Sport Studies

Sport Studies Fundamentals

The Sport Studies major prepares you to work in:

  • professional, collegiate and high school sport administration
  • university-based recreational sport management
  • community-based parks and recreation
  • a multitude of opportunities in the sport and leisure industry

Sport Studies majors must choose an area of concentration in:

  • sport management
  • athletic coaching education

Professional Preparation

  • Affords students the opportunity to pursue a variety of employment opportunities in the sport and recreation industry.
  • The Sport Studies major also prepares students for graduate studies in sport management, sport behavior, sport science and coaching.

Our Faculty

  • are innovative, interactive and experienced in the field of sport and recreation
  • use multimedia technology to enhance classroom learning
  • are active in current research, national organizations and local community agencies
  • encourage students to be critical thinkers and problem solvers

Akron Advantage

Hands-on Research

The School of Sport Science and Wellness Education, located in InfoCision Stadium, offers a variety of resources for its students, including:

  • state-of-the-art laboratory and equipment required for knowledge base learning
  • opportunities to aid faculty in a variety of research projects

Real World Experience

  • Required practicum experience for each student, minimum of 150 hours
  • Service learning built into coursework
  • Collaboration with professionals in the sport and recreation industry

Education Student Organizations

  • SESC (Sport and Exercise Science Club) affords students the opportunity to promote professional activity and networking in the Sport and Exercise Science field through participation in conferences, clinics and club activities.

Sample Curriculum


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Career Opportunities

Sport/recreation is one of the top industries in the country. The economic impact of the sport/recreation industry and the abundance of sporting opportunities mandates the services of qualified/skilled practitioners.

Degrees and Preparation

A bachelor’s degree in sport studies with a concentration in sport management or athletic coaching education paves the way to a variety of career opportunities in the sport and recreation industry that involve leadership, management, coaching, programming, marketing, selling and legal aspects.

Sport Studies graduates are employed as:

  • athletic directors (high school/collegiate)
  • professional sport administrator
  • youth, high school and college sport coaches
  • aquatics managers
  • sport media personnel
  • recreation facility directors
  • sport psychologists
  • event management directors
  • adventure recreation directors
  • sport marketing and promotion personnel
  • parks and recreation administrators
  • facility operations manager
  • sport agents
  • recreation specialist
  • youth sport programmers
  • sport equipment managers

Career Services

Career Services is located in Student Union 211, with another office in College of Arts and Sciences Building 126. Career Services provides career coaching and programming, and develops valuable relationships with employers and campus partners to provide students with many opportunities for experiential learning and career development.