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.