Bachelor of Arts

This program is designed to prepare individuals for a career in sports management and business. It offers a double major with courses offered in Sports Management and Business, with an emphasis on Christian service in the growing area of sports business. This program prepares individuals to use athletics and leadership principles and skills to the daily arena of sports and business. The program culminates with an internship with an opportunity to apply the principles of sports management and business.

Objectives

Upon completion of this program, the student should be able to:

  • Demonstrate the appropriate organizational and administrational procedure for sports and recreational activities.
  • Analyze a business operation and provide recommendations for improvement.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the psychological and spiritual aspects of sports.
  • Evaluate financial condition and statements of a business and propose courses of action.
  • Apply the principles for effective management in a variety of sports applications and situations.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the legal and ethical dilemmas involved in sports today.

GENERAL EDUCATION - 43 Credits

SI131 Intermediate Algebra 3 credits

This course includes rational expressions, systems of linear equations and inequalities, radicals and exponents, quadric functions, conic sections, and exponential functions. Students must have foundational knowledge of linear equations and polynomials.

Prerequisite:
SI122 Beginning Algebra
High School Algebra I

Offered every spring.

Elective Science Elective with Lab 4 credits

LA101 English Composition I 3 credits

This course is an introductory study of composition emphasizing writing as a process (prewriting, drafting, revising, and editing). Assignments in this course will focus on the different styles and uses of argument. Students will gain and refine skills of developing a thesis, organizing content, controlling tone, and expressing ideas in clearly communicated language. In addition, students will conduct library research and incorporate researched material into papers using APA format.

Offered every fall.

LA102 English Composition II 3 credits

This course is an intermediate course designed to extend and refine students’ expository and creative writing experiences. Student writing will reflect university-level writing skills, such as principles of logical/critical thinking and reasoning, effective organization, APA research and documentation, and content-rich development of ideas.

Offered every spring.

MG112 Business Communications 3 credits

This course is designed to address and strengthen students’ skills for effective and professional business communications in written, oral, and non-verbal forms. Specific emphasis will be given to communication theory, business communication principles, developing and delivering oral presentations, composing business messages, and preparing business reports.

SP200 Basic Oral Communication 3 credits

The principles of speech composition, outlining, and delivery are discussed. There is practice in preparing and presenting short informative, persuasive, and demonstrative speeches.

Offered every semester.

PS100 Student Success 1 credit

Orientation is designed to help the student make adjustments to college life. The course acquaints the student with the library, counseling service, suggestions for study, and various aspects of college life.

Students who transfer to OCU may substitute any general education elective for this course when 30 hours or more of academic work has been completed at another college with a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or above.

Offered each semester.

SO101 Introduction to Sociology 3 credits

Interrelationships and group activity are focused upon, including dyadic groups, primary groups, secondary groups, institutions, and society.

PS102 General Psychology 3 credits

A comprehensive survey of the field of psychology including a Christian perspective. Emphasis will be placed on theories of psychology and how you can apply what you have learned as a result of an appropriate understanding of a particular psychological foundation.

Offered each spring.

SO100 Worldviews 3 credits

This course introduces the concept of worldview and provides a survey of the plurality worldviews that constitute western culture. Special attention will be paid to the Christian worldview and how competing worldviews both challenge and reinforce it. This course is meant to help students build an internal paradigm through which they can evaluate the bases of value statements in society, pop culture, politics, and religion and to do so from a Christian perspective.

OT101 Old Testament Survey 3 credits

A survey and introduction to the Old Testament focusing on the historical, cultural, religious and geographical setting of the ancient Near East as it brings to light the faith of Israel expressed in the Old Testament. A PREREQUISITE FOR ALL OTHER OLD TESTAMENT COURSES.

Offered annually.

NT102 New Testament Survey 3 credits

A general survey course in the New Testament. Special emphasis is on the historical background of the New Testament, the beginning of Christianity and the development of the apostolic church. A PREREQUISITE FOR ALL OTHER NEW TESTAMENT COURSES.

Offered annually.

PH302 Ethics 3 credits

An introduction to Logic and Ethics with special attention given to methodologies whereby those disciplines may be applied in Christian ministry. Attention is given to induction and deduction, principles of clean statement and valid reasoning, and fallacies. The moral theories of various philosophical schools are examined and their relationship to the development of a biblical ethic is considered.

Offered every spring.

Elective Fine Arts, Music, Art or Literature Elective 2 credits

SS428 American Political Institutions I 3 credits

This course provides an introduction to American politics with emphasis on national institutions. Course topics include the political theory of the American Constitution, relational aspects of the three branches of government, responsibilities of state and federal governments, and the role of the courts in interpreting the law.

Prerequisite:
GOV101 Introduction to Government
SS205 United States History I: 1492 – 1877
SS206 United States History II: 1877-Present
MG411 Business Law I
POL201 Introduction to Political Science
SS429 American Political Institutions II

SS429 American Political Institutions II 3 credits

This course is a continuation of American Political I, but may be taken prior to American Political Institutions II. This course examines historical and modern American campaigns and elections. Special emphasis will be given to the historical and modern issues raised in campaigns and elections including the influence of the campaign finance, media, interest groups, and their impact on public policy.

