Whether as a participant in sports or as a spectator, people throughout the world have contributed to the creation of a multi-billion dollar industry. Sport is a profound social phenomenon, the study of which can provide the student with deep insights into the dynamics of our society.

The sports studies minor aims to:

  • Foster an understanding of the role of sport in society and culture
  • Explore the complex relationships between sport and various industries and institutions (business, medicine, media, politics, law, etc.)
  • Prepare students for careers in sports-related industries by raising awareness of the major issues facing professionals in these fields.
  • Make connections between what students learn in their foundational coursework and their major by illustrating how sport bridges various disciplines.

To complete the sports studies minor, students must take six courses for a total of 18 credits. All students must take SPS 101: Introduction to Sports Studies. In addition, students must select at least one SPS course from two of the four areas (arts and sciences, business, communications, health science), with the remaining credits coming from any of the courses offered as part of the minor. Students from the School of Communications can take no more than six credits in communications. Classes are cross-listed with the SPS designation.

Courses include:

Course Title Credits
SPS 101 Introduction to Sports Studies 3
SPS/JRN 106 Electronic News Gathering for Sports 3
SPS 200/300/400 Special Topics in Sports Studies  3
SPS/AT 201 Medical Aspects of Sport & Activitiy 3
SPS/LE 224 Sports Law 3
SPS/MA 226 Baseball & Statistics 3
SPS/SO 307 Sociology of Sport 3
SPS/PRR 311 Sports Public Relations 3
SPS/MG 312 Sports Management 3
SPS/EC 325 Sports Economics 3
SPS/JRN 361 Sports Reporting 3
SPS/JRN 362 The Story of Football 3
SPS/MSS 420 Sports, Media & Society 3
SPS 488 Internship 3
SPS 490/JRN 590 Newsroom Clinical 3
SPS 498 Student Media Independent Study 3
SPS 499 Independent Study 3

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