L.SMG-150: Introduction to Sport Management
This course introduces students to the requisite skills and dispositions necessary to succeed in sport management, the prospective career paths, and current issues within sports and the academic discipline. The course serves as an introduction to subsequent courses in the sport management major and to the skills of budgeting, scheduling, and working in groups. Restricted to non-senior students. 3 credits.
L.SMG-225: Sports Business
This course will study and critique current issues surrounding sport, business, and capitalism through the lens of Catholic and secular teachings. An emphasis will be placed on how sports companies attempt to integrate their mission statements into their daily operations and decisions that impact the bottom line. Students will travel to a Midwestern city to visit with sport management professionals at multiple entities. Prerequisite: L.SMG 150 or instructor consent. 3 credits. January term.
L.SMG-240: Sport & Society
An introduction into the relationships between sports, culture, and society. This course will examine the institution of sport using sociological theory to investigate the complex interaction between sport and society. Through the exploration of controversies within the realm of sport, students will gain insight into the purpose, meaning, and influence of sport in our culture. Students will examine the ways in which the prejudice and cultural trends of society are reflected within, and influence participation in, sport. Prerequisite: L.KIN-101 or L.SMG-150. 3 credits.
L.SMG-270: Ethics in Sports-AV
Examination of the basic ethical principles and theories employed in the consideration of any moral issue and application to various moral dilemmas in the areas of sports and athletics, including gender equity, racial equity, competition and winning, academics and eligibility, sportsmanship, violence, performance-enhancing drugs, recreational drugs, commercialization in sport, amateurism and professionalism, and professional codes of ethics. Prerequisites: L.LIB-100, L.LIB-105, L.LIB-110, and one course from L.LIB-130, L.LIB-135, or L.LIB-220. 3 credits.
L.SMG-280: Women in Sport-AI
Throughout history, women have “dared to compete” in sport. This course will examine the relationship between female athletes, sport, and community. A historical perspective of the origin and advancement of sport for women as influenced by religious, economic, political, cultural and ideological communities will be used to analyze the changing role of women. The interaction between women and socio-cultural communities in relation to sport participation will be examined, as exemplified, for example, in the struggle by women for involvement in the Olympics. Prerequisites: L.LIB-100, L.LIB-105, L.LIB-110, and one course from L.LIB-130, L.LIB-135, or L.LIB-220. 3 credits.
L.SMG-290: Sport Governance
This course examines the theoretical concepts of governance, organizational structure, policy development and the functions and purposes of governing bodies in sport at the high school, collegiate, professional and amateur levels. Emphasis will include the control the powers each agency has assumed and how the power is derived, the advantages and disadvantages of membership within such agencies, and the current legislative issues within these agencies. 3 credits.
L.SMG-294: Level-Two Internship in Sport Management
This is a three-credit experience providing students the practical opportunity to apply and enhance what they have learned in the classroom. Fifty hours at a sport management site must be completed for each academic credit awarded. The experience is structured around learning goals and overseen by a site supervisor and Loras faculty member. Prerequisites: L.SMG-240; Restrictions: Minimum of 2.0 grade point average. Not open to first year students. 3-4 credits.
L.SMG-345: Sport Facility & Event Management
This study travel course will focus on sport facility management with a special emphasis on organizing events and mitigating associated risks. Topics include planning and producing an event, facility operations, financing facilities, legal aspects, crowd and emergency management, risk management, and the application of the Americans with Disability Act to sport facility and event management. Students will critically examine sport and event stadiums and arenas, interview facility operators, and evaluate stadium and arena risk management plans. Not open to first year students. Prerequisite: L. SMG-240. 3 credits. January term.
L.SMG-367: Sport Law
This course is designed to provide students the requisite knowledge of legal issues in the sporting industry. Topics include negligence, liability, risk management, waivers, federal legislation, contract law, employment law, anti-trust legislation, labor law, and intellectual property. Case studies are used to help students apply the material. Prerequisite: L.SMG240. 3 credits.
L.SMG-422: Sport Sales & Sponsorship
Processes of successful selling and negotiating within the sport-business climate. Study of the development, implementation, and evaluation of the sport sponsorship proposal and analysis of the interaction between sport organizations and sponsorship partners. Prerequisite: L.SMG-240. 3 credits.
L.SMG-450: Sport Finance & Revenue Management
This course provides an overview of the financing of the sport organization with coverage of public sector funding, funding through sport revenue, and funding through external sources. Prerequisite: L.SMG-150 and junior standing. 3 credits.
L.SMG-468: Sport Marketing & Promotions
This course is designed to assist students in creating and critiquing marketing, promotion and public relation efforts specific to sport. Emphasis will be placed on the five “p’s” of sport marketing: price, promotion, product, place and public relations. This course includes hands-on experience with market research and case studies to help students apply the material. Prerequisite: L.SMG-150 and junior standing. 3 credits.
L.SMG-492: Level-Three Pre-Professional Field Experience in Sport Management
This experiential course is designed for students who are in the advanced stages of completing the coursework required for their major. This experience provides sport management majors a culminating opportunity to apply and enhance what they have learned in the classroom. Students must complete 50 hours at a sport management site, arranged by the student and approved by the sport management program coordinator, per academic credit. The experience is structured around learning goals and overseen by a site supervisor and a Loras College faculty member. Prerequisites: completion of at least nine (9) credits of L.SMG coursework. Restrictions: Open to sport management majors who have senior standing, and have at least a 2.0 cumulative GPA. 9 credits.