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Methodist University, through the Reeves School of Business, is nationally accredited by the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) to offer majors in Accounting, Business Administration, Financial Economics, and Marketing, along with the concentration in Professional Tennis Management.
Students can receive a Bachelor of Science (science and math intensive) or a Bachelor of Arts (foreign language intensive) in any of the three business school majors mentioned previously. For a detailed example of the classes required for graduation, feel free to download any of the curriculum checksheets (requires the free Adobe Acrobat Reader) for your academic catalogue year.
The Professional Tennis Management concentration: 23 s.h. PTM 101, 120, 215, 315, 330, PGM 430; and four Professional Seminars; PTM 170, 270 and 370 (internship experiences), taken during the summer at the end of the freshman, sophomore, and junior years, respectively. The remaining courses required in PTM are taken during regular semesters.
No minor or AA subject concentration is available.
Writing Enrichment Course(s): BUS 352 and MKT 410
Computer Intensive Course: BUS 225/CSC 100
In addition to the entrance requirements of Methodist University and the Reeves School of Business, those entering the Professional Tennis Management program must have (1) a high school GPA of 2.0 or higher and (2) a minimum of 4.0 by the National Tennis Rating Program, a USTA district ranking, a proven ability at the high school level, or a letter from a certified professional or high school coach to verify that playing ability meets the minimum requirements listed above. Students in the PTM program are charged a laboratory fee each semester which pays for a summer internship, if in good academic standing. Students in the PTM program are exempt from the Physical Education activity core requirement; however, they must complete PED 101.
PTM 101 INTRODUCTION TO PROFESSIONAL TENNIS MANAGEMENT (3 s.h.) Investigation of career opportunities in the tennis industry and the qualifications and responsibilities associated with them. This course is offered every fall semester.
PTM 120 TOURNAMENT ADMINISTRATION and RACKET REPAIR (3 s.h.) USTA tournament promotion, marketing, sponsorship, rules, and administration are covered including computer software. Racquet design, repair, and stringing are covered. This course is offered every spring semester.
PTM 125, 126, 225, 226, 325, 326, 425, 426 SEMINAR (.5 s.h. each) Experts from the tennis industry conduct educational seminars on topics such as teaching, club management, contract negotiations, and coaching. Four workshops are required for graduation. Courses taught on a pass-fail basis. This course is offered every semester.
PTM 170, 270, 370 INTERNSHIP I, II, III (1 s.h. each) Experiential learning in all aspects of the tennis industry management acquired through a ten-week placement at a tennis facility. Duties and participation in all aspects of tennis management (teaching, court maintenance, front desk management, pro shop operations, etc.). Supervision and evaluation are conducted by the faculty member and the on-site professional. Written reports and evaluations are required at the completion of the internship. This course is offered every fall, spring, and summer semester. All students who are participating in a paid internship are subject to random drug testing prior to and during employment according to the Reeves School of Business Drug Policy.
PTM 215 TEACHING METHODS I (3 s.h.) An introduction to Sports Science and tennis instructional techniques and materials, including developing lesson plans and programs. This course is offered every spring semester.
PTM 315 TEACHING METHODS II (3 s.h.) A survey of tennis instructional techniques and materials for preparing students to the type of teaching they will encounter as teaching professionals, including an understanding of USPTA certification. This course is offered every fall semester .
PTM 317 INTERNATIONAL TEACHING METHODS (3 s.h.) This course will introduce the student to the Professional Tennis Registry and its international teaching techniques will be used in coaching, advanced stroke production, and longand short-term instruction. This course is offered every spring semester.
PTM 330 TENNIS FACILITY MANAGEMENT AND CONSTRUCTION (3 s.h.) The management of tennis facilities as a business is covered, including planning, programming, construction, financial management, marketing, and risk management. This course is offered every spring semester.
PGM/PTM 430 FOOD AND BEVERAGE MANAGEMENT (3 s.h.) Prerequisites ACC 253 and BUS 351. The main function areas of the food and beverage operation. The course includes the procurement, preparation, yield, and sale of food and beverage. Students visit various types of food establishments i.e., fast food, cafeteria, and full service operations. This course is offered every fall semester.
PTM 499 INDEPENDENT STUDY IN TENNIS MANAGEMENT (1-3 s.h.) An opportunity for a well-qualified upper-division student to engage in special research in his/her major. Requires approval by the faculty advisor, supervising professor, and the department chair prior to being approved by the Vice President for Academic Affairs. Credit to be determined.