Sport and Entertainment Management, B.S.
The Sport and Entertainment Management (SPTE) Department at the University of South Carolina prepares students for a variety of managerial positions in the sport and entertainment industry.
The goal of the SPTE department is to create an integrated academic learning environment for analyzing and resolving the challenges in the business of sport and entertainment. The SPTE department provides a comprehensive curriculum that includes courses in general education, business and sport and entertainment management, as well as two experiential learning experiences (practicum and internship) under the supervision of industry professionals and SPTE faculty.
The faculty and staff are committed to providing support for student achievement. Students can enter the industry with exceptional knowledge, professional preparation, a strong alumni network, and the confidence to assume leadership positions.
- Students should be able to demonstrate knowledge of the qualifications, job requirements, and working conditions for a sport and entertainment industry position.
- Students should be able to demonstrate the computer and technical skills needed for a sport and entertainment industry position.
- Students should be able to apply learned concepts and theory to demonstrate an understanding of the nature of the sport and entertainment industry.
Progression and Graduation Requirements
In order to enroll in the Professional Division of SPTE, students must complete 48-49 credit hours in the courses indicated as Pre-Professional Division with a minimum grade point average of 2.75. Students who do not meet the grade point average requirement for progression must continue in the Pre-Professional division until they achieve a 2.75 GPA or change to another major. Only students admitted to the professional division of Sport and Entertainment Management will be allowed to enroll for more than 18 credit hours of SPTE course work. Graduation requires a 2.75 GPA in order to satisfy the requirements for a degree in Sport and Entertainment Management.
Pre-Professional courses include the following:
- Carolina Core Courses within the CMW, ARP and CMS areas
- Pre-Professional College Required Courses
- Pre-Professional Related Courses
- Pre-Professional Major Courses
The College of Hospitality, Retail, and Sport Management has a pre-professional and a professional division of student classification. All new students will begin in the pre-professional division. Progression into the professional division requires the approval of the department and the successful completion of the requirements indicated under each departmental heading.
In addition to the academic admission requirements of the University and of the College of Hospitality, Retail, and Sport Management for admission to the pre-professional division, an enrollment limit into the professional division may be imposed by various departments. Such a limit would become necessary if enrollment levels exceed available department staffing and facility resources. In the event of an enrollment limit, admission to a department may take into account the applicant’s grade point average and other factors which may include the applicant’s potential for success in that major.
In order to be admitted to a program of study in the College of Hospitality, Retail, and Sport Management, freshmen applicants must meet all University admission requirements through the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.
In order to be admitted to a program of study in the College of Hospitality, Retail, and Sport Management, transfer applicants from outside of the USC system must meet all University admission requirements through the Office of Undergraduate Admissions and have at least a 2.25 GPA. The Sport and Entertainment Management major requires a higher GPA than the minimum University entrance standards. Transfer applicants for Sport and Entertainment must have a cumulative GPA of a 3.0 on all college-level work attempted.
Students from other USC campuses who wish to enter the College of Hospitality, Retail, and Sport Management must fulfill one of the following requirements:
- Be in good standing, meet all University admission requirements through the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, and have the cumulative GPA required for the program (see below).
- Be in good standing and have completed 30 semester hours with the cumulative GPA required for the program (see below).
Required GPA for Change of Campus: hospitality management - 2.25; integrated information technology - 2.25; interdisciplinary studies (2.0 and separate application required); retailing - 2.25; tourism management - 2.25; and sport and entertainment management - 3.0.
Students enrolled in other colleges on the Columbia campus must meet the following GPA requirements on all work taken:hospitality management - 2.25; integrated information technology - 2.25; interdisciplinary studies (2.0 and separate application required); retailing - 2.25; tourism management - 2.25; and sport and entertainment management - 3.0.
