Get ready for work to become play. If you’re interested in athletic or recreational administration, sport marketing and merchandising, or sport and recreation venue management and event planning, this is the major for you. Prepare for the big leagues with our Sport Management concentration, or blaze professional trails with Outdoor Recreation Management. Situated on the scenic Maine coast, our campus provides easy access to skiing, surfing, biking, hiking, and more. And an array of regional minor league sports teams gives you an open shot at many fun and exciting internships.
Why UNE for Sport and Recreation Management
Whether you’re taking advantage of the recreation potential on the Southern Maine coast or you’re hoping to get your foot in the door with one of the region’s many minor league sports franchises, UNE’s location makes it a top choice for your sport and recreation management studies.
- Fully integrated Business minor for a competitive edge in the job market
- Opportunity to focus on the outdoor environment and ecotourism by participating in our Green Learning Community
The Business of Play
Combine a solid business foundation with knowledge of the underlying theory, latest technology, and best practices of the athletic and recreation industries. Along with valuable hands-on experience through internships, you will develop the skills to be an effective leader who will make a difference in the lives of those you serve through sport and recreation programming.
Our graduates have pursued many fascinating professions, including
- Athletic Director
- Camp Director
- Game Day Coordinator
- Director of Sports Partnerships
- Event Coordinator
- Business Owner
- Sports Information Director
- Operations Manager
Whether you have a specific career goal in mind or a vague idea of the field that interests you, the Office of Career Services is here to help you plan your next step.
of graduates employed or enrolled in grad school within one year of graduation
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Examples of available courses
You may choose to concentrate in Sport Management or Outdoor Recreation Management. The following are some examples of the exciting courses that we offer:
- Sport Marketing
- Outdoor Recreation Planning and Policy
- Sport Finance
- Sustainability and Eco-Recreation Planning
- Athletic and Sport Administration
We offer qualified students the option of participating in our Honors Program and graduating with Honors. This includes significant research, scholarship, or creative activity under the direction of a faculty member. You should consult with your major advisor or department chair for specific criteria and requirements.
At UNE, experiential learning is critical to your professional development. Sport and Recreation Management majors participate in a robust internship program, which requires 480 hours of on-the-job, real-world learning – because success in sport and recreation management won’t happen by sitting on the sidelines.
You may find yourself in a wide range of internship experiences, including:
- Leading outdoor adventure trips
- Managing merchandising for a local minor league sports team
- Coordinating travel for a college athletics team
- Assisting an ecotourism operation
Intern near campus during the academic year or elsewhere over the summer. Our graduates have interned with many organizations, such as:
- Baltimore Ravens
- Portland Sea Dogs
- New England Revolution
- Shamrock Sports Group
- Maine Sports Commission
- Maine Red Claws
For more information about Sport and Recreation Management internships, contact Dr. Aimee Vlachos at (207) 602-2441.
See the world
Sport and recreation often bring people together — and coming together means learning about our differences. Our Global Education Programs offer many brief travel courses in a wide range of locations, such as Mexico, Kenya, Italy, and Ireland, that expose you to new ways of thinking and introduce you to other cultures and customs. If you’re looking for a longer cultural immersion experience, we offer semester-long programs in Spain, France, Iceland, and at our own international campus in Morocco.
Interested in studying abroad? Make a plan with your advisor.