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:
1. Identify and explain management and leadership theories, including an understanding of ethics perspectives and theories
2. Recognize marketing-related concepts and theories, then demonstrate, apply, and create marketing plans
3. Identify and analyze the socio-cultural dimensions related to sport and recreation
4. Develop skills to demonstrate and apply essential budgeting and financial principles and techniques; analyze budgets and financing of sport/sport organizations using relevant economic theories
5. Document legal issues, demonstrate legal concepts, and formulate legal analysis specific to the industry/profession
6. Demonstrate, explain, and critique recreation facility design and construction, including programming, usage, accessibility, ADA concerns, “green” construction and maintenance practices, and management
7. Employ strong and effective communication skills (writing, oral, and presentation skills), and professional
8. Read critically; think critically and independently
CoursesSport and Recreation Management
All undergraduate courses are 4 credits unless otherwise noted.