Degree Requirements (120 hours)
Program of Study
|1. Carolina Core||31-43|
|2. College Requirements||21|
|3. Program Requirements||14-26|
|4. Major Requirements||42|
Founding Documents Requirement
All undergraduate students must take a 3-credit course or its equivalent with a passing grade in the subject areas of History, Political Science, or African American Studies that covers the founding documents including the United State Constitution, the Declaration of Independence, the Emancipation Proclamation and one or more documents that are foundational to the African American Freedom struggle, and a minimum of five essays from the Federalist papers. This course may count as a requirement in any part of the program of study including the Carolina Core, the major, minor or cognate, or as a general elective. Courses that meet this requirement are listed here.
1. Carolina Core Requirements (31-43 hours)
CMW – Effective, Engaged, and Persuasive Communication: Written (6 hours)
must be passed with a grade of C or higher
ARP – Analytical Reasoning and Problem Solving (6-7 hours)
SCI – Scientific Literacy (7 hours)
Two approved CC-SCI courses from the natural sciences including one laboratory selected from Astronomy, Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Geology, Marine Science or Physics
GFL – Global Citizenship and Multicultural Understanding: Foreign Language (0-6 hours)
College of HRSM students must demonstrate proficiency in a foreign language by achieving a score of 2 or higher on the foreign language placement test or by completing one foreign language course through 110 or 121.
GHS – Global Citizenship and Multicultural Understanding: Historical Thinking (3 hours)
- any CC-GHS course
GSS – Global Citizenship and Multicultural Understanding: Social Sciences (3 hours)
- any CC-GSS course
AIU – Aesthetic and Interpretive Understanding (3 hours)
- any CC-AIU course
CMS – Effective, Engaged, and Persuasive Communication: Spoken Component1 (0-3 hours)
INF – Information Literacy1 (0-3 hours)
- any overlay or stand-alone CC-INF course
VSR – Values, Ethics, and Social Responsibility1 (0-3 hours)
- any overlay or stand-alone CC-VSR course
Carolina Core Stand Alone or Overlay Eligible Requirements — Overlay-approved courses offer students the option of meeting two Carolina Core components in a single course. A maximum of two overlays is allowed. The total Carolina Core credit hours must add up to a minimum of 31 hours. Some programs may have a higher number of minimum Carolina Core hours due to specified requirements.
2. College Requirements (21 hours)
Pre-Professional Division Courses (9 hours)
|RETL 261||Principles of Accounting I||3|
|RETL 262||Principles of Accounting II||3|
|SPTE 274||Computer Applications in Hospitality, Retail, and Sport Management||3|
|Total Credit Hours||9|
College-Required Courses (12 hours)
|HRSM 301||HRSM Professional Development Seminar||3|
|HRTM 344||Personnel Organization and Supervision||3|
|RETL 242||HRSM Professional Communications||3|
|or ENGL 463||Business Writing|
|SPTE 240||Business Law||3|
|Total Credit Hours||12|
3. Program Requirements (14-26 hours)
Supporting Courses (12 hours)
|Pre-Professional Related Coursework|
|ECON 224||Introduction to Economics||3|
|MGMT 371||Principles of Management||3|
|MKTG 350||Principles of Marketing||3|
|Other Related Coursework|
|FINA 363||Introduction to Finance||3|
|or FINA 333||Finance and Markets|
|Total Credit Hours||12|
Minor (18 hours) optional
Sport and Entertainment Management majors may pursue a minor in any course of study offered by the College of Hospitality, Retail and Sport Management (HRSM) as well as any other University program with an approved minor. College of HRSM required courses may not be counted toward a minor.
Electives (2-14 hours)
The SPTE curriculum includes 2-14 hours of electives, depending on how students fulfill the Carolina Core requirements. Courses used to satisfy the elective requirement, which may include additional SPTE Major Electives, must be approved by the SPTE advisor.
