Sports Communication takes students beyond scores and statistics. Students have the opportunity to analyze and explore sports in new ways, through critical examination of the role of sports in society. The curriculum incorporates ethical and theoretical analysis of sports including the influences of gender, race, and public policy. In addition to a strong theoretical foundation, sports communication courses give students the opportunity to apply concepts in practical situations through the completion of projects and internships.
B.A. in Communication Foundation Courses
COM 101 Public Presentations
COM 102 Introduction to Communication
COM 103 Digital Toolbox
COM 200 Communication Research: Strategies and Methods
Sports Communications Concentration Courses
COM 242 Introduction to Journalism
COM 260 Sport, Culture, and Communication
COM 308 Communication Internship (3 credits)
COM 365 Issues in Sports Media
COM 445 Sports Reporting
COM 448 Sports Broadcasting
COM 460 Sports Public Relations
Communications Elective Course
Students are required to take four additional communication elective courses at the 300-400 level. These courses may be drawn from any area of the communication curriculum. Potential electives to complement a sports communications concentration and the student’s career focus within the field include:
Broadcast Focus Production Focus
COM 331 Broadcast Newswriting COM 387 Audio for Media
COM 332 Producing the Newscast COM 393 Video Production II
COM 463 Broadcast News Workshop COM 398 Advanced Editing Techniques
Journalism Focus Public Relations Focus
COM 300 Mass Communication Law COM 370 Public Relations
COM 322 Newswriting COM 470 Organizational Writing
For course descriptions, visit Course Catalog
Potential Minors and Certificates
Marist offers a wide range of minors and certificates to broaden students’ knowledge and complement a sports communication major. Minors and certificates to consider:
A business minor offers students a foundation in organizational operations, writing, and communication. This foundation is useful for students interested in sports administration and sports management careers. Potential courses of interest include: Marketing Principles and Organizational Behavior.
A psychology minor offers students an understanding of psychological techniques and research methods. Sports communication students can benefit from the psychological examinations of how and why individual think, feel, and act in particular ways. Potential course of interest include: Sports and Exercise Psychology and Social Psychology.
N.Y.S Coaching Certificate
Marist offers students the opportunity to graduate with a New York State Coaching Certificate. The foundation courses benefit students interested in coaching as a career or part-time job following graduation. Foundation courses include: Principles and Problems of Coaching, Movements in Sports, and First Aid and Care of Injuries.