Sport Management is an undergraduate major at Rice University and is much like a business administration degree. After covering the basic business concepts, we relate those concepts and explain their relevancy in the sport industry. These topics include finance, marketing, leadership, management, law, revenue generation, ethics, and public relations. How large is the sport industry in the United States? Experts conservatively estimate the sport industry at $500 billion a year making it one of the top 10 industries in the nation.
Sport Management at Rice University is a stand-alone major. The majority of schools in the United States only have Sport Management as an "area of emphasis" for another major. As a result, students at other schools usually graduate with a degree in Physical Education, Kinesiology, or Health with an emphasis in Sport Management. Not at Rice University. At Rice, this major is housed inside of the Department of Sport Management.
The internship is a critical part of learning experience for sport management majors. Rice has partnerships with the Houston Astros, Texans, Rockets, and Dynamo which allows for extraordinary access to internships with these organizations. A minimum of six credit hours of internship (300 working hours) are required for graduation.
The full-time faculty members in the Department of Sport Management combine for over 70 years working in the sport industry (professional, college, and youth sports) which allows students to receive unprecedented theoretical and practical experience.