Sport Studies


A concentration

What is it about sports that inspires such loyalty and camaraderie or, conversely, that provokes fans to take the contest outside the arena?

At Bryant, the Sport Studies concentration allows you to take a close, critical, and multi-faceted look at the global phenomenon of sports. You will take courses that focus on the institutional and cultural aspects of sports, the media and sports, the interplay between these aspects of sports, and the embodied and physiological core aspect of sports and athletics.

In this course of study, you will learn key concepts in the study of sports, understand the contradictions of the phenomenon of sports, master major concepts of a discipline-based approach and apply it to the study of sports, and describe and critically analyze sports as a cultural, social, political, and economic context for human interaction.

Future careers, post-grad opportunities

Bryant’s Sport Studies concentration allows you to complement many courses of study with the knowledge provided by a discipline-based approach to examining sports and athletics. You can pursue a career in sports development, the health and fitness industry, or as a coach. You may also go on to post-graduate study or even launch your own business in a related field.

Sport Studies faculty

The interdisciplinary concentration in Sport Studies offers students a program that combines rigorous and in-depth analysis of sports with a specific disciplinary focus on applied psychology, sociology, economics, communication, or legal studies, as well as exposure to more broad-based knowledge in the study of the institution and cultural practice of sports. Faculty in this concentration are drawn from Applied Psychology, Communication, Economics, English and Cultural Studies, Legal Studies, Science, and Sociology.

Faculty work with students to develop relevant internships and directed studies consistent with each student's interests, curricular needs, and graduate school and career plans. 

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For an 18-credit concentration:

Choose one (1) of the following as a foundation course:

  • Public Speaking (COM202)
  • Introduction to Communication (COM203)
  • Media Literacy (COM260)
  • Microeconomics (ECO113)
  • Macroeconomics (ECO114)
  • Introduction to Literary Studies (LCS121)
  • The Legal Environment of Business (LGLS211)
  • Western Legal Tradition (LGLS220)
  • Introduction to Psychology (PSY260)
  • General Biology (SCI251)
  • Principles of Sociology (SOC251)

Choose one (1) of the following as a related course:

  • Public Relations (COM361)
  • Industrial Organization-American Industry (ECO363)
  • Managerial Economics (ECO393)
  • Sexuality and Culture (LCS383)
  • Health Psychology (PSY375)
  • Nutrition (SCI354)
  • Anatomy and Physiology (SCI360)
  • Sociology of Gender, Health, and Illness (SOC352)
  • Internship in area of student’s choosing

Choose at least three (3) concentration core courses:

  • Sports Media Production (COM344)
  • Sports Economics (ECO340)
  • Sport and the Law (LGLS380)
  • Exercise and Sports Psychology (PSY481)
  • Sociology of Sport (SOC360)
  • Directed Studies in a content area of student’s choosing
  • Internship in area of student’s choosing

Choose a capstone course in the discipline-based track. The capstone must be at the 400 level. For disciplines in which there is no capstone course, students might use a 400-level directed study or other 400-level opportunity for a capstone experience, developed with the guidance of a Sport Studies faculty advisor.

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To learn more, please contact:
Judy McDonnell, Ph.D.
Professor of Sociology
Department of History and Social Sciences


Renee Chapman

Renee Chapman '11
Asst. sports manager,
U.S. Sports Camps

At U.S. Sports Camps, the official operator of Nike Sports Camps headquartered in San Rafael, CA, Chapman is responsible for marketing/social media for baseball, football, and softball. As assistant sports manager, she oversees budgets, establishes new locations, and maintains relationships with directors.

“My education gave me the tools to excel,” she says. “My courses required me to be a team player, take on leadership roles, and think out of the box.” “The communication program at Bryant is phenomenal,” adds Chapman. “My major, combined with a business minor, gave me the ability to think critically and quantitatively. When I was interviewing for jobs, many companies mentioned that they liked that I had this background.”