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Sport Studies (B.A.)

Few activities shape contemporary North American culture as much as sport, which commands much of our leisure time, pervades our culture and language, and shapes our attitudes and expectations about topics ranging from race relations to ethics. Our sport studies major provides you with in-depth study of sport and its place in modern society. Grounded firmly in the liberal arts, the program explores the historical, sociological, and philosophical dimensions of sport.

Many classes allow you to explore an area of interest in depth, culminating in upper-level courses that include semester-length projects on such topics as race and politics in U.S. sports or the impact of youth sports in America. Courses in international settings offer new perspectives on sport and global citizenship. For example, students recently traveled abroad to explore the political implications of colonialism as manifested in the Major League Baseball academies in the Dominican Republic and during the 2007 Cricket World Cup in Antigua.

Sport's complex relationship to and representation in popular culture are also explored. Many of your classes will challenge the mythology and mystique that surround sport; all use analysis of current events to develop your critical thinking skills. The major offers the flexibility to pursue study in other areas of the College, and you're encouraged to explore specific disciplines even more deeply by enrolling in a minor. Minors in sociology, history, philosophy, and anthropology are particularly helpful in preparing for graduate study.

Our graduates have pursued a variety of careers in the sport industry and have been especially successful with community outreach and education programs offered by most professional organizations, including the Boston Celtics and the NHL commissioner’s office. Many choose to pursue graduate study in sport management or attain teaching and coaching certification, while others are now teaching in sport studies programs at a variety of colleges and universities, including the University of Rhode Island and the University of Illinois.