Sports studies examines the meaning, history, and culture of sport. Course work provides students with the critical skills necessary to understand sport’s relationship to media, economics, politics, and education. A focus on race, class, and gender in sport is central to the major.
The sport studies major provides an excellent basis for pursuing careers in sports journalism, sports broadcasting, sports management, sports information, and coaching.
Our courses lay a solid foundation for students who want to pursue a graduate degree or combine their sport studies interest with an emphasis on journalism, American studies, business, history, women's studies, African American studies, or sociology. Many sport studies students with an interest in sport and the media choose a double major with the School of Journalism and Mass Communication (SJMC). Others choose to add course work from the Tippie College of Business to strengthen their sport management interests.
Students interested in this major need to meet the requirements for admission to the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
The University of Iowa provides a variety of scholarships to eligible undergraduate students through the Iowa Scholarship Portal. Scholarships are available to first-year, transfer, and currently enrolled students. For additional details on scholarships for your program of study, check directly with the department or college.
Required course work for the BA program in sport studies includes:
- Inequality in American Sport
- Understanding American Cultures
- A course on diversity in sport
- A course on international dimensions of sport
- A course on contemporary sport in America
- A course on the history of sport and leisure in America
- Four or more elective courses chosen from a list of approved courses in sport studies and related disciplines (e.g., journalism, American studies, economics, health and human physiology, history, sociology)
You’ll also complete five or more courses in a discipline outside sport studies, such as journalism and mass communication, American studies, business, or gender, women’s, and sexuality studies. You’ll choose your outside area in consultation with your adviser. If your adviser approves, you may choose to earn a minor in another discipline rather than completing an outside specialization area.
Students also must complete the requirements of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences GE CLAS Core.
If you’re interested in coaching, you’ll be able to complete additional course work that will qualify you for coaching endorsement from the state of Iowa. Instead of completing an outside specialization area, you’ll complete the following courses:
- Human Anatomy
- Basic Athletic Training
- Human Growth and Motor Development
- Theory and Ethics of Coaching
Once you complete the coaching authorization requirements, you’ll need to apply to the Iowa Board of Educational Examiners.
See Sport Studies in the UI General Catalog to learn more about the sport studies major or minor and graduating with honors.