Sport Studies Major (B.S.)

http://chhs.unh.edu/kin_ss

Sport studies is an interdisciplinary major that provides a foundation for careers in the sport industry. Students may prepare for careers in school, college, and professional athletic administration, coaching, marketing, and sports media. The program also prepares majors for graduate study in areas such as sport law and sport psychology. Sport studies students are encouraged to pursue a second major or minor in a complementary discipline, such as business, journalism, or psychology.

Majors take a core of foundation courses (e.g., The Sport Industry) as well as electives in applied areas such as sport marketing, athletic administration, and sport psychology. Majors must earn a grade of B- or better in KIN 565 Principles of Coaching and KIN 580 Sport Industry, and a grade of C or better in each required University and KIN course. All majors must complete 20 credits of prior-approved coursework in supporting areas such as business, psychology, or education. In addition, an internship experience or independent study is required. An internship experience is strongly recommended since it is often critical to career development. Interested students should consult with the program coordinator, Tim Ashwell, Tim.Ashwell@unh.edu.

Major Requirements 

KIN 560Sport Psychology4
KIN 562Sports Media Relations4
KIN 565Principles of Coaching4
KIN 580Sport Industry4
KIN 740Athletic Administration4
KIN 741Social Issues in Contemporary Sports4
KIN 743Sport Marketing4
KIN 761Senior Seminar Sport Studies 24
PSYC 401Introduction to Psychology4
Select one approved statistics course4
Electives
Select sixteen credits of approved KIN electives 316
Cognate Requirement (outside of Department of Kinesiology)
Select a minimum of 20 credits from other departments 120
Total Credits76
1

Each course must be approved in advance by faculty advisor.

2

Majors must complete a minimum of 150 hours of industry experience before they can take KIN 761 Senior Seminar Sport Studies. Students must be enrolled as a sport studies major for one full semester before taking KIN 761 Senior Seminar Sport Studies. See advisor for details.

3

Include 4 credits of KIN 650C Internship in Sport Studies or KIN 696 Independent Study.

Internal transfers to sport studies must have a 2.5 GPA as well as a minimum grade of C in PSYC 401 Introduction to Psychology, Statistics (PSYC, SOC, DS) and a minimum grade of B- in both KIN 565 Principles of Coaching and KIN 580 Sport Industry.

Recommended Major Sequencing of Courses

This list only includes major classes. Students should be registered for, and taking an average of 16 credits per semester to be ‘on track’ to graduate in 4 years. In most semesters, this means a student will be taking Discovery or elective course, to meet this 16 credit ‘load’.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallCredits
KIN 580 Sport Industry 4
PSYC 401 Introduction to Psychology 4
ENGL 401 First-Year Writing 4
 Credits12
Spring
KIN 565
Principles of Coaching
or Sports Media Relations
4
 Credits4
Second Year
Fall
KIN 562
Sports Media Relations
or Principles of Coaching
4
PSYC 402
Statistics in Psychology
or Statistics
4
 Credits8
Spring
KIN 560 Sport Psychology 4
Sport Studies Elective 1 4
 Credits8
Third Year
Fall
KIN 650C Internship in Sport Studies 2-4
2 Sport Studies Electives 1 8
 Credits10-12
Spring
KIN 740
Athletic Administration
or Social Issues in Contemporary Sports
4
Sport Studies Elective 1 4
 Credits8
Fourth Year
Fall
KIN 761 Senior Seminar Sport Studies 4
KIN 650C Internship in Sport Studies 2-4
Sport Studies Elective 1 4
 Credits10-12
Spring
KIN 740
Athletic Administration
or Social Issues in Contemporary Sports
4
 Credits4
 Total Credits64-68
1

16 required credits of electives including 4 credits from KIN 650C Internship in Sport Studies or KIN 696 Independent Study.