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2019-2020 Undergraduate Studies Bulletin 
  Jun 24, 2024
2019-2020 Undergraduate Studies Bulletin

Sport and Entertainment Management, BS

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The Sport and Entertainment Management (SPTE) Department at the University of South Carolina prepares students for a variety of managerial positions in the sport and entertainment industry.

The goal of the SPTE department is to create an integrated academic learning environment for analyzing and resolving the challenges in the business of sport and entertainment. The SPTE department provides a comprehensive curriculum that includes courses in general education, business and sport and entertainment management, as well as two experiential learning experiences (practicum and internship) under the supervision of industry professionals and SPTE faculty.

The faculty and staff are committed to providing support for student achievement. Students can enter the industry with exceptional knowledge, professional preparation, a strong alumni network, and the confidence to assume leadership positions.

Learning Outcomes

  • Students should be able to demonstrate knowledge of the qualifications, job requirements, and working conditions for a sport and entertainment industry position. 
  • Students should be able to demonstrate the computer and technical skills needed for a sport and entertainment industry position. 
  • Students should be able to apply learned concepts and theory to demonstrate an understanding of the nature of the sport and entertainment industry. 

Progression and Graduation Requirements

In order to enroll in the Professional Division of SPTE, students must complete 48-49 credit hours in the courses indicated as Pre-Professional Division with a minimum grade point average of 2.75. Students who do not meet the grade point average requirement for progression must continue in the Pre-Professional division until they achieve a 2.75 GPA or change to another major. Only students admitted to the professional division of Sport and Entertainment Management will be allowed to enroll for more than 18 credit hours of SPTE course work. Graduation requires a 2.75 GPA in order to satisfy the requirements for a degree in Sport and Entertainment Management.

Pre-Professional courses include the following:

  • Carolina Core Courses within the CMW, ARP and CMS areas
  • Pre-Professional College Required Courses
  • Pre-Professional Related Courses
  • Pre-Professional Major Courses

Major Map

A major map is a layout of required courses in a given program of study, including critical courses and suggested course sequences to ensure a clear path to graduation.

Major maps are only a suggested or recommended sequence of courses required in a program of study. Please contact your academic advisor for assistance in the application of specific coursework to a program of study and course selection and planning for upcoming semesters.

Sport and Entertainment Management, BS Sport and Entertainment Management, BS Sport and Entertainment Management, BS Sport and Entertainment Management, BS
No Concentration Entertainment Management Concentration Sport Management Concentration Venue and Event Management Concentration


Degree Requirements (120 hours)

Program of Study

  1. Carolina Core (31-43 hours)
  2. College Requirements (21 hours)
  3. Program Requirements (14-26 hours)
  4. Major Requirements (42 hours)

1. Carolina Core (31-43 hours)

Effective, Engaged, and Persuasive Communication: Written — CMW (6 hours)

must be passed with a grade of C or higher

Analytical Reasoning and Problem Solving — ARP (6-7 hours)

Scientific Literacy — SCI (7 hours)

Two approved CC-SCI courses from the natural sciences including one laboratory selected from Astronomy, Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Geology, Marine Science or Physics

Global Citizenship and Multicultural Understanding: Foreign Language — GFL (0-6 hours)

College of HRSM students must demonstrate proficiency in a foreign language by achieving a score of 2 or higher on the foreign language placement test or by completing one foreign language course through 110 or 121.

Global Citizenship and Multicultural Understanding: Historical Thinking — GHS (3 hours) 

Global Citizenship and Multicultural Understanding: Social Sciences — GSS (3 hours) 

Aesthetic and Interpretive Understanding —  AIU (3 hours)

Effective, Engaged, and Persuasive Communication: Spoken Component* — CMS (3 hours)

Information Literacy* —  INF (0-3 hours)

Values, Ethics, and Social Responsibility* — VSR (0-3 hours)

*Carolina Core Stand Alone or Overlay Eligible Requirements — Overlay-approved courses offer students the option of meeting two Carolina Core components in a single course. A maximum of two overlays is allowed. The total Carolina Core credit hours must add up to a minimum of 31 hours. Some programs may have a higher number of minimum Carolina Core hours due to specified requirements.

3. Program Requirements (14-26 hours)

Supporting Courses (12 hours)

Pre-Professional Related Coursework (9 hours)
Other Related Coursework (3 hours)

Minor (18 hours) optional

Sport and Entertainment Management majors may pursue a minor in any course of study offered by the College of Hospitality, Retail and Sport Management (HRSM) as well as any other University program with an approved minor. College of HRSM required courses may not be counted toward a minor.

Electives (2-14 hours)

The SPTE curriculum includes 2-14 hours of electives, depending on how students fulfill the Carolina Core requirements. Courses used to satisfy the elective requirement, which may include additional SPTE Major Electives, must be approved by the SPTE advisor.

4. Major Requirements (42 hours)

a minimum grade of C is required in all major courses

Major Courses (42 hours)

Pre-Professional Division Major Courses (15 hours)

Note: SPTE 295 is the final course taken in the Pre-Professional Division required hours. Students must achieve the required 2.75 GPA prior to enrolling in SPTE 295.

Professional Division Major Courses (27 hours)

Concentrations (12 hours) optional

Sport and Entertainment Management majors may pursue a concentration in one of three areas: entertainment management, sport management, or venue and event management. The concentration will fulfill the SPTE Electives requirement of the major. Requirements for the concentrations are:

Entertainment Management (12 hours)
Sport Management (12 hours)
Venue and Event Management (12 hours)

B.S. with Distinction (51 hours)

The Departmental Undergraduate Research Track is available to students majoring in sport and entertainment management who wish to participate in significant research activities of the major field in collaboration with, or under the supervision of, a faculty mentor.


A minimum GPA of 3.50 in major courses, 3.30 institutional GPA.


Three courses in addition to the major requirements:

Additional Requirements:

  • Presentation of the senior thesis in an appropriate venue (SEVT, USC Discovery Day, IAVM research session, NASSM, CSRI).
  • A written sponsorship agreement from the faculty mentor will be placed on file in the department office.
  • Students who successfully fulfill these requirements with a GPA of at least 3.50 in all major courses and a 3.30 overall GPA will be awarded their degree “With Distinction in Sport and Entertainment Management” upon graduation.

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