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This two year program leading to the Associate in Applied Science degree prepares students for careers in a number of widely diverse fields related to the growing sport industry market. This program is designed to appeal to those students who wish to combine a practical business background with an interest in the sports world. Course work and leadership experience in Sport Management are emphasized in the program. Potential career options include: professional sports management, educational athletics, leisure products, sport clubs and camps, and sport retailing and manufacturing.

Graduates of the Recreation Leadership/Sport Management A.A.S. will have demonstrated the following learning outcomes:

Foundation knowledge of sports management/recreation leadership core concepts and methods:

Scope of physical education, sport, recreation and leisure today in terms of past present and future trends concerning organized programs, leadership, funding, sponsorship and professional organization
Goals and overall philosophical base of the physical education, sport, recreation, leisure field in modern society as well as the problems, challenges and issues that face leaders in today’s society
Understanding of the relationship between leisure, recreation, and health
Knowledge of the process used in the delivery of therapeutic recreation services
Knowledge and understanding of coaching as a profession
Knowledge and understanding of sport and event management
Exercise facts and basic knowledge of fitness
Problem solving – decision making for lifetime fitness
Components of a sound philosophy as it pertains to interscholastic and intercollegiate athletics
Administrative processes essential to a successful sports program including budgeting, record keeping, public relations, and facility management
Problem solving and decision making for implementing new camp programs
Task generalization and sufficient evaluation of methods essential for camp settings
The importance of human resource management in sports
Basic understanding of the laws regarding liability, contract law and risk management as it pertains to sports management
Knowledge of information literacy as it relates to recreation leadership/sport management:

Interpret both the theoretical and practical aspect of physical education, sport, recreation, leisure fields
analyze the scholarly meaning of physical education, sports, recreation and leisure as seen from the perspectives of such social and behavioral sciences as history, sociology, psychology and economics
explore scientific principles as they relate to athletic training and conditioning
distinguish the effects of psychological, sociological, and environmental variables on athletic training and competition
Career information
Basic library, research and communication skills
Ability to understand, summarize, analyze and critically evaluate
sources of recreation leadership/sport management information
Knowledge of career opportunities in the field of recreation leadership/sport management:

Professional opportunities and limitations in today’s job market and major job roles and settings in leisure-related business
Workplace competencies related to a future career in sport management field
Career options and experience in the applications of skills required in event management and game administration
Different settings of practice for therapeutic recreation
recreation leadership/sport management job descriptions, requirements and benefits
Career opportunities in recreation leadership/sport management
Educational transfer opportunities in recreation leadership/sport management
Critical thinking, oral and written communication skills:

General communication skills
Instruction in and assessment of critical thinking skills