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Sport and Recreation Management Frequently Asked Questions

SRM Admission Requirements

 Are there any Admission requirements to keep in mind?

No, there are none. Students interested in Sport & Recreation Management should declare the Sport & Recreation Management major when they register for Orientation.

Minor in General Business

 Is the General Business Minor required for all Sport & Recreation majors?

Yes, successful completion of the General Business minor is required for all SRM majors in order to graduate.

 Why is a Minor in Business Required?

Feedback received from our alumni and our industry employers/partners makes it clear that the minor in General Business sets our graduates apart from SRM students graduating from other institutions and makes them more competitive within the job market.

 What does the General Business Minor entail?

General Business Minor coursework is taught through the JMU’s College of Business (CoB). Students in Sport & Recreation Management must declare the business minor through the College of Business.

General Business Minor Courses:

  • ACTG 244. Accounting for Non-Business Majors (3.00 credits)
  • CIS 204. Computer Information Systems Fundamentals for Non-Business Majors (3.00 credits)
  • ECON 201. Introduction to Microeconomics (3.00 credits)
  • FIN 345. Finance Fundamentals for Non-Business Majors (3.00 credits)
  • MGT 305. Management and Organizational Behavior (3.00 credits)
  • MKTG 380. Principles of Marketing (3.00 credits)

Complementary Majors and Minors

 Can I double-major in Sport & Recreation Management and another major?

Yes! You can double-major in just about any area but you should make an appointment with your academic advisor to plan and discuss how this could affect your anticipated graduation date. You should expect that an adding a double-major will add at least one additional year to your JMU student experience.

 Which majors pair well with Sport & Recreation Mgmt. as a double-major?

The majors most commonly paired with Sport & Recreation Management are:

 Which minors pair well with Sport & Recreation Management?

The minors most commonly paired with Sport & Recreation Management are:

Experiential Learning Opportunities

 What does experiential learning mean?

Experiential learning is a process through which students develop knowledge, skills, and values from experiences outside a traditional classroom setting – this is a hallmark of the Hart School student experience. We value opportunities such as internships, conference attendance, and volunteer experiences in the sport and recreation industries as a means to expose students to current trends, expand their professional network, and learn more about what they do and don’t like about their chosen field. It’s as important to understand what you DON’T LIKE as it is to discover what you DO LIKE. Experimentation is essential when discovering your professional self, and that starts with learning outside the classroom. 

The Hart School tries, whenever possible, to support our students financially in their experiential learning opportunities. We will often cover conference registration fees, flights and hotels to make these opportunities financially feasible for all students. 

Some experiential trips are extremely low-cost. For example, all of our Hart School student organizations plan site visits to companies/employers in locations within a few hours of campus. These day trips are still incredibly beneficial in that they expand students’ industry knowledge and encourage networking with professionals.

Here's just one of the many trips our SRM students experienced in the last year: 

Hart School students volunteer at national swim event

JMU students volunteer at the Final Four

 How are students chosen to attend experiential learning trips?

Students must be in good academic standing and complete an application, often writing short answer essays and obtaining faculty recommendations to support their attendance. Students are chosen based on their classroom participation, ability to communicate well with others and to positively represent the Hart School. Their demonstrated interest in the content area of the experiential trip is also taken into consideration.

Required Industry Experience

 Can you explain the SRM Practicum (SRM 282) experience?

The purpose of the SRM 282 practicum course is to introduce Sport and Recreation Management majors to the variety and scope of employment opportunities within the field. Over the course of one semester, students will work/volunteer for 10 hours a week in the sport and recreation organization of their choice (total of 90 hours). Students should choose their practicum site intentionally, because a successful practicum experience will often lead to an internship offer. The best course is to choose a subset of the sport and recreation industry (an aspect of the industry about which you’re interested in learning more and in which you can see yourself working one day) and seek a practicum experience in that area. 

SRM 282 can be taken in the fall, spring, or summer semesters. Feel free to find a practicum site in your hometown (and take the class over the summer) or find a Harrisonburg site and take the class in the fall or spring semesters. Just like in any other class, you will be responsible for submitting bi-weekly logs, writing a paper, evaluating the site, and receiving evaluations from your site supervisor.

Required Sport & Recreation Internship - SRM 482

 What does the Sport and recreation internship (SRM 482) entail?

An internship in sport and recreation management is a form of experiential learning which integrates knowledge and theory gained in the classroom with practical application and skills development within a sport/recreation setting. Students should begin with the end in mind – if they see themselves working in sports marketing after they graduate, then they should try and find a sports marketing internship. Successful internship experiences often lead to a strong professional network and full-time job opportunities.

