Your Time to Shine
From backyard dreams to big stage glory, sports are a business tied to the emotions of millions. Sports are a means of participating in physical activity, building character, and learning lifelong lessons. In today’s world, however, that’s not all. Sports are a business. The sports industry must rely on coaches, administrators, marketing and finance professionals, and others to ensure the success and popularity of athletic programs, products, and services.
At Baker, sports administration students are immersed in active learning and hands-on cultural experiences that prepare them for working at all levels of sports.
Our sports administration major provides students with a background in sport and business. Students complete courses in facility planning, event management, communication studies, sports marketing, and sports law. Students who major in sports administration also earn a minor in business.
Students apply what they learn in the classroom to on-site experience working at events like the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl and the Mountain West men’s basketball tournament.
In their last semester, sports administration majors take on a full-semester clinical experience to apply classroom lessons in a practical sports setting.
Students become well versed in communications, event management, marketing, sports law, and other areas to prepare for successful careers in an exciting, competitive field.
Our students graduate with a sports administration major and a business minor, ready to hit the ground running in these organizations:
- Professional sports teams
- College athletic programs
- Sports broadcasting agencies
- Recreation agencies
The Department of Business and Economics gives these awards with financial prizes to be applied to the following year’s tuition:
- Mildred Hunt Riddle Departmental Recognition Scholarship for Business and Economics
- KPMG-Cecil Miller Scholarship
- Carley M. Upp Memorial Scholarship
- Emma May Poland Scholarship
- Gessner-Cowherd Scholarship in Business/Finance
- Mary L. Barton Scholarship
- Professor Fran Jabara Leadership Awards
(This award and an accompanying financial prize are presented at spring commencement to two graduating seniors from the Department of Business and Economics who have demonstrated excellence in leadership throughout their academic career.)
- Department of Business and Economics Outstanding Senior
Sports Administration Course Descriptions
Meet the Faculty
Athletic Trainer, Head Dance Coach, Assistant Professor of Exercise Science
B.S., M.S. University of Kansas
Office: Mabee 106
Dr. Judy Smrha
Professor of Business & Economics, Chair of Business & Economics Department
B.A. Mills College; M.A., Ph.D. Johns Hopkins University
Expertise: applied microeconomics, data analytics, sports economics
Office: Mabee 303
Dr. Chad Gerber
Assistant Professor of Sports Administration
B.S. University of Kansas, M.S. University of Northern Colorado, Ph.D. The Ohio State University
Office: Mabee 307