Whether as a participant in sports or as a spectator, people throughout the world have contributed to the creation of a mega-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 (3 credits each):
SPS 101 Introduction to Sports Studies
SPS/FVI 105 Video Essentials--Sports Broadcasting
SPS/AT 201 Medical Aspects of Sport & Activity
SPS/LE 224 Sports Law
SPS/MA 226 Baseball & Statistics
SPS 300/400 Special Topics in Sports Studies
SPS/SO 307 Sociology of Sport
SPS/PRR 311 Sports Public Relations
SPS/EC 325 Sports Economics
SPS/HS 352 History & Social Impact of Baseball
SPS/JRN 361 Sports Reporting
SPS/MSS 420 Sports, Media & Society
SPS 488 Internship
SPS 490 Newsroom Clinical
SPS498 Student Media Independent Study
SPS 499 Independent Study