Undergraduate Minor

Minor in Sports Business Management

Minor in Sports Business Management
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Minor Undergraduate
Eli Broad College of Business

Excerpt from the official Academic Programs Catalog:

Listed below are the approved requirements for the program from the official Academic Programs Catalog.
Students must consult their advisors to learn which specific requirements apply to their degree programs.

The Eli Broad College of Business and The Eli Broad Graduate School of Management

Department of Management

Undergraduate Programs
Minor in Sports Business Management

The Minor in Sports Business Management, which is administered by the Department of Management, provides students the academic foundation and practical experience to pursue careers in intercollegiate and professional sports and the sports business industry. The minor is intended for students who wish to enhance their marketability for highly competitive careers in areas related to sports business management including sports associations and leagues, intercollegiate and professional sports organizations and teams, sports entertainment and media services, and firms that primarily supply the sports and entertainment industry. Students will apply their knowledge of business to the industries of sports through course work and hands-on experience in supervised fieldwork and internships.

The minor is available as an elective to students who are enrolled in the Eli Broad College of Business and to students in the following colleges and majors: College of Communication Arts and Sciences: Advertising Management, Communication Leadership and Strategy, Games and Interactive Media, Digital Storytelling, Journalism, Public Relations. College of Education:  Kinesiology. College of Social Science: Economics,  and Human Capital and Society. Students outside the colleges and majors listed above may be considered on a case-by-case basis for admission to the minor with the approval of the Department of Management. With the approval of the department and college that administers the student's degree program, the courses that are used to satisfy the minor may also be used to satisfy the requirements for the bachelor's degree.


Students applying to the sports business management minor must have completed at least 56 credits by the end of the Spring semester in which they are applying. Admission decisions will be distributed to students in early April each year. Admission is highly competitive and therefore not guaranteed. By applying to the minor, you are agreeing to allow the 
admissions committee to review your grades.

Requirements for the Minor in Sports Business Management

Students must complete a minimum of 18 credits from the following:
Curriculum Foundations in Sports Business Management 
All of the following courses (6 credits):
MGT 479 Sports Business Management  3
MGT  493A  Sports Business: Internship  3
MGT  493B  Sports Business: Fieldwork Seminar  3
Foundations in Management 
1. One of the following courses (3 credits):
    HRLR  201 Human Capital and Society  3
     MGT  315 Managing Human Resources and Organizational Behavior  3
     MGT  325 Management Skills and Processes  3
2. One of the following courses (3 credits):
HRLR  313 Employment Relations  3
MGT  411 Organizational Staffing  3
MGT  412 Compensation and Reward Systems  3
MGT  414 Diversity in the Workplace  3
MGT  460 Capstone for Management Majors (W)  3
MGT  475 Negotiation and Conflict Management  3
Relevant Electives (6 credits) 
Complete at least 6 credits from the following courses: 
Customers and Sales
ADV  352 Media Sales  3
HB  376 Hospitality Sales Process  3
MKT  313 Consultative Selling  3
MKT  302 Consumer Behavior  3
Media and Branding
ADV  431 Monitoring and Measuring Social Media of Brands  3
JRN  218 Sports in Contemporary Media 3
MI  334 eSports and Online Broadcasting  3
PR  330 Social Media Management  3
Planning, Operations, and Strategy
EC  370 Economics of Sports  3
GEO 215 Sports Geography  3
HRLR  314 Legal Environment of Work  3
HB  420 The Business of Golf  3
HB  425 Golf Operations and Management  3
KIN  454 Facility Planning and Construction  3
KIN  456 Ethical Issues in Athletics  2
Sports and Society
GBL  323 Introduction to Business Law  3
HST  324 History of Sports in America  3
HST  329 College Sports in the United States  3
HST  397 Global Soccer  3
ISS  328 The Social Science of Sports (I)  4
Special Topics
Selection of either of these courses requires approval by the Department of Management to ensure appropriate content.
ADV  492 Special Topics in Advertising: Sports and Entertainment Public Relations 3
MGT  491 Special Topics in Management: Women Leadership in Sports  3
A maximum of 3 credits of internship or other work experience may be earned, used as elective credits towards the following degrees: Finance, Human Resource Management, Management, Marketing, Supply Chain Management; a maximum of 2 credits of internship or other work experience may be earned toward the Accounting degree.