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The DePaul Sports Business Major prepares students for a sports business career. The focus of the Sports Business degree is to teach students how their business skills are relatable in a wide range of sports industry careers, through “real world” projects and experiences. As the sports industry continues to grow and evolve, there is an increasing need for leaders with transferable business skills in management, sales, marketing, business analytics, events, hospitality, operations, leadership, entrepreneurship, accounting, economics and community relations. The Sports Business degree prepares students for careers in all these areas. 

Program Requirements Quarter Hours
Business Core Requirements 70
Liberal Studies Requirements 72
Major Requirements 38
Open Electives 12
Total hours required 192

Students will be able to:

  • Articulate the principles of sports business and adapt learned business skills to excel in it.
  • Discover how to pursue a career in sports management through internships, volunteer positions, industry events, networking opportunities and more. 
  • Apply lessons from the business of sports to other industries and disciplines.
  • Recognize and analyze the role of leadership in sports organizations.
  • Understand technologies and how they impact the structure of a sports organization or sports-related organizations.
  • Learn how current events, ethical issues and diversity impact the business of sports.
  • Articulate how sports marketing intersects with key elements of the marketing mix including sales, advertising, public relations, promotion and cause marketing. 
  • Engage with every aspect of the sponsorship cycle including sales, negotiation, execution, promotion, hospitality, retention, research and evaluation.
  • Understand the ticket sales process including prospecting, negotiation, closing the sale, and renewals.
  • Understand sponsorship inventory, fulfillment, and pricing factors.
  • Identify the legal parameters of sports business.

College Core Requirements

Business Core Requirements

All undergraduate students in the Driehaus College of Business complete foundational courses in the areas of analytics, accountancy, mathematics, economics, business law, finance, management, management information systems/computer science, and marketing.

Course Requirements

For a student to complete the Bachelor of Science in Business, the following Business Core courses totaling at least 70.0 hours are required:

Course Title Quarter Hours
Business Core Courses
ACC 101INTRODUCTION TO ACCOUNTING I 14
ACC 102INTRODUCTION TO ACCOUNTING II 14
BLW 201LEGAL & ETHICAL ASPECTS IN THE BUSINESS ENVIRONMENT 24
BUS 102BUSINESS ANALYTICS4
ECO 105PRINCIPLES OF MICROECONOMICS4
ECO 106PRINCIPLES OF MACROECONOMICS4
ECO 315INTRODUCTION TO MONEY AND BANKING 34
or FIN 320 MONEY AND BANKING
FIN 310INTRODUCTION TO FINANCE4
MAT 137BUSINESS STATISTICS4
MGT 300PRINCIPLES OF MANAGEMENT4
MGT 301PRINCIPLES OF OPERATIONS MANAGEMENT 44
MKT 301PRINCIPLES OF MARKETING4
MKT 310CONSUMER BEHAVIOR4
Computer Science or MIS 5
Select one of the following:4
INTRODUCTION TO COMPUTER SCIENCE I
INTRODUCTION TO BUSINESS TECHNOLOGY AND DECISION MAKING
Communication 6
Select one of the following:4
EFFECTIVE BUSINESS COMMUNICATION
BUSINESS AND PROFESSIONAL COMMUNICATION
Business Capstone 7
Select one of the following:4
ENTREPRENEURSHIP STRATEGY
MANAGEMENT STRATEGY
HOSPITALITY STRATEGY (Hospitality majors only)
Global Business Perspective 8
Select 4.0 hours of the following:4
EUROPEAN ECONOMIC HISTORY
RADICAL RESPONSES TO CAPITALISM
TOPICS IN GLOBAL ECONOMIES
UNDERSTANDING CHINA'S ECONOMY
ECONOMICS OF LOW-INCOME COUNTRIES
INTERNATIONAL TRADE
INTERNATIONAL MONETARY ECONOMICS
ECONOMICS OF THE EUROPEAN UNION
INTERNATIONAL FINANCE
GLOBAL IPOs & VENTURE CAPITAL
INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS SEMINAR
GLOBAL HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT
INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS
MARKETING ACROSS CULTURES: A CULTURAL PERSPECTIVE ON MULTICULTURAL MARKETS
MARKETING IN A GLOBAL ENVIRONMENT
INTERNATIONAL MARKETING
WORK IN A GLOBALIZED WORLD
A course taken as part of a term-long study abroad program
Professional Writing
Select one of the following:2-4
PROFESSIONAL WRITING FOR BUSINESS (2.0 quarter hours)
TECHNICAL WRITING
PROFESSIONAL WRITING

Business Ethics

All undergraduate students in the Driehaus College of Business complete a course in Business Ethics. It is recommended students take MGT 248 or PHL 248 in Philosophical Inquiry or MGT 228 or REL 228 in Religious Dimensions in the Liberal Studies Program (or University Honors Program) Requirements.

Second Majors and Minors

The addition of a second major or minor may affect the Business Core classes required for a student. Meet with an academic advisor to confirm requirements.

Math Requirements for all business majors (except Actuarial Science majors)

Grade Minimums for Sports Business Major

A minimum grade of C- is required for the following: ACC 101ACC 102BUS 102ECO 105ECO 106MAT 137MGT 300MGT 301, MKT 301, MKT 310 the course used for Professional Writing, and any HSP, ICS, MGT or MKT or course used for Global Business Perspective.

