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Program Learning Goals

Department of Sport Management & Exercise Science:

Student Learning Goals


Students in the Department of Sport Management & Exercise Science will obtain a breadth of understanding about sport, health, wellness and human performance within and across diverse populations and apply this understanding in academic and professional settings:

  • Students will learn to think critically and ethically in examining issues associated with their chosen major;
  • Students will communicate effectively and persuasively, both verbally and in writing, in academic and professional settings;
  • Students will engage in research and demonstrate information literacy in order to contribute to and analyze the existing body of research in his/her chosen major;
  • Students will demonstrate professional and community engagement through participation in fieldwork, internships, and and/or service learning activities.


At the completion of the Sport Management core and elective courses, students will demonstrate competence in the following areas:

• Communication & Leadership Skills

  • Ability to communicate with various public and professional audiences through written texts, oral discussions, and multi-media presentations.
  • Understand the basic principles of interpersonal and mass communications and the interaction with internal and external sport publics.
  • Ability to assume leadership roles in various professional settings and work effectively with diverse groups and organizations

• Foundational Knowledge & Information Literacy

  • Understand the major theories, concepts, and principles of sport management and operations including, but not limited to, event and facilities management, legal and risk management, public relations, and sport marketing.
  • Collect, synthesize and analyze quantitative and qualitative data.
  • Ability to comprehend and discern the quality of research conducted in sport management.

• Global Issues & Technology Skills

  • Understand the principles of finance, accounting, and the economics of sport as they fit into national and international economies.
  • Utilize technology-related tools that may be applied to various sport management settings.

Social, Psychological, and Philosophical Bases of Sport and Exercise

  • Analyze moral and ethical issues related to sport and develop a personal philosophy regarding social responsibility in the sport management setting;
  • Understand the major theories and practices of psychology within the contexts of sport and exercise.


At the completion of the Exercise Science core and elective courses, students will:

• Achieve a working knowledge of the major fields of exercise science – anatomy, physiology, kinesiology and biomechanics, exercise nutrition, exercise prescription, and research. They are capable of solving problems that require combining concepts from multiple fields.

• Understand the research process/methods in the Exercise Science Field .This encompasses design, conduct, interpretation, and evaluation of human movement science research including the design procedures for controlled experiments, interpretation of data graphical and statistical, and performing error analysis.

• Students will demonstrate skillful operation of standard laboratory equipment such as fitness assessment software, fitness testing equipment, Dartfish video analysis equipment, treadmills, and biometric analysis equipment. They will demonstrate an understanding of the limitations of the instruments and equipment.

• Understand and apply fundamental principles from the various sub-disciplines in Exercise Science to a variety of contexts (e.g., health, fitness, rehabilitation, education) which focus on Human Performance.

• Use qualitative and quantitative reasoning and evidence, synthesizing information from a variety of origins to methodically and systematically solve problems and develop interventions in the exercise science domain.

• Achieve a level of mathematical competency that enables them to solve a wide variety of problems in exercise science, these include fitness assessment, kinesiological and biomechanical analysis of human movement, statistical analysis, and research techniques for exercise science.

• Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, in accordance with disciplinary standards.


At the completion of the Athletic Coaching minor, students will:

• Be eligible to apply for a Professional Coaching Certificate through the New York Department of Education in order to be licensed in New York State to coach in the public schools and community recreation programs.

• Assess emergency situations and, if necessary, apply CRP and/or First-Aid;

• Posses a basic knowledge of health sciences, including anatomy, physiology, kinesiology, human growth and development and maturation, risk minimization, sport-specific fitness and conditioning, coaching psychology, and injury prevention;

• Achieve a basic knowledge of coaching philosophies, strategies and techniques; principles and organization of associations and leagues, and identification of child maltreatment and abuse.

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