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Concentration in Sports Media (Bachelor of Arts in Media)

Students on Summer 2022, Fall 2022, or Spring 2023 requirements MDAC07

Sports Media students learn about the process of communication within the sporting world. They build a foundation based on sports writing, broadcasting, online media, advertising and video production, and learn the differences between content rooted in journalism and content rooted in organizational communication. Throughout the program, students receive valuable hands-on training in their focal area that prepares them for fulfilling careers as sports commentators, broadcasters, content creators and managers in the sports media world.


The major requires at least 36 credit hours (12 in the Media Core and 24 in the Concentration), including the requirements listed below.
  1. Media School Core.
    1. Introduction to Media. One (1) course:
      • MSCH-C 101 Media
    2. Managing Media. One (1) course:
      • MSCH-C 203 Foundations of Journalism
      • MSCH-C 208 Principles of Public Relations
    3. Thinking Media. One (1) course:
      • MSCH-C 213 Introduction to Media Psychology
      • MSCH-C 218 Sports, Media and Society
      • MSCH-C 219 Media in the Global Context
    4. Making Media. One (1) course:
      • MSCH-C 250 Story Lab I
  2. Concentration.
    1. Sports Media Core. Five (5) courses:
      • MSCH-B 320 Sports Documentary
      • MSCH-B 330 Sports Media Literacy
      • MSCH-B 331 Managing Sports Media
      • MSCH-B 332 Sports Writing and Reporting
      • MSCH-B 333 Sportscasting
      • MSCH-B 334 Social Media in Sports
      • MSCH-B 340 Sports Video Storytelling
      • MSCH-B 341 Multimedia Sports Content
      • MSCH-B 350 Esports Journalism
      • MSCH-B 360 Sports Media Topics
      • MSCH-B 430 Sports Media Laboratory
      • MSCH-B 432 Advanced Sports Writing
      • MSCH-B 445 Sports and Television
      • MSCH-X 386 Introduction to Live Event Sports Production
      • MSCH-X 472 Media Internship
      • MSCH-X 486 Advanced Live Event Sports Production
    2. Sports Media Electives. Three (3) courses:
      • Additional course(s) from the Sports Media Core list
      • MSCH-C 228 Multi-Camera TV Studio Production I
      • MSCH-C 320 Social Media Tactics
      • MSCH-D 331 Social Media Cultures
      • MSCH-H 300 Honors Media Law in the Digital Age
      • MSCH-H 310 Honors Media Topics (approved topics only; see academic advisor)
      • MSCH-H 410 Honors Media as Social Institutions
      • MSCH-J 331 Podcasting and Audio Storytelling
      • MSCH-J 343 Broadcast News
      • MSCH-J 353 Advanced Broadcast News
      • MSCH-J 365 Graphic Design I
      • MSCH-J 385 Television News Reporting and Producing
      • MSCH-J 431 Advanced Podcasting and Audio Storytelling
      • MSCH-J 464 Infographics
      • MSCH-J 465 Graphic Design II
      • MSCH-J 370
      • MSCH-P 356 Multi-Camera TV Studio Production II
      • MSCH-R 455 Social Media Communication Strategies
      • MSCH-S 348 Audience Analysis
      • MSCH-X 360 The Media School in Los Angeles
      • MSCH-X 373
    3. Additional Requirements.
      • At least nine (9) credit hours in the concentration must be at the 300–499 level.
      • Except for the GPA requirement, a grade of C- or higher is required for a course to count toward a requirement in the concentration.
      • A GPA of at least 2.000 for all courses taken in the concentration—including those where a grade lower than C- is earned—is required.
  3. Major GPA, Hours, and Minimum Grade Requirements.
    1. Major GPA. A GPA of at least 2.000 for all courses taken in the major—including those where a grade lower than C- is earned—is required.
    2. Major Minimum Grade. Except for the GPA requirement, a grade of C- or higher is required for a course to count toward a requirement in the major.
    3. Major Upper Division Credit Hours. At least 18 credit hours in the major must be completed at the 300–499 level.
    4. Major Residency. At least 18 credit hours in the major must be completed in courses taken through the Indiana University Bloomington campus or an IU-administered or IU co-sponsored Overseas Study program.
    5. College Breadth. At least 58 credit hours must be completed in courses from College of Arts and Sciences disciplines outside of the major area.

Major Area Courses

Unless otherwise noted below, the following courses are considered in the academic program and will count toward academic program requirements as appropriate:

  • Any course at the 100–499 level with the MSCH prefix—as well as any other subject areas that are deemed functionally equivalent
  • Any course contained on the course lists for the academic program requirements—as well as any other courses that are deemed functionally equivalent—except for those listed only under Addenda Requirements
  • Any course directed to a non-Addenda requirement through an approved exception
  • Any course, consistent with the policies herein, that is part of a concentration, track, and/or specialization being pursued as part of this academic program

The following courses cannot be applied toward major requirements or the College Breadth requirement:

  • No common exclusions

This program of study cannot be combined with the following:

  • Bachelor of Arts in Journalism (JOURBAJ)
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts in Cinematic Arts (CINEARTBFA)
  • Bachelor of Science in Game Design (GAMEDSGNBS)
  • Certificate in New Media and Interactive Storytelling (NMISTACRT1)
  • Minor in Black Cinema and Media Studies (BLKCNMDMIN)
  • Minor in Cinema and Media Studies (CNMDASTMIN)
  • Minor in Fashion Media (FAMEDIAMIN)
  • Minor in Film Production (FILMPRDMIN)
  • Minor in Game Design (GAMEDSNMIN)
  • Minor in Global Media (GLVMDIAMIN)
  • Minor in Media and Creative Advertising (MDCRADMIN)
  • Minor in Media and Diversity (MDIADIVMIN)
  • Minor in Media Law and Ethics (MDLWETMIN)
  • Minor in Media Persuasion (MDIAPRSMIN)
  • Minor in Media, Sex and Gender (MDGNDRMIN)
  • Minor in Public Relations (PBLCRELMIN)
  • Minor in Sports Media (SPORTMDMIN)
  • [Name unavailable] (NMISTACRT)

Exceptions to and substitutions for major requirements may be made with the approval of the unit's Director of Undergraduate Studies, subject to final approval by the College of Arts and Sciences.