Sports Communication Colleges

Read about undergraduate and graduate programs that offer coursework in sports communication. Find out what course topics you could study as a sports communication student, and get info on locating and selecting a school for your education. Schools offering Communications degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

Students who want to become involved in sports communication, media, and journalism can choose from programs at both the undergraduate and graduate level. For more information on these programs, be sure to take a look at the information below, which discusses these programs in depth.

What Are My Options for Sports Communication Programs?

You can find sports communication programs under the jurisdiction of a college's communications and journalism department, though a few schools offer this as an interdisciplinary degree within sports kinesiology. Programs are called sports communication or sports media and are often centered on broadcast or print communication.

A number of undergraduate programs in sports communication are available, and several communication degree programs have it as a concentration. As a student, you learn how to analyze various sports and examine the role of sports in culture. Bachelor's degree programs directed toward broadcast communication are ideal if you want to work in radio or television, while print-focused programs are best if you want to do public relations or write about sports in a magazine, newspaper or on the Web.

Graduate programs are typically in communications or journalism with a concentration in sports media. A master's degree program takes two years to complete; this is great if you want more education or if you want to focus on an area such as public relations or new media. No doctoral degree programs specific to this field are available as of March 2011, although you may seek a Doctor of Philosophy in Sports Management or Sports Studies that touches upon this field.

Some colleges and universities have undergrad and graduate certificates if you're pursuing an unrelated degree but would like additional training. No distance-learning programs exist as of March 2011, but a few schools have sports communication coursework online that can be applied toward a degree.

Which Schools Offer Bachelor's Degree Programs in Sports Communication?

Sports communication bachelor's degree programs can be found at many schools. Listed below are a number of these offerings:

  • Ithaca College houses a Bachelor of Science in Sports Media degree program
  • Clemson University provides a Bachelor of Arts in Sports Communication degree program
  • Marist College has a Bachelor of Arts in Communication program with a Sports Communication concentration

Which Schools Offer Master's Degree Programs in Sports Communication?

Multiple colleges and universities also offer master's degree programs in sports communication or a related field, including the following institutions:

  • Valparaiso University hosts a Master of Science in Sports Media degree program
  • Iona College offers a Master of Arts in Sports Communication & Media degree program
  • Texas Tech University has a Master of Arts in Mass Communication with a Sports Media track degree program

What Will I Learn?

In addition to an internship in your area of concentration, you take classes in such areas as:

  • Journalism and sports beat reporting
  • Sports broadcasting
  • Public relations and marketing for sports
  • Sport and culture
  • Sports blogging and social media
  • Issues in sports media
  • Professional, collegiate and amateur sports
  • Sports psychology
  • Drug use in sports
  • Gender, race and sports

How Do I Find a Good School?

You may get more opportunities to practice your craft if the school has a radio or television station or a heavy-circulation newspaper. Getting a byline in a newspaper or being on the air during your education can help you get a job after you graduate. Also, if the school has access to professional or semi-professional sports teams, you can gain even more real-life experience.

If the program you're considering is within a journalism or communications school, you want to be sure the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications approves it. If you're seeking a more sports-focused program, you might want to check out the schools listed by the North American Society for Sport Management.

Sports communications programs are commonly available at the bachelor's and master's degree levels. Bachelor's degree programs are great for a general education in sports media and can prepare students for a career in the field, while master's degree programs often allow students to pursue a more specific topic within the field.

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