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MC updates physical education  program, adds new major in

Fitness and Sport Management


Manchester College next fall will offer a new degree in response to heightened interest in careers in sport management and fitness. And, the 1,100-student independent college is shelving its outdated health and physical education label.  Henceforth, it’s the Department of Exercise and Sport Sciences.

The new major – Fitness and Sport Management – comes with three concentrations that students will find interdisciplinary and challenging, said Department Chair Dr. Lana L. Groombridge. The major replaces the Physical Education degree, but does not increase credit-hour requirements. The concentrations:


         Recreation and Youth Sport

         Sport Management

Students who select Sport Management, for example, will take classes in advertising and accounting toward a bachelor of science degree. Possible electives include organizational communication, non-profit management and human resource management – courses offered in other departments. Business faculty will include relevant assignments for sport majors.

“Incoming students are looking for sport management,” Groombridge said. “They need to know about marketing, management and operations ... so we decided to provide a stronger major identity for those students.” The college has begun marketing the new major to high school students and anticipates an enrollment increase next fall because of the new major. Currently, 114 students are seeking degrees within the department.

Most area colleges do not offer business classes in their sport majors. “Students need the business background, as well as the ability to communicate,” Groombridge said.

The college will continue to offer a degree in athletic training, its most popular Exercise and Sport Sciences discipline. Also popular is physical education teacher training, along with health education and adapted physical education, all accredited through the Education Department.

Why the department name change to Exercise and Sport Sciences? “Students don’t relate to physical education anymore,” said Groombridge. “They think it is teaching. It has been an umbrella term that has outlived its time. The new title more accurately defines the breadth of our field.”

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