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ADVISING

Students should read and THOROUGHLY complete this advising tool handout prior to attending their advising meeting. This tool, along with your degree audit and your road map, allows students to take control of their course registration process instead of being dependent on others. This also allows more of the advising session to focus on other areas of professional development, including double majors, summer plans, job shadowing, internship discussions and more.

 

Most importantly, it builds students up to have plan B, plan C and plan D ready when they register at 7 AM on their registration day (should their preferred classes be full).

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UPLOADED MAY 5, 2021 TO REFLECT CHANGES TO SPORTS MANAGEMENT CAPSTONE

This is a document that, when utilized with the degree audit, School of Business handbook and course offerings, can help students pinpoint which classes to take and when prior to meeting with their advisor for advising meetings. It is a "fluid" (subject to change) document, but provides some guidance on how to set up a schedule, the value of physical education courses, and the importance of strengthening students' marketability through consideration of a double major (sports management & marketing OR sports management & business administration). Some students may require more foreign language courses than others. Some students may transfer in some courses. Some students may have to repeat courses. There is also flexibility as students select which course(s) meets the cluster, scientific discovery, humanity & culture, religions & philosophical thought and the visual & performing arts. Also, some of the core courses are only offered in "odd" years or "even" years. Thus, this is a "fluid" guide that can vary from student to student but helps with some framework of what to take when in order to help students plan. Most students find it useful to download this to their own computer, then using the highlight feature on Microsoft Word highlight what courses they have completed (pinpointing what is left towards completing graduation requirements). 

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UPLOADED MARCH 18, 2020 TO REFLECT CHANGES TO MATH REQUIREMENTS AND NAME CHANGES IN COMMUNICATION DEPARTMENT.

This is a document that, when utilized with the degree audit, School of Business handbook and course offerings, can help students pinpoint which classes to take and when prior to meeting with their advisor for advising meetings. It is a "fluid" (subject to change) document, but provides some guidance on how to set up a schedule, the value of physical education courses, and the importance of strengthening students' marketability through consideration of a double major (sports management & marketing OR sports management & business administration). Some students may require more foreign language courses than others. Some students may transfer in some courses. Some students may have to repeat courses. There is also flexibility as students select which course(s) meets the cluster, scientific discovery, humanity & culture, religions & philosophical thought and the visual & performing arts. Also, some of the core courses are only offered in "odd" years or "even" years. Thus, this is a "fluid" guide that can vary from student to student but helps with some framework of what to take when in order to help students plan. Most students find it useful to download this to their own computer, then using the highlight feature on Microsoft Word highlight what courses they have completed (pinpointing what is left towards completing graduation requirements). 

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This is a document that, when utilized with the degree audit, School of Business handbook and course offerings, can help students pinpoint which classes to take and when prior to meeting with their advisor for advising meetings. It is a "fluid" (subject to change) document, but provides some guidance on how to set up a schedule, the value of physical education courses, and the importance of strengthening students' marketability through consideration of a double major (sports management & marketing OR sports management & business administration). Some students may require more foreign language courses than others. Some students may transfer in some courses. Some students may have to repeat courses. There is also flexibility as students select which course(s) meets the cluster, scientific discovery, humanity & culture, religions & philosophical thought and the visual & performing arts. Also, some of the core courses are only offered in "odd" years or "even" years. Thus, this is a "fluid" guide that can vary from student to student but helps with some framework of what to take when in order to help students plan. Most students find it useful to download this to their own computer, then using the highlight feature on Microsoft Word highlight what courses they have completed (pinpointing what is left towards completing graduation requirements).

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This is a document that, when utilized with the degree audit, School of Business handbook and course offerings, can help students pinpoint which classes to take and when prior to meeting with their advisor for advising meetings. It is a "fluid" (subject to change) document, but provides some guidance on how to set up a schedule, the value of physical education courses, and the importance of strengthening students' marketability through consideration of a double major (sports management & marketing OR sports management & business administration). Some students may require more foreign language courses than others. Some students may transfer in some courses. Some students may have to repeat courses. There is also flexibility as students select which course(s) meets the cluster, scientific discovery, humanity & culture, religions & philosophical thought and the visual & performing arts. Also, some of the core courses are only offered in "odd" years or "even" years. Thus, this is a "fluid" guide that can vary from student to student but helps with some framework of what to take when in order to help students plan. Most students find it useful to download this to their own computer, then using the highlight feature on Microsoft Word highlight what courses they have completed (pinpointing what is left towards completing graduation requirements).

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NOTE: Always consult with your advisor as course numbers and names change. Curriculums also change as well.

This is the curriculum from Fall 2017.

