SMC launches two new bachelor’s degrees, adds online version of associate degree

SPARTANBURG—Spartanburg Methodist College continues to expand its academic offerings, launching bachelor’s degrees in sport management and professional writing and digital communications in fall 2024.

The SMC Online program is also growing with the addition of a religious studies associate degree.  

“These new fields of study will help our students pursue careers in two fast-growing, popular career paths,” said Dr. Curt Laird, provost and executive vice president at SMC. “Combined with our Camak Core professional development program, our graduates get the education and hands-on experience they need to enter the workforce with the skills and confidence to succeed.” 

Sport management is an expanding field of study attracting students interested in sports careers. SMC’s Bachelor of Arts in Sport Management will teach the intricacies of the business of sports, providing the basis for careers in team management, facility oversight, player representation and more. Students will learn the concepts of contracts, event management, liability and risk, and communications in sports.

The sport management degree will be offered both on campus and online. 

The unending growth of the digital information landscape has opened numerous opportunities for professionals with writing, digital publishing and online communication skills. The Bachelor of Arts in Professional Writing and Digital Communications opens doors for SMC graduates to be leaders in this expanding career path.

After graduation, students can pursue careers in news and publishing, social media content creation and technical and speech writing. The new degree is an on-campus program. 

More students are pursuing a degree in a non-traditional manner, and SMC is adding another option to its online academic menu. The Associate in Religious Studies is the online equivalent of the college’s current on-campus degree. Providing an online version will give returning, working and other students who can’t attend classes in person the chance to earn their associate degree.

The religious studies program can help graduates find opportunities in missionary work, religious and charitable organizations, local churches and more. 

“SMC continues to expand the education opportunities for everyone who wants to earn a degree and improve their career prospects,” Laird said.

“We’re excited to offer these new degrees and provide more pathways to success for our students.”

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