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Bachelor of Arts in Sport Studies | Undergraduate Degree Program

Bachelor of Arts in Sport Studies

About OU's Bachelor of Arts in Sport Studies 

Ottawa University’s Bachelor of Arts in Sports Studies (BASS) degree program is designed to develop graduates with strong cultural perspective on sports, functional skills suitable for jobs in sports-related environments, and ethical and moral qualities suitable for leadership positions in contemporary society. Students learn how to study sport critically and understand its complex cultural meanings. The sports studies major provides theoretical education that challenges students to apply this knowledge in real world, professional settings with diverse groups of people.

Ottawa’s BASS degree provides a strong understanding of the influence of sport on the mind and body as well as society at large. Additionally, experience outside of the classroom is obtained through internships in various health, sport, media, and wellness settings. Students majoring in exercise science are prepared for further study in professions such as sports administration, recreation, coaching, facility and event management and sports communication and information.

The BASS curriculum examines meaning, history, and culture of sport and includes strong foundational courses that include the social sciences, history of sport, exercise science, business and methods courses. Coursework provides students with the critical skills necessary to understand sport’s relationship to media, economics, politics, and education. A focus on race, class, and gender in sport is central to the curriculum. The degree challenges students to apply this curriculum to real life-experiences through multiple practicum courses and an internship with working professionals.

Three BASS Concentrations

Ottawa’s bachelor’s degree in sports studies offers three concentrations that allow you to tailor your degree in an area of specialization, such as:

By completing the coaching concentration, students will earn coaching certification through the American Sport Education Program (ASEP) offered by Human Kinetics Inc.

Career Outlook for the B.A. in Sports Studies

Potential employment opportunities with a sports studies degree include coach or scout, personal trainer, exercise physiologist, sports nutritionist, strength and conditioning coach among others, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Jobs in this arena are projected to grow between 12 and 15 percent through 2029. Rising participation in high school and college sports should increase demand for coaches and scouts, and continuing emphasis on exercise to combat obesity and encourage healthier lifestyles will result in a demand for personal and athletic trainers.

The median annual wage for coaches and scouts was $34,840 in May 2019. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $19,040, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $78,890. The median annual wage for personal trainers was $48,440 in May 2019. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $31,300, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $73,470.

Perspective on the BASS

A passion for sport can be turned into an exciting and innovative career with a sports studies degree. Graduates will obtain skills in cultural analysis and critical thinking pertaining to the administration, leadership, and psychological, historical, philosophical and sociological aspects of sport. They will enter a workforce where opportunity abounds as the economic impact of the sports industry and the abundance of sporting opportunities requires the services of skilled professionals.

For curriculum and course descriptions, please visit the online course catalog.

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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 varity 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 |
  • Princples 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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