Sport Administration (BS)

This program was approved for students entering the university in the Summer 2018–Spring 2019 catalog year. For more information about catalog year, go to Catalog Year Information.

Bachelor of Science in Sport Administration (SPADBS)
Unit: College of Education and Human Development
Department: Health & Sports Sciences (HSS)

Program Information

This program can be completed in a traditional classroom format or entirely online.

Sport administration (SPAD) is the business side of sport.

Sport managers deal with all of the business aspects surrounding sport organizations and sporting events such as leadership, organizational behavior, marketing, finance, law, facility management, fundraising, event management, multimedia, sponsorships, and promotion.

The University of Louisville offers a Bachelor of Science in Sport Administration. The undergraduate program is designed to prepare students to enter careers in the sport industry. The SPAD program has a diverse student population representing a variety of geographical, cultural, educational, and professional backgrounds. Our students gain valuable experience working, interning, and volunteering on many significant service-learning projects for local and community agencies. We utilize many guest lecturers from sport business organizations each semester to speak with our students about how to excel as a business professional in the sport industry.

Degree Summary

General Education Requirements 131
College/School Requirements 16
Program/Major Requirements86
Minimum Total Hours123

Specific coursework information can be found on the Degree Requirements tab.

Departmental Admission Requirements

Students must complete 45 credit hours or more and earn a cumulative GPA of 2.50 or higher to apply for the SPAD major, including completion of SPAD 281 and SPAD 284 with a grade of C or better (C-minus will NOT count).  

General Education Requirements

General Education Requirements31
The following course can be taken to fulfill the respective General Education Requirement and a major requirement:
Social and Psychological Dimensions of Physical Activity - SB

All degrees require the completion of the University-wide General Education Program (link provided above).  Some General Education requirements may be met in the requirements for the major or supporting coursework, in which case additional electives may be required to complete the minimum hours for the degree.

College/School Requirements

HSS 181Academic Orientation1
Select two (2) Physical Education Activity Courses (see list below)2
Select one of the following: 3
Healthy Lifestyles I
Healthy Lifestyles II
Social and Psychological Dimensions of Physical Activity - SB
Minimum Total Hours6

Program/Major Requirements

Admission Courses in Sport Administration
SPAD 281Principles of Sport Administration3
SPAD 284Issues and Ethics in Sport3
Core Courses in Sport Administration
SPAD 382Sport Management and Leadership3
SPAD 383Sport Marketing3
SPAD 390Sport Governance3
SPAD 391Sociology of Sport3
SPAD 401Career Development in Sport Administration3
SPAD 402
402
Internship in Sport Administration - CUE
Internship in Sport Administration - CUE (CUE, multiple semesters)
6-8
SPAD 404Financial Principles in Sport3
SPAD 445Sport Communication3
SPAD 489Legal Aspects of Sport3
SPAD 490Senior Seminar in Sport Business3
SPAD Electives
Select three of the following: 9
Administration of Intramural Activities
Sport Facility Management
Athletics in Higher Education
International Sport
Entrepreneurship in Sport Business
Management of Professional Baseball
Sport Event Planning and Management
Women and Sport
Sport Promotion and Sales
Sport Administration in Nonprofit Organizations
Special Topics in Sport Administration
Sport for Development and Peace
Electives 138
Minimum Total Hours86

A minimum of 123 credit hours with an overall GPA of 2.25 is required including a minimum of 50 credit hours at the 300 level. 

A grade of D will not be accepted in SPAD courses. 

SPAD majors are strongly encouraged to complete a minor.  Suggested minors include: Business Administration, Communication, Economics, Entrepreneurship, Equine Business, Exercise Science, Finance and Management.

Culminating Undergraduate Experience (Graduation requirement)
Requirement fulfilled by completing:
Internship in Sport Administration - CUE
Physical Education Activity Courses
HSS 101Beginning Swimming1
HSS 102Advanced Swimming1
HSS 103Life Saving1
HSS 104Scuba1
HSS 108Water Fitness1
HSS 109Weight Training1
HSS 110Physical Fitness and Conditioning1
HSS 111Aerobic Fitness1
HSS 112Mini-Marathon Training1
HSS 114Fitness Walking1
HSS 115Step Aerobics1
HSS 116Introduction to Yoga1
HSS 117Intermediate Yoga1
HSS 118Beginning Martial Arts1
HSS 119Intermediate Martial Arts1
HSS 120Beginning Racquetball1
HSS 121Billiards and Table Games1
HSS 122Badminton1
HSS 123Tennis1
HSS 124Advanced Tennis1
HSS 125Golf1
HSS 126Tumbling and Apparatus1
HSS 127Beginning Fencing1
HSS 128Pickleball1
HSS 132Canoeing1
HSS 133Backpacking and Hiking1
HSS 134Rappelling1
HSS 136Soccer1
HSS 137Volleyball1
HSS 138Basketball1
HSS 140Softball1
HSS 144Physical Activity for the Older Adult1
HSS 145Activity for the Physically Challenged1
HSS 150Special Topics: Physical Education Activities1
HSS 160Beginning Aerobic Dance1
HSS 161Intermediate Aerobic Dance1
HSS 162Beginning Modern Dance1
HSS 163Intermediate Modern Dance1
HSS 164Beginning Country Western Dance1
HSS 165Ballroom Dance1
HSS 166African Dance1
HSS 167Country Line Dance1

Flight Plan

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
FallHours
ENGL 101 Introduction to College Writing - WC 3
HSS 181 Academic Orientation 1
General Education: Cardinal Core Natural Sciences - S 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Natural Sciences Lab - SL 1
General Education: Cardinal Core Quantitative Reasoning - QR 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Social & Behavioral Sciences - SB 3
HSS Activity course (HSS 101-167) 1
 Hours15
Spring
ENGL 102 Intermediate College Writing - WC 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Arts & Humanities US Diversity - AHD1 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Natural Sciences - S 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Social & Behavioral Sciences Historical Perspective - SBH 3
HSS Activity Course (HSS 101-167) 1
General Elective 3
 Hours16
Year 2
Fall
SPAD 281 Principles of Sport Administration 3
SPAD 284 Issues and Ethics in Sport 3
Select one of the following: 3
Healthy Lifestyles I  
Healthy Lifestyles II  
Social and Psychological Dimensions of Physical Activity - SB  
General Education: Cardinal Core Arts & Humanities Global Diversity - AHD2 3
General Elective 1
General Elective 3
 Hours16
Spring
SPAD 382 Sport Management and Leadership 3
SPAD 383 Sport Marketing 3
SPAD 391 Sociology of Sport 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Oral Communication - OC 3
General Elective 3
 Hours15
Year 3
Fall
SPAD 390 Sport Governance 3
SPAD 445 Sport Communication 3
General Elective 3
General Elective 3
General Elective 3
 Hours15
Spring
SPAD 489 Legal Aspects of Sport 3
Sport Administration Elective 3
General Elective 3
General Elective 3
General Elective (300 level or above) 3
 Hours15
Year 4
Fall
SPAD 401 Career Development in Sport Administration 3
SPAD 404 Financial Principles in Sport 3
SPAD 490 Senior Seminar in Sport Business 3
Sport Administration Elective 3
General Elective (300 level or above) 3
 Hours15
Spring
SPAD 402 Internship in Sport Administration - CUE 3
SPAD 402 Internship in Sport Administration - CUE 3
Sport Administration Elective 3
General Elective (300 level or above) 3
General Elective 3
General Elective 1
 Hours16
 Minimum Total Hours123

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