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Communication with Sports Concentration BA COM-SPTC

Degree Type: Bachelor of Arts

College(s): Arts and Sciences

Required Courses  Credit Hours 
General Education
This degree requires completion of the General Education requirements for a Bachelor of Arts degree. Details of these requirements are delineated on the General Education website. Courses listed below as program/major required courses with the indicators: C, S, Z, R, G, may also be used to satisfy some of these general education requirements.
COMM 101 Intro to Communication Study 3
COMM 105 Interpersonal Communication 3
COMM 121 Fundamentals-Public Speaking 3
COMM 299 Theories Human Communication 3
COMM 300 Research Methods in Comm 3
COMM 499 Communication Senior Seminar 3
Directed Electives (18 credits minimum required)
Sports Concentration (18 credits)
COMM 301 Interviewing 3
COMM 380 Organizational Communication 3
COMM 389 Sports Communication 3
*COMM Elective approved by advisor 3
Sports Concentration electives (6 credits)
AIMC 300 Principles of Advertising/IMC 3
BLAW 411 Legal Env-Sport-Resort Mgmt 3
COMM 385 Broadcast Writing 3
COMM 387 Broadcast Presentation 3
FMAN 321 Principles of Facility Mgmt 3
FMAN 322 Project Management 3
GRDE 114 Design Survey 3
GRDE 116 Computers in Visual Media 3
GRDE 118 Desktop Publishing 3
HIST 285 History of Sports 3
HOMT 305 Convention and Meeting Sales 3
HOMT 401 Special Event Planning 3
JRNL 121 Writing for Mass Media 3
JRNL 251 Understanding Mass Media 3
MGMT 375 Negotiations 3
MKTG 321 Principles of Marketing 3
MKTG 420 Sports Marketing 3
PREL 240 Public Relations Principle 3
PREL 341 Public Relations Tactics 3
TDMP 110 Intro to Video Communications 3
TDMP 301 3
TDMP 314 Remote Television Production 3
Approved Academic Minor 18 - 24 credits
B.A. Core 3 - 15 credits
The B.A. core consists of COMM 221 and proficiency in a foreign language through the 201 level.

Why Choose Communication with Sports Communication?

The sports industry has become a major player in the national and world economy. Beyond the obvious competition events involving players, coaches and spectators, the industry requires many support personnel to administer, market and broadcast events. At every level of involvement, appropriate and effective communication is required. This concentration offers students pursuing careers in the sports industry an opportunity to acquire knowledge and develop skills and attitudes for achieving competent 'sports communication.'

Career Opportunities

A degree in Communication with a Sports Concentration positions students with specific skills and experiences, and in doing so prepares them for a variety of careers in the sports industry. Graduates have entered into careers in event planning for the NFL, facilitating a leadership development program for the NCAA, compiling and analyzing statistics for ESPN, and owning and managing their own sports companies.

Admission Requirements

First year student admission is open to high school graduates (or equivalent) who demonstrate academic preparedness, maturity and seriousness of purpose with educational backgrounds appropriate to their chosen program of study. High school courses and grade point average, ACT composite score, and ACT reading and mathematics subscores will be considered in the admission and placement process. Transfer students must have at least 12 credits at the time of application with a minimum of 2.0 overall GPA including an English and mathematics course, or they must provide their high school records and ACT scores for admission review.

Graduation Requirements

In order to graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication - Sports Concentration, a student must complete a minimum of 120 credits including the Communication major, the BA core, an academic minor in another field of study and all general education requirements for the Bachelor of Arts degree. No grade lower than a 'C' will count toward the major.

More Information

Department of Humanities
Ferris State University
1009 Campus Drive
Big Rapids, MI 49307

Program Coordinator: Dr. Cami Sanderson
Phone: 231-591-3675

Advisor: Dr. Sandy Alspach
Phone: 231-591-2779
email: alspachs@ferris.edu

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