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Bachelor of Arts in Sports Leadership | Undergraduate Degree Program

Bachelor of Arts in Sports Leadership

Bachelor of Science in Sports Leadership 

Earn your sport studies degree from Ottawa University and gain a strong foundation of the knowledge and skills you can use across any number of career paths withing the field of sports, from coaching to sports marketing.

About Ottawa’s Bachelor of Sports Leadership

Did you know your interest in sports can fuel your career path? If you’re ready to turn your passion for athletic endeavors into job opportunities, Ottawa’s sport studies degree can help you gain the knowledge, skills, attitudes and values to become an effective professional within the field of sports.  

Ottawa’s sport studies curriculum features a strong foundation of courses including social sciences, history of sport, exercise science, business, and methods courses. You will be challenged to apply what you have learned to real life through multiple practicum experiences and an internship with working professionals.

Career Prospects for Sports Leadership

For sport studies graduates, there are a number of opportunities to impact organized sports and recreation in a wide range of job areas including:

  • Sports administration
  • Recreation
  • Coaching
  • Facility and event management
  • Sports marketing
  • Compliance
  • Sports management
  • Sports communication and information

To get started working toward your sports studies degree contact us today.

Sports Leadership is offered at the following locations.

  • Ottawa, KS (Residential Campus)
  • Surprise, AZ (Residential Campus)

Sport Studies Major Courses

Foundation Courses

Co-Ed Weight Training | 
Examines principles and techniques of strength training and their application during active participation in weightlifting. Assists students with devising a personal weight training program consistent with health related fitness principles developed to meet their personal goals.

Lifetime Fitness | 
Participate in a great variety of health-related aerobic activities designed to help student develop a health related fitness program. Activities include walking, stair stepping, jogging, aerobic dance, aerobic game play and rope jumping. Studies current health and fitness concepts and basic nutrition concepts.

Nontraditional Team Sports I | 
Introduces activities of a nontraditional nature. Games, such as ultimate Frisbee, earthball,flickerball and Olympic team handball are used for the purpose of examining values and beliefs related to moral and ethical behavior and responsible group membership. Because physical fitness is a secondary goal, all activities included require students to be active throughout play.

History & Principles of Health, Physical Education & Recreation | 
Studies the history, philosophy and principles of health, physical education and recreation based on resource materials, professional literature and current research.

Care & Prevention of Athletic Injuries | 
Introduces the prevention, care and rehabilitation of athletic injuries. Learn to evaluate injuries common to sports, as well as preventative taping and wrapping of different anatomical joints.

Psychology and Sociology of Sports | 
Examines component in professional preparation for careers in physical education, recreation and related areas. Examines centrality of sports in modern society. Topics include psychological effects of sports, roles of youth sports, team cohesion and psychology of injury rehabilitation.

First Aid Instructor Training | 
Emphasizes practical applications for all age ranges in resuscitation and emergency treatment of strokes, heart attacks, burns, cuts, abrasions and broken bones. Detailed application of an AED is also emphasized. Red Cross certification in First Aid and Adult, Child, Infant CPR and AED is awarded upon completion. Students are certified as Red Cross instructors in these areas.

Adaptive Physcal Education | 
Study of physical education adapted to those whose physical inadequacy or functional defect can be improved through physical activity. Develop and understand physical education program for gifted, retarded, handicapped and disadvantaged students.

Theory of Administration in Health, Physical Education & Recreation | 
Course includes study of administrative philosophies and processes including administrative behavior, leadership and organizational procedures. Includes theory and practice involving tests and measurements in physical education and sport as well as program evaluation procedures. Off campus work is required.

Senior Seminar | 
Various professional certifications, career opportunities and graduate school options covered. Current issues in health, physical education and recreation are researched.


Required Major Courses

Principles of Officiating: Fall or Spring Sports | 
Techniques, qualifications, skills, and philosophies governing the act of officiating sports commonly played in the fall (volleyball, soccer, and football) or spring (basketball, baseball, and softball). Detailed knowledge of rules of each activity required. Practical experience in officiating is required.

Teaching Character Through Sports | 
Leadership skills based on the five core values of the NAIA's Champions of Character Program (respect, responsibility, integrity, servant leadership and sportsmanship). Leads to Champions of Character Coaching Certification Program.

Teaching Fall Sports | 
Covers principles of teaching rules, strategies and skill performance in badminton, volleyball, soccer and soccer-type games.

Teaching Spring Sports | 
Covers principles of teaching rules, strategies and skill performance in basketball, tennis, tumbling and gymnastics and softball type games.

Sport Facility & Event Management | 
Course designed to provide the student with a comprehensive understanding of the concepts, theories, principles, and procedures involved in the design, planning, and furnishing of sports facilities. Topics also include aspects associated with the development, implementation, and operations of sporting events.

Legal Issues in Recreation and Sport | 
Course is designed to address legal issues in physical education, recreation, and sport management. Areas covered include the history of law in sport, negligence, tort as well as constitutional and labor laws as they apply to physical education, recreation, and sport.

Recreation and Sports Programming | 
Emphasis on development of a personal philosophy of recreation and importance of recreation in modern life. Develop skills needed to administer recreation programs in schools, churches and community.

Internship: Physical Education | 
Places student in a recreational dealing with program, management and leadership roles beyond the formal course of study.

Required Supporting Courses

  • Principles of Biology & Lab or Physical Science & Lab | 
  • Introduction to Human Communication oSpeech Preparation and Delivery
  • Intermediate Writing or Advanced Expository Writing
  • Management |
  • Principles of Psychology | 

Required Concentration

Students must select one concentration from the following:

  • Principles of Coaching
  • Sports Administration
  • Recreation
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University Accreditation

Ottawa University, as a whole, is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Specific degree programs within our institution have also been accredited by relevant bodies within the field:

We are proudly recognized for our commitment to student excellence by the following designations:

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