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Sport and Recreation Management (B.S.)

The curriculum in Sport and Recreation Management program at South Dakota State University is designed to prepare students for professional positions in sport, recreation, parks and outdoor recreation programming and administration.

Quick Facts

Full-time Duration: 4 years
Starting in: August, January
Tuition Fee: $ 372 per credit
Location: Brookings, United States/ Blended/ Online

Students interested in sport and recreation management can find a variety of career opportunities including community recreation, federal, state and municipal governmental agencies, private outdoor and tourism enterprises as well as intercollegiate athletic departments and minor and major league sport teams.

Students interested in municipal and county recreation agencies, YMCA/YWCAs, Boys and Girls Clubs, college/professional sports, fitness/facility management organizations, and therapeutic recreation in clinical as well as community settings, can focus their interests using additional recreation, marketing, accounting, economics, social media, management, entrepreneur, and leadership elective courses.

This Sport and Recreation Management program at South Dakota State University is based on interdisciplinary approach providing a broad, comprehensive background for leadership and administrative roles in sport and recreation industries.

It also provides students a foundation for advanced academic pursuits of a graduate degree in sport or recreation administration or related degree programs.

Courses included:

  • Social Determinants of Health
  • Principles of Accounting
  • Legal Environment of Business
  • Technical Communication
  • Business Finance
  • Lifespan Development
  • Events and Facilities Administration
  • Human Resource Management
  • Management Information Systems

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Career Opportunities

  • Recreation & activities director
  • Park manager
  • Sport/Recreation facility management
  • Sport event management
  • College athletic department or campus recreation (graduate school required)

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