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Sports Media Program Overview

Fairfield Univeristy’s sports media program encompasses the main tenets of the industries and practices that make up the larger sports media environment - including journalism, broadcasting, communication, and public relations - and combines them with a critical approach to studying sports that is rooted in the liberal arts and the Jesuit mission of the University.

A sports media major or minor is experiential, analytical, and interdisciplinary in nature, and requires students to take courses within the College of Arts and Sciences’ Digital Journalism program, Communication Department, and Film, Television, and Media Arts program. As part of their studies, students critically evaluate the social, cultural, and political issues that imbue and surround swport, while learning the professional skills needed for careers in sports media.

By completing a major in Sports Media, students are able to:

  • Exhibit a critical stance towards the role of sports in social, political, cultural and academic life
  • Present evidence of an interdisciplinary lens toward sports media, including but not limited to, professional commentary,
  • journalism, broadcast news, reporting, writing, and other fields.
  • Demonstrate a deep understanding of industry and its relationship to the commentary by fans, athletes, business partners, and regions
  • Analyze the complex political, social, and ethical issues that increasingly shape contemporary sports
  • Demonstrate mastery of communication and writing within sports media and the skills employed by professional commentators

Requirements

Sports Media Major (30 hours)

Core Curriculum (15 hours)

  • FTM 108 Sports Broadcasting and Remote TV Production
  • EN/W 223 Intro to Sports Writing
  • CO 230 Sports, Media, and Culture
  • CO 250 Sports Media Industries
  • EN/W 342 Sports Journalism

Electives (12 hours) - At least two courses must be 200 or 300-level

  • ENW 220 News Writing
  • ENW 221 Digital Design
  • ENW 224 The Power of Podcasting
  • ENW 320 Writing the Feature Story
  • ENW 323 Photojournalism
  • ENW 330 Literary Journalism
  • FTM 11 Intro to Film and Video
  • FTM 131 Intermediate Film and Video Production
  • FTM 231 Documentary and Experimental Film Production
  • FTM 232 Studio Television Production
  • FTM 234 Directing for Film and Television
  • FTM 235 Digital Motion Graphics
  • CO 102 Introduction to Public Relations
  • CO 220 Introduction to Organizational Communication
  • CO 231 Media Institutions
  • CO 236 Gender, Sexuality, and Media
  • CO 324 Crisis Communication
  • CO 325 Organizational Communication and Advertising
  • SO 162 Race, Gender, and Ethnic Relations
  • SO 169 Women: Work and Sport
  • PO 211 Media and Politics
  • PO 234 Sex, Sexuality, and Gender
  • PO 236 Politics of Race, Class, and Gender
  • HI 246 Women and Gender in United States History
  • HI 264 African-American History, 1865 to Present
  • ENW 397 Journalism Practicum

Internship/Independent Project (3 hours)

Students must complete one of the following:

  • ENW 345 Internship
  • ENW 347 Independent Writing Project
  • CO 397 Independent Study
  • CO 399 Internship

Sports Media Minor (15 hours)

Sports Media Core (9 hours)

  • EN/W 223 Intro to Sports Writing OR EN/W 342 Sports Journalism
  • CO 250 Sports Media Industries OR CO 230 Sports, Media and Culture
  • FTM 108 Sports Broadcasting and Remote TV Production

Electives (6 hours) - At least one course must be 200 or 300-level

  • ENW 220 News Writing
  • ENW 221 Digital Design
  • ENW 224 The Power of Podcasting
  • ENW 320 Writing the Feature Story
  • ENW 323 Photojournalism
  • ENW 330 Literary Journalism
  • FTM 11 Intro to Film and Video
  • FTM 131 Intermediate Film and Video Production
  • FTM 231 Documentary and Experimental Film Production
  • FTM 232 Studio Television Production
  • FTM 234 Directing for Film and Television
  • FTM 235 Digital Motion Graphics
  • CO 102 Introduction to Public Relations
  • CO 220 Introduction to Organizational Communication
  • CO 231 Media Institutions
  • CO 236 Gender, Sexuality, and Media
  • CO 324 Crisis Communication
  • CO 325 Organizational Communication and Advertising
  • SO 162 Race, Gender, and Ethnic Relations
  • SO 169 Women: Work and Sport
  • PO 211 Media and Politics
  • PO 234 Sex, Sexuality, and Gender
  • PO 236 Politics of Race, Class, and Gender
  • HI 246 Women and Gender in United States History
  • HI 264 African-American History, 1865 to Present
  • ENW 397 Journalism Practicum

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