Education

Thiel Taps into Sports Industry with New Program

GREENVILLE, Pa. – Thiel College has launched a new track for students with a business administration major who want to pursue a sports management program.

The academic track provides students with the knowledge, skills, and experiences to get positions in athletic administration, sport/recreational facility management, coaching, and event management.

“The National Football League, National Basketball Association and Major League Baseball are each multi-billion dollar enterprises. Factor in scholastic, collegiate, recreational and semi-pro opportunities with these professional institutions and you can see the tremendous career possibilities that will be available for our graduates,” said Liz Frombgen, vice president for academic affairs and dean of the college, in a news release.

The program’s core gives students a knowledge base in management theory, as well as concepts in both sports and business settings. Students will gain practical skills and real-world experience through coursework and practicum requirements.

About 70% of Thiel’s students participate in one of its 24 NCAA-sanctioned sports. Those teams provide an almost year-round opportunity for on-campus involvement sports administration and event planning, the news release said.

The program was developed cooperatively by the Arthur McGonigal Department of Business Administration and the Department of Health & Physical Education. It contains course content from both disciplines.

And a new course, Introduction to Sports Management, has been developed.

Students will learn the business side of sports and get exposure to planning, promoting, financing, sponsoring, marketing, communication, and operating sports events and organizations. Students will gain practical skills, knowledge, and experience through real-world projects and collaboration with business professions from the sports industry.

In the fall of 2018, Thiel will also debuted its new exercise science major.

Read more about the exercise science major by clicking here.

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.