Outside the Classroom

Students in the Castleton Sport Management Program have numerous opportunities for both educational and social engagement outside of the classroom. The program is designed to promote a truly experiential approach to learning.

Service-Learning and Experiential Learning

Students in the program are required to fulfill hands-on hours throughout their degree program within sport management. The hours required for each of these courses range from 20 to 60 hours. Total hands-on hours required for the program, not including the final culminating internship (450-600 hours), equals 180. The purpose of this type of approach is to teach students the value of contributing to their community as well as to maximize the diversity of hands-on experiences available to students. In addition to enhancing their resumes, obtaining a wide variety of experiences can assist students in determining their likes and dislikes as they begin to envision their career path.

Many students complete their hours right on campus, where other students have gotten experience working with local schools and colleges, coaching youth, or working with the locally-founded Spartan Race.

The Sport Management & Administration Club (SMAC)

The SMAC is a student-run club designed to assist the students in gaining knowledge and experience in the field of sport management via the resources of the University and our surrounding community. The club seeks to specifically:

  1. Increase and enhance internship opportunities
  2. Improve networking
  3. Attend career fairs and conferences 
  4. Build a community within the sport management major