Bachelor of Science in Recreation Sports Management – Communication Leadership Online

Become an effective leader and prepare for a winning career by combining your passion for sports with critical operational skills and communication savvy.

Next Apply Date: 8/5/24
Next Class Start Date: 8/19/24
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Program Overview

Focus on your future with our B.S. in Recreation Sports Management – Communication Leadership online

Gain a thorough understanding of the foundations of sports, recreation and management with the online Bachelor of Science in Recreation Sports Management – Communication Leadership from Southeastern Oklahoma State University. Increase your knowledge of sports science and develop the expertise to administer recreational sports programs in schools and your community. Develop an understanding of the role of effective interpersonal, organizational, group and public communication as it pertains to the sports recreation arena.

Curriculum for this 100% online program—taught by supportive faculty dedicated to your success—focuses on sports studies, administration core concepts and communication strategies relevant to recreation management roles. Build your experience and network by completing two 15-week internships in the sports organization of your choice. Earn your degree faster by transferring up to 90 credit hours, and take advantage of affordable tuition and the flexibility to study anywhere, anytime.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Understand communications influences inherent in American popular culture with a sports focus
  • Learn to manage conflict and influence its dynamics in everyday life
  • Develop and implement communication training and development programs
  • Explore the administration of recreational sports programs in schools and the community
  • Gain foundational knowledge of kinesiology, sports law and psychology, and community-wide recreational programing
  • Understand communications influences inherent in American popular culture with a sports focus
  • Learn to manage conflict and influence its dynamics in everyday life
  • Develop and implement communication training and development programs
  • Explore the administration of recreational sports programs in schools and the community
  • Gain foundational knowledge of kinesiology, sports law and psychology, and community-wide recreational programing

Potential recreational sports management careers include:

  • Exercise Trainer and Group Fitness Manager
  • Recreational Facilities Manager
  • Coaches and Scouts
  • Public Relations Specialist
  • Health Education Specialist
  • Communication Specialist
  • Multimedia Sports Journalist
  • Sports Program Manager
  • Exercise Trainer and Group Fitness Manager
  • Recreational Facilities Manager
  • Coaches and Scouts
  • Public Relations Specialist
  • Health Education Specialist
  • Communication Specialist
  • Multimedia Sports Journalist
  • Sports Program Manager

Online undergraduate programs also available:

Southeastern offers a variety of specialized online program options. Check out our other online undergraduate programs.

Per Credit Hour $306*
Transfer Hours Up to 90 Hours
Credit Hours 124

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Tuition

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Calendar

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At Southeastern, we offer multiple start dates throughout the year, so you never have to wait long to get started on your online degree program. The chart below shows upcoming start dates, along with important deadlines, such as when your application should be submitted and when payments are due.

8 week coursesProgram Start DateApplication DeadlineDocument DeadlinePayment DueLast Class Day
Summer II6/24/246/10/246/10/247/15/248/11/24
Fall I8/19/248/5/248/5/249/15/2410/6/24
Fall II10/14/249/30/249/30/2411/1/2412/8/24

Now enrolling:

Apply Date 8/5/24
Class Starts 8/19/24

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Admissions

Bachelor of Science in Recreation Sports Management admission process

Let's start boosting your career! The admission process is the first step toward earning your online degree. Familiarize yourself with these requirements for this online program, along with information on required documentation.

  • Online Application
  • Transcripts
  • College Placement Test

To meet the admission requirements for the B.S. in Recreation Sports Management – Communication Leadership, applicants must submit a complete application, pay the $30 non-refundable application fee, and meet the following criteria:

Transfer Students: Students who have attempted seven or more semester hours of college credit. Remedial and activity courses are not counted.

