Sport Management

The program at the University of Illinois offers a unique perspective to those interested in sport management. Housed within the Department of Recreation, Sport, and Tourism, the emphasis in Sport Management provides an understanding of the breadth of sport within the leisure industry. Whether people enjoy watching sports (professional, amateur, intercollegiate athletics), participating in sports (community leagues for youth and adults, high school or intercollegiate athletics, amateur or professional sports) or both, an interest in sport is one way in which people utilize their leisure time. Coursework at the University of Illinois begins with a fundamental understanding of sport as a leisure pursuit, as a form of entertainment, and allows students to move into areas of specific interest.

Curriculum for Sports Management Concentration

General Education Requirements

* Completion through the third level of the same language in high school or college

  • Composition I, 3-4 hrs
  • Advanced Composition (RST 410), 3 hrs
  • Communications, 3 hrs
  • Quantitative Reasoning I, 3 hrs
  • Quantitative Reasoning II (RST 370), 3 hrs
  • Humanities & Arts, 6 hrs
  • Natural Science & Technology, 6 hrs
  • Social and Behavioral Science, 6 hrs
  • Social Science (RST 100 & 330), 3 hrs
  • Cultural Studies: Western (RST 330)
  • Cultural Studies: Non-West/US Minority
  • * Foreign Language
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  • Subtotal: 41 hrs

 

Leisure Studies Core Requirements

  • RST 100 Society and Leisure, 3 hrs
  • RST 101 Orientation to Leisure Studies, 1 hr
  • RST 230 Leisure & Diversity, 3 hrs
  • RST 316 Leisure & Human Development, 3 hrs
  • RST 330 Leisure & Consumer Culture, 3 hrs
  • RST 370 Research Methods & Analysis, 3 hrs
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  • Subtotal: 16 hrs

 

Management Core Requirements

  • RST 110 Leisure Service Delivery, 2 hrs
  • RST 200 Leadership in Leisure Services, 2 hrs
  • RST 300 Programming in Leisure, 3 hrs
  • RST 320 Leisure Services Marketing, 3 hrs
  • RST 340 Leisure & Facility Management, 3 hrs
  • RST 410 Administration of Leisure Services, 3 hrs
  • RST 420 Hum Res Mgt in Leisure Organizations, 3 hrs
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  • Subtotal: 19 hrs

 

Experiential Education Requirements

  • RST 480 Orientation to Practicum, 1 hr
  • RST 484 Leisure Studies Practicum, 12 hrs
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  • Subtotal: 13 hrs

Sport Mgmt Requirements

  • RST 130 Foundations of Sport Mgmt, 3 hrs
  • KIN 142 Sport & Society, 3 hrs
  • RST 255 Ethical Issues in Sport, 2 hrs
  • RST 354 Legal Aspects of Sport, 3 hrs
  • RST 429 Contemporary Issues in Leisure Services, 4 hrs
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  • Subtotal: 15 hrs

 

Sport Mgmt Electives

  • Department Electives, 13 hrs
  • Free Electives, 11 hrs
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  • Subtotal: 24 hrs

 

Summary of Requirements

  • General Education Requirements, 41 hrs
  • Leisure Studies Core Requirements, 16 hrs
  • Management Core Requirements, 19 hrs
  • Internship Requirements, 13 hrs
  • Concentration Requirements, 15 hrs
  • Elective Requirements, 24 hrs
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  • Total 128 hrs

 

Graduation Requirement Checklist

  • 2.00 UIUC Cumulative GPA
  • Residency Requirement
  • 128 Credit Hours

 

Pre-Intern Learning Requirements

All RST students must obtain 300 hours of work experience related to the industry.

Minimum hours – 40 hours per agency
Minimum of 2 agencies must be used

For more details on the internship requirements: http://rst.illinois.edu/Undergraduates/Internship.aspx#progover

For additional information on The Department of Recreation, Sport and Tourism contact LoriKay Paden, Academic Advisor, at (217) 244-2695 or lkpaden@illinois.edu.