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This minor offers students the opportunity to examine important and timely sports-related issues in an ethical context as well as analyze sports from cross-cultural perspectives. Students will gain an understanding of sport mass media, sport communication, sports reporting, interpersonal and organizational communication, and the impact each has in our global society. The courses cover theory and practice in cross-platform communication, sports ethics and theoretical underpinnings, public relations, and marketing. The minor provides applied fundamentals for students seeking employment in the commercial world of sports (areas such as management or promotion of athletic organizations) and in sports media.


Eight credits of coursework must be unique to the minor and students must complete all coursework with a minimum GPA of 2.00. For policies governing all minors, see AP.5.3.4 Minors.

Banner Code: SCOM

Minor Requirements

Total credits: 18

Students should be aware of the specific policies associated with this program, located on the Admissions & Policies tab.

Core Courses

COMM 303Writing across the Media3
COMM 320Business and Professional Communication3
SPMT 201Introduction to Sport Management3
or SPMT 304 Sport, Culture, and Society
SPMT 430Sport Communication3
Total Credits12


Select two electives from the following: 16
Introduction to Public Relations
Foundations of Intercultural Communication (Mason Core)
News Writing and Reporting
Video: Performance and Writing
Media Management
Online Journalism
Sports Writing and Reporting
Sports and the Media
Introduction to Sport Management
Philosophical and Ethical Dimensions of Sport
Sport, Culture, and Society
Diversity and Inclusion Issues in Sport
Sport Venues and Events
Sport Marketing and Sales
Economics and Finance in the Sport Industry
Global Perspectives in Sport
Governance and Policy in Sport Organizations
Total Credits6
  • Special topics courses, when relevant, may be used to fulfill this requirement with the prior written approval of the director.
  • Depending on which courses students took as a required course (above), they may use either SPMT 201 Introduction to Sport Management or SPMT 304 Sport, Culture, and Society as an elective.
  • COMM majors are required to take one elective SPMT course.