Sport Business

Major: Sport Business
Degree Awarded: Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA)
Calendar Type: Quarter
Total Credit Hours: 180.0
Co-op Options: Three Co-op (Five years); One Co-op (Four years); No Co-op (Four years)
Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) code: 31.0504
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code: 25-1193

About the Program

The BSBA in Sport Business is designed for students who plan to pursue careers in the sport industry. The major draws on the strengths of its own offerings and the required business administration core. 

Students will master the knowledge and skills necessary for success in professional sports organizations, collegiate athletics, sport media companies, and businesses that service and are complimentary to the sport industry. The co-op option engages students with extensive experiential learning. Our Philadelphia location is optimal for accessing opportunities throughout the Northeast corridor and beyond.

The program offers options covering a wide range of areas of study; students are able to match their skills, abilities, and interests with a specific niche within the sport industry. Students may choose a minor or create their own particular specialization and area of expertise, in consultation with our department's academic advisor and faculty.

Degree Requirements

General Education Requirements
CIVC 101Introduction to Civic Engagement1.0
COM 270 [WI] Business Communication3.0
COOP 101Career Management and Professional Development1.0
ENGL 101Composition and Rhetoric I: Inquiry and Exploratory Research3.0
or ENGL 111 English Composition I
ENGL 102Composition and Rhetoric II: Advanced Research and Evidence-Based Writing3.0
or ENGL 112 English Composition II
ENGL 103Composition and Rhetoric III: Themes and Genres3.0
or ENGL 113 English Composition III
MATH 101Introduction to Analysis I4.0
MATH 102Introduction to Analysis II4.0
PHIL 105Critical Reasoning3.0
PSY 101General Psychology I3.0
UNIV B101The Drexel Experience1.0
UNIV B201 [WI] Career Management1.0
English Literature elective (ENGL 200 - ENGL 399)3.0
Fine Arts elective3.0
History elective4.0
Select two of the following:6.0
Applied Cells, Genetics & Physiology
Applied Biological Diversity, Ecology & Evolution
Applied Chemistry
Applied Physics
General Education Electives
Students select (16.0) credits of general education electives, with a minimum of one course in each of the following three categories. Students take the remaining 7.0 credits from any of the topics listed under Additional General Education Electives.
Society and Culture
Communication, English, Fine Arts, Global Studies, Language or Philosophy3.0
Social Science
Anthropology, History, Sociology, Policitcal Science, Psychology3.0
Science
Computer Science, Information Systems, Science3.0
Additional General Education Electives
Seven (7.0) credits must be earned by taking courses from the following topics: Communication, English, Fine Arts, Global Studies, Language, Philosophy, Anthropology, History, Sociology, Political Science, Psychology, Computer Science, Information Systems, Math Science.7.0
Business Requirements
ACCT 115Financial Accounting Foundations4.0
ACCT 116Managerial Accounting Foundations4.0
BLAW 201Business Law I4.0
BSAN 160Business Analytics and Data Visualization4.0
BUSN 101Foundations of Business I4.0
BUSN 102Foundations of Business II4.0
ECON 201Principles of Microeconomics4.0
ECON 202Principles of Macroeconomics4.0
FIN 301Introduction to Finance4.0
INTB 200International Business4.0
MGMT 450Strategy and Competitive Advantage4.0
MIS 200Management Information Systems4.0
MKTG 201Introduction to Marketing Management4.0
OPM 200Operations Management4.0
ORGB 300 [WI] Organizational Behavior4.0
STAT 201Introduction to Business Statistics4.0
Select one of the following:4.0
Introduction to Entrepreneurship
For-Profit Business Consulting
Nonprofit Business Consulting
Startup Business Consulting
International Business Consulting
Negotiations and Conflict Resolution
Sport Business Consulting
Business Statistics II
Primary Major Courses
Sport Business Requirements20.0
The Business of Sport
Sports Marketing, Promotion, and Public Relations
Sports and the Law
Sport, Industry, and Society
Sport Economics
Sport Business Electives
Select 3 of the following:12.0
Sport Media Relations
Recreation, Wellness & Society
Sport Entrepreneurship
Olympic Games
NCAA Compliance
Technology and Sport
Legal Foundations of Title IX
Sports Agents & Labor Relations
Digital Sports Storytelling
Sports Facility Planning & Management
Sports Event Management
Digital Media in Sport
Fundraising in Sports
Corporate Sponsorship in Sports
Sports Contracts
Money, Power, Politics: College Sports in America
Business of Sports Media
Sports Gambling
Sport Governance & Policy
International Aspects of Sport
Sport Ticket Sales
Sport Business Consulting
Sport Finance
Sports Analytics
Sports Industry Practicum
Free electives18.0
Total Credits180.0

