Belmont Abbey College offers unique major for students

Belmont Abbey College offers unique major for students

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by KATIE KILLEN / NBC Charlotte Staff

WCNC.com

Posted on January 24, 2013 at 10:32 AM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 30 at 8:56 AM

BELMONT, N.C. -- Students at Belmont Abbey College now have another option when it comes to majors. 

The college is offering a motor sports management major.  The college used to offer motor sports management only as a concentration, or a minor. 

Some students didn't take their first motor sports class until sophomore year. 

"When I got here the minor concentration in the motors sports curriculum wasn't too motor sports involved, I guess you could say," said sophomore Justin Swilling. 

The class of 2014 will be the first to graduate with the new degree and many believe it will make a big difference in the real world. 

"Especially people who are hiring or going through a resume.  It draws attention to the eye, because it's not just something you see everyday," according to junior Paige French. 

Program director Dr. Travis Feezell says that's true. 

"As far as I know we're only one of two programs that have a focus on motor sports management," he said. 

The program caters to students who are passionate and on the fast track to a serious career according to sophomore Sarah Slazyk.

"When I go there I look at what are the fans doing, how are they promoting it and I look at from a marketing standpoint.  I'm just like...I love it."

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