Blackburn students majoring in Physical Education and Sport Management study the development of the whole person – not just physical ability.
Classroom instruction features discussion and programs to engage students, who “learn by doing” with hands-on activity in a family-oriented, supportive environment. Faculty have an open-door policy, and take pride in their students’ achievements and development. Small class sizes encourage interpersonal relationships.
Team management and individual roles are studied to build leadership and self-reliance. The methodology to understanding the whole person is stressed, emphasizing the three key domains of cognitive, affective, and psychomotor.
Blackburn graduates in Physical Education and Sport Management acquire life lessons that help them succeed not just in the workplace, but as good citizens. That is one reason that the department has such a high job placement rate.
The bar for success is set high in Physical Education and Sport Management, and students are encouraged to “expect the best and work for it.”
- Physical Education K-12
- Sport Management
- Physical Education
- Exercise Science
For the last several years, the Blackburn Physical Education and Sport Management Department has been involved with the Macoupin Center for Developmental Disabilities in Carlinville for special programs that benefit everyone. Blackburn students from PE 407, Physical Education for the Atypical Child, attend MCDD events to observe and learn, then work hands-on with developmentally disabled to design activities with equipment such as scooters and beanbags.
As part of their work with MCDD, Blackburn students choose a disability and write on their field experiences, which is part of their final. The programs have proven highly popular with Blackburn students and MCDD attendees alike.
Blackburn Physical Education and Sport Management students also sponsor Breast Cancer Awareness events at Blackburn games, including promotion, administration, and organization of special activities.
Blackburn Physical Education and Sport Management majors have an exceedingly high job placement, and their job markets remain favorable. Some of the many careers that majors are prepared for include:
- Fitness clubs
- Public recreation facilities
- Institutional recreation facilities (prisons, schools, etc.)
- Sports information
- Sports promotion/publicity
- Youth clubs
- Personal trainer
- Fellowship of Christian Athletes: A national organization that considers faith and religious views in conjunction with athletic participation.
Work Program Opportunities
In the Work Program, physical education and sport management students have a wide array of opportunities. Many play key roles in the administration of Blackburn athletic events. The list includes:
- Blackburn’s online radio station
- Writing for the Burnian, the student newspaper
- Sports Information Office
- Game Management
- Event Management
- Managing Blackburn’s athletic facilities
- Office assistant to coaches
- Assistant coach