Sport Studies

The Department of Sport Studies focuses on both the study of human movement and on the exercise and sport industry. From physical therapy to sports psychology and sports management, Guilford students develop a broad cultural perspective of sport. Through the investigation of theories and best practices in the field, our students develop practical skills and knowledge as well as the ability to think critically and creatively. An emphasis on both clinical and liberal arts provides a breadth of experience and the moral and ethical foundations necessary to assume leadership roles in their post-graduate endeavors.

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DEGREES OFFERED

The Bachelor of Science degree is offered in exercise and sport sciences and in sport management.

Sport Studies Majors

Exercise and Sport Sciences

The ESS major requires a minimum of 56 credit hours. Students will choose one of two tracks: health and fitness (60 credit hours) or sport medicine (56 credit hours). A five-course Core is common to both tracks, plus a minimum of six emphasis courses. Each track offers some flexibility for students to develop an individual plan of study with the guidance of their academic advisors.

SPST 120 Introduction to Exercise and Sport Sciences - 4 credits
SPST 241 Motor Learning and Performance - 4 credits
SPST 246 Biomechanics of Sport and Exercise - 4 credits
SPST 311 Sport and Exercise Physiology - 4 credits
SPST 340* Psychology of Sport and Exercise - 4 credits

Courses required for ESS - health/fitness track

BIOL 111** Integrative Biology: Molecules and Cells - 4 credits
BIOL 341** Human Anatomy and Physiology I - 4 credits
BIOL 342** Human Anatomy and Physiology II - 4 credits
Advisor approved psychological or sociocultural course - 4 credits
SPST 314*** Perspectives in Sport and Exercise Nutrition - 4 credits
SPST 343 Measurement and Evaluation in Sport and Exercise - 4 credits
SPST 432 Legal Aspects of Sport and Exercise - 4 credits
SPST 455**** Science of Strength and Conditioning - 4 credits
Four credits of health/fitness skill-based courses - 4 credits
SPST 485 Health/Fitness Internship (in field of interest) or SPST 445 Research Methods in Sport Studies - 4 credits

Total credit hours required for B.S. degree in exercise and sport sciences, health/fitness track – 60 credits

Courses required for ESS - sports medicine track

BIOL 111** Integrative Biology: Molecules and Cells - 4 credits
BIOL 341** Human Anatomy and Physiology I - 4 credits
BIOL 342** Human Anatomy and Physiology II - 4 credits
SPST 245 Emergency Procedures in Sports Medicine - 4 credits
SPST 320 Organization and Administration of Sport Exercise and Health Programs or SPST 432 Legal Aspects of Sport and Exercise - 4 credits
SPST 373 Therapeutic Modalities and Rehabilitation with Lab - 4 credits
SPST 445 Research Methods in Sport Studies or SPST 343 Measurement and Evaluation in Sport and Exercise - 4 credits
SPST 474***** Physical Examination and Assessment with Lab - 4 credits
SPST 485 Sports Medicine Internship (in field of interest) - 4 credits

Total credit hours required for B.S. degree in exercise and sport sciences, sports medicine track – 56 credits

* Historical Perspectives is a prerequisite and the course is limited to juniors and seniors.

** A grade of C- or better is required in these biology courses, which are prerequisites for SPST 246 and SPST 311.

*** SPST 211 is a prerequisite for SPST 314.

**** It is strongly recommended that ESS majors with a health/fitness track specialization take an in-field certification test in the spring semester of their senior year. Appropriate certifications include, but are not limited to, the CSCS certification from the National Strength & Conditioning Association, the health/fitness instructor certification from ACSM and the personal trainer certification from NASM.

***** Prerequisites for this course include SPST246 and SPST311. A grade of C- or better is required in all prerequisite courses.

Sport Management

The sport management major requires a minimum of 40 credit hours (10 courses).

SPST 234 Sport Finance - 4 credits
SPST 320 Organization and Administration of Sport, Exercise and Health Programs - 4 credits
SPST 432 Legal Aspects of Sport and Exercise - 4 credits
SPST 445 Research Methods in Sport Studies - 4 credits
SPST 485 Internship - 4 credits
ACCT 201 Introduction to Accounting - 4 credits
BUS 324* Marketing Management - 4 credits
CHOOSE ONE COURSE (4 credits)
SPST 232 Sociology of Sport and Exercise - 4 credits
SPST 247 History of Sport - 4 credits
SPST 340 Psychology of Sport and Exercise - 4 credits

ECON 221 Macro: US in World Econ or ECON 222 Micro: Public Policy - 4 credits
ENGL 282 Journalism or BUS 310 Professional Communications** - 4 credits

Total credit hours required for B.S. degree in sport management – 40 credits

* SPST431 (Sport Marketing) is an approved substitute for this requirement.

