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B.S. in Sport & Recreation Management

Sport and Recreation Management professionals are needed to meet recreation demands resulting from expanding populations, increased leisure time, greater mobility and changing social attitudes. The curriculum in Sport and Recreation Management is designed to prepare students for professional positions in sport, recreation, parks and outdoor recreation programming and administration. Students interested in sport and recreation management can find a variety of career opportunities including community recreation, federal, state and municipal governmental agencies, private outdoor and tourism enterprises as well as intercollegiate athletic departments and minor and major league sport teams. Students interested in municipal and county recreation agencies, YMCA/YWCAs, Boys and Girls Clubs, college/professional sports, fitness/facility management organizations, and therapeutic recreation in clinical as well as community settings, can focus their interests using additional recreation, marketing, accounting, economics, social media, management, entrepreneur, and leadership elective courses. This major is based on interdisciplinary approach providing a broad, comprehensive background for leadership and administrative roles in sport and recreation industries.  It also provides students a foundation for advanced academic pursuits of a graduate degree in sport or recreation administration or related degree programs.

Check out course descriptions and program requirements for Sport & Recreation Management in the Online Catalog.


Minor in Recreation Administration

A Recreation Administration minor is an interdisciplinary minor offered to any student at South Dakota State University; it may be of particular interest to those pursuing seasonal and/or summer employment. The minor can be obtained by completing a required core and set of elective courses offered across several disciplines. This minor is strongly suggested for those individuals pursuing a HPER or Health Promotion major, and a Park Management or PETE specialization. Having a Recreation Administration minor can lead to summer/seasonal opportunities with municipal park and recreation agencies, state and national park agencies, Boys and Girls Clubs, and YMCA or YWCA's. Please check with the Recreation Administration Coordinator for these details and to help in planning for this minor emphasis of additional study.


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