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Sports Leadership B.A.

Sports play a vital and growing role in our society and world – from business to education to health and wellness. The Mike Cleary Program in Sports Leadership helps you develop the knowledge, skills, and dispositions needed to become a leader in a sports-related career of your choice.

Graduates of our program will be mindful that sports and sport-related professions encompass all ages and all lifestyles, including the elite athlete, and will be prepared to work with, and for, diverse populations.

Gain a Competitive Edge

You'll receive in-depth preparation for careers in sports and sports-related positions like administration and management, coaching, fitness, wellness and recreation for diverse populations. After introductory courses, you’ll choose a track tailored to your career interests and goals (see tracks below). 

The major is composed of 24 hours of core courses, 6 hours of electives, and 15 hours of coursework within a specific area of concentration (see tracks below). For complete list of required courses, see page 431 of the 2017-2019 Undergraduate Bulletin.

Sports Leadership majors pursuing this track should consider a minor in business, entrepreneurship, exercise science, communications, or psychological science.

Sports Leadership majors pursuing this track are encouraged to pursue a minor in exercise science, business, or psychological science.

Our majors are required to complete a 150-hour internship with an area sports organization, education institution, or recreational or health facility.

Major Connections


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City of Opportunity

Cleveland is a sports hub with eight professional or independent athletic franchises (Cavs, Indians, Browns, Monsters, Gladiators, Captains, Crushers, and RubberDucks) as well as the Cleveland Sports Commission. This provides wide access to valuable internships as well as potential employment opportunities after graduation.

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Sports Information Department (SID)

Students working in the SID develop valuable skills in broadcasting, writing, statistics, website management, photography, videography, graphic design, and social media. From day one, gain experience in the field covering your classmates as they compete for championships. SID alumni have gone on to work in the athletics communications field, as well as broadcast journalism, sales, marketing, and entertainment. This opportunity is open to all students eligible for work-study.