The Program prepares students for careers in managing organizations in the sport, recreation, and leisure industries. By developing professional knowledge and skills, as well as critical thinking skills, our students are prepared for significant career flexibility. The blending of business and kinesiology courses is designed to prepare students to work in a broad array of management positions (in both non‐profits and for-profits). At New England College, the discipline covers the study of management theories, leadership, financial management, marketing and sponsorships, the sociology of sport, recreation facilities management, legal issues and risk management, and professionalism in the industry. In consultation with the faculty advisor, students will further select courses within the major and across disciplines to satisfy personal interests and strengths.
Experiential Learning in Sport and Recreation Management
Students have many opportunities to engage in a vast array of experiential learning. The Sport and Recreation Management major has experiential learning components in every course. (Also, the major requires an internship or a practicum experience that is designed for and contracted with each student.) Experiential learning based on theoretical and substantive knowledge allows our students to engage fully in the discipline. The major is designed with intentional experiences that the professor must guide and lead the students into and through, using a variety of pedagogical principles and practices. As professors facilitate the activities, the students use the concepts, techniques, and requisite social skills toward the expected goals and outcomes-to achieve success… and sometimes failure, from which we guide into a learning experience. The experiential component of the Program engages the students to learn and accept responsibility for their educational goals, to seek learning, and become personally and socially responsible professionals.
Students completing the Sport and Recreation Management program should be able to:
- Identify and analyze the socio‐cultural dimensions related to sport & recreation
- Demonstrate knowledge of management & leadership theories
- Develop an understanding of ethics perspectives and theories and demonstrate competencies in applying ethical decision‐making strategies
- Demonstrate knowledge and apply marketing‐related concepts & theories
- Develop skills to demonstrate the application of essential budgeting & financial techniques and principles
- Demonstrate working knowledge of legal issues specific to the industry
- Analyze sport using relevant economic theories
- Examine and analyze issues related to governance in varying sport organizations and among governing bodies which influence the sport industry
- Undertake field experience in Sport and Recreation Management (internship and/or practicum)
- Write persuasively
- Use qualitative and quantitative data for decision making
- Exhibit strong oral and interpersonal communication skills
- Read critically
- Think critically and independently
CoursesSport and Recreation Management
All undergraduate courses are 4 credits unless otherwise noted.