Sport Studies Major — B.A.

The sport studies major meets the needs of students who want an in-depth study of sport and its place in modern society. Grounded deeply in the liberal arts, the sport studies curriculum investigates the historical, sociological, psychological, and philosophical dimensions of sport. Students have the opportunity to further their appreciation for the world of sport with advanced study that explores such areas as gender issues, the Olympic Games, and sport film and literature. Sport studies majors are encouraged to explore specific areas of study more deeply by enrolling in those minors that may directly prepare them for graduate study or prospective careers.

Please note that students will not be accepted into the Sport Studies major after the Fall 2014 semester.


General requirements24
Degree specific requirements30
Integrative Core Curriculum 125
Complementary Liberal Arts - Required 212
Elective credits29
Total Credits120

Please refer to "ICC" tab on our school's main page to see requirements.


Complementary Liberal Arts (CLA) may be fulfilled either by completing a minor of student's choice (see NOTE A) or a defined sequence of second language study (see NOTE B).

Degree Requirements 

Humanities and Fine Arts
ENGL xxxxxEnglish elective3
HIST xxxxxHistory elective3
PHIL xxxxxPhilosophy elective3
Communication Skills
Select one of the following:3
Academic Writing I
WRTG xxxxx
Writing elective
Social Sciences
SOCI xxxxxSociology elective3
POLT xxxxxPolitics elective3
ANTH xxxxxAnthropology elective (not ANTH 10300)3
Specific Requirements
SPMM 20700History of Sport3
SPMM 29500Social Aspects of Sport3
SPMM 29700Sport: Philosophical Perspectives3
SPMM 39400Sport in Film and Literature 13
Select 18 credits of the following: 218
The History of United States Popular Culture
Leisure and Society
Social and Cultural Aspects of Play
Sport and Exercise Psychology
Gender Issues in Sport
The Evolution of Sport Media
Youth Sport in America
Sport Economics
The Olympic Games
Sport in the Civil Rights Movement
Writing about Sports
SPMM 29300Minicourses in Sport Management and Media1-3
SPMM 39900Selected Topics in Sport Management and Media1-3
Total Credits53-57

Counts as ICC Capstone.


12 credits must be at the 300 or 400 level.

Note A (Minor Option)

Students selecting this option must be aware the following list1 of minors require careful planning in order to achieve 12 credits of LA designated courses:

  • Audio Production
  • Communications Management and Design
  • Communication Studies
  • Communication Disorders
  • Health Policy Management
  • Outdoor Recreation
  • Recreation
  • Legal Studies
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Women's Studies
  • Writing

The following list1 of minors would NOT allow students to achieve 12 credits of LA designated courses and are excluded from this option:

  • Accounting
  • Business
  • Coaching
  • International Business Studies
  • Marketing
  • Scriptwriting
  • Still Photography

Please see appropriate department for updated minor requirements.

Note B (Language Study Option)

Students selecting this option must complete 12 hours of coursework in a single language other than English. Requirements for the primary major may not count toward the 12 hours required for this option. The language study option must be declared by the end of the first semester of the junior year. It is expected that those students who select this option will choose languages that are important to understand sport cultures and institutions (e.g. Spanish for baseball; French for the Olympic movement).

Courses taken to fulfill the Complementary Liberal Arts (CLA) must be taken at Ithaca College for a letter grade. Courses taken in an affiliated study abroad program or Cornell University may be applied to the CLA through the normal petition and transfer credit process.