Sports and Recreation Administration

Sports and recreation are part of everyone’s lives in some way—regardless of age, ability or skill. We actively seek out ways to live a healthy and balanced life, from the avid sports enthusiast to parents who send their children to summer camp to seniors who stay active through community programs. The global industry of sports and recreation has grown considerably in recent years as society in general puts a greater focus on health and wellness. This growth has created career paths in a variety of areas including marketing and management positions with minor and major league sport teams, community recreation, youth sports, intercollegiate athletic departments, coaching and outdoor recreation.

“The size of Carroll has made it seem really homey and comfortable.”
— Theresa DeMille '17

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About the Sports And Recreation Administration program

Carroll University’s Sports Recreation and Administration major is ideal for students who are interested in working in administrative roles in sports and recreation organizations. You’ll gain the knowledge needed for a successful career in any area of sports and recreation when you learn how to apply relevant skills in a variety of areas to sports management. Minors that complement this program include marketing, management and leadership, communication and graphic communication.

Our students examine a variety of areas such as financial accounting, marketing, facility operation, programming and management, and learn how they directly relate to the field. During your courses you’ll also polish your teamwork skills through exercises and projects as you observe or have hands-on involvement in planning special events including a 5k run through Carroll’s campus.

Students have opportunities to utilize Carroll’s facilities for practical learning, including a biomechanics laboratory, exercise physiology laboratory, wellness center, strength room, dance studio, swimming pool and walking track. Work-study experiences in university community recreation and running campus facilities will give you the real world experience employers are looking for.

During the program you’ll visit world-class sports and entertainment venues in southeastern Wisconsin such as Miller Park and the BMO Harris Bradley Center. The lessons you take away from each facility’s professionals will give you important knowledge to utilize as you apply for internships.

To complete the program, you’ll participate in a 15-week internship of your choice.

Working 30 hours per week, you will develop, implement and administer recreation and outdoor adventure programs, and meet with other classmates to hear seminars and discuss your experiences.

Emphases

While not required, Sports and Recreation Administration majors may choose to further specialize their study through one of the following emphases:

Internships

We help you build real world experience, explore careers and network with professionals through internship opportunities. Recent placements include the following companies:

  • Milwaukee Brewers
  • Milwaukee Bucks
  • The Northwoods League (Collegiate Summer Baseball)
  • YMCA of Greater Waukesha
  • City of Waukesha Parks Recreation and Forestry Department
  • Carroll University RecSports
  • ESPN Radio

Careers

College is a big investment in a bright future. Learn more about the industries and careers our majors pursue, and the workplaces and experiences of the alumni from our program. See where yours may take you.

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Meet the Faculty

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Stephen Dannhoff, MS

Clinical Assistant Professor of Physical Education and Director of Recreation




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