Course Overview

This exciting summer program for high school students examines the scope of the sports industry and introduces students to the wide range of career opportunities in the field of sport management. Students examine the managerial process, including the functions of management, and the roles, skills, and attributes required of sports managers. Students are introduced to problems/issues faced by sport managers by analyzing and discussing actual case studies in sport management.

The primary objective is to provide the student with a basic understanding of the duties and functions of a sport manager as they apply to amateur and professional sports. Upon completion of the course, students should be able to identify, analyze, and understand issues affecting sport managers.

All students who successfully complete the course will receive a Certificate of Completion and have the opportunity to request a Syracuse University noncredit transcript.                                                                                     

Learning Objectives

  • Students will understand the wide range of organizations and careers throughout the sport industry. 
  • Students will understand the day-to-day of a variety of sport industry professions,
  • Students will understand current sport industry trends including the emerging esports industry,
  • Students will gain experience working in collaborative environments as is customary across the sport industry.

Course Information

Course Prefix and Number: SCN 021

Format: On Campus (at Syracuse University)

Eligibility: Students must be of rising high school sophomore, junior, or senior status – or a 2024 high school graduate. 

Credit: Noncredit

Grading: Pass/Fail


  • Residential: $2,195
  • Commuter: $1,726

Program rates are subject to change and will be approved by the board of trustees. Discounts and scholarships are also available.

Program Information

Summer College – On Campus: Experience what college is really like: take a college-level course, live in a residence hall, have meals with friends in a dining hall, and participate in activities and events on campus.

“This course has had a positive impact in my life as it has reaffirmed my interest in pursuing a career in Sports Management. I would recommend this experience to anyone who might be interested in the professional aspect of sports.”

– Adrian M., Summer College – Online Sport Management Student, 2021

Course Dates and Details

ProgramCourse DatesClass Time (Eastern Time)Credit/NoncreditStatus
Summer College – On Campus1-Week Session I: Monday, July 8 – Friday, July 12, 2024MTWThF;
9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Summer College – On Campus1-Week Session II: Monday, July 22 – Friday, July 26, 2024MTWThF;
9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Typical Day

Tentative Schedule

A typical day tends to include:

  • 9 a.m. – Noon Current Issues in College Sports & Class lecture and discussion
  • 1 – 3:30 p.m. Ticket Sales and Marketing; Guest Speaker: Assistant Athletic Director of Sales and Marketing

When class is over, and on weekends, students can look forward to various Summer College – On Campus activities to meet and connect with other students! Check out our On Campus Experience page for more information!

Faculty Bios

Lindsey Darvin

Dr. Lindsey Darvin is an assistant professor of Sport Management in the David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics at Syracuse University. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Florida in Health and Human Performance with a concentration in Sport Management, her M.S. from UMass Amherst in Sport Management, and her B.A. in Political Science from Bryn Mawr College. Dr. Darvin also currently serves as a contributing writer with Forbes. She has published over 30 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters across a variety of academic segments in the areas of management, computer science, vocational behavior, organizational behavior, sociology, communications, and sustainability science. Dr. Darvin’s research is consistently featured across many international mass media outlets.