Bachelor of Science in Recreation and Sport Management

The Bachelor Science in Recreation and Sport Management has four basic components:

  1. General Education and Institutional Requirements 
  2. Recreation and Sport Management Core Requirements
  3. Recreation and Sport Management Emphasis Requirements
  4. General Electives: college-level courses from any prefix to fulfill graduation requirements as listed below

DSU General Education & Institutional Requirements

All DSU General Education and Institutional requirements must be fulfilled. A previously earned degree may fulfill those requirements, but courses must be equivalent to DSU’s minimum General Education standards in American Institutions, English, and Mathematics.

Institutional Requirement in Computer Literacy
Computer Literacy0-6
General Education Core Requirements
English3-7
Information Literacy0-1
Mathematics3-5
American Institutions3-6
Life Sciences 3-10
Physical Sciences3-5
Laboratory Science0-1
Fine Arts3
Literature/Humanities3
Social & Behavioral Sciences3
Exploration 3-5
Two (2) Global & Cultural Perspectives Courses0-6
Recreation and Sport Management Core
RSM 1110Leisure in Society3
RSM 2500Introduction to Recreation and Sport Management3
RSM 2600Recreation and Sport Leadership3
RSM 3000Program and Experience Design3
RSM 3120Sport and Society3
RSM 3430Tourism and Commercial Enterprises3
RSM 3900Recreation and Sport Marketing3
RSM 3950Supervision and Human Resources in Recreation and Sport3
RSM 4000Legal Foundations in Recreation and Sport3
RSM 4100Financial Management in Recreation and Sport3
RSM 4200Professional Development1
RSM 4620Senior Seminar2
RSM 4820RSM Internship6-12

Students will choose one of the following emphases

Sport Management Emphasis
RSM 2070Fundamentals of Sport Management3
RSM 3010Event Management3
RSM 4020Sport Governance and Policy3
MKTG 1510Principles of Salesmanship3
Complete six (6) credits from the following:
RSM 3600Intercollegiate Athletic Administration3
RSM 3820RPracticum in Recreation and Sport1-3
RSM 3960Special Topics in Recreation and Sport1-3
RSM 4400Research Methods3
PEHR 1543First Aid / Resp Emergencies3
PEHR 2060Sport and Exercise Psychology3
PEHR 4700Motivation and Coaching3
MKTG 3010Marketing Principles3
MKTG 3450Consumer Behavior3
MKTG 3500Promotion Management3
MKTG 3515Sales Management3
Corporate Recreation and Wellness Emphasis
PEHR 2120Principles of Fitness and Lifestyle Management3
PEHR 2200Nutrition for Sport and Exercise3
PEHR 4500Theories of Behavioral Change3
HLTH 4310Health Promotion3
COMM 3200Community Health Communication3
PSY 2430Stress Management3
Experience Industry Management Emphasis
Consult an advisor and complete 18 credits from the following:
ACCT 2010Financial Accounting3
ACCT 2020Managerial Accounting3
MKTG 1510Principles of Salesmanship3
MKTG 3010Marketing Principles3
MKTG 3450Consumer Behavior3
MKTG 3500Promotion Management3
MKTG 3515Sales Management3
MGMT 2600Entrepreneurship3
MGMT 2620Principles of Management3
MGMT 3400Management & Organizations3
MGMT 3700Organizational Behavior3
PEHR 1543First Aid / Resp Emergencies3
PEHR 2120Principles of Fitness and Lifestyle Management3
PEHR 2060Sport and Exercise Psychology3
PEHR 2200Nutrition for Sport and Exercise3
PEHR 4700Motivation and Coaching3
RSM 2800Introduction to Nonprofit Organizations3
RSM 3010Event Management3
RSM 3620Resort Management3
RSM 3201Hospitality Management3
RSM 3820RPracticum in Recreation and Sport1-3
RSM 3960Special Topics in Recreation and Sport1-3
RSM 4400Research Methods3
SW 2300Social Work as an Institution3

Graduation Requirements

  1. Complete a minimum of 120 college-level credits (1000 and above).
  2. Complete at least 40 upper-division credits (3000 and above).
  3. Complete at least 30 upper-division credits at DSU for institutional residency.
  4. Cumulative GPA 2.0 or higher. 
  5. GPA of 2.0 or higher in all major coursework.
  6. Grade C or higher in all required core courses.

Learning Outcomes

Graduates of this program will:

  1. Demonstrate entry-level knowledge of the foundational concepts related to the recreation and sport profession.
    • The foundation of the profession in history, social and behavioral science and philosophy.
    • Nature and scope of the related professions and associated industries.
    • Techniques and processes used by professionals and workers in these industries.
  2. Demonstrate a variety of skills appropriate for facilitating targeted human experiences.
    • Embrace personal and cultural dimensions of diversity.
    • Ability to design and implement a wide variety of events and programs.
    • Ability to evaluate services targeting specific experience outcomes.
  3. Demonstrate entry level ability as a manager of recreation and sport operations and strategic management.
    • Supervision, leadership and human resource management procedures and techniques.
    • Marketing and public relations.
    • Legal liability and risk management planning.
    • Financial management and resource acquisition.
  4. Display the potential to succeed as a professional in the recreation and sport industry.
    • Co-curricular activities embedded in core courses
    • Comprehensive internship consisting of a minimum of 400-hours over a 10-week period.
Plan of Study Grid
1st Year
Fall SemesterHours
CIS 1200 Computer Literacy 3
ENGL 1010 Introduction to Writing 3
RSM 1110 Leisure in Society 3
General Education (Life Science) 3
General Education (Social & Behavioral Sciences) 3
LIB 1010 Information Literacy 1
 Hours16
Spring Semester
ENGL 2010 Interm Writing Selected Topics: 3
General Education (American Institutions) 3
General Education (Mathematics) 3
RSM 2500 Introduction to Recreation and Sport Management 3
RSM 2600 Recreation and Sport Leadership 3
 Hours15
2nd Year
Fall Semester
General Education (GLOCUP) 3
General Education (Physical Sciences & Lab Science) 4
General Education (Fine Arts) 3
RSM 3000 Program and Experience Design 3
RSM 3120 Sport and Society 3
 Hours16
Spring Semester
RSM 3430 Tourism and Commercial Enterprises 3
RSM 3900 Recreation and Sport Marketing 3
Major Emphasis Course 3
General Education (Literature/Humanities) 3
General Elective 3
 Hours15
3rd Year
Fall Semester
RSM 3950 Supervision and Human Resources in Recreation and Sport 3
RSM 4100 Financial Management in Recreation and Sport 3
Major Emphasis Course 3
Major Emphasis Course 3
General Elective 3
 Hours15
Spring Semester
RSM 4000 Legal Foundations in Recreation and Sport 3
Major Emphasis Course 3
General Education (GLOCUP) 3
General Elective 3
General Elective 3
Activity Elective 1
 Hours16
4th Year
Fall Semester
RSM 4200 Professional Development 1
RSM 4620 Senior Seminar 2
Major Emphasis Course 3
Major Emphasis Course 3
General Elective 3
General Elective 3
 Hours15
Spring Semester
RSM 4820 RSM Internship 12
 Hours12
 Total Hours120