Minor in Sports Studies

Program Contacts: Michael Sheehan   203-582-6439     Phillip Cunningham  203-582-6425

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 goal of the interdisciplinary sports studies minor is to foster an understanding of the role of sport in society and culture, to explore the complex relationships between sport and various industries and institutions (business, medicine, media, politics, law, etc.), and to prepare students for careers in sports-related industries by raising awareness of the major issues facing professionals in these fields. This minor also seeks to make connections between what students learn in the University Curriculum and their major course work by illustrating how sport bridges various disciplines.

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
Electronic News Gathering for Sports (JRN 106)
Special Topics in Sports Studies
Medical Aspects of Sport & Activity (AT 201)
Sports Law (LE 224)
Baseball and Statistics (MA 226)
Sociology of Sport (SO 307)
Sports Public Relations (STC 311)
Sports Management (MG 312)
Sports Economics (EC 325)
Sports Reporting (JRN 361)
The Story of Football (JRN 362)
Sports, Media & Society (MSS 420)
Newsroom Clinical (JRN 590)
Student Media Independent Study
Independent Study
Total Credits18