Writing-Intensive Course Requirements

In order to graduate, all students must pass three writing-intensive courses after their freshman year. Two writing-intensive courses must be in a student's major. The third can be in any discipline. Students are advised to take one writing-intensive class each year, beginning with the sophomore year, and to avoid “clustering” these courses near the end of their matriculation. Transfer students need to meet with an academic advisor to review the number of writing-intensive courses required to graduate.

A "WI" next to a course in this catalog may indicate that this course can fulfill a writing-intensive requirement. For the most up-to-date list of writing-intensive courses being offered, students should check the Writing Intensive Course List at the University Writing Program. Students scheduling their courses can also conduct a search for courses with the attribute "WI" to bring up a list of all writing-intensive courses available that term.

Sample Plan of Study

4 year, no co-op

First Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
BUSN 1014.0BUSN 1024.0ACCT 1154.0VACATION
ECON 2014.0CIVC 1011.0BSAN 1604.0 
ENGL 101 or 1113.0ECON 2024.0ENGL 103 or 1133.0 
MATH 1014.0ENGL 102 or 1123.0PSY 1013.0 
UNIV B1011.0MATH 1024.0Society and Culture course3.0 
 16 16 17 0
Second Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
ACCT 1164.0BLAW 2014.0FIN 3014.0VACATION
SMT 1104.0COM 2703.0MKTG 2014.0 
STAT 2014.0INTB 2004.0ORGB 3004.0 
Select one of the following:3.0Select one of the following:3.0ENGL 200 - ENGL 399 3.0 
  
  
  
 15 14 15 0
Third Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
MIS 2004.0PHIL 1053.0SMT 2304.0VACATION
OPM 2004.0SMT 2854.0SMT 3204.0 
History elective4.0Select one of the following:4.0Free electives4.0 
Science or Computer Science elective3.0General Education elective3.0 
   
   
   
   
 Free electives4.0  
 15 15 15 0
Fourth Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCredits 
MGMT 4504.0UNIV B2011.0Free electives*3.0 
SMT 2014.0Free elective3.0General Education elective6.0 
Fine Arts elective3.0General Education elective3.0Sport Major course4.0 
Sport Major course4.0Social Science elective3.0  
 Sport Major course4.0  
 15 14 13 
Total Credits 180

 4 year, 1 co-op

First Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
BUSN 1014.0BUSN 1024.0ACCT 1154.0VACATION
ECON 2014.0CIVC 1011.0BSAN 1604.0 
ENGL 101 or 1113.0COOP 101*1.0ENGL 103 or 1133.0 
MATH 1014.0ECON 2024.0PSY 1013.0 
UNIV B1011.0ENGL 102 or 1123.0Society and Culture course3.0 
 MATH 1024.0  
 16 17 17 0
Second Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
ACCT 1164.0BLAW 2014.0FIN 3014.0MIS 2004.0
SMT 1104.0COM 2703.0MKTG 2014.0OPM 2004.0
STAT 2014.0INTB 2004.0ORGB 3004.0History elective4.0
Select one of the following:3.0Select one of the following:3.0ENGL 200 - ENGL 3993.0Science or Computer Science elective3.0
  
  
  
 15 14 15 15
Third Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
PHIL 1053.0SMT 2304.0COOP EXPERIENCECOOP EXPERIENCE
SMT 2854.0SMT 3204.0  
Free electives4.0Free electives4.0  
Select one of the following:4.0General Education elective3.0  
   
   
   
   
   
 15 15 0 0
Fourth Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCredits 
MGMT 4504.0UNIV B2011.0Free electives5.0 
SMT 2014.0Free elective3.0General Education elective3.0 
Fine Arts elective3.0General Education elective3.0Sport Major course4.0 
Sport Major course4.0Social Science elective3.0  
 Sport Major course4.0  
 15 14 12 
Total Credits 180

