The Sports Communication Certificate is a 15-credit set of courses designed to give students enhanced credentials for careers involving sports-related journalism, public relations, and media production. The certificate provides a competitive edge through a credential that shows evidence of both academic knowledge and applied experience.
This knowledge and experience are transferrable from sports to virtually any communication field and are applicable to multiple platforms of communication such as print and broadcast media, internet, social media, audio production, and video production.
The Sports Communication certificate involves five courses (15 credits), which also can serve toward major requirements and electives. Choose from the following:
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)
The Sports Communication certificate 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 certificate 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.
First, talk with your adviser to see how these courses will fit in your course sequencing.
For some students, completing this may require courses beyond the 120 minimum graduation requirement.
Next, your adviser will add a note in your Degree Works audit. Third, you must add the certificate via the Major Change form and get the department chair’s signature. Finally, when you complete the certificate, you need to fill out the Undergraduate Certificate Application that is available from the Registrar’s Office.
The Communication Department is keeping a record of all students in the certificate program. All students who complete it will be acknowledged at the department’s Senior Sendoff the evening before commencement. It will appear on your college transcript, and you may list it on your resume.
Speak with your adviser or call the Communication Department office at (716) 878-6008.
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