**SPST 335 (Sport Communication) is an approved substitute for this requirement.

Sport Studies Minors

Sport Administration

The sport administration minor provides students the basic competencies desired in the administration of athletics, recreation and sport. In addition to obtaining theoretical knowledge in the classroom, students have the opportunity to apply their knowledge in a practical experience of organizing and managing a sport event. Students are not required to major in either the sport studies or sport management departments. Students choosing this minor should be motivated in the proper and ethical administration of sports programs.

The minor in sport administration is not available to sport management majors.

The minor requires a minimum of 16 credit hours (four courses).

SPST 130 Introduction to Sport Management - 4 credits
SPST 320 Organization and Administration of Sport Exercise and Health Programs  - 4 credits
CHOOSE ONE COURSE (4 credits)
SPST 231 Facility Design and Management - 4 credits
SPST 234 Sport Finance - 4 credits
SPST 335 Sport Communication - 4 credits

CHOOSE ONE COURSE (4 credits)
SPST 335 Sport Communication - 4 credits
SPST 431 Sport Marketing - 4 credits
SPST 432 Legal Aspects of Sport and Exercise - 4 credits

Total credit hours required for sport administration minor – 16 credits

Sport Marketing

The sport marketing minor provides students the basic competencies desired in the promotion and marketing of athletics, fitness, recreation and sport. Its goal is to develop ethical, competent, thoughtful, confident and creative practitioners of sport marketing for organizations such as the YMCA, community recreation departments, sport facilities, professional sports teams, sporting goods manufacturers, fitness centers and interscholastic athletic departments. In addition to the theoretical knowledge obtained in the classroom, students have the opportunity to apply their knowledge in a practical experience through course assignments.

Students from any department are eligible to have a minor in sport marketing. Students choosing this minor should be motivated in the proper and ethical promotion and marketing of sport programs and products.

The minor in sport marketing is not available to sport management majors.

The minor a minimum of 16 credit hours (four courses).

SPST 232 Sociology of Sport - 4 credits
SPST 335 Sport Communication - 4 credits
SPST 431 Sport Marketing - 4 credits
An approved fourth course - 4 credits
Total credit hours required for sport marketing minor – 16 credits

Sport Studies at Guilford

Why Sport Studies at Guilford?

The Department of Sport Studies focuses on both the study of human movement and on the exercise and sport industry. From physical therapy to sports psychology and sport management, Guilford students develop a broad cultural perspective of sport. Through the investigation of theories and best practices in the field, our students develop practical skills and knowledge as well as the ability to think critically and creatively. An emphasis on both clinical and liberal arts affords provides a breadth of experience and the moral and ethical foundations necessary to assume leadership roles in their post graduate endeavors.

Three distinct paths of inquiry offer Guilford students thorough preparation for specialized graduate study or work in a variety of exercise and sport-related professions.

The sports medicine track provides students with a strong science foundation focusing on human anatomy and physiology.  They explore the prevention, treatment and rehabilitation of athletes and other active populations. This track will appeal to students who are pursuing careers and/or further study in athletic training, physical therapy, occupational therapy or other rehabilitative and fitness career options.

The health and fitness track focuses on understanding the maintenance and improvement of physical health and fitness while preparing students for a wide variety of exercise, sport and health science careers. This track will serve students pursuing careers and/or further study in physical/occupation therapy, athletic training, personal training and health/wellness.

Sport management is an inherently interdisciplinary program that is conducted in cooperation with the departments of business management, accounting and economics. This track is closely related to traditional business operations; it fosters the development of critical thinking and problem solving as well as the written and oral communication skills necessary to succeed in professions related to the sport industry.

Experiential Learning Opportunities

 

Exercise and sport science internships
Recent internship sites for exercise and sport science majors include:

 

 

  • Alex W. Spears YMCA
  • Velocity Sports Performance
  • Strength Program, Duke University Football
  • Triad Yoga Institute
  • Murphy Wainer Orthopedic Specialists

 

 

Sport management internships
Recent internship sites for sport management majors include:

 

 

  • Big East Conference – National Collegiate Athletic Association
  • DC United – Major League Soccer
  • Greensboro Grasshoppers – South Atlantic Baseball League (affiliate of Florida Marlins)
  • International Management Group – professional athlete representation and sport promotion
  • New York Giants – National Football League
  • New York Mets – Major League Baseball
  • Philadelphia Phillies – Major League Baseball
  • Women’s Sports Foundation
  • Atlantic Coast Conference
  • Carolina Panthers – National Football League
  • High Point University Department of Athletics
  • North Carolina Marathon
  • Proehlific Park Recreation Center
  • Wake Forest University Department of Athletics
  • Winston Salem Dash – Carolina League Baseball (affiliated with Chicago White Sox)

 

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