5 year, 3 co-op

First Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
BUSN 1014.0BUSN 1024.0ACCT 1154.0VACATION
ECON 2014.0CIVC 1011.0BSAN 1604.0 
ENGL 101 or 1113.0COOP 101*1.0ENGL 103 or 1133.0 
MATH 1014.0ECON 2024.0PSY 1013.0 
UNIV B1011.0ENGL 102 or 1123.0Society and Culture course3.0 
 MATH 1024.0  
 16 17 17 0
Second Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
ACCT 1164.0BLAW 2014.0COOP EXPERIENCECOOP EXPERIENCE
SMT 1104.0COM 2703.0  
STAT 2014.0INTB 2004.0  
Select one of the following:3.0Select one of the following:3.0  
  
  
  
 15 14 0 0
Third Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
FIN 3014.0MIS 2004.0COOP EXPERIENCECOOP EXPERIENCE
MKTG 2014.0OPM 2004.0  
ORGB 3004.0History elective4.0  
ENGL 200 - ENGL 3993.0Science or Computer Science elective3.0  
 15 15 0 0
Fourth Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
PHIL 1053.0SMT 2304.0COOP EXPERIENCECOOP EXPERIENCE
SMT 2854.0SMT 3204.0  
Free electives4.0Free electives4.0  
Select one of the following:4.0General Education elective3.0  
   
   
   
   
   
 15 15 0 0
Fifth Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCredits 
MGMT 4504.0UNIV B2011.0Free electives5.0 
SMT 2014.0Free elective3.0General Education elective3.0 
Fine Arts elective3.0General Education elective3.0Sport Major course4.0 
Sport Major course4.0Sport Major course4.0  
 Social Science elective3.0  
 15 14 12 
Total Credits 180

Co-op/Career Opportunities

Co-op Opportunities

Drexel University has long been known for its co-operative education programs, through which students combine periods of full-time, career related employment with their studies. Co-op employment for sport business students is central to their experience.

With the BSBA sport business major, co-operative education gives students experience in a range of sport related jobs and settings. Students may be placed with professional athletic teams, university athletics and recreation programs, or with organizations aligned with sports (e.g., a sports agency). Co-op experiences are available with many of the region's sports, organizations, including professional sports teams, college athletic departments, law firms, and sports agencies, sports media networks, non-profit organizations, youth organizations, sports complexes, and others.

Career Opportunities

The multidisciplinary nature of the sport business program allows its graduates to be ready for a wide range of sport-related professions, including athletic management, the sport industry at all levels (professional, semi-professional, collegiate) within a range of organizations (public, private, professional, and amateur).

Sport business graduates are uniquely qualified for leadership, or support positions in professional and amateur sports organizations, college sports, and in other sports venues. The program also prepares students for graduate or professional study in a variety of fields including sport management, law, and business.

Facilities

LeBow College of Business opened its 12-story, 177,500-square-foot home, Gerri C. LeBow Hall in September 2013. Located in the heart of Drexel University campus, it forms a gateway to Drexel and serves as a backdrop to the historic statue of A.J. Drexel (Moses Ezekiel, 1904). 

The building’s organization unites the school’s various constituencies around a five-story-high atrium ringed by 15 classrooms of varying sizes and configurations, including a finance trading lab. The atrium is immediately accessible from main entrances at the three corners of the building. An open stair within the atrium leads to a 300-seat auditorium, 100-seat lecture hall, and a behavioral studies lab one floor below. Other amenities consist of 19 collaboration rooms, 3,500 square feet of student lounges and quiet study areas, a bank of four elevators and full ADA accessibility, and an event space with catering capacity. The building's upper floors contain faculty and staff offices interspersed with seminar and conference rooms. 

Gerri C. LeBow Hall brings together faculty, students, and staff in a state-of-the-art building on the University City campus. Please visit the LeBow College of Business webpage, the Behavioral Lab webpage, the Finance Trading Lab webpage, and the SAP Next-Gen webpage to learn more about Gerri C. LeBow Hall.

Sport Business Faculty

Lawrence Cohen, JD (Temple University). Associate Teaching Professor. Sports and antitrust law; tickets & sales data analytics; sport sponsorship.
Jeffrey Levine, JD (University of Louisville, Tulane University). Assistant Clinical Professor. Sport law, sport development and policy; non-profits in sport.
Joel Maxcy, PhD (Washington State University) Department Head Sport Management & General Business. Professor. Economics of sport; labor economics & policy; economics of antitrust & regulation.
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