At the Hart School, you won’t just gather in classrooms to analyze and discuss things you’ve read in a textbook. You’ll learn by doing. By engaging in powerful, impactful educational experiences outside a traditional classroom setting, you will apply what you have learned to gain knowledge, build lifelong friendships, engage with alumni and mentors, cultivate your personal growth and much more.

In-class experiences will allow you to simulate or partner with real sport and recreation agencies to learn through action in the real world. The classroom may be converted into a ticket sales call center when you partner with NASCAR to sell tickets to a race at Richmond Raceway. You may work to rebrand Women’s National Basketball Association teams or learn about the nuances of facility design when developing a local park, campground or sports complex.

Other experiences take place outside of the confines of a physical classroom. You may plan, execute and evaluate a recreation program in the community such as a 5k, sports clinic or field day. Facility site visits allow you to tour and learn about various sport and recreation facilities from parks to sportsplexes and stadiums to arenas. By participating in JMU athletic facility operations, you can learn about hosting NCAA Division I athletic events on campus. Each semester brings new destinations and new chances to learn from experts - and by doing.

Here are just two of the many trips our SRM students undertook recently: 

The required practicum and internship are opportunities to gain valuable work experience that are built into your degree in SRM. You begin with a 90 hour practicum as part of the SRM 282 course, and complete a 400 hour summer internship in SRM 482, during which you may only enroll in one other course, a three or four credit hour class that must be approved in advance by the site supervisor and the director of SRM. Combined, these experiences give you a valuable edge in the job market right from the starting gate.

Among your internship options is an internship in Australia: SRM intership in Australia 

Learn more about internships and practicums.

As a future sports and recreation leader, you’ll need to know how to gather and analyze data to help make the best possible decisions for your organization. Our Research Experience for Undergraduates program will help you learn the process of conducting independent research in the business disciplines. 

As an undergraduate research assistant, you’ll make valuable connections with JMU faculty as you collaborate on research topics of mutual interest, learning a wide range of research skills such as reviewing literature, developing surveys, collecting and cleaning data, and analyzing results. These experiences may also give you a competitive edge in applying for graduate school.

“As I move further into my schooling and career, this experience will serve as a cornerstone of my presentation skills. My time spent in the REU program has been one of the highlights of my time here at JMU." - Hunter VanMeter ('22)

For many students, the time spent studying abroad is one of the most significant periods in their academic studies. Long afterward they continue to discover that the immersive experience of another culture pays dividends throughout their lives as they navigate new social and global career environments.

Sports and Recreation Management is a growing industry worldwide. Studying abroad gives you the opportunity to gain cross-cultural skills and see SRM within a different culture. Through the Center for Global Engagement, you’ll be able to take advantage of specific SRM international programs in places including Australia and Paris, France.

What our students say...

"The knowledge and mentorship that I received from the first-class faculty and staff assisted in shaping the professional that I am today. Additionally, the hands-on experiences that I was exposed to helped to prepare me for my career."

Amanda (Cramer) Allshouse ('11)
Specialist, Global Partnerships, National Basketball Association

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