Minor in Sport Communication (CHSS)

Catalog Year: 2021-2022

This minor offers students the opportunity to examine important and timely sports-related issues in an ethical context as well as analyze sports from cross-cultural perspectives. Students will gain an understanding of sport mass media, sport communication, sports reporting, interpersonal and organizational communication, and the impact each has in our global society. The courses cover theory and practice in cross-platform communication, sports ethics and theoretical underpinnings, public relations, and marketing. The minor provides applied fundamentals for students seeking employment in the commercial world of sports (areas such as management or promotion of athletic organizations) and in sports media. The sport communication minor is offered jointly with the School of Recreation, Health, and Tourism in the College of Education and Human Development.

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Minor Requirements

Total credits: 18

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Core Courses

COMM 303 Writing across the Media 3
COMM 320 Business and Professional Communication 3
SPMT 201 Introduction to Sport Management 3
or SPMT 304 Sport, Culture, and Society
SPMT 430 Sport Communication 3
Total Credits 12


Select two electives from the following: 1 6
Introduction to Public Relations
Foundations of Intercultural Communication (Mason Core)
News Writing and Reporting
Video: Performance and Writing
Media Management
Online Journalism
Sports Writing and Reporting
Sports and the Media
SPMT 201
Introduction to Sport Management
SPMT 302
Philosophical and Ethical Dimensions of Sport
SPMT 304
Sport, Culture, and Society
SPMT 318
Diversity and Inclusion Issues in Sport
SPMT 405
Sport Venues and Events
SPMT 412
Sport Marketing and Sales
SPMT 420
Economics and Finance in the Sport Industry
SPMT 440
Global Perspectives in Sport
SPMT 455
Governance and Policy in Sport Organizations
Total Credits 6