I visited USC a couple days ago. I met with some members of the college of Hospitality, Retail, and Sports Management. I left thoroughly impressed with the school, but I still have a couple major questions:
Umass Amherst Program vs. USC- I know that there are no formal rankings for sports management, but everywhere I look it seems Amherst has the best program. I asked him why USC has a better program than Amherst. He told me that their major also covers the entertainment industry and isnt as specialized in one area. He also said that the reason why the major isnt located in the business school is because they have too much staff and they dont want the major to get buried under all the business majors. Does this argument hold water?
I am from Connecticut and got into Amhersts sports management and the Commonwealth honors college. It would be easy for me to go there, but I kind of want to change things up. It would be hard to give up that opportunity too, though.
Internships- One of the most important things I am considering is internships. He said that the office guides the process, but I am concerned with Carolinas location. Finding an internship is not going to be easy anywhere, but does USC have any sort of connections? I am specifically interested in baseball and there arent any professional baseball organizations around.
Worth of Degree- I will most likely be going to graduate or law school. Can anyone attest to the sports management program in general? Do they prepare you well? Do the professors have actual experience in the field?