You & TU: Sports & Recreation Management

Sports & Recreation Management:

Your Course of Study

All Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) – Sports & Recreation Majors fulfill their academic requirements for graduation by completing 121 hours of course work which, includes a minimum of 200-contact hours in a sports or recreation internship experience.

Concentration Courses

Students may choose from: Recreation and Tourism, Athletic Administration, or Sports Marketing. 

Since Tiffin University’s curriculum allows for eight open elective courses, students can easily specialize in two concentrations or pick up a minor in areas such as sports writing and promotion, hospitality, public relations, computer information technology, or law and society.

Recreation and Tourism

The goal of the recreation and tourism concentration is for the students to have demonstrated competency in the field of recreation at the city, county, state, and national level.  Students who enroll in this concentration may seek employment in park and recreation settings, tourist destinations, country clubs, fitness centers, cruise ships, hotels and resorts.

Athletic Administration

The goal of the athletic administration concentration is for students to gain competency in supervising sports in the interscholastic, intercollegiate, and professional arenas.  Students who enroll in this concentration may seek employment as coaches, athletic directors, academic coordinators, compliance directors, team operation specialists, student-athlete service coordinators, general managers, ticket operation service specialists, equipment managers, etc.

Sports Marketing

The goal of the sports marketing concentration is for the students to have demonstrated competency in segmentation, product development, pricing, licensing, sponsorship, contract administration, endorsements, and communication channels such as advertising, sales promotion, and publicity as they apply to private, municipal, and corporate agencies, retail businesses, sport teams, or human resource firms.


Sports and Recreation Core

Course Number Course Title Credit Hour
ACC228 Managerial Accounting 3
CIT312 Information Systems for Managers (w) 3
MGT160 Introduction to Sport and Recreation Management 3
*MGT301 Organizational Behavior 3
*MGT475 Internship and Professional Development Seminar 3


Concentration: Recreation and Tourism

Course Number Course Title Credit Hour
*LAW260 Legal Issues in Sport and Recreation 3
*HOS104 Intro to Hospitality and Tourism 3
*HOS330 Travel and Tourism 3
*MGT291 Recreation and Sport Program Administration 3
*MKT364 Event Marketing and Management 3

Concentration: Athletic Adminstration

Course Number Course Title Credit Hour
*LAW260 Legal Issues in Sport and Recreation 3
*SRM325 Facilities Design and Management 3
*SRM360 Business of Sport (w) 3
*SOC280 Sports in American Society 3
*NAT124 Intro to Athletic Training 3


Concentration: Sports Marketing

Course Number Course Title Credit Hour
*COM235 Sport Writing, Marketing and Promotion 3
*MKT253 Marketing Communication 3
*SRM360 Business of Sport (w) 3
*SOC280 Sports in American Society 3
*MKT364 Event Marketing and Management 3

What You Can Expect From Your Major:

The purpose of the Tiffin University Sport and Recreation Management major is to promote, stimulate, and guide study, research, and professional career development in the area of sport and recreation management (broadly interpreted).  A primary component of the program is an integration of theory with practical requirements.

Your Ticket To The Big Time

TU notables include the NFL Vice President of Player Development, a majority team owner of a minor league franchise, an NFL scout, a former Assistant GM, a two-time NFL Super Bowl wide receiver, and a PGA tournament director.  In 2009-2010, students interned with the Cleveland Indians, Women’s Sports Foundation, Salem Red Sox, LRMR (LeBron James) Marketing Company, Lake Erie Monsters, Columbus Crew, the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission, and the Tampa Bay Sports Commission.

Several courses in The BBA and MBA are taught by a certified NBA sports agent, President of the National Olympians Association in Sierra Leone [Africa], and the former Director of Media Relations for the Boston Celtics and Marketing Coordinator for the Atlanta Braves.

Consider some of the other locations TU alumni and students work, have worked, or interned: Cleveland Browns; Pittsburgh Steelers; Tennessee Titans; Buffalo Bills; Milwaukee Brewers; Salem Red Sox; Indianapolis Pacers & Fever; Indianapolis Colts; St. Louis Cardinals; Atlanta Braves; Toledo Mud Hens; Akron Aeros; Lake Erie Monsters; Florence Freedom; Rockford Thunder; Philadelphia Force; Greater Cleveland Sports Commission; Detroit Metro Sports Commission; Mid American Conference; NCAA Final Four; ESPN Detroit Radio; Penn State University Athletics; Wake Forest University Athletics, the NFL Players Association; and IMG.

Sports Management Club:

The student-led Sports Management club meets the first Wednesday of the month during the school year to coordinate practicum opportunities.  Members work many of the TU athletic events and organize a co-ed volleyball tournament fundraiser.  The past several years have featured speakers from Cleveland Cavaliers, NHL Columbus Blue Jackets; The Ohio State University Athletic Department; the Detroit Tigers; and the National Fastpitch Softball League.  For the past few years the club has financed student members to attend the Ohio Parks and Recreation Student Conference, the NCAA Women’s Leadership Symposium; and special tours with the Cleveland Cavaliers and Dayton Dragons.   For more information, contact co-presidents Brittney Miller or Tom Waugaman at MillerBL@tiffin.edu or WaugamanTE@tiffin.edu

If you have any questions, or need more information, please contact our Admissions Office at (800) 968-6446, ext 3423.

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