Undergraduate and Graduate Sport Management Curricular Models: A Perspective

in Journal of Sport Management
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The purpose of this paper is to present undergraduate and graduate sport management curricular models which provide a perspective that higher education sport management professionals can use to solve curricular problems described in the literature and to implement the NASPE/NASSM guidelines. The five sport management concentrations, which have similar objectives and services but occur in different settings or serve different clientele, include (a) Sport for Leisure/Recreation, (b) Sport and Athletics, (c) Sport Merchandising, (d) Hostelries/Travel, and (e) Recreation Agencies. The models (a) differentiate purposes, content, and entry-level positions for each degree level; (b) provide evidence for which concentrations need to be part of each curriculum; (c) define a professional core; (d) describe the concentration specialization requirements; (e) differentiate the culminating experiences for each degree; and (f) provide the distinctive characteristics of undergraduate and graduate programs.

Dennie R. Kelley, Patricia A. Beitel, and Joy T. DeSensi are with the Department of Human Performance and Sport Studies and Mary Dale Blanton is with the Department of Health, Leisure, and Safety, The University of Tennessee, 1914 Andy Holt Ave., Knoxville, TN 37996-2700.