Minor Overview

From coverage of the Olympics and athletic scandals to the social activism of athletes, such as Jackie Robinson or Muhammad Ali, the world of sports continues to leave a distinct imprint on our society. Through the sports studies minor, you’ll investigate how this multibillion-dollar industry has become an integral part of our cultural narrative, particularly over the past century. You’ll also learn how sports have influenced many disciplines, such as sociology, law, health science, economics, journalism and advertising.

Specialized courses contribute to your understanding of the sports industry, the media’s coverage of superstar athletes and their contract negotiations, as well as the ethical, physical and mental health issues athletes face. Potential internships and resources in the Ed McMahon Communications Center provide hands-on experience in the fields of sports journalism and public relations.

Curriculum and Requirements

Sports Studies Minor Curriculum

Students can complete the minor by taking six courses for a total of 18 credits. All students must take SPS 101. 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 6 credits in communications. Classes are cross-listed with the SPS designation.

Required Course:
SPS 101Introduction to Sports Studies3
Select five of the following:15
Multimedia Production Techniques for Sports (JRN 106)
SPS/MA 176
Baseball and Statistics (MA 176)
SPS 200/300/400
Special Topics in Sports Studies
SPS 202
Sports Leadership
SPS/LE 224
Sports Law (LE 224)
SPS/PL 240
Philosophy of Sport (PL 240)
The Art of the Podcast (JRN 280)
SPS/SO 307
Sociology of Sport (SO 307)
Sports Public Relations (STC 311)
SPS/MG 312
Sports Management (MG 312)
SPS/PS 320
Psychology of Sport and Exercise (ps 320)
SPS/EC 325
Sports Economics (EC 325)
SPS 352
History and Social Impact of Baseball
Sports Reporting (JRN 361)
The Story of Football (JRN 362)
Sports, Media and Society (MSS 420)
SPS 488
SPS 498
Student Media Independent Study
SPS 399
Independent Study
SPS 499
Independent Study
Total Credits18

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