  • Students are accepted as long as their cumulative GPA is a 2.0 or higher. If the student's cumulative GPA is less than a 2.0 but it does not indicate a suspension, they can enroll at SE for the upcoming semester; however, they would be placed on probation until that cumulative GPA reaches at least a 2.0. If their last semester does indicate a suspension, they would be required to sit out a semester before enrolling at SE. If a student has two suspensions, they must attend another school and raise their cumulative GPA to a 2.0 or higher before being accepted to SE.
  • College placement testing: Students will be required to take a test in each of the three areas (English, Math and Reading) unless they have successfully completed a college course in that area or have provided ACT scores of at least a 19. Students who have not scored high enough in the Science area automatically have a deficiency until they clear the Math & Reading deficiencies. If they do not pass the placement test, they will be required to either complete a remedial course or will have an additional lab component. These deficiencies should be completed within the first 12 credit hours (typically one semester). Our Learning Center can provide more information if you have further questions.

Adult Freshmen: 21 or older and has earned no more than six hours of college credit after high school graduation. Concurrent work is excluded.

  • Provide a completed high school transcript or GED
  • College placement testing is required if the student does not provide ACT or SAT scores. See testing information above.

New Freshmen: A student who has earned no more than six hours of college credit after high school graduation. Concurrent work is excluded.

  • Minimum ACT of 20 (or SAT equivalent) or 2.7 overall high school GPA and top 50% of graduating class OR 2.7 GPA in the 15-unit core curriculum (four English, three Math, three History, three Science and two Electives)
  • College placement testing: There are three tests (English, Math and Reading) that are given to students who do not score at least a 19 on the ACT or equivalent SAT scores in that area. Students who have not scored high enough in the Science area automatically have a deficiency until they clear the Math & Reading deficiency.

If the student does not pass the placement test, they will be required to either complete a remedial course or will have an additional lab component. These deficiencies are required to be completed within the first 24 credit hours (typically two semesters). Our earning Center can provide more information if you have further questions.

Returning Students: Students who have not attended any other school since leaving SE are accepted under the following circumstances:

  • The student has a cumulative GPA of at least a 2.0; or
  • If the student's cumulative GPA is under a 2.0 and their final semester with SE was on academic probation, they can return on probation. This status will stay in effect until the student raises their cumulative GPA to at least a 2.0.
  • For students who have been suspended, university policy states that for the first suspension, a student must sit out at least one semester before returning. If a student has two suspensions, they must attend another school and raise their cumulative GPA to a 2.0 or higher before being accepted to SE.

International Application and Admissions Requirements: Please note, unfortunately, students with an F-1 visa are ineligible for online programs.

  1. Complete the application.
  2. Academic Records:
    • Original final post-secondary transcript(s) and diploma(s) from each college or university attended. If your transcript is not issued in English, we require the original document as well as an English translation done by your school(s) or a professional translating company. Original = issued by a school or examination board with an official signature and school stamp or seal.
    • Post-secondary records from outside the U.S. must be analyzed by a NACES (www.NACES.org) educational credential evaluation service such as IERF or WES or ECE. For IERF, students need to choose the "detailed report" option and select Southeastern Oklahoma State University from the menu. IERF will send the evaluation of your records to our International Student Services office.
  3. English Proficiency: Internet-based TOEFL score of 61 or an IELTS Academic score of 5.5; taken within 2 years of enrollment.
    • For TOEFL, let us know your registration number and have your score report sent to Southeastern (institution code: 6657).
    • For IELTS, let us know your TRF number.
    • You do not need TOEFL or IELTS scores if you meet one of the following:
      • English is your first language
      • You graduated from a U.S. high school with 4 years of English
      • You have a bachelor's degree from a U.S. college or university
      • You have 24 hours of college or university credit in the U.S. with a GPA of 3.0 or better (including English Composition I and II)

Official sealed transcripts from all previous institutions should be sent to Southeastern Oklahoma State University:

Southeastern Oklahoma State University/Registrar
425 W. University Blvd.
Durant, OK 74701-3347

Email: [email protected]

Courses

Reference the online B.S. in Recreation Sports Management – Communication Leadership courses

For the B.S. in Recreation Sports Management – Communication Leadership online, students must complete a minimum of 124 credit hours. The curriculum is comprised of 26 core credit hours, 18 B.S. in Recreation Sport Management – Communication Leadership elective credit hours, 44 General Education credit hours, 18-24 credit hours in a minor and 17-23 general elective hours selected in consultation with an advisor to meet university requirements for graduation.

Students must complete 44 credit hours of General Education courses from the following categories.