 

To enhance their marketability students can read here to learn how to:

  1. double major in Sports Management and Business Administration with five courses
  2. double major in Sports Management and Marketing with four courses
  3. major in Sports Management and minor in Marketing with three courses
  4. major in Sports Management and minor in Human Resources with one/two courses
  5. major in Business Administration and minor in Sports Management with three courses

For accounting students interested in sports management, that would require nine additional courses for a double major. A minor could be pursued those with only four additional courses (BA 140, COM 320, BA 335, pick one from a list). The double major = BA 140, COM 320, BA 335, pick two from list, COM 303, BA 305, BA 601, BA 594, and two practicums. You can see how that might require an extra semester of college.

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NOTE: Always consult with your advisor as course numbers and names change. Curriculums also change as well. This is the curriculum from Fall 2017.

 

The specific courses students who started in Fall 2017 or after should take for a double major. Students enrolling prior to Fall 2017 should consult with their advisor. 

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NOTE: Always consult with your advisor as course numbers and names change. Curriculums also change as well. This is the curriculum from Fall 2017.

 

The specific courses students who started in Fall 2017 or after should take for a double major. Students enrolling prior to Fall 2017 should consult with their advisor. 

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STANDARDS GUIDE & RECORD BOOK

Released in the fall of 2018, this guide sets the standard for day-to-day operations of students and faculty in the Sports Management program. It includes a checklist to help accomplish peak performance during the students' time on campus.

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Since many sports management students enjoy statistics, we have created our own internal record book of students making Dean's List, graduating with honors, demonstrating excellence on and off campus, shining in sales efforts and more. Will your name go down in the archives? Outwork or outsmart!

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This was published by the NCAA Champion publication and does a nice job of reminding student-athletes that many skillsets found in team sports are preferred and sought out by employers. 

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INTERNSHIPS

Use this guide as early as your sophomore year to gameplan for the best internship possible. 

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Download a sampling of frequently overlooked Pittsburgh-based internship beyond the Steelers, Penguins and Pirates. Think about facilities, events, radio/TV/internet, recreation and more!

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FINDING FUNDS AT WC

Earn extra funds on top of work study funds by working a the WC call center. See attachment. 

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Being a resident assistant is a paid position and offers a single room on campus. Application deadline and interviews are each spring. 

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Play a pivotal role in helping to shape the direction of the Holcad. Start off as a writer through a one credit course. Then aspire to advance to paid opportunities and leadership. See Dr. Zullo and Professor Weaver to learn more. 

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PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Clubs, organizations, and campus publications/radio/television afford students tremendous professional development opportunities, the chance to grow your leadership skills and the chance to meet new people. Be well-rounded, extend your comfort zone AND your resume at the same time. If you don't see a club in something that interests you, see Dr. Zullo for guidance on how to create that club. Be the innovator. 

 

Remember that while many of you are student-athletes, being a student-athlete can carry negative stereotypes in the eyes of some employers. So diversify your marketability and extend your comfort zone.

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The specifics about the five core conferences in our region as well as others within driving distances. There are also links that can provide additional conferences. If links do not work be sure to search for updated links through Google. NOTE: When we (Dr. Zullo & Westminster students) attend conferences we are missing class. So students above a 3.0 GPA are the strongest candidates for these trips. Updated: September 26, 2018. Posted: October 13, 2017

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This is a brief overview of each practicum available on or around campus. Think about your career aspirations and how these best fit into reaching those. Some sites will require transportation. Working in the high schools will require clearances. 

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GRADUATE SCHOOL AND SENIOR RESOURCES

This attachment is a short brief on the various types of graduate programs (MBA, MS/MA, JD) and the traditional requirements for graduate school. This is discussed in greater detail in SMGT 202 or through consultation with the sports management program coordinator. Greater detail includes how to find funding to pay for graduate school and factors to consider when identifying the schools that might be right for you.

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Seniors are encouraged to utilize a plethora of resources when seeking job opportunities:

  • Teamworkonline.com
  • Indeed.com
  • LinkedIn
  • NCAA Market
  • Bluefishjobs.com

 

Utilization of the PDC (Professional Development Center) is also CRUCIAL because the more they know you, the more they can refer you to specific opportunities that cross their desk.

There are also subscription sites where students can pay a modest amount for a trial run:

  • Workinsports.com
  • Jobsinsports.com

Google is also invaluable:

  • Google Ziprecruiter and sports
  • Google Sports Management jobs
  • Google Glassdoor and sports
  • Google Monster and sports

 

Also, remember that we have a subscription to the Sports Business Journal so current issues (printed weekly) are in the School of Business lobby and feature companies you may not be familiar with, but are indeed successful in sports business.

 

And set GA alerts from such places as the NCAA Market and Bluefishjobs. You can also look athttps://www.higheredjobs.com/?locale=en_US ,https://jobs.chronicle.com/  andhttps://careers.insidehighered.com/  for additional GA opportunities on other parts of campus. 

 

Your practicums, internship(s), community service, clubs/organizations, honors, grades, double majors, minors, etc. all need to be in order on your resume, Linkedin and your cover letter so that you put your best foot forward. 

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