Students in the sport management & leadership (SLAM) program at Pacific University explore the dynamic world of sport and recreation as part of a well-rounded liberal arts education. Students gain a foundation of knowledge and skills necessary to make ethical, data-driven, financial, and legal decisions to lead successful sport programs and organizations, while also specializing in coursework and experiences preparing them for a dream job in the sports and recreation industry.
Depending on a student's career goals, students are encouraged to combine their SLAM major or minor with a double major or minor in one of the many high quality degrees at Pacific (e.g., kinesiology, business, sports communication). Students also gain real-world experience through industry internships and an individualized, student-directed capstone project.
Students with a SLAM major are prepared to pursue positions in fields such as coaching, recreation management, athletic administration and sports marketing among others.
Location: Forest Grove, Oregon…just west of Portland…provides an ideal location for exposure to and experience in the sport and recreation industry.
Local industry collaboration: Nike, adidas, Tualatin Hills Parks & Rec, Hillsboro Hops, Portland Trailblazers
BA in Sport Leadership & Management (SLAM)
Graduates of the SLAM program at Pacific University earn a Bachelor of Arts in Sport Leadership & Management. Through a careful selection of courses and experiential opportunities, Pacific SLAM graduates are prepared to:
- Demonstrate an advanced knowledge of theories and skills for effective sport leadership and professional success
- Apply critical thinking and reasoning skills to improve sporting/recreational opportunities and enhance competence for diverse populations
- Examine and analyze ethical and moral issues related to sport management and leadership
- Demonstrate effective communication, orally and in writing, with lay and professional sport audiences
- Demonstrate appropriate levels of independence, judgement, and professionalism in sport management and leadership environments
By pursuing a degree in SLAM, students will gain foundational knowledge and exposure to coursework across a wide range of topics and disciplines, including:
- Introduction to Sport & Recreation Management
- Fundamentals of Sports Communication
- Leadership Dynamics in Recreation & Sport
- Accounting Principles
- Sports Economics
- Sports Ethics
- Sport Analytics
- Current Issues & Topics of Sport and Outdoor Recreation
Plus, an opportunity to specialize in coursework related to their chosen professional direction by selecting from a variety of options including (but not limited to): Marketing, Risk Management, Coaching Management, Facility & Event Management, Inclusive & Adaptive Recreation, and Program Development & Design.
To assure that they will gain valuable real-world knowledge and experience, students will complete Field Experiences and a supervised Capstone Project in an area of their interest.
Minor in Sport Leadership & Management (SLAM)