Undergraduate Academic Programs


Recreational Sport Management


Undergraduate students in all schools except the College of Arts and Sciences may earn this minor in addition to the baccalaureate degree. A student who decides to pursue this minor should visit https://sph.indiana.edu/academics/public/selectMinor.html to declare it.  Alternatively, the student may visit the records office of his or her degree-granting school/unit to have this minor officially added as an academic objective. Students are responsible for checking with their degree-granting schools/units to determine whether or not this minor may be officially recorded on their transcripts.

Students considering this minor may seek advising from the academic advisors for the Department of Recreation, Park, and Tourism Studies, Janet Donley, jdonley [at] indiana [dot] edu; and Barbara Grinder, bgrinder [at] indiana [dot] edu.

Ordinarily minors may be discussed and approved during drop-in advising hours. For drop-in advising hours and instructions for making an appointment, if desired, see the SPH Academic Advising website: https://publichealth.indiana.edu/student-portal/advising/index.html

The faculty director for this minor is Dr. Sarah Young, sarjyoun [at] indiana [dot] edu.


This undergraduate minor program is intended for students in degree programs outside the recreational sport management major, who wish to add a recreational sport management specialty to their studies. This minor requires:

  • successful completion of 15 credit hours prescribed below.
  • a minimum cumulative minor GPA of 2.0.
  • a minimum grade of C- is required in each course used in this minor.

Note: No course in this minor may be taken under the Pass/Fail Option.

Recreational Sport Management Courses (12 credits)
Complete each of the following courses:

  • SPH-R 230 Recreational Sport Programming (3 cr.) or SPH-K 206 Recreational Sport Programming (3 cr.)
  • SPH R 410 Event Planning and Program Development (3 cr.)
  • SPH R 414 Legal Aspects of Recreation (3 cr.)
  • SPH-R 431 Youth Sport Management (3 cr.)

Recreational Sport Management Electives (3 credits)*
Complete one course from the following list:

  • SPH-K 398 Adapted Physical Activity (3 cr.)# or SPH-R 210 Inclusion in Recreation, Parks and Tourism (3 cr.)
  • SPH-R 200 Foundations of Leisure and Public Health (3 cr.) +S&H
  • SPH-R 221 Recreation Facilities Management (3 cr.)#
  • SPH-R 235 (Formerly SPH-R 335) Sport and Violence (3 cr.)#
  • SPH-R 426 Human Resource Management in Leisure Services (3 cr.)

+ Courses followed by the S&H notation may apply to both the minor requirements and to the general education, social and historical studies requirement for bachelor's degree students.

* Students majoring in Tourism, Hospitality, and Event Management must take one recreational sport management elective course which is not required for that major. Courses which are not required by the Tourism, Hospitality, and Event Management major are marked with a #.

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