Sport Studies Concentration 2024-2025 Edition

A Sport Studies concentration allows students a close, critical and multi-faceted examination of the global phenomenon of sport. The concentration includes courses that focus on the institutional and cultural aspects of sport, the media and sport, and the embodied and physiological core aspect of sports and athletics. Fundamental to the Sport Studies concentration is the cultivation and increasing mastery of discipline based approaches to the study of sport. This is an 18-credit concentration. Students must have a primary concentration in the College of Business or a major in the College of Arts and Sciences or School of Health and Behavioral Sciences.

Students completing the Sport Studies concentration will:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of key concepts in the study of sport.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the contradictions of the phenomenon of sport.
  • Develop a mastery of major concepts of a discipline-based approach to the study of sport.
  • Apply discipline-based theories to the study of sport.
  • Describe and critically analyze sport as a cultural, social, political and economic context for human interaction.

The concentration requires that a student take three courses in a specific discipline including the Capstone – that meet the learning objectives of the liberal arts minor.

Sport Studies Concentration Requirements

Required Capstone
SPS 491Sport Studies Senior Capstone Seminar3
Foundation Courses
Select maximum of one of the following towards the concentration:
COM 202Public Speaking3
COM 203Introduction to Communication3
ECO 113Microeconomic Principles3
ECO 114Macroeconomic Principles3
LGLS 211The Legal Environment of Business3
LGLS 320Global Legal Traditions3
MATH 201Statistics I3
PSY 260Introduction to Psychology3
SCI 251Biology I Principles of Biology3
SOC 251Principles of Sociology3
Concentration Core Courses
Select at least three of the following:
COM 344Sports Media Production3
ECO 340Sports Economics3
LGLS 380Sport and the Law3
MATH 488Sports Statistics (**)3
PSY 481Exercise and Sport Psychology3
SOC 360Sociology of Sport3
Directed studies in a content area of student's choosing 1
Internships in area of student's choosing
**Students choosing MATH 488 must have MATH 201 and MATH 350
Related Courses
May take a maximum of one of the following but not required:
COM 361Public Relations3
ECO 363Industrial Organization: American Industry3
ECO 393Managerial Economics3
LCS 383Sexuality and Culture3
MATH 350Statistics II (*)3
PSY 375Health Psychology3
SCI 354Fundamentals of Nutrition3
SCI 360Anatomy and Physiology I3
SOC 352Sociology of Gender, Illness, and Health3
Internship in area of student's choosing
*MATH 201 is a prerequisite for MATH 350

A minimum of 18 credit hours is required for the concentration. 


e.g. SOC 497.