• Overview
  • Faculty
  • Requirements
  • Advising
  • Career Tracks
  • Off-Campus Study
  • Unique Opportunities

Sports Management


Ripon College offers a major in sports management. Focus is placed on the planning, organizing, managing and budgeting aspects of a department or organization whose main purpose is related to sports or physical activities. Students also will be introduced to law and its relationship to high school, college and professional sports and sports business. Overview of problems in the administration of athletic, intramural and physical education programs are included. Students in this major are required to take a variety of economic and business classes that focus on topics such as the economics of professional sports and strategic management of human resources, entrepreneurship, small businesses, and nonprofit organizations.

Program Spotlight


Brian Azinger

Brian Azinger

Head Athletic Trainer

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Katie Astrauskas

Catherine “Katie” Astrauskas

Associate Professor of Exercise Science, Athletic Administrator, Head Coach of Volleyball

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Rick Coles

Professor of Exercise Science, Chair of Exercise Science Department, Assistant Coach of Football

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Ron Ernst

Ronald Ernst

Professor of Exercise Science, Head Coach of Football, Assistant Athletic Director

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Requirements for a major in Sport Management: 37 credits including: EXS 201, 220, 281, 421, (2) 441 (two different practicum courses), 450, 500; ECO 212, plus four courses from the following, at least two of which must be from the 300 level or higher: BSA 131, 208, 225, 310, 315, 325, 413; ECO 211, 321.


Ripon College faculty and professional staff are dedicated to helping you reach your goals, whatever they may be and however often they may change along the way. It’s part of our value statement to you.

As a student at Ripon, you will be assigned a faculty adviser based on your area(s) of interest. You will meet with your faculty adviser throughout your time as a student to discuss your current aspirations, plan your course schedule and plot a future trajectory. Staff in the Office of Constituent Engagement and Career Services help to match your interests to concrete goals and construct a plan for success, offering support through three stages of career development – planning, exploration and search. Student Support Services provides tutoring and additional academic and skill development, as well as tools to help with note-taking, exam preparation, goal-setting and time management. Mentors in the Collaborative Learning Center provide in-depth, one-on-one or group mentoring for students about class projects and college-level writing, and can share problem-solving strategies to overcome academic obstacles.

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Career Tracks

An undergraduate degree in sports management can be applied to private organizations, social organizations, government athletic activities, or work with college-level athletics and professional sports in a variety of areas. This area of study is for those who want to get involved with the business and marketing aspect of athletics.

Off-Campus Study

Whether you choose a program that is international or domestic, it is an experience bound to change your view of the world. Click to learn more about Off- Campus Study and Liberal Arts In Focus at Ripon College.

Financial aid continues for students who choose to participate in an approved study-abroad program, minimizing additional expenses.

Unique Opportunities

Student Practicum

Exercise science students have completed practicums at various radio stations, at the University of Wisconsin campuses in Green Bay and Milwaukee, at the offices of the Midwest Conference, and for the Green Bay Blizzard, the Milwaukee Brewers, the Milwaukee Admirals, the Milwaukee Wave, the Rockford River Hawks and the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers.

Student are also able to earn an American Red Cross adult CPR certification and acquire valuable job experience by working in the training room at the J.M. Storzer Athletic Center or the Ripon Medical Center Rehabilitation Department.