Sports Studies (SPS)

SPS 101. Introduction to Sports Studies.3 Credits.

This course introduces students to the social, historical, cultural, economic and political importance of sport. Students become familiar with the growing role and influence of sport in business, health sciences, and communications on the local, national, and global stage. This course also introduces students to the study of sport and the interdisciplinary research being done by scholars from various fields. This is a required course for the Sports Studies minor.

Offered: Every year, Fall

SPS 106. Electronic News Gathering for Sports (JRN 106).3 Credits.

Students are trained in the fundamentals of shooting news footage using digital cameras and editing news stories using a computer-based non-linear editing system. Assignments for SPS students are focused on sports.

Offered: Every year, All

SPS 200. Special Topics in Sports Studies.3 Credits.

Offered: As needed

SPS 201. Medical Aspects of Sport and Activity (AT 201).3 Credits.

This course is geared toward students who want to work in a sports-related field (i.e., coaches, journalists and managers). It provides an overview of a variety of sports medicine-related topics, including common sports injuries, an introduction to sports psychology and current events in sports medicine. Students cannot receive credit for both AT 201 and AT 214.

Prerequisites: Take 1 group; BIO 101-101L or BIO 105-105L or BIO 106-106L or CHE 101-101L or PHY 101-101L or BMS 110-110L or BMS 117-117L or BMS 118-118L or SCI 101-101L or SCI 102-102L or SCI 105-105L.
Offered: Every year, Fall

SPS 202. Sports Leadership.3 Credits.

This course offers an opportunity for students to explore leadership as a crucial component of success in a number of contexts, including sports and business. Some of the questions this course examines include: How are good leaders developed? What makes a leader successful? How do cultural factors influence leadership? Students explore various leadership theories and topics including (but not limited to) leadership development, effective coaching techniques, motivation, media effects and gender.

Prerequisites: Take SPS 101.
Offered: Every year, Spring

SPS 224. Sports Law (LE 224).3 Credits.

Sports law is a growing and evolving area of law, affecting all those who play, officiate or watch sports. Legal issues involve athletes, athletic competition, athletic teams and leagues, fans and sports in general, on the student, amateur and professional levels. Students study the legal concepts surrounding sports, and learn to apply them to the issues that arise.

Prerequisites: Take LE 101.
Offered: Every year, Spring

SPS 226. Baseball and Statistics (MA 226).3 Credits.

This course covers SABRmetrics: the study of standard statistical topics using data derived from baseball records, which, for many students, is more easily understood and more interesting than data from the business or science world. The course looks at both descriptive and inferential statistics along with probability. Descriptive statistics covers measures of central tendency, tables and graphs, the normal and binomial distributions. Inferential statistics explores sampling, confidence intervals, hypothesis testing, chi-square testing, and regression and correlation analysis. Students must have a satisfactory score on the placement test and possess a basic knowledge of baseball.

Offered: Every year, All

SPS 240. Philosophy of Sport (PL 240).3 Credits.

This course looks at the philosophical study of sport. It considers the purpose, meaning and value of different sports, of various involvements in sport, and of different levels in sport. It also is concerned with what philosophers have to say about sport, and with what the study of sport can contribute to philosophy and to the human quest for the loving, the true, the good and the beautiful.

Prerequisites: Take SPS 101.
Offered: Every other year, Spring

SPS 280. The Art of the Podcast (JRN 280).3 Credits.

This hands-on course explores creative audio storytelling via the podcast. Students learn how to research, write, record, edit and self-publish creative nonfiction and fictional stories that are both original, and emulate some of the most popular podcasts on the market. Special emphasis is placed on audio gathering techniques, storytelling techniques and interviewing for live and recorded shows.

Offered: As needed, Spring

SPS 300. Special Topics in Sports Studies.3 Credits.

Prerequisites: Take SPS 101.
Offered: As needed

SPS 307. Sociology of Sport (SO 307).3 Credits.

This course includes analysis of sport as a social and cultural institution and interrelations between sport and societal subsystems. Students explore selected issues of sociocultural aspects of sport and exercise, and analyze contemporary problems associated with sport, including race relations, the tradition and emergent role of females, leisure behaviors, aggression and violence, as well as political and economic concerns.

