Sport Management

Department Chair: Diane Burr,, (701) 845-7242
Faculty Contact: Sarah Milner,, (701) 845-7162
Department Office: 149 Gaukler Wellness Center, (701) 845-7580
Schedule a Visit:, (701) 845-7101 or (800) 532-8641, ext. 7101


The program of study in the Sport Management major 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 Management 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.

"When I first came to VCSU I wasn’t quite sure which major I wanted to study, but after speaking with the professors in the Exercise Science department I knew which direction I wanted to go. In this major its more then just sitting in a classroom listening to a lecture. The professors get you and your classmates involved with many different hands on activities that will greatly enhance your knowledge in how to live a healthy life."--Mitchell Scheer, Casselton, North Dakota, May 2017

General Education Requirements 

English Composition
Select one of the following:6
College Composition I
College Composition II
Introduction to Professional Writing
College Composition II
Introduction to Professional Writing
College Composition III: Persuasive Writing
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
College Physics I
College Physics II
University Physics I
University Physics II
Cognition and Brain Science
Technology, Engineering, and Design
Select one of the following:2
Concepts of Fitness and Wellness
Introduction to Stress Management
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 6 credits from 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 1
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
BUSI 214Business Communications3
COMM 314Public Relations3
COMM 360Group Dynamics3
COMM 414Social Media Management3
COMM 415Sports Information3
HPER 208Introduction to Physical Education3
HPER 210First Aid & CPR1
HPER 222Recreation and Leisure in Modern Society2
HPER 220Practical Application of Fitness Education3
HPER 350Sport Ethics2
HPER 410Organization and Adminstration of Physical Education and Sport3
HPER 425Psychology of Coaching2
HPER 487Field Experience2-4
MGMT 330Principles of Management3
MRKT 305Principles of Marketing3
Directed Electives30
HPER Electives
Selection 15 credits from the following:
Exercise Techniques and Program Design
Prevention and Care of Athletic Injuries
Introduction to Stress Management
Applied Anatomy, Physiology, and Human Performance
Applied Anatomy, Physiology, and Human Performance
Field Experience
Drug Education and Information
Communicable and Non-Communicable Diseases
Fitness Assessment and Prescription
Field Experience
Outdoor Pursuits for the Physical Educator
Business Electives
Select 15 credits from the following:
Elements of Accounting I
Elements of Accounting II
Business in the Legal Environment
Operations Management
Principles of Microeconomics
Principles of Macroeconomics
Managerial Finance
Human Resource Management
Advertising and Promotions
Total Credits69-71

Total General Education 39 Hrs
Total Major Requirement  69-72 Hrs
Total Credits Needed to Graduate 120 Hrs

Plan of Study

First Year
English Composition (Gen Ed)3Art and Music (Gen Ed)3
HPER 100 (Gen Ed)2ENGL 125 (Gen Ed)3
Lab Science (Gen Ed)4Lab Science (Gen Ed)4
MATH 104, 107, or 210 (Gen Ed)3Literacies (Gen Ed)3
Technology (Gen Ed)3Speech Communication (Gen Ed)3
UNIV 1501 
 16 16
Second Year
Directed Elective3BUSI 2143
Graduation Elective3Directed Elective3
HPER 2083Directed Electives3
HPER 2222HPER 2203
Social Science (Gen Ed)3Social Science (Gen Ed)3
 14 15
Third Year
Directed Elective3COMM 3143
Directed Elective3COMM 4143
Graduation Elective2Directed Elective3
HPER 3502HPER 2101
MGMT 3303HPER 3882
MRKT 3053Graduation Elective
 16 12
Fourth Year
COMM 3603Additional Humanities or Social Science (Gen Ed)2
Directed Elective3COMM 4153
Directed Elective3Graduation Elective3
Directed Elective3Directed Elective3
HPER 4103HPER 4252
 HPER 4872-4
 15 15-17
Total Credits 119-121

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.