Sports Communication is a branded area of specialization designed to give Communication majors recognized credentials for careers involving sports-related journalism, public relations and production. This concentration involves a series of courses focused on various aspects of communication and sports, offering students an opportunity to develop proficiencies and credentials in this specialization.
A minor is a program of 21 credits officially endorsed by the the university. This concentration, on the other hand, is an informal listing of courses in a related field. It is sponsored by the department and was developed for Communication students wishing to enhance the credentials of their degree.
The concentration is open to any student majoring in Journalism, Public Communication, Media Production or Communication Studies who has completed the four core courses and has a major GPA of 2.6 or higher.
To sign up, first talk with your adviser to see how these courses will fit in your course sequencing. Then contact the departmental office prior to your graduation semester so the department can verify that you have taken the appropriate courses.
The department allows you to double-dip three courses: one that already is required for your major and two electives. Additionally one course could be designated an All College Elective. Thus this concentration may not add any requirements beyond the 120 needed for graduation. Regardless of how you configure your electives, you still must meet other departmental requirements, particularly that requiring 72 credits other than the COM course prefix.
At graduation, you will receive a certificate from the Communication Department acknowledging that you have completed requirements for this concentration. You may list it on your résumé.
The Sports Communication concentration will add to your knowledge base, improve your skills, and offer credentials in a field with increasing career potential.
Along with your departmental major, this concentration can lead you toward a career as a sports broadcaster or reporter, public relations practitioner with a professional sports team, sports blogger, athlete publicist, sports information director at a college or university, TV sports producer, or a “front office” job with a sports-oriented association or business.
The Sports Communication concentration involves five courses (15 credits), which also can serve toward major requirements and electives.
Two Professional Courses in Sports Communication (6 credits)
One Applied Individualized Course (3 credits)
One Major Course with option for sports-related content (3 credits)
Contact instructor to ensure that sports-related content is available
One Sports-Themed Course Outside Communication (3 credits)
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