Uniting Sport and People

Do you have passion for sports and an interest in communication? Consider merging your interests in the Sport Communication program at Ashland University.

No other sport communication program in the country takes the same full-circle approach to the field as we do, making this program stand out as unique and innovative in its foundation. It focuses on communication theory, research, and application to cover a broad range of communication phenomena within the sports industry.

Career opportunities for Sport Communication program graduates include sport public relations, sport sales, marketing, management, coaching, and graduate school.

Contact Us

Department Chair

Gwen A. Hullman, PhD
419.289.5298
ghullman@ashland.edu

Department Contact

120 Center for the Arts
419.289.5139
commstudies@ashland.edu

Curriculum

Brochures, Course Rotations & Four-Year Guides

Each department provides information specific to its majors and programs to help ensure you choose exactly which major is right for you. Use the supplemental material below to assist you in finding a major that most interests you.

Current Academic Year

Description of Communication Studies courses

Department Course Rotations

Current Academic Year
Sport Communication Four-Year Guide
Sport Communication and Health & Risk Communication (Double Major) Four-Year Guide
Sport Communication and Public Relations & Strategic Communication (Double Major) Four-Year Guide

Core Curriculum

Interesting classes you may take include:

COM 313: Race and Gender in Sports. This course provides a background of the issues of gender and race in the world of sports. Topics that will be discussed include women's participation in sports before and after Title IX, masculinity in sports and sports media, femininity portrayal in athletics, the racial integration of sports throughout history, and the current state of sport in consideration of both gender and race.

COM 323: Sport Public Relations. This class will examine the tasks of the sport public relations specialists, including such areas as promotions, media relations, community relations, and crisis communications.

COM 410: Relational Communication in Sport. This course will investigate the multiple relationships that exist in sports. Interpersonal communication theory will be used to analyze relationships including family relationship in sports, coach-athlete relationships, as well as team and organizational relational dynamics. The course will also investigate how and why these relationships grow or fail based on the communication between the parties.

Contact Us

Department Chair

Gwen A. Hullman, PhD
419.289.5298
ghullman@ashland.edu

Department Contact

120 Center for the Arts
419.289.5139
commstudies@ashland.edu

Curriculum

Brochures, Course Rotations & Four-Year Guides

Each department provides information specific to its majors and programs to help ensure you choose exactly which major is right for you. Use the supplemental material below to assist you in finding a major that most interests you.

Current Academic Year

Description of Communication Studies courses

Department Course Rotations

Current Academic Year
Sport Communication Four-Year Guide
Sport Communication and Health & Risk Communication (Double Major) Four-Year Guide
Sport Communication and Public Relations & Strategic Communication (Double Major) Four-Year Guide

Core Curriculum

Interesting classes you may take include:

COM 313: Race and Gender in Sports. This course provides a background of the issues of gender and race in the world of sports. Topics that will be discussed include women's participation in sports before and after Title IX, masculinity in sports and sports media, femininity portrayal in athletics, the racial integration of sports throughout history, and the current state of sport in consideration of both gender and race.

COM 323: Sport Public Relations. This class will examine the tasks of the sport public relations specialists, including such areas as promotions, media relations, community relations, and crisis communications.

COM 410: Relational Communication in Sport. This course will investigate the multiple relationships that exist in sports. Interpersonal communication theory will be used to analyze relationships including family relationship in sports, coach-athlete relationships, as well as team and organizational relational dynamics. The course will also investigate how and why these relationships grow or fail based on the communication between the parties.

Sport Communication Program Benefits

In this program, you’ll:

  • Receive personalized attention in small class sizes with faculty who publish research and have coaching experience

  • Gain hands-on experience as early as freshman year in sport public relations, sport-center research, and conference presentations

  • Engage in research with published professors, gaining research skills applicable to a wide variety of professions and sport organizations

  • Build an impressive portfolio of research projects, scholarly accomplishments, and more that will be appealing to future employers and graduate schools

  • Participate in internships with area pro sports teams, media outlets, public relations firms, and sport information offices

Sport Communication Career Outlook

Career Opportunities 

This program prepare yous for communication-intensive positions within the sporting industry. Career opportunities for Sport Communication program graduates include:

  • Sport Public Relations

  • Sport Sales

  • Sport Marketing

  • Sport Management

  • Coaching

  • Graduate School

Christian Services

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