Communications (9 hours)
English (ENG 1113 and ENG 1213) 
Speech Communications (COMM 2213) 

Social Behavioral Sciences (12 hours)
Political Science (POSC 1513)
American History (HIST 1513 or 1523) 
Social Science (SOC 1113) 
Mental and Physical Health (PSY 1113)

Science and Mathematics (14 hours)
Biological Sciences (BIOL 1114)
Physical Sciences (PSCI 1114 or 1414)
Mathematics (MATH 1303 or 1513)
Computer Proficiency Requirement (BIM 1553 or CIS 1003)

Humanities (9 hours)
Humanities, Philosophy, and Lit (ENG 2313, 3893; HUM 2113; or PHIL 2113)
Fine Arts (ART 1103, 3013, 3083; MUS 1113, 3133; or THTR 1183, 3183)
Foreign Language (SPAN 1113 or NS 1213)
Duration: 7 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 2
This course provides knowledge and practical experience in emergency care.
Duration: 7 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 2
This course is designed to study the objectives and principles in administering recreational sports programs in schools and in the community. The course offers an exploration and examination of theoretical foundations and basic sport programming skills,methods, and techniques necessary to deliver recreational sports activities within a variety of settings, agencies and/or organizations.
Duration: 7 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 2
Organization and administration of organized camp experiences. Topics will include counseling techniques, leadership and programming.
Duration: 7 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 2
The course is designed to present information regarding management of recreation facilities in the public and private sectors. The course will focus on the facility manager's role and responsibilities
Duration: 7 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 2
Techniques of officiating. Topics will include effective communication skills, officiating style, conflict resolution, and legal responsibilities.
Duration: 14 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 3
A real-world experience in sport and recreational programs that will give the student the opportunity to experience and contribute to a professional recreation sport management setting and develop skills essential to that setting. (Prerequisite: Departmental Approval)
Duration: 7 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 3
An introduction to sport law with an emphasis on liability, negligence, and risk management with an application to recreation sport management.
Duration: 7 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 2
Study of the scope of recreation, activities appropriate for a community wide program, survey of facilities and opportunities, and planning.
Duration: 7 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 3
A study of kinesiology and the related fields with a focus on how they are integrated into a unified body of knowledge.
Duration: 7 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 3
A study of current issues in recreation sport management.
Duration: 7 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 2
This course is designed to introduce the history and evolution of sports psychology. The course identifies various personality traits and the impact these traits have on sport performance. Specific traits of aggression, confidence, and anxiety will be investigated.The course also addresses the dynamics involved in the structure of a team.
Duration: 14 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Work experience in sport and recreational programs (Pre-requisite: Departmental permission required).

Students must take the following courses as part of the B.S. in Recreation Sports Management – Communication Leadership program.

Duration: 7 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course will provide students with the foundational principles that champion the communication studies discipline. More specifically, this course will survey theory and practice in the following areas: intrapersonal, interpersonal, organizational, group, media, ethics and public communication.
Duration: 7 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course introduces the communication concepts that are central to effective leadership. Additionally, this course examines competing perspectives concerning how leadership should be enacted in various communication environments.
Duration: 7 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Conflict management is an examination of conflict as a communication phenomenon. Conflict is something that people create and shape as they interact with each other. Thus, this course focuses on the communication dynamics involved in understanding and managing conflict, no matter what form it takes. Completing this course will give you an understanding of how theory and research can be used to understand and influence conflict dynamics in everyday life.
Duration: 7 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course is a study of communication influences inherent in American popular culture. Students will explore race, gender, and sexuality while examining the everyday messages embedded in discourse central to entertainment, social movements, politics, and sports.
Duration: 7 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 3
In this course, the role of the person in the organization will be emphasized. Understanding the role of communication in the world of work is a high priority in industry today.
Duration: 7 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 3
A study of the theoretical and practical issues involved in developing and implementing communication training and development programs. Emphasis is given to identifying, assessing and improving communication competencies.

Did you know?

Dr. Amy Madewell, Psychology Program Coordinator/Associate Professor, was named the 2022 Southeastern Professor of the Year.

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