Prerequisite:
GOV101 Introduction to Government
SS205 United States History I: 1492 – 1877
SS206 United States History II: 1877-Present
POL201 Introduction to Political Science

RELIGION - 18 Credits

GB100 Bible Study Methods 2 credits

An introduction to the basic principles and methods of observation, interpretation, and application in the study of the Bible. A PREREQUISITE FOR ALL BIBLE COURSES 200 AND ABOVE.

Offered annually.

CM202 Personal Evangelism 2 credits

Class instruction in scriptural principles and methods in personal witnessing coupled with field experiences in soul winning is employed to equip the student to proclaim Christ on a person-to-person basis.

Offered annually.

MI100 Introduction to Christian Missions 3 credits

This course is designed to present the biblical and theological foundations upon which missions rests, provide an overview of missions history, promote an understanding of the world’s religions and prepare students to respond to God’s leading in their lives. Prerequisite of all 300 and 400 level MI courses.

Offered annually every semester.

NT202 Gospels 3 credits

Study of the synoptic relationship of the first three Gospels and the major themes and theological features of the fourth Gospel.

Prerequisite:
NT102 New Testament Survey
GB100 Bible Study Methods

Offered annually.

OT201 Pentateuch 3 credits

A study of the first five books of the Old Testament with special emphasis upon historical backgrounds, beginnings of the Israelite nation, and Hebrew worship. Primary attention is given to outlines, analysis, and exposition of especially important sections.

Prerequisite:
GB100 Bible Study Methods
OT101 Old Testament Survey

Offered annually.

TH201 Basic Christian Beliefs 3 credits

A basic course in Bible doctrine with emphasis upon the Scriptural foundations. Includes a study of such doctrines as Man, God, Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit, the Church, The Holy Life, the Ordinances, and Last Things.

Prerequisite:
SO100 Worldviews

Offered annually.

SPORTS MANAGEMENT MAJOR/CORE - 21 Credits

The following major courses are required. In addition, students must complete fifteen (15) hours of electives in one of two emphases: Sports Management or Coaching (see below).

SM102 Introduction to Sports Management 3 credits

This course introduces students to the sports industry. It includes foundations of sports management and an increased awareness of career opportunities in the sports industry. Topic areas include a history of the profession, the need for management and organizational skills, current trends and future issues.

SM314 Event Planning and Management 3 credits

This course includes the process of planning for and organizing an event in sport. Organizing a plan for an event would include financial planning, risk management, scheduling, facility use, communication, promotions, and registration.

SM423 Sports Marketing and Sales 3 credits

This course applies the principles of promotion and marketing to the sport and fitness industry, including the area of professional sports, corporate fitness, college/high school athletics, clubs, and resorts.

SM409 Principles of Coaching and Leadership 3 credits

This course will focus on general techniques and concerns dealing with coaching.  A specific focus will be placed on effective instructive skills in coaching, including feedback, use of practice time, and fundamental techniques of sports skills.  As part of this course’s practical experience, the student will serve as an assistant coach for one of our varsity sports.

Internships

Students must complete six (6) hours of Internships from the following:

Coaching Internship

Sports Management Emphasis Electives - 9 Credits

Students must choose nine (9) hours from the following list of courses:

SM305 Sports Law 3 credits

This course will focus on the three major areas of law that have a direct impact on the management of sport: tort liability and risk management, contract law, and constitutional law.

SM213 Sports Facility Design and Management 3 credits

This course includes planning and designing areas and facilities in sports and utilization of those facilities for sporting events. Topics will include maintenance, supervision, scheduling, planning, renovation, etc.

SM375 Sports Governance 3 credits

Sports create governance structures, policies, and procedures, even at the most rudimentary level. This course examines the purpose and practice of sports governance and how it relates to sports administration from little league to the olympic games to international federations to professional sports. The roles and functions of governing bodies are discussed and analyzed.

SM410 Sports Management Internship II 3 credits

This internship is a second sport management internship opportunity for students to be involved in a variety of activities compatible with athletic and recreational sport events and experiences. This internship can be on campus or off campus, depending on the student. Students must complete not less than a minimum of 90 actual hours in an internship in the Sports Management field. Interns should strive to gain appropriate and valuable experience, as well as apply the knowledge they have gained in their various courses.

SM312 Sports Psychology 3 credits

The study of psychological and related theoretical concerns associated with sports, in relationship to prayer and spiritual influence.

Coaching Electives - 9 Credits

Students must choose nine (9) hours from the following list of courses:

SM312 Sports Psychology 3 credits

The study of psychological and related theoretical concerns associated with sports, in relationship to prayer and spiritual influence.

SM250 Injury Prevention and Care 2 credits

This course is a study of the treatment and prevention of specific sport injuries resulting from activities in the home, recreation, intramural and extramural settings. It will cover the identification of injuries, proper treatment after they occur, and preventive measures. Students learn now to create a safe environment for athletes.