  • SRM 482 is usually taken the summer after a student’s junior year or the summer after their senior year (this is helpful for the student athletes we have in our program.
  • Course prerequisites are SRM 282; SRM 333; and 72 credit hours.
  • Minimum of 400 hours (full-time work experience; 40 hours a week for 10 weeks).
  • Internships must be pre-approved by Dr. Dave Shonk, SRM Internship Coordinator; most will be approved as long as the organization fits within the sport and recreation industry.
  • More details are available here: 

 Can I seek out work experience earlier than the summer before my senior year?

Yes! In fact, we encourage younger students (freshmen and sophomores) to seek out as many industry experiences as possible to start building their professional networks and resumes. Seeking out part-time jobs and volunteering in your industry is encouraged! These non-credit work/internship experiences will make you look even more qualified when it’s time to apply for your for-credit internship (400-hour industry experience, SRM 482) in your junior or senior year at JMU.

 Will this work experience count as my required SRM 482 internship class?

No, internship experiences obtained early in your college career will not count for academic credit towards SRM 482, the required internship class. Our industry partners agree that obtaining knowledge through your SRM classes will make you more professional and successful in your for-credit internship, so SRM 482 has prerequisites (SRM 282; SRM 333; and 72 credit hours) that you must take before registering for your internship class.

 Are students placed in internships or are they responsible for finding their own experiences?

Students are responsible for researching and obtaining their own individual internship experiences. Though we do not act as an internship placement service, Hart School faculty and staff have strong relationships with sport and recreation industry employers and professionals and we regularly leverage these relationships to create opportunities for students. In addition, our dedicated alumni base recruits our students for jobs and internships on a regular basis.

 What resources do you provide to students who are looking for FT/PT employment? What if I’m struggling to find an internship on my own?

Our Professional Development & Employer Engagement Coordinator, Jen Nelson, spends much of her time cultivating relationships with industry employers and works to provide the following resources in order to make the internship/job search process as seamless as possible for students:

  • The Hart School Career and Internship Fair (offered each October and February)
  • On-campus information sessions by top industry employers
  • Programming on how to search for jobs and internships; resume and cover letter reviews; interviewing best practices
  • Advising appointments are available so students can discuss questions they have about finding an internship; obtaining more industry experience, etc.
  • Internships, FT/PT jobs, and volunteer opportunities are posted on the Hart School Career Development Canvas page. Students can log-on and search by keyword or can read a weekly summary that’s emailed out.

 Why is an internship required to graduate?

The sport and recreation industry is competitive, and the differentiator among applicants for a full-time job is often the degree and quality of their work experience. In order to provide this industry experience, particularly the management experience that an internship provides, we require Hart School students to complete an internship.

 Why is SRM 482 a for-credit class?

There are both practical and academic components to the SRM 482 internship. While the majority of what you will be doing during this time is working with your site agency, you will need to complete the following to obtain class credit:

  • Engage in correspondence with your professor.
  • Complete weekly time logs and reflections on sport and recreation topics.
  • Complete evaluations, goals and objectives.
  • Short quizzes, and a summary paper for academic credit. These materials are accessible on Canvas and must be completed in order to receive academic credit.

 Can I complete my internship outside of the United States?

Yes! Students are welcome to seek out internship opportunities abroad, as long as the position meets the specified requirements (listed above). As with any other SRM student choosing to intern in the U.S., Dr. Shonk must sign off on this international study abroad experience. In addition, students must have reliable internet access in order to communicate virtually with their professor and complete/submit virtual assignments.

 Is there a JMU Study Abroad program dedicated specifically to internships?

Hart School students can participate in our JMU Internship in Australia program. Most placements will be with sports teams or companies/agencies which could include Baseball Australia, Australia Professional Rugby, and Australian Rules football. Students will experience sports management, membership, and marketing while engaging in numerous activities around Perth, Australia. More information on this program is available on the JMU Study Abroad website.

Study Abroad Opportunities

 What are my study abroad options?

There are many options for SRM students to study abroad while earning credits toward your JMU degree, both long-term (whole semester/12 weeks) and short-term (3-6 weeks). Sport and Recreation students can choose a study abroad program that offers classes that will fulfill their major requirements (or count as electives in their major), or any program that will allow them to fulfill JMU General Education requirements.

Have More Questions?

 Feel Free to reach out with more questions!

Jen Nelson
Professional Development & Employer Engagement Coordinator
Hart School of Hospitality, Sport & Recreation Management
nelsonjn@jmu.edu 

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