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Sport Industry

Degree: BS

Campus: Columbus

College: Education and Human Ecology

Sport industry (SI) prepares students for supervisory, leadership and administrative positions in the sport and leisure industry and/or graduate programs in sport humanities, sport management and sport law. SI combines social science and humanities disciplines to provide students with the needed theory and practice for entrance into the sport and leisure industry. 

SI informs students of the constantly changing themes, issues and practices that the industry confronts. Students comprehend the social, economic, political and legal issues that contour and shape the development of the industry. The major explores the connections of sport and exercise to the larger society, its historical settings and meanings, its ethical underpinnings, and its racial, gender and social class composition.

Upon admission to the university, students are enrolled into the College of Education and Human Ecology as a pre-major. After completion of the major admission requirements, students are automatically placed in the major. For major admission, students are required to complete 12 credit hours and attain a 2.5 GPA.

This program provides students with the theory and practice needed for entrance into the sport and leisure industry. Students take courses in legal aspects of sport and physical activity, organization and administration of public recreation, and sport and leisure service delivery and promotion.

Sample curriculum

Freshman Year: 
History of Sport in 19th Century America    

Sophomore Year: 
History of Sport in 20th Century America    
The Sport Industry     
Leadership and Programming in the Sports Industry    
College Sports    
Coaching the Young Athlete    
Women’s Sport History    

Junior Year: 
Sport Marketing and Promotion    
Sport and Pop Culture    
Legal Aspects of Sport    
Sport and Social Values    
Sport and Sexuality    

Senior Year: 
Research: Sport Industry    
Foundations of Management and Human Resources    
Foundations of Marketing    
Foundations of Operations Management

The College of Education and Human Ecology offers an Honors Program for students of high academic ability. The Honors Program allows for individualized program structuring to meet students’ learning objectives and provides an opportunity for students to work with faculty to design and perform research. Through an understanding of the core course work and effective research methods, this individualized plan of study helps students experience professional growth and increased knowledge. In addition to undergraduate research opportunities and close working relationships with faculty, Honors students also have access to smaller classes, priority scheduling and unique housing opportunities.

The Ohio State Scholars programs feature close-knit, residential communities for students who share common interests. Sport industry students may find the Sport and Wellness Scholars Program to be a good fit with their interests.

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The Sport Management Association is a student organization that strives to improve the university and local community through community service projects as well as to enhance the educational and social experiences of its members, as well as the Sport Management Master’s Alumni Association.

EHE Ambassadors are student leaders promoting and contributing to the growth of the College of Education and Human Ecology. These students represent their college and majors to prospective students and their families, currently enrolled students, faculty and staff, alumni, donors, and the university community, while being devoted to service and leadership. Learn more at  

Careers include collegiate/professional sports marketing, entrepreneurship, fitness management, goods/services/sales and marketing, recreational sports, and entry level positions in sports organizations. Students also have the desire to pursue graduate opportunities such as business or law upon graduation from the sport industry program.

College of Education and Human Ecology
A100 PAES Building
307 Annie & John Glenn Ave. 
Columbus, OH 43035