2015 Sports Studies Program

2015 Sports Studies Program


(laid-back instrumental music) Sports Studies has made me change how I think about sports
and that it’s more than just the game on
the court or the field. It’s the off the court stuff
that, in a way, is really the main reason I think
people watch sports. It’s how it can bring about change, and how it can also stiffle change. It’s just much more complicated
than the actual game itself. – Sport Studies is just, it
for example, helps you look into sports a lot more. But I think it’s also
taught you more to look in and dive into a bunch
of different subjects. And really analyze it
until you get exactly what the meaning of it is. And so I think it will help
me analyze anything, really. – They basically teach you the basics on what you need to know. And so you can study
the things that we have to study in those classes. – In the Sports Studies
program, I enjoy learning about how all the
different races and genders have been affected, not
given equal opportunity. And how they’re trying to
push forward and break through into the sports realm themselves. – We learn about different
biases people have in the media. And it kind of helps
you avoid those things. Like, if I was gonna be
a journalist, you know. Kind of makes me more
aware of what to include, what to leave out, and
kind of what to emphasize. – I think one thing you get
from Sports Studies courses that you don’t get in others is immediacy. Other courses I feel like
the topics you talk about often need to go through the ringer. And need to, some time has to pass before you can really analyze them. Whereas in Sports Studies,
pretty much every day the teacher will start the
class, or a teacher will start the class with talking about
something that happened just the other night. – And every day it’s something
new with Sport Studies. Sports are always changing. There’s so many of them. It’s just nice when you can
come to class and you know you’re going to enjoy
whatever comes at you. – The most interesting class
I’ve taken in Sports Studies would probably be Sports Scandals. You get to learn how different
athletes have kind of been represented in the media because of what they’ve done wrong. And the way that race kind of
plays a factor in that also. – Sport After the 1900s, that was actually a very interesting course
just because we didn’t actually talk about sports a lot. We did talk about some sports
history and stuff like that. But then we also applied some
of those basic principles kind of in American history as a whole. – I know a lot about sports, but I’m effective in communication, too. So I think those two things
combined would really help. – It’s gonna impact my
life no matter where I go, whether that’s an actual job I get. It is going to help me look at everything in a whole new light. – It’s helped me in journalism
in that I don’t just look at athletes as athletes. I look at them as products
of the culture or the time and I think that makes for
more interesting stories. And hopefully it’ll help me going forward. – With my Sports B.A., I
plan on hopefully going into either college or professional sports, whether it be coaching,
marketing, management, or administrative positon. Sports have always been my life and that’s why I went into this major. So, you get to find out all
the different aspects of it. And I want to stay close
to sports as long as I can. (upbeat instrumental music)

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