SM225 Coaching a Sport - Baseball 2 credits

Fundamentals of coaching Baseball as it relates to the selection of personnel, skill techniques, and training in depth study of the sport of baseball and how to apply game and practice knowledge in a coaching capacity to become an effective and efficient coach.

SM235 Coaching a Sport - Basketball 2 credits

Fundamentals of coaching Basketball as it relates to the selection of personnel, skill techniques, and training in depth study of the sport of basketball and how to apply game and practice knowledge in a coaching capacity to become an effective and efficient coach.

SM245 Coaching a Sport - Soccer 2 credits

Fundamentals of coaching Soccer as it relates to the selection of personnel, skill techniques, and training in depth study of the sport of soccer and how to apply game and practice knowledge in a coaching capacity to become an effective and efficient coach.

SM255 Coaching a Sport - Volleyball 2 credits

Fundamentals of coaching Volleyball as it relates to the selection of personnel, skill techniques, and training in depth study of the sport of volleyball and how to apply game and practice knowledge in a coaching capacity to become an effective and efficient coach.

SM335 Performance and Conditioning 2 credits

This course combines sound, proven strength and conditioning principles with the latest methodologies. Training programs are based on proven scientific training principles. Specifically the course will focus on the development of power, speed, acceleration, agility, and quickness for the development of high quality sport performance.

SM375 Sports Governance 3 credits

Sports create governance structures, policies, and procedures, even at the most rudimentary level. This course examines the purpose and practice of sports governance and how it relates to sports administration from little league to the olympic games to international federations to professional sports. The roles and functions of governing bodies are discussed and analyzed.

BUSINESS MAJOR - 30 Credits

MG101 Introduction to Business 3 credits

This course provides students with a foundation in functional areas of business, including environment, planning, entrepreneurship, management, marketing, distribution, finances, and ethics. Introduces business terminology and concepts.

MG215 Principles of Management & Leadership 3 credits

This course will analyze management theories, principles, and philosophies while examining the difference between management and leadership. This is an inter-disciplinary course addressing the importance of a Christian worldview for leaders and managers as they influence, plan, organize, control, and lead for effectiveness.

Prerequisite:
MG101 Introduction to Business

EC101 Microeconomics 3 credits

A study of the basic economic principles related to supply and demand, consumer behavior, market dynamics, income distribution, government influence, and comparative economic systems with major focus on free enterprise and capitalism.

EC201 Macroeconomics 3 credits

The study of economic principles related to global and national economies, income accounting, unemployment, inflation, fiscal policy, public debt, monetary systems, and economic growth or retraction.

MG102 Principles of Marketing 3 credits

This course involves an integrated analysis of the role of marketing within the total organization. Specific attention is given to the analysis of factors affecting consumer behavior, the identification of marketing variables, the development and use of marketing strategies, and the discussion of international marketing.

MG411 Business Law I 3 credits

Business law is a study of the fundamental principles and practices of law and how it impacts business situations. This course emphasizes the dynamic interaction between the individual, organization, and society. The concepts of Christian ethics and proper business conduct will be emphasized throughout the course.

Prerequisite:
MG101 Introduction to Business

SM206 Sports Finance 3 credits

This course provides the student with an overview of the financial aspects of the sport industry.  In addition to the basic finance principles, this course will examine the management aspects of financial control of sports facilities and organizations.
 

MG426 Strategic Management 3 credits

(Business Capstone). System concepts, methodologies, and tools to strategically plan will be presented. These are to be used to effectively manage core competencies and to integrate technology into the planning process.

Prerequisite:
One of these:
MG215 Principles of Management & Leadership
AC222 Principles of Finance
MG102 Principles of Marketing

MG304 Leadership Forum II 0 credits

The Leadership Forum is held every year in April. The Leadership Forum brings in accomplished business and leadership experts from around the country. The Forum is designed to give students an opportunity to be exposed to leadership principles, shared experiences, and how a Christian worldview is applied to the business world, as well as any leadership role. Students are required to attend at least two roundtables during their college career in order to complete this pass/fail requirement.

MG404 Wall Street Experience 0 credits

The Wall Street Experience is designed for students to visit with business leaders from various investment firms and other businesses on Wall Street. The experience requires students to interact with these various business leaders to discuss how investment theory and practice coincide. Students will be required to attend one of the Wall Street Experiences (trips to New York), which are held once a year during the spring semester in order to complete this pass/fail requirement.

GOV302 Washington D.C. Experience 0 credits

The Washington D.C. Experience is designed for students to visit with government leaders from various levels of government in Washington D.C.. The experience requires students to interact with these various leaders to discuss how government theory and practice coincide. Students will be required to attend one of the Washington D.C. Experiences (trips to Washington D.C.), which are held once a year during the spring semester in order to complete this pass/fail requirement.

Career Development Seminar

Students are required to attend three (3) of the following:

Business Roundtables/Forums

Students are required to attend two (2) of the following:

Distinguished Speakers Series

Students are required to attend eight (8) of the following:

School of Business and Government Conferences

Students are required to attend two (2) of the following: