In 1987 the National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE) appointed a task force to develop undergraduate and graduate curricular guidelines for institutions preparing sport management professionals. The undergraduate guidelines address the three components of a sport management curriculum: (a) the foundational areas of study comprising full courses in business management, marketing, economics, accounting, finance, and computer science; (b) the application areas of study composed of sport foundations (e.g., sport sociology, sport psychology, sport history /philosophy, women in sport), sport law, sport economics, sport marketing/promotion, and sport administration; and (c) the field experiences including practical and internships. The graduate guidelines build upon the undergraduate preparation and include (a) two required courses in research methods and a project or thesis; (b) advanced application electives in sport law, sport economics, sport marketing/promotion, sport administration, facility design, and event management; and (c) the field experiences of practical and internships.
P. Stanley Brassie, Chair of the NASPE Task Force on Sport Management, is with the Department of Physical Education at the University of Georgia, Athens, GA 30602. Other members of the task force were Charles Higgins, Ohio University; Steve Horton, Virginia Tech; Guy Lewis, University of South Carolina; Robin Monsky, Atlanta Braves; Bonnie Parkhouse, Temple University; Mike Peterson, PGA; Janet Parks, Bowling Green State University; and Homer Rice, Georgia Tech.