• Sport Business


    Why UC

    Prepares you to work in a variety of areas related to your interest in sports.

    You’ll learn valuable, real life lessons from professionals in the industry.

    A broad based program with a business core to prepare you for success.

    Also available as a minor.

    About Sport Business

    From amateur sports to professional leagues, sports announcing to event planning, our Sport Business degree will prepare you for a wide range of career possibilities. We have two main focus areas: Instruction from academic professionals with experience in the sport industry, and class assignments that prepare you to be successful in the area you choose. The design of the program also encourages you to complete a second major or a minor in another field, enhancing your marketability in the job field.


    What You'll Learn

    Our program blends liberal learning, business and sport administration courses in a curriculum designed to prepare you for your future. You will study a range of business classes, including accounting, economics, business and marketing, in addition to a wide range of sport business related topics. Every student will complete a Sport Business Internship, providing additional knowledge and training while offering real world experience.

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    Admission Requirements

    Students must first gain general admission to the University of Charleston prior to acceptance into the Bachelor of Science in Sport Business Program.

    The Sport Business major consists of a foundational core of business classes and a diverse selection of sport business classes to prepare the graduate for the sport industry. Practicum and Internships are also included that allow the student to work with a sport business organization.

    Download the course catalog for complete details.


    How Much Will it Cost Me?

    View our Tuition & Fees page for detailed information.

    Fact Sheet

    Download the Sport Business Fact Sheet 

    Find out more about this program by downloading our Fact Sheet – a brief view of what our program is all about.

    Curriculum & Course Catalog

    Download the Curriculum & Course Catalog

    Learn more about the course, curriculum, and graduation requirements.


    Sport Business Minor

    The minor in Sport Business requires the student to complete 18 credit hours of Sport Business (SPBU) classes. Nine hours of credit will be achieved in upper level classes (300 or 400 level).

    SPBU 101 Introduction to Sport Business 3 hours

    Choose two of the following (6 hours)

    • SPBU 250 Social Issues in Sport
    • SPBU 225 Sport Media
    • SPBU 202 Coaching Theory

    Choose two of the following (6 hours)

    • SPBU 301 Sport Sales/Marketing
    • SPBU 310 Recreation/Fitness Management
    • SPBU 320 Facility/Event Management

    Choose one of the following (3 hours)

    • SPBU 435 Social Ethics
    • SPBU 460 Sport Law


    Job Opportunities

    The University of Charleston’s location in the region’s business, financial, government, and medical center offers practical work experience opportunities for Sport Business students.

    Internships Available

    Students are required to complete a practicum experience in their sophomore year and an internship with a sports organization in their senior year.

    • Western and Southern ATP Tournament in Cincinnati
    • Cincinnati Reds
    • Mahong Valley Scrappers
    • Columbus Clippers
    • Charlotte Hornets
    • The Memorial Tournament
    • West Virginia Power
    • University of Charleston Athletics
    • West Virginia Senior Sports Classic


    • Columbus Blue Jackets
    • Pittsburgh Pirates
    • ESPN Wide World of Sports
    • LA Galaxy
    • Toronto FC
    • UC Baseball

    Graduate Schools

    • Ohio University
    • University of Alabama
    • University of Louisville
    • University of Pittsburgh
    • University of Charleston
    • Florida Atlantic University

    Program Faculty

    Brian Pruegger
    Dr. Brian Pruegger

    Program Director, Associate Professor

    Ashleigh Woods
    Ashleigh Woods
    BA, MS


    Andrew Wright
    Andrew Wright