NEW HAVEN, CT — Gateway Community College has added a Sports Management option to its popular Business Management associate’s degree.
The new degree is unique in that students can complete the program fully online, or by combining in-person courses at community college campuses throughout Connecticut. It is fully transferrable to Southern Connecticut State University’s Sports Management program, where students can complete a four-year degree either in person or online.
The sports industry is an approximately $450 billion a year industry, the college said in a news release.
A degree in Sports Management prepares students with the business skills and concepts that directly relate to the industry through specialized courses, including sports marketing, media, and finance, along with traditional business courses, offering a multi-layered education.
An associate’s degree in sports management can lead to careers in sports facility and event management, sport sales, coaching, public relations specialist, sports apparel, fitness management at health clubs, and other sport facilities. The associate degree also provides valuable experience and knowledge for potential college work/study and internships within a college’s athletic department for student who continue their studies at a four-year university.
1. Demonstrate working knowledge of the scope of the sport industry, along with professional practices of working in the sport management profession.
2. Demonstrate knowledge of the historical and philosophical foundations of the sport management profession.
3. Explain the importance of budgeting and financial management to sport-related organizations, and be able to evaluate micro- and macroeconomic principles as they relate to the sport industry.
4. Explain legal concepts relevant to the sport industry and evaluate situations in sport settings that may have legal implications for sport organizations, entities, or participants.
5. Explain and apply principles of mass media, communication, promotion, and public relations, particularly as they relate to sport management.