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Curriculum Map

Freshman Year

First Semester (14 Credit Hours)

  • 1 – COMM 1010 Communication Academic and Professional Development I
  • 3 – ENGL 1030 Accelerated Composition
  • 4 – Foreign Language Requirement
  • 3 – Mathematics Requirement
  • 3 – Social Science Requirement

Second Semester (17 Credit Hours)

  • 4 – COMM 2010 Intro. to Communication
  • 3 – COMM 2500 Public Speaking
  • 4 – Foreign Language Requirementi
  • 3 – Mathematics or Natural Science Requirementiii
  • 3 – Elective

Sophomore Year

First Semester (16 Credit Hours)

  • 3 – Arts and Humanities (Non-Lit.) Requirementiii
  • 3 – Emphasis Area Requirement
  • 3 – Foreign Language Requirementi
  • 4 – Natural Science Requirementiii
  • 3 – Social Science Requirementiii

Second Semester (15 Credit Hours)

  • 3 – COMM 3010 Communication Theory or COMM 3020 Mass Comm. Theory or Critical Discourse Theory
  • 3 – Arts and Humanities (Literature) Requirementiii
  • 3 – Foreign Language Requirementi
  • 6 – Elective

Junior Year

First Semester (15 Credit Hours)

  • 3 – COMM 3240 – Sport, Communication, and Society
  • 3 – Emphasis Area Requirementiv
  • 6 – Minor Requirement
  • 3 – Elective

Second Semester (15 Credit Hours)

  • 3 – COMM 3060 Discourse, Criticism and Soc. or
    COMM 3100 Quantitative Research Methods in Communication or COMM 3110 Qualitative Research Methods in Communication
  • 3 – COMM 3250 – Survey of Sports Communication
  • 3 – Minor Requirement
  • 3 – Emphasis Area Requirementiv
  • 3 – Elective

Senior Year

First Semester (15 Credit Hours)

  • 3 – Emphasis Area Requirementiv
  • 3 – Minor Requirement
  • 3 – COMM 4250 – Advanced Sports Communication
  • 6 – Elective

Second Semester (13 Credit Hours)

  • 3 – COMM 4950 Senior Capstone Seminar
  • 1 – COMM 4980 Communication Academic and Professional Development II
  • 3 – Minor Requirement
  • 6 – Elective

120 Total Semester Hours

i The foreign language requirement is a proficiency requirement. Students must complete through 2020 in Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Portuguese, Russian, or Spanish.
ii EX ST 2220 or 3010 or MTHSC 2030
iii See General Education Requirements. Six of these credit hours must also satisfy the Cross-Cultural Awareness Requirement and, if EX ST 2220 is not selected, the Science and Technology in Society Requirement.
iv See advisor. Emphasis area courses consist of 12 credit hours at the 3000/4000-level that fit an approved theme. [6 or 9] credit hours must be Sports Communication courses.

Assessment of Student Learning Outcomes

Upon graduation with a B.A. in sports communication, students will demonstrate mastery of the following:

  1. The history and distinguishing characteristics of the sports communication field.
  2. Relevant communication theory and its applications to sports contexts.
  3. Range of research methods used in sports communication research.
  4. Communication law and ethics as they apply to sports communication.
  5. How communication in sports contexts may be used to pursue long-term professional goals in communication within the student’s context of interest (e.g., mass media, public relations, workplace/business, etc.)
  6. Academic and professional writing characterized by elegance in presentation (i.e., mechanics and style) as well as intellectual and practical sophistication appropriate to a graduate of a B.A. program at a major research university.