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About Sport & Fitness Administration

Recent research findings, along with rising health-care costs, have spurred an interest in keeping people healthy to improve their quality of life and also to avoid unnecessary medical expenses.  Therefore, the Sport and Fitness Administration major’s focus to prepare students to work at facilities that help individuals achieve optimal health and fitness while leading more balanced and meaningful lives, rather than discovering or treating disease.  This cross-disciplinary, four-year bachelor of science degree  combines the study of health science topics and core business courses to prepare graduates to work in wellness centers, fitness facilities, sports performance facilities, public and privately owned health clubs, corporate fitness centers, colleges/universities, YMCAs/JCCs, and recreational/athletic sites as directors, fitness managers, supervisors, exercise leaders, elite personal trainers and sports performance coaches.  Furthermore, all students are required to complete a professional internship in an area of interest prior to graduation.
Students will have several excellent career and graduate school options to pursue, including: health and human performance (MS), sport psychology (MS), business administration (MBA), recreational therapy (MS), or nutritional science (MS). The proposed course plan in Sport and Fitness Administration also prepares students for certifications offered  through the American College of Sports Medicine (the Health Fitness Specialist-HFS and/or Personal Training certification) and the National Strength and Conditioning Association (Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist-CSCS and/or Certified Personal Trainer).  
Sport and Fitness Administration encompasses more than professional sports. Students in this program learn to apply business principles to sport, fitness, and recreation settings for the promotion of physical activity and wellness activities. These tasks can include:
  • Contract negotiations and other legal aspects of sports and fitness
  • Budgeting and supply management
  • Fitness assessment and design of training programs
  • Sport and health promotion
  • Athletic organization administration and coaching
  • Program planning, development, and instruction
  • Sales, marketing, and recruitment
  • Application of health and safety standards
  • Event promotion, scheduling, and management
  • Public relations and community outreach
  • Human resource and personnel management
  • Facility management
  • Community, municipal, military, prison, and nonprofit recreation programming
  • Summer camp management