Sports Studies, B.A.

Requirements for acceptance and continuation as a Sports Studies major:

  1. Application Process 
    • A formal meeting with the chair of Exercise Science and Sports Studies.
    • An evaluation of academic course work.
    • The fulfillment of the following academic requirements:
      • 2.0 or higher major GPA
      • 2.0 or higher overall GPA
  2. Acceptance Decisions 
    • Accept: Candidate may continue to take course work within the major course of study.
    • Conditional Acceptance: Candidate may continue to take course work within the major course of study, but certain restrictions have been placed on continuation in the program. Conditional acceptance may remain in effect for no longer than one academic year.
    • Defer: Student is not accepted into the major at this point.
  3. Continuation in the Major 
    • Student evaluations will be conducted each semester for continuation in the program.
  4. Practicum      
    • Candidates must identify one, or more, practicum experiences that align with their professional and/or graduate school goals. The total practicum requirement is 36 hours.
    • These hours are completed in relation to enrollment in EPA 232 or SPS 232 Research Methods.
    • Candidates will register for EPA 232A or SPS 232A for the semester in which they complete the practicum requirements. 
    • Approval of the practicum(s) experiences by the ESSS Director of Practicum and Internships must be obtained in writing prior to beginning the experience.  Please consult the Practicum Handbook for specific details and required forms.
    • Please consult the Practicum Handbook, and the Canvas PDP site, for specific details and required forms.
  5. Capstone Experience: Internship 
    • Candidates, during the junior year, must identify a specific 150 hour internship experience that aligns with intended professional and/or graduate school goals.
    • Prior to the beginning of the internship, candidates are responsible for the following:
      • Completion of the 36-hour practicum requirement.
      • Meeting with the John Carroll internship director for approval of the specific internship experience.
      • Obtaining approval from the proposed internship site supervisor for completion of all internship requirements.
      • Completion and submission of all required formal documentation to the John Carroll internship director for final approval of the internship experience.
    • Approval of the internship experience by the John Carroll internship director must be obtained in writing prior to beginning the experience.
    • Registration for SPS 497A in the semester when the intership will be completed - summer, fall, or spring.
    • Please consult the Internship Handbook, and the Canvas PDP site, for specific details and required forms.
    • If a candidate is not approved for an internship, additional content-area work will be substituted.
  6.   Exit Assessment:  Each senior will complete an online Program Evaluation Survey in the Capstone course EPA 497 and SPS 497.

Major Requirements

 

Sports Studies Core

SPS 201FOUNDATIONS OF EXERCISE SCIENCE AND SPORTS STUDIES

3

SPS 232RESEARCH METHODS IN EXERCISE SCIENCE AND SPORTS STUDIES

3

SPS 300QUALITIES AND CHARACTERISTICS OF LEADERSHIP IN COACHING

3

SPS 312SPORTS GOVERANCE

3

SPS 408ORGANIZATION AND ADMINISTRATION OF EXERCISE SCIENCE AND SPORTS STUDIES

3

SPS 413AREAS AND FACILITIES IN RECREATION AND SPORTS

3

SPS 497INTERNSHIP AND SEMINAR

3

Select one

SPS 435ETHICAL PROBLEMS IN EXERCISE SCIENCE AND SPORTS STUDIES

3

or

PL 311BUSINESS ETHICS

3

Select one

DATA 122ELEMENTARY STATISTICS

3

 

EC 210BUSINESS ANALYTICS AND STATISTICS

4

or

SPS 122STATISTICS IN SPORTS

3

Total Credit Hours:27-28

Students must choose at least one of the following two curricular programs

1. Sports and Athletic Administration

Select one for 6 credit hours:

EC 201PRINCIPLES OF ECONOMICS I

3

and

EC 202PRINCIPLES OF ECONOMICS II

3

 

or

AC 201ACCOUNTING PRINCIPLES I

3

and

AC 202ACCOUNTING PRINCIPLES II

3

 

or

EC 201PRINCIPLES OF ECONOMICS I

3

and

AC 201ACCOUNTING PRINCIPLES I

3

Required
BI 100BUSINESS ANALYSIS WITH EXCEL

1

BI 200DATA-DRIVEN DECISION-MAKING

3

MHR 352HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT

3

 

MK 301MARKETING PRINCIPLES

3

or

COM 270INTRODUCTION TO INTEGRATED MARKETING COMMUNICATION (IMC)

3

Total Credit Hours:16

2. Sports, Fitness, and Wellness for Diverse Populations

EPA 208LIFESPAN PHYSICAL GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT

3

EPA 229HUMAN NUTRITION

3

EPA 340LIFESTYLE WELLNESS

3

EPA 420DISABILITIES: LEARNING, MOVEMENT, AND PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT

3

EPA 432MOTOR LEARNING

3

Total Credit Hours:15

Electives

Minimum of 6 credit hours

COM 343WORKING IN SPORTS MEDIA

3

EPA 200CURRENT HEALTH ISSUES

3

EPA 208LIFESPAN PHYSICAL GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT

3

EPA 229HUMAN NUTRITION

3

EPA 340LIFESTYLE WELLNESS

3

EPA 420DISABILITIES: LEARNING, MOVEMENT, AND PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT

3

EPA 432MOTOR LEARNING

3

PS 210SPORT PSYCHOLOGY

3

SC 285AGING, HEALTH, AND SOCIETY

3

SPS 203SOCIOLOGY OF SPORTS

3

SPS 215PSYCHO-SOCIAL ASPECTS OF EXERCISE SCIENCE & SPORT

3

SPS 301DIVERSITY IN SPORT

3

SPS 303WOMEN, GENDER RELATIONS, AND SPORTS

3

Total Credit Hours:6
Other electives may be approved in consultation with the academic advisor and chair.

Double Major in Economics and Sports Studies

Students interested in a double major (Sports Studies/Athletic Administration and Economics) should consults with their academic advisor regarding the course requirements. 

Total Credit Hours: 49-50