Prerequisites: Take SO 101 SPS 101.
Offered: Every year, Spring

SPS 311. Sports Public Relations (STC 311).3 Credits.

This class is a comprehensive review of sports event planning and management. Students examine such topics as strategic planning, budgeting and time management.

Offered: Every year, Spring

SPS 312. Sports Management (MG 312).3 Credits.

This course offers an opportunity for students to gain information and understanding of the various practices and procedures associated with sport administration and management. Organizational structure, management decisions and challenges, as well as career opportunities at the professional, intercollegiate, interscholastic, youth and community sport levels are explored. The areas of sports tourism, sport management agencies and sport facility and event management are analyzed in terms of their impact on the management and business of sports.

Prerequisites: Take SPS 101.
Offered: Every year, Spring

SPS 325. Sports Economics (EC 325).3 Credits.

The primary focus of this course is professional sports; microeconomic foundations of sports economics, industrial organization of the sport industry, antitrust and regulation, financing sports stadiums, labor issues and the economics of college sports.

Prerequisites: Take EC 112.
Offered: As needed

SPS 361. Sports Reporting (JRN 361).3 Credits.

This course introduces students to coverage of sports for the news media and includes writing game stories and sports profiles.

Prerequisites: Take JRN 260 or JRN 263.
Offered: Every year, Fall and Spring

SPS 362. The Story of Football (JRN 362).3 Credits.

This course traces the historical trajectory of American football and the coaches, players and media portrayals that transformed the game from a 19th-century collegiate test of manliness to what it is today: a spectator sport of immense appeal whose popularity endures despite more than a century of concerns over the game's sometimes lethal and debilitating violence.

Prerequisites: Take SPS 101.
Offered: Every year, Fall

SPS 399. Independent Study.3 Credits.

Independent Study. Requires approval of the sports studies director.

Offered: As needed

SPS 400. Special Topics in Sports Studies.3 Credits.

This course, offered as part of the Sports Studies minor, is offered as needed to explore current topics and trends in sports studies.

Offered: As needed

SPS 420. Sports, Media and Society (MSS 420).3 Credits.

This class examines the social, political, economic and historical significance of the intersection of sports, media and society. Some of the questions this course examines include: What role have sports played in shaping cultures throughout history? What is the relationship between sports and media? How do sports, through the media, influence U.S. culture today? What is the role of sports media professionals in U.S. culture? This course is specifically designed for students interested in sports journalism, production and/or promotion.

Prerequisites: Take SPS 101.
Offered: Every year, Spring

SPS 488. Internship.3 Credits.

Students have the option to participate in an internship with a sports-related organization. The fieldwork is jointly supervised by the cooperating organization or corporation and the director of the sports studies minor. The internship adheres to standard Quinnipiac University regulations and procedures regarding internships. Requires approval of the sports studies director.

Prerequisites: Take SPS 101.
Offered: Every year, All

SPS 490. Newsroom Clinical (JRN 590).3 Credits.

This graduate-level journalism course, open to select SPS seniors, focuses on advanced reporting for multimedia reports, broadcast news, news documentaries and magazine stories. Students produce daily, weekly and long-term stories in their area of expertise for the journalism department's tablet application, among other platforms. While graduate students meet twice a week, undergraduate students would only be required to meet one night a week. Requires senior status and approval of sports studies director.

Prerequisites: Take SPS 101.
Offered: Every year, All

SPS 498. Student Media Independent Study.3 Credits.

This course is designed for SPS minors working for student media groups. Every two weeks, students submit their best work (article, package, game broadcast, etc.) and receive feedback. This independent study is an experiential learning opportunity that includes elements of both an internship, with hands-on experience and supervision, plus a skills class in which students receive feedback on their work. At the end of the semester, students submit their final portfolio as well as a cover letter and resume. Requires approval of the sports studies director.

Prerequisites: Take SPS 101.
Offered: Every year, All

SPS 499. Independent Study.3 Credits.

This course is designed for SPS minors who wish to complete an individual research or professional project supervised by a faculty member affiliated with the sports studies minor. The project demonstrates a sophisticated understanding and critical analysis of a sports-related topic. Students present the findings of their research in a 15-18 page essay due at the end of the semester. Requires approval of the sports studies director.

Prerequisites: Take SPS 101.
Offered: Every year, All