A Majors Abroad Program (MAP)
About the Degree in Sports Management
- Preparation for careers in the sports industry
- A full year of study abroad
- Sports management courses at Bond University, located on the Gold Coast in Australia
- Real-world experiences through internships in Australia and the United States
- Experiential, hands-on integrative learning through case studies and computer simulations
With the creation of new sports leagues and teams comes increased demand for sports management professionals. The Sports Management degree, with its strong business core, is an advantage for those entering the sports industry.
Two internships are required, one in Australia and the other in the United States. These internships strengthen a student’s background in sports management by providing a basis for comparison of the sports industry in two countries and by offering additional networking opportunities.
Pathways to Study Abroad in Sports Management
This is a Major Abroad Program (MAP) that requires study abroad for a full year in the junior year, at Bond University in Australia. In this program there are specialized courses offered at Bond University that are required for the degree. With prior approval, other courses taken at Bond University can be transferred to Arcadia to fulfill Undergraduate Curriculum, including major, requirements. Since it is important that students plan ahead for study abroad, they should consult with the adviser for Sports Management as early as possible to make their intentions known to the School of Global Business and the Associate Dean of International Affairs.
- Australia: Internships at local sports clubs are arranged by Bond University and Arcadia University’s Australia Internship Program.
- United States: Arcadia business students have completed internships with local sports teams, including 76ers, the Flyers, the Philadelphia Union (soccer), the Wachovia Center, and the Sovereign Bank Center in New Jersey.
Arcadia’s Business courses are designed to:
- Provide the student with an understanding of external forces, including the technological, legal, political, cultural and economic conditions that influence organizations and managerial decision making.
- Expose the student to each of the major internal functions (accounting and finance, marketing, operations, and human resources) that organizations must perform to succeed.
- Develop the student’s interpersonal, communication, team-management, quantitative and writing skills.
- Encourage the student to develop an organizational point of view and integrate what he or she has learned.
- Offer the student an international perspective through both coursework and travel opportunities.
Business programs utilize experiential learning techniques for active involvement in the learning process. These techniques facilitate understanding the external and internal conditions facing organizations and the concepts, tools and techniques that can be used to deal with various conditions. Students learn through simulations, case studies and experiential activities, internships, presentations, study abroad, and hands-on use of technology.
Simulations: In courses such as freshman-level International Businessand senior-level Business Policy, student groups compete against each other as they run their own simulated companies. These simulations actively involve students in decision-making processes that managers go through daily, as well as those that require the formulation, implementation and evaluation of long-term strategies.
Case Studies and Experiential Exercises: Case studies and experiential exercises are used in many classes to engage the learner in active problem-solving situations in business environments. These activities expose students to different situations facing industries, firms and individuals.
Internships: The two internship experiences provide the opportunity to apply knowledge as well as to learn from the experience itself.
Presentations: To provide students with opportunities to develop presentation skills, most business courses require written, oral and visual presentations. Recognizing that organizational decisions are not always based on individual analyses, much of the coursework involves group projects.
Senior Capstone Experience
All majors at Arcadia University complete a senior Capstone project that involves integrating prior knowledge, preparing written reports, and making a public presentation. For majors in Sports Management this Capstone requirement is satisfied by successful completion of SPMT13-101 Australia Internship, BA 470 Internship, and BA 495 Policy Formulation and Administration, all of which are required courses for this major.
Accreditation and Memberships
Arcadia School of Global Business programs (Accounting, Business Administration, International Business & Culture, Health Administration, Management Information Systems, Chemistry & Business, and MBA) are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).
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Arcadia School of Global Business is a member of the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International) and the Middle Atlantic Association of Colleges of Business Administration (MAACBA).
Graduate Education Opportunities:
- Doctorate in Physical Therapy: Sports Management majors who complete the prerequisites for Pre-PT can qualify for the Arcadia University D.P.T. program.
- Master’s in Business Administration: Sports Management majors with a few years of work experience can qualify for the Arcadia University M.B.A. program with a Global Perspective.