Sport Management Curricula: Current Status and Design Implications for Future Development

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Bonnie L. ParkhouseCalifornia State University—Fullerton

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The current status of undergraduate and graduate curricula in sport management was examined in 83 institutions identified as offering sport management programs in the United States (40 undergraduate, 32 graduate, and 11 programs at both levels). Since only two Canadian institutions responded to this inquiry, definitive conclusions could not be drawn about the current status of sport management in Canada. However, several observations about them are made on the basis of external data. The findings of this study clearly indicate that sport management curricula varies markedly from one institution to another. In most cases the institution claims to have a program in sport management per se, but in reality course offerings are not sufficient to warrant even a minor or concentration in this area. Implications of current practices in sport management are discussed, and recommendations for future development are presented.

Direct all correspondence to Bonnie L. Parkhouse, Department of Health, Physical Education and Recreation, California State University-Fullerton, Fullerton, CA 92631.

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