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Kinesiology Department launches new Recreation and Sport Management major

March 31, 2013 | Bryce Wilks

Are you interested in a career managing the business side of collegiate or professional athletic programs, or the recreational sport industry? Evangel University has launched a major in Recreation and Sport Management for students interested in this growing field.

The new program, which will start in the fall of 2013, will be offered through the Kinesiology Department.

“We have created a degree that will prepare our graduates for jobs in the recreation and sport industry,” says Donovan Nelson, assistant professor of kinesiology and coordinator for the new program. “We anticipate continued growth in our department because of the new major.”

The degree program will prepare students to work in the sport industry in areas such as marketing, sales, facility operations, travel/tourism, public relations, administration, campus recreation and adult/child recreation programs.

“We have an extensive network for placement in sport fields, including minor league baseball, DI athletic programs, parks and recreation departments, nonprofit recreation organizations and campus recreation agencies,” says Dr. Keith Hardy, kinesiology department chair.

“We created a sport management minor about five years ago,” Nelson says. “Rewriting our recreation major allowed us to expand the degree program to meet student demand.”

Courses include sport marketing, facility management, recreation & sport leadership, and organization & administration, among others. Two communication courses will include desktop publishing and a special topic sport communication class taught by Ed Beach, assistant athletic director.

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