Department of Human Sciences

Sport Industry

Sport Industry (SI) prepares students for supervisory, leadership, and administrative positions in the sport and leisure industry and/or graduate programs in sport humanities, sport management and sport law.

SI combines social science and humanities disciplines to provide students with the needed theory and practice for entrance into the sport and leisure industry. SI informs students of the constantly changing themes, issues, and practices that the industry confronts. Students comprehend the social, economic, political, and legal issues that contour and shape the development of the industry. They will learn from various people’s exploration and experience in the sport and leisure. The major explores the connections of sport and exercise to the larger society, its historical settings and meanings, its ethical underpinnings, and its racial, gender, and social class composition.

At The Ohio State University, Sport Management is only offered as a graduate degree, as it is offered for many accredited universities. Therefore, the newly designed Sport Industry track was designed to give students excellent preparation for a career in the sport industry and prepare them for success in sport management, humanities, and law graduate programs. Students develop critical thinking and writing skills in this track, making them marketable for employers.

Program Goals

  • Provide students with the practical content skills required for involvement at an entry level position in various components of the sport industry. Students will be knowledgeable about issues related to programming, leadership, marketing, delivery systems, and legal aspects as it relates to the sport industry.
  • Provide students the practical work experiences needed for entry-level positions within the sport industry through internships.
  • Provide students with the knowledge to understand the social, economic, and cultural context in which the sport industry is situated.
  • Students will explore the varied meanings that individuals and social groups bring to and extrapolate from their engagements in sports.
  • Students will be knowledgeable about past and present collegiate sports.
  • Students will be informed about issues relating to theories regarding the social values attached to sport participation and administration.
  • Students will comprehend how sporting practices have been contoured by class, race, gender, regionalism, and nationalism.
  • Students will understand the ongoing, changing intersections between sport and the mass media.
  • Provide students with the knowledge and skills to research issues and themes pertaining to the sport industry. These skills enhance their opportunities to advance to the best graduate programs in either sport management or sport studies nationally.

Program Objectives

This program provides students with the theory and practice needed for entrance into the sport and leisure industry. This program:

  • Prepares students for leadership, supervisory, and administrative positions in public and commercial recreation or sport agencies.
  • Includes course work in legal aspects of sport and physical activity, organization and administration of public recreation, and sport and leisure service delivery and promotion.
  • Provides insight into cultural, ethical, and economic influences on the changing sport and leisure industry.

Careers in Sport Industry

  • Collegiate/Professional Sports Marketing
  • Entrepreneur
  • Fitness Manager
  • Goods and Services Sales and Marketing
  • Recreational Sports Coordinator
  • Sports Agent (Law School)
  • Sport Management (Graduate School)


For more information, contact the Office of Undergraduate Student Services.