
College Composition II 1
Introduction to Professional Writing
College Composition II 1
Introduction to Professional Writing
College Composition III
Speech Communication
Select one of the following:3
Fundamentals of Public Speaking
Interpersonal Communication
Intercultural Communication
Select one of the following:3
College Algebra
Finite Mathematics
Calculus I
Elementary Statistics
Lab Science
Select two of the following:8
Concepts of Biology
General Biology I
General Biology II
General Zoology
Introductory Chemistry
Introduction to Organic and Biochemistry
General Chemistry I
General Chemistry II
Introduction to Earth Science
The Earth Through Time
Concepts of Physics
Introductory Astronomy
Introductory College Physics I
Introductory College Physics II
University Physics I
University Physics II
Introduction to Psychology Lab 3
Technology, Engineering, and Design
HPER 100Concepts of Fitness and Wellness2
Select one of the following:3
Introduction to Computer Information Systems
Introduction to Programming in Java
Introduction to Structured Programming I
Discovering Computing
Select one of the following:3
Introduction to Literature
Introduction to Film
World Literature I
World Literature II
American Literature I
American Literature II
Civilization, Thought, and Literary Heritage
Ethics and Philosophy of Science
1st Year Spanish I
1st Year Spanish II
2nd Year Spanish I
2nd Year Spanish II
Introduction to Theatre Arts
Acting One
Art and Music
Select one of the following:3
Introduction to the Visual Arts
Fine Arts and Aesthetics
Music Appreciation
Music Fundamentals
World Music
History of Rock and Roll
Social Science
Select two of the following:6
Understanding Media and Social Change
Human Communication
Principles of Microeconomics
Principles of Macroeconomics
Human Geography
United States to 1877
United States to Present
World Civilizations to 1500
World Civilizations since 1500
Environmental History
Native American Studies
American National Government
State and Local Government
Introduction to Psychology 2
Introduction to Sociology
Introduction to Anthropology
Additional Humanities or Social Science
Select one additional course from Humanities or Social Science or select from the following:2
Drawing I
Ceramics I
Survey of Geography
Group Piano for Non-Majors
Group Piano for Non-Majors
Concert Choir
Athletic Band
Concert Band
Planetarium Science
Theatre Practicum
Total Credits39

Major Requirement

Required Courses
HPER 208Introduction to Physical Education2
HPER 210First Aid & CPR1
HPER 350Sport Ethics2
HPER 309Sport Nutrition Concepts3
Total Credits8

Concentration B - Sport Management

Required Courses
BUSI 214Business Communications3
HPER 220Practical Application of Fitness Education3
HPER 410Organization and Adminstration of Physical Education and Sport2
HPER 222Recreation and Leisure in Modern Society2
HPER 487Field Experience2-4
HPER 388Outdoor Pursuits for the Physical Educator2
MGMT 330Principles of Management3
MRKT 305Principles of Marketing3
COMM 314Public Relations3
COMM 414Social Media Management3
COMM 415Sports Information3
Directed Electives
Electives : Communications6
Corporate Communication
Communication and Interviewing
Gender Communication
Digital Communication
Group Dynamics
Media Law and Ethics
Organizational Communication
1st Year Spanish I
1st Year Spanish II
Electives 2: Business Studies15
Business Data Solutions
Managerial Finance
Principles of Microeconomics
Principles of Macroeconomics
Elements of Accounting I
Elements of Accounting II
Operations Management
Business in the Legal Environment
Human Resource Management
Advertising and Promotions
Electives 3: Fitness & Wellness Studies: students will selcect 4 courses 10
Exercise Techniques and Program Design
Introduction to Stress Management
Applied Anatomy, Physiology, and Human Performance
Applied Anatomy, Physiology, and Human Performance
Drug Education and Information
Communicable and Non-Communicable Diseases
Modern Sports Officiating
Exercise Physiology of Peak Performances
Field Experience
Field Experience
Additional Electives with consent of advisor.8-10
Total Credits68-72

Total General Education 39 Hrs
Total Major Requirements 8 Hrs

Total Concentration Requirements 68-72 Hrs
Total Credits Needed to Graduate  120 Hrs

Optional Coursework
Student may add the following Spanish concentration as additional coursework or approved directed electives for the major.
SPAN 1011st Year Spanish I3
SPAN 1021st Year Spanish II3
SPAN 2012nd Year Spanish I3
SPAN 2022nd Year Spanish II3
SPAN 215Spanish Conversation2
Total Credits14

For degree and graduation requirements, visit degree requirements and graduation requirements.


Plan of Study

First Year
English Composition (Gen Ed)3ENGL 125 (Gen Ed)3
HPER 100 (Gen Ed)2HPER 2203
Lab Science (Gen Ed)4Lab Science (Gen Ed)4
Mathematics (Gen Ed)3PSYC 111 (Gen Ed)3
Technology (Gen Ed)3Speech Communication (Gen Ed)3
UNIV 1501 
 16 16
Second Year
Directed Elective3Art and Music (Gen Ed)3
Directed Elective3BUSI 2143
Graduation Elective3Directed Elective3
HPER 2082HPER 2222
Literacies (Gen Ed)3Social Science (Gen Ed)3
 14 14
Third Year
Directed Elective3COMM 3143
Directed Elective3COMM 4143
Graduation Elective2HPER 2101
HPER 3502HPER 3093
MGMT 3303HPER 3882
MRKT 3053Directed Elective3
 16 15
Fourth Year
Directed Elective3Additional Humanities or Social Science (Gen Ed)2
Directed Elective3COMM 4153
Directed Elective3Directed Elective3
Directed Elective3Directed Elective3
HPER 4102Graduation Elective2
 HPER 4872-4
 14 15-17
Total Credits 120-122

Please note:  This plan is intended for general information only.  Students are strongly encouraged to meet with their academic advisor each semester before registration.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Students will create projects that demonstrate their understanding of managerial, fiscal and leadership concepts as related to sport management.
  2. Students will apply fundamental marketing, communication, and/or public relation concepts to the sport industry.
  3. Students will demonstrate an understanding of the significance of lifelong recreational activities in the sport and fitness industry.
  4. Analyze and critique the moral and ethical issues related to sport as it exists in the sports management setting.