4. Major Requirements (42 hours)
A minimum grade of C is required in all major courses
Major Courses (42 hours)
|Pre-Professional Division Major Courses|
|SPTE 201||Introduction to Sport Management||3|
|SPTE 202||Introduction to Live Entertainment Management||3|
|SPTE 203||Introduction to Event and Venue Management||3|
|SPTE 295||Practicum 1||6|
|Professional Division Major Courses|
|SPTE 380||Sport and Entertainment Marketing||3|
|SPTE 440||Sport and Entertainment Business and Finance||3|
|SPTE 444||Sports and Entertainment Event Management||3|
|SPTE 495||Internship in Sport and Entertainment Management||6|
|Select four of the following:||12|
|Sport and Entertainment in American Life|
|Artist Representation and Management|
|Live Entertainment Tour Management|
|The Business of NASCAR|
|Sport and the Law|
|Resort and Club Recreation Programming|
|The Sporting Goods Industry|
|Sport and Entertainment Contracts and Negotiations|
|Risk Management in Sport and Entertainment|
|Ethics in Sport and Entertainment Business|
|Entertainment and the Law|
|Promoting Entertainment Events|
|Sport and Entertainment in Popular Culture|
|Sport and Entertainment Services Marketing|
|Spectator Facilities Management|
|Sales in Sport and Entertainment Business|
|Special Topics in Sport and Entertainment Management|
|Trends and Issues in Sport and Entertainment Management|
|Managing Part-Time Employees and Volunteers|
|Special Topics in Global Sport|
|Business Principles in Sport Management.|
|Special Topics in Live Entertainment and Sport|
|Sport and Entertainment Event Development|
|Integrated Marketing Communication in Sport and Entertainment|
|Total Credit Hours||42|
Concentrations (12 hours) optional
Sport and Entertainment Management majors may pursue a concentration in one of three areas: entertainment management, sport management, or venue and event management. The concentration will fulfill the SPTE Electives requirement of the major. Requirements for the concentrations are:
Entertainment Management (12 hours)
|SPTE 302||Artist Representation and Management||3|
|SPTE 303||Live Entertainment Tour Management||3|
|SPTE 402||Entertainment and the Law||3|
|SPTE 590||Special Topics in Live Entertainment and Sport||3|
|Total Credit Hours||12|
Sport Management (12 hours)
|SPTE 310||Collegiate Athletics||3|
|SPTE 320||Sport and the Law||3|
|SPTE 450||Sales in Sport and Entertainment Business||3|
|SPTE 580||Business Principles in Sport Management.||3|
|Total Credit Hours||12|
Venue and Event Management (12 hours)
|SPTE 325||Resort and Club Recreation Programming||3|
|SPTE 342||Sport and Entertainment Contracts and Negotiations||3|
|SPTE 435||Spectator Facilities Management||3|
|SPTE 545||Managing Part-Time Employees and Volunteers||3|
|Total Credit Hours||12|
B.S. with Distinction (51 hours)
The Departmental Undergraduate Research Track is available to students majoring in sport and entertainment management who wish to participate in significant research activities of the major field in collaboration with, or under the supervision of, a faculty mentor.
A minimum GPA of 3.50 in major courses, 3.30 institutional GPA.
Three courses in addition to the major requirements:
|SPTE 498||Research Experience||3|
|SPTE 499||Senior Thesis||3|
|SPTE 501||Trends and Issues in Sport and Entertainment Management||3|
|Total Credit Hours||9|
- Presentation of the senior thesis in an appropriate venue (SEVT, USC Discovery Day, IAVM research session, NASSM, CSRI).
- A written sponsorship agreement from the faculty mentor will be placed on file in the department office.
- Students who successfully fulfill these requirements with a GPA of at least 3.50 in all major courses and a 3.30 overall GPA will be awarded their degree “With Distinction in Sport and Entertainment Management” upon graduation.
A major map is a layout of required courses in a given program of study, including critical courses and suggested course sequences to ensure a clear path to graduation.
Major maps are only a suggested or recommended sequence of courses required in a program of study. Please contact your academic advisor for assistance in the application of specific coursework to a program of study and course selection and planning for upcoming semesters.