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Sport Management

Faculty Advisors
Denise Farag, J.D. • Business (Coordinator)
Randy Grant, Ph.D. • Economics
Jesús Ilundáin-Agurruza, Ph.D. • Philosophy
Garry Killgore, Ph.D. • Health, Human Performance, and Athletics
Lisa Weidman, Ph.D. • Mass Communication

The Sport Management minor is an interdisciplinary program designed to allow students the opportunity to obtain theoretical knowledge in the fields of business, economics, philosophy, and health and human performance and apply it to the study of sport management. Courses in this minor encourage critical analysis of the cultural and social significance of sport, the need for ethical and moral decision-making and the role of sport as business.

Students who complete a minor in Sport Management would be prepared for graduate studies in sport management or athletic administration. They will also be well positioned to pursue careers in the areas of sport business and the management of sport.

Goals for the Major

In successfully completing a minor in Sport Management, a student will:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of theories of marketing, management, and organizational behavior and how these theories are applied to sports enterprises;
  • Identify the basic principles of economics and finance and apply them to the sport industry;
  • Examine the social and cultural significance of sport in society; and
  • Analyze legal, ethical, and philosophical issues related to the field of sport management.

Requirements for Major or Minor

For a minor: Completion of 6 courses (22-24 credits), distributed as follows: BNSS 250, 350; ECON 210; ECON 321, 322, or 323; and two courses (6-8 credits) from the following: PHIL/ SOAN 210, HHPA 350, 390, 410, 425, 485, 487, MSCM 347, 370, and 375 (note MSCM courses subject to approval by SMG coordinator). To receive elective credit for MSCM 347, 370, and 375, students must petition the SMG coordinator and provide a signed agreement between the student and the relevant course instructor stating that at least 1/3 of the course grade was devoted to sport or sport-related issues. The SMG coordinator must approve the petition before the Registrar will accept the elective credit.

Only two courses counted for the Sport Management minor may also be counted toward Linfield Curriculum or major requirements. With the permission of the coordinator of the Sport Management minor, one-time offerings may be substituted for courses already approved.

Due to overlap in course content, BUSN 250 waived for students completing the 24-credit BUSN core sequence (BNAC 260, 261, BNMG 301, BNMK 321, BNSS 340, and BNFN 341).

Any Questions? If you are interested in learning more about the curriculum at Linfield, please contact the Office of Admission at (800) 640-2287 or email An admissions counselor will be happy to answer your questions or put you in touch with a faculty member.

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