The Business faculty offer programs and courses designed to meet the educational needs of students planning careers in sport management, as well as presenting an understanding of the nature and operation of the economy and the business of sport.

As a graduate of the Sport Management Program, you will be exposed to the foundation necessary for a professional career or graduate study. A major in sport management requires the completion of prescribed courses in accounting, biology, economics, management, physical education, sport management, and psychology.

Our sport management majors are trained in the fundamentals of the profession and receive the coursework and instruction necessary to successfully compete for positions in the administration of high school, college, and professional sports programs, as well as nonprofit agencies that instill the love of athletics and fitness.

While at MacMurray, you will be expected to engage in a significant amount of "experiential learning," or hands-on work, either in the classroom, in campus offices or in businesses around Jacksonville and beyond.

Internships are a crucial part of your career preparation, and MacMurray students can get job experience at park districts in Jacksonville and Springfield, as well as with various nonprofit agencies.

The Sport Management Program will provide you with the foundation necessary for entry into a professional career or graduate study.

Learn more about Sport Management courses and how to pursue a degree in Sport Management through our academic catalog.

SPRT 101. Introduction to Sport Management. (3) An introduction to general management theory and principles with direct application to the Sport Management field. A case study approach will be used to integrate theory and practical application addressing the three primary segments — consumer, spectator, and participant. No prerequisite.

SPRT 102. Sociology of American Sport. (3) Deals with issues such as corporate sport, big time college sport, sexism, racism, and drugs and violence in sport. Examines how society is influenced by sport and how sport is influenced by society. No prerequisite.

SPRT 103. Health Promotion Concepts and Practices. (3) Survey course covering various aspects of physical, psychological, and social well-being. Attempts to create greater appreciation and understanding of a wellness-oriented lifestyle, which should contribute to more intelligent health-related behavior. Content areas include physical fitness, nutrition and weight management, chemical substance use and abuse, stress management, disease prevention and control, human sexuality, aging, and death and dying.

SPRT 104. Introduction to Physical Education. (3) Philosophy, objectives, and principles of physical education; consideration of how the discipline of physical education relates to the fields of elementary and secondary education, recreation, coaching, special education, and health. Prerequisite: Sport Management major or permission of instructor.

SPRT 231. Sport Marketing. (3) The principles and techniques of sports marketing. Major thrust of course will focus on the establishment of a corporate program and the growing use of sports marketing by business. Prerequisites: SPRT 101 and 102 and RHET 132.

SPRT 255. Fitness and Health Concepts. (3) This course covers topics such as the importance of warming up and how dynamic and static stretching both have benefits and limitations. It teaches a variety of stretches of different disciplines and shows how flexibility aids in athletic performance. Strength training using free weights, machines, and body weight will also be explored. Additional topics such as nutrition, supplements and sport-specific training will also be covered.

SPRT 263 Intramural and Recreation Administration. (3) Course will focus on organizational patterns, issues, management, financing, planning, and designing intramural and recreation programs. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing.

SPRT 275. Field Practicum. (3) Observation, participation, and/or in-service training in the sport management field. A faculty member will supervise the student’s practical experience, supplementary reading, and written work. Prerequisites: sophomore standing, SPRT 101 and 102, and permission of faculty supervisor.

SPRT 340. Theory of Coaching. (3) This course provides the foundation for those who coach sports at any level. Emphasis will be placed on the difference in levels of competitive sports, the personal roles coaches should exhibit, the professional roles expected, and the organizational influences on the world of coaching. Prerequisites: SPRT 101 and 102.

SPRT 360. Facility and Event Management. (3) A review, analysis, and critical study of the principles, terminology, and standards for planning, construction, use, and maintenance of facilities for programs in sport management and physical education-related disciplines. Prerequisites: SPRT 101 and 102 and ACCT 221 and 222.

SPRT 370. Public Relations for Sport Organizations. (3) A comprehensive study of the principles, problems, and promotions for planning and implementing public relations programs in sport organizations. Prerequisite: SPRT 231.

SPRT 372. Legal Issues of Sports and Recreation. (3) The study of the application of various legal doctrines to a broad range of sports-related activities. It will include a focus on some of the legal issues which arise in sport business as well as discussion of some of those which occur in professional sports arenas. Prerequisites: Junior standing and SPRT 360.

SPRT 375. Field Practicum. (3) Observation, participation, and/or in-service training with an entity in the sport management field. A faculty member and an entity employee cooperatively supervise the student's practical experience, supplementary reading, and written work. Prerequisite: SPRT 275 and permission of faculty supervisor.

SPRT 382. Care and Prevention of Injuries. (3) Theory and methods in the care and prevention of athletic-related injuries. Prerequisite: BIOL 320 or permission of instructor.

SPRT 408. Kinesiology. (3) Fundamental movements in terms of anatomical and mechanical analysis. Prerequisite: BIOL 320.

SPRT 409. Exercise Physiology. (3) Physiological adaptation to exercise. Opportunity to observe physiologic responses in lab setting. Prerequisite: BIOL 320.

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Joana Ramsey

Associate Professor of Sport Management, Faculty Athletic Representative, Head Volleyball Coach

"I love teaching for MacMurray College because it is a liberal arts institution. Students have the opportunity to explore their passions, build their portfolio, gain real work experience, participate in multiple activities/sports while applying the knowledge they are learning from their classroom experience. The small class size helps to provide my ideal classroom setting to help facilitate their liberal arts learning experience."

  • Areas of interest: Ramsey enjoys attending and watching sports, especially volleyball, as she is a retired volleyball coach. She's also passionate about swimming and teaching swim lessons.
  • M.S. in Sport Management — Western Illinois University
  • B.A. in Education — Illinois College
  • Courses taught: Sport Marketing, Public Relations for Sport Organizations, Introduction to Sport Management, Intramural and Recreation Administration, Business Communications, Management — Team Building, Legal Issues of Sport and Recreation, Introduction to Business, Marketing, Consumer Behavior, Promotion and Advertising, Marketing Strategy, Marketing Research, Organizational Behavior, Human Resource Management, Introduction to Sport Culture, Strategic Management, Wellness, Marketing Management