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 and Recreation Management in the Online Catalog.
For more information contact:
Kendra Kattelmann, PhD, RDN, LN, FAND
Joshua Kunzman - NSU Facility Operations GA
The culture that SDSU provides is unparalleled to any other institution in the state. Everyone in the community shares a bond that bleeds the blue and yellow. With so much tradition and excellence that surrounds the university it makes it one special place to be. South Dakota State prepared me for the future in so many different ways. I will first credit our professors because they do an amazing job. Each of them bring a certain passion and fire that is just infectious to us as students. Bryan Romsa and Stella Liu were always willing to go the extra mile to help students in and outside of the classroom. The volume of opportunities they were able give us provided the necessary work experience that is required to apply for future jobs. Being able to gain work experience while being in school sets you apart from so many other job candidates. You can have a full resume of working experience if you take advantage of all of the opportunities they provide for you. Another helpful aspect they provided was the guest speakers. These professionals were able to give us great insight to what kind of possibilities are out there for the future. Also, having immaculate athletic facilities that we were able to tour showed me a different side of athletics. When we toured the new Dana J. Dykhouse Stadium it really peaked my interest and lead me to pursue the role I have now. Last, I would say being a student-athlete really made me want to continue being in athletics. Seeing how athletics can really galvanize a community made me want to continue being part of that.
Dalton Williams - SDSU Assistant Director of Athletic Ticket Sales & Operations
South Dakota State University was an unbelievable place to further my education and obtain my master's degree through the Sport and Recreation Administration program. SDSU has been growing in many ways for years and being able to be a part of the academic and athletic success was very special and allowed so many opportunities that would not have occurred elsewhere. I think one of the advantages of SDSU is the success that the university and athletics have had at a higher level and competing with other large universities at the highest level, but also have a smaller school feel and aspect to it. Being a smaller school and community offers a very special culture and feel throughout the campus, classes, and extra-curricular activities, as well as provides stronger relationships among students, faculty, fans, businesses and community supporters of South Dakota State University. Personally, I think that this aspect about SDSU and Brookings alone has allowed me many different opportunities and experiences to be involved in, where at a larger school I would not have gotten because there are so many other people involved and more specialized responsibilities, where at SDSU people are involved in many areas of athletics, academics and so on.
I think that the Sport and Recreation Administration Program has a great balance of career knowledge for those interested in athletics or recreation, which allowed myself to learn more about both areas and translate different concepts and perceptions from both fields and apply it to my career goals and interest. I think that the professors have excellent personal experience and perspective on what they are teaching and are willing to help students in any way possible to be challenged and really go after their goals and interests. I like the idea that as a student in the program I was able to learn all aspects of athletics and recreation, not just what I have interest in or goals of achieving. The more I was able to learn about all areas regarding athletics, professionally and collegiate, as well as recreation only broadened my knowledge and vision of what takes place, what could be done, and further possibilities throughout my career. I think that this program can really open the eyes of many students who aspire to work in athletics, recreation, or really any industry, because you are learning about so many different and important aspects about professional administration type roles that it will allow yourself to grow and obtain the knowledge and experience needed for a successful career.