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Athletic Leadership Minor

Are you interested in a career in a sports related field?

The undergraduate minor in Athletic Leadership prepares and inspires students to excel in competitive leadership positions in sports related fields, including:

  • Sports Management
  • Sports Administration
  • Coaching
  • Fitness and Wellness
  • Community/Youth Sports


The undergraduate minor in Athletic Leadership—approved in 2020—prepares and inspires students to excel in competitive leadership positions in sport related fields that include, but are not limited to: sport administration (scholastic, collegiate, and professional), sport management, coaching, community and youth sports, fitness clubs and wellness organizations, and parks and recreations. The structured curriculum combines current research, applied theory, contemporary issues, policy issues and challenges, and practical skill development in order to position students for successful careers. In line with a shared vison of the SOE, this minor will focus on using education as a vehicle for equity, justice, and change in athletics.

The Athletic Leadership minor offers an array of courses, many of which can be taught in both face-to-face and fully online delivery formats. A total of 20 units are required for the minor, including one lower division course and four upper division courses. Students can also complete an optional capstone project with their faculty advisor, exploring an athletics-related question or problem of their choice. Internship credit hours are available to provide students with important hands-on experience only if credit hours and field experience are approved by the academic advisor. Students are responsible for identifying their own internships.  

Courses already completed prior to official enrollment in the minor may be applied to the program requirements.

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