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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 an understanding of the psychological and spiritual aspects of sports.
  • Understand the principles for effective management in a variety of sport applications and situations.
  • Demonstrate the ability to integrate faith into Sport Leadership.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the legal and ethical dilemmas involved in sports today.
  • Take leadership roles in Sporting Events.
  • Demonstrate the appropriate organizational and administrative procedures for sports and recreational activities.
  • Evaluate financial condition and statements of a business and propose courses of action.

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
High School Algebra I

Offered every spring.

or

SI152 College Algebra 3 credits

This pre-calculus algebra course includes equations and inequalities, functions and graphs, polynomial and rational functions, exponential and logarithmic functions, conic sections, sequences, series, and probability.

Prerequisite:
SI131
Placement test.

Offered every other fall.

Elective Science Elective with Lab 4 credits

MG328 Business Analytics & Statistics 3 credits

This course is designed to introduce students the methods and tools to interpret, evaluate, and analyze business data and determine the appropriate statistical methods to use in decision-making in business. This course will especially focus on the interpretation and integrity of charts, graphs, and other numerical and statistical presentation of data. Particular emphasis will be given to the impacts of probability, distribution, sampling, simple linear regression, and correlation analysis on the various methods of presenting of business information. 

Prerequisite:
General Education Math Credit

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.

or

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.

MG322 Business Ethics 3 credits

This course will analyze and evaluate ethical and legal dilemmas facing individuals and business organizations. This is an inter-disciplinary course integrating and applying a Christian worldview and biblical principles to decision-making in business.

Prerequisite:
MG101
MG215

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

SS328 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:
MG411
POL201

Offered every fall.

or

RELIGION - 18 Credits

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.

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.

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
GB100

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
OT101

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

Offered annually.

TH409 Theology Capstone for Non-Religion Majors 2 credits

The doctrine of entire sanctification as interpreted by theologians of the Wesleyan tradition is studied in light of its scriptural foundations. This course is planned for non-ministry majors.

Prerequisite:
TH201
Graduating Seniors Only

Offered annually.

SPORTS MANAGEMENT MAJOR/CORE - 15 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.

SM203 Sports Culture & Environment 3 credits

The purpose of this course is to expand the student’s understanding of sports by investigating how sports and society interact. The relationship of sports to social variables, institutions, and social issues/problems will be examined.  It will focus on the ethical dilemmas in sports, and encourage the students to view sports from a Christian worldview perspective.

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.

SM202 Sports Management Roundtables 0 credits

The Sports Management Program holds an annual Business Roundtable with leaders in the sports management industry. The roundtables are designed to give students an opportunity to understand how theory and practice come together in the actual experiences of significant leaders in the sports industry..  Students will be required to interact and network with these sports leaders during and after the roundtables. Students are required to attend at least one roundtable during their college career in order to complete this pass/fail requirement.

Students must complete two of these.

Internships - 6 Credits

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

SM408 Sports Management Internship I 3 credits

A sport management internship opportunity for students to be involved in a variety of activities compatible with athletic and recreational sporting 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.

Prerequisite:
Prior permission of the Sports Management Program Director or the Department Chair.
or or a Coaching Internship

Sports Management Emphasis Electives - 9 Credits

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

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.

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.

SM312 Sports Psychology 3 credits

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

SM324 Management Principles in Sports 3 credits

This course will help students define and understand the concepts of management and leadership within sport organizations. There will be a focus upon the various skills, roles, and functions of sport managers. This course places sport organizations in the context of their environment and emphasizes the manager’s role in adapting and reacting to changes in the environment.

Prerequisite:
MG215

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.

Coaching Electives - 9 Credits

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

SM324 Management Principles in Sports 3 credits

This course will help students define and understand the concepts of management and leadership within sport organizations. There will be a focus upon the various skills, roles, and functions of sport managers. This course places sport organizations in the context of their environment and emphasizes the manager’s role in adapting and reacting to changes in the environment.

Prerequisite:
MG215

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.

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.

GOV101 Introduction to Government 3 credits

An introduction to the major concepts, principles, and theories related to a study of government and politics in the United States. Special emphasis will be given to government and political structures and the development of the enduring form of American government.

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

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.

AC262 Accounting for Managers 3 credits

This course deals with accounting, cost, finance, and information systems used for business managers to make strategic business decisions to improve the financial performance of a business enterprise.

Prerequisite:

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

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.
 

or

AC222 Principles of Finance 3 credits

The financial principles and accepted practices which need to be mastered by all managers including banking, money, credit, financial instruments, investments, financial planning, internal and external auditing, profit, stocks, bonds, and other financial forms will be examined.

MG206 Leadership Forum I 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.

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.

MG330 Career Development Seminar 0 credits

The Career Development Seminar is a practicum designed to assist and give the student practical strategies and skills related to career searches, preparing for job interviews, resumé preparation, networking, and developing a career portfolio. Special emphasis will be given to developing career goals and plans. The seminar will be held 6 times every other fall semester. Students must complete 4 of the 6 sessions in one semester to receive pass/fail credit for this seminar.

Students must complete three of these.

MG202 Business Roundtables 0 credits

The School of Business & Government holds a number of Business Roundtables every year with business leaders in small, medium, and large businesses. The roundtables are designed to give students an opportunity to understand how theory and practice come together in the actual experiences of significant business people.  Students will be required to interact and network with these business leaders during and after the roundtables. Students are required to attend at least three roundtables during their college career in order to complete this pass/fail requirement. 

Students must complete two of these.

MG203 Distinguished Speakers Series 0 credits

The School of Business & Government hosts various significant experts and nationally recognized thought leaders. The goal of the Distinguished Speakers Series is to allow students to learn from experts, significant authorities, and leaders in various areas of significance to the students enrolled in the School of Business & Government students. Further, these Distinguished Speakers Series events are held on Ohio Christian University campus to give students the opportunity to network and meet these experts and authorities while on campus.

Students must complete eight of these.

MG200 School of Business & Government Conferences 0 credits

The School of Business & Government holds various conferences and Distinguished Speakers events. The goal of these events is to allow students to learn from experts, significant authorities, and leaders in various areas of significance to the School of Business & Government students. Further, for those events held on Ohio Christian University campus, students will be given the opportunity to network and meet these experts and authorities while on campus.

Students must complete two of these.