Liberal Studies Requirements

Honors program requirements can be found in the individual Colleges & Schools section of the University Catalog. Select the appropriate college or school, followed by Undergraduate Academics and scroll down.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year ProgramHours
Chicago Quarter  
LSP 110
DISCOVER CHICAGO
or EXPLORE CHICAGO
4
Focal Point  
LSP 112 FOCAL POINT SEMINAR 4
Writing  
WRD 103 COMPOSITION AND RHETORIC I 1 4
WRD 104 COMPOSITION AND RHETORIC II 1 4
Quantitative Reasoning  
Not Required  
Sophomore Year
Multiculturalism in the US  
LSP 200 SEMINAR ON MULTICULTURALISM IN THE UNITED STATES 4
Junior Year
Experiential Learning  
Required 4
Senior Year
Capstone  
ICS 392 SENIOR SEMINAR 1 4

Learning Domains

Arts and Literature (AL)

  • 3 AL Courses Required

Historical Inquiry (HI)

  • 2 HI Courses Required 

Math and Computing (MC)

  • Not Required

Philosophical Inquiry (PI)

  • 2 PI Courses Required1

Religious Dimensions (RD)

  • 2 RD Courses Required1

Scientific Inquiry (SI)

  • 1 Lab Course Required

Social, Cultural, and Behavioral Inquiry (SCBI)

  • 1 SCBI Course Required

Notes

Specified required courses within Liberal Studies may have grade minimums (e.g. C- or better). Please consult your advisor or your college and major requirements.​

Courses offered in the student's primary major cannot be taken to fulfill LSP Domain requirements. If students double major, LSP Domain courses may double count for both LSP credit and the second major. Students who choose to take an experiential learning course offered by the major may count it either as a general elective or the Experiential Learning requirement.

In meeting learning domain requirements, no more than one course that is outside the student’s major and is cross-listed with a course within the student’s major, can be applied to count for LSP domain credit. This policy does not apply to those who are pursuing a double major or earning BFA or BM degrees.

Major Requirements

Course Requirements

In addition to MGT 300, MGT 301, MKT 301, and MKT 310 a student majoring in Sports Business is required to complete the following courses totaling at least 38.0 hours:

Course Title Quarter Hours
Select one from the following:2
MANAGING YOUR HOSPITALITY CAREER
CAREER MANAGEMENT SKILLS
NAVIGATING MARKETING CAREERS
Required courses for major:
ECO 336EXPLORING ECONOMICS & STATISTICS THROUGH SPORTS4
HSP 200HOSPITALITY SERVICES AND EXPERIENCE MANAGEMENT4
MGT 340LEADERSHIP IN SPORTS: LESSONS FOR COACHING IN THE WORKPLACE4
MGT 356INTRODUCTION TO SPORTS MANAGEMENT4
MKT 342SPORTS SPONSORSHIP MARKETING4
MKT 385SPORTS SALES4
SPRTCMN 310SPORTS, MEDIA, AND SOCIETY4
Select two elective courses from the following:8
INTRODUCTION TO HOSPITALITY
INTRODUCTION TO GLOBAL TOURISM
MANAGING PEOPLE & THE CHICAGO UNION ENVIRONMENT (2 hour course)
HOSPITALITY INTERNSHIP I (2 hour course)
EVENT PLANNING
EVENT SALES, SERVICE & PROMOTION
SPECIAL TOPICS IN HOSPITALITY (when related to Sport Business)
INDEPENDENT STUDY (with approval)
INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS SEMINAR (when related to Sport Business)
BEHIND THE SCENES WITH CHICAGO SPORTS ORGANIZATIONS
THE BUSINESS OF ESPORTS
NEGOTIATIONS
MANAGEMENT INTERNSHIP
MARKETING INTERNSHIP
SPECIAL TOPICS (when related to Sport Business)
INDEPENDENT STUDY (with approval)
INTERACTIVE/INTERNET MARKETING
SPECIAL TOPICS (when related to Sport Business)
INDEPENDENT STUDY (with approval)
SPORTS PHOTOJOURNALISM
LIVE SPORTS EVENT PRODUCTION
SPORTS PODCASTING
SPORTS BLOGGING
SPORTS OPINION WRITING
SPORTS MEDIA LAW
SPORTS STATS AND ANALYTICS
SPORTS SOCIAL MEDIA
SPORTS AUDIO PRODUCTION
SPORTS MEDIA ENTREPRENEURS
SPORTS CONTENT CREATION
SPORTS CRISIS CMN MANAGEMENT
FOX SPORTS UNIVERSITY

Open Electives

Open elective credit (12.0 hours) is needed to meet the minimum graduation requirement of 192 hours.

Global Business Perspective

If an HSP, ICS, MGT or MKT course is shared between Global Business Perspective and the Sport Business major, additional hours of Open Elective credit are required. Any HSP, ICS, MGT or MKT course used toward Global Business Perspective must be passed with C- or higher.

Career Management Course

Students are required to complete the Career Course (250) associated with the major. Sports Business majors can select from HSP 250, MGT 250 or MKT 250. Students who double major may choose the Career Course (250) associated with either major provided that hours for graduation are satisfied.

Experiential Learning

If ICS 350, MGT 393 or MKT 393 is completed in the Sports Business major consult with academic advisor regarding options for Experiential Learning.

Graduation Requirements

All Hospitality (HSP), Management (MGT) and Marketing (MKT) courses, and any other courses used toward the Sports Business major must be completed with a minimum grade of C- and with a combined GPA of 2.000 or higher.