Parks, Recreation, and Tourism/College of Health
Curriculum Recommendations for Sport Management Students in a Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Department
Faculty Mentor: Mary S. Wells - Parks, Recreation, & Tourism/College of Health
Sport management degree programs are housed in a variety of academic departments, including many that are contained in departments of parks, recreation, and tourism (Edwards & Peachy, 2010). Despite being housed in departments whose emphasis is on recreation, many undergraduate students in these programs are more interested in career in sport as entertainment (e.g. – sport management careers for professional sport teams) rather than sport as participation (e.g. – sport management careers for community recreation programs) (Schwab et al., 2013). This apparent conflict may create a perceived uncomfortable fit of the sport management program within the department (Chalip, Schwab, & Dustin, 2010; Dustin & Schwab, 2008a, 2008b; Edwards & Peachey, 2010; Gibson, 2008; Howard, 2008; McDonald, 2008; Wellman & Rea, 2008).
Thus, if the program is to remain within a parks and recreation department, it is important for the program curriculum to be both authentic to the overall department focus, while also meeting the needs and interests of its students. The purpose of this project, therefore, is to provide recommendations to the department related to the required curriculum for undergraduate majors who chose sport management as their emphasis area.