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Sports and Fitness Administration

Saint Xavier University Sports and Fitness Administration program is an interdisciplinary effort including contributions from Saint Xavier University Business (Graham School), Biology, Psychology, and Physical Education departments, among others contributing elective courses (e.g. Communications, Sociology).

Saint Xavier University's Sports and Fitness Administration program prepares individuals to apply business, financial, and physical education principles to the organization, administration, and management of athletic programs, athletic teams, fitness/rehabilitation facilities, health clubs, sports recreation services, and other related services. It includes instruction in program planning and development; business and financial management principles; sales, marketing and recruitment; event promotion, scheduling and management; facilities management; as well as psychological and social issues surrounding professions related to the program. The curriculum concludes with a career-oriented internship and capstone in Sport and Fitness Administration and is a critical component of the program.

Program of Study

PSYCH 101 is a prerequisite for all psychology courses in the program.

Students in the School of Nursing and Health Sciences must complete all science courses at SXU.

A 'C' or better in MATH 131: Finite Mathematics is specifically required prior to taking ACCT 210: Financial Accounting. Students who do not place into 100-level mathematics should seek to complete any required remedial mathematics coursework as soon as possible.

Additional course prerequisites are noted in the curriculum.

Graduation with a bachelor's degree in Sports and Fitness Administration requires a grade of 'C' or better in every course required for the major.

Note: Students may be required to submit to a background check, health requirements, and urine drug screening as required for the final capstone course.

Major Requirements (49 credit hours)

Students who major in Sports and Fitness Administration must take the following courses, for a total of 49 credit hours.

Students must complete the following course from the program's core:

Biology Core

BIOL 200: Human Biology

Behavioral Kinesthetics Core (SFA Specific)

  • PE 112: Health and Fitness
  • EXSC 130: Intro to Exercise Science
  • EXSC 203: Nutrition for Sport
  • EXSC 275: Exercise Physiology for Sport AND EXSCL 275 (lab)
  • EXSC 319: Kinesiology
  • SAFA 320: Sport Program and Administration
  • SAFA 381: Sports and Fitness Administration Internship
  • SAFA 391: Sports and Fitness Administration Capstone Project
  • PSYCH 335: Sports Psychology

Administration Core

  • ACCT 210: Financial Accounting
  • ECON 201: Microeconomics
  • MGMT 360: Human Resource Management
  • MGMT 370: Organizational Behavior
  • MKTG 300: Marketing
  • BUSP 101: Business Matters

Elective Choices

Students must also complete two elective choices from the following list below. Please choose two electives.

  • COMM 2017: Sports Communication
  • ENG 235: Sports and Literature
  • MGMT 223: Legal Environment
  • MGMT 310: Hospitality Management
  • MGMT 330: Diversity in Organizations
  • PSYCH 303: Human Motivation
  • PSYCH 311: Physiological Psychology
  • PSYCH 341: Health Psychology
  • SOC 140: Sociology of Sports

Minor Requirements (19 credit hours)

Students planning to minor in sports and fitness administration must complete, major coursework with a C or better. The minor in sports fitness administration is 19 total credit hours. The minor is interdisciplinary with courses stemming from business, biology and exercise science majors.

Required Courses

  • ECON 201: Principles of Economics
  • ACCT 210 Financial Accounting
  • MGMT 370: Organization Behavior
  • MGMT 300: Principles of Marketing

Elective Choices

Students must also complete two elective choices from the following list below. Please choose two electives.

  • EXSC 210: Motor Behavior
  • EXSC 275: Exercise Physiology for Sport AND EXSCL 275 (lab)
  • EXSC 319: Kinesiology
  • EXSC 366: Strength and Conditioning Theory

The School of Nursing and Health Sciences reserves the right to amend policies, and other program information as necessary. All changes will be communicated promptly.


B. Leshinske, Ph.D., CSCS*D, FMS-1
Director, Sports and Fitness Administration

G. Mallett, Ph.D.(c), DC, ATC
Assistant Professorial Lecturer