You like to cross the finish line first. We like that top-notch ranking, too. The College of Communication's Sports Media major is the only degreed program of its kind in Indiana and one of only a handful of degreed programs in the Midwest. You’ll be able to take advantage of competitors with a unique and innovative skill set that puts you ahead of the pack and is founded on the integration of sports journalism and digital sports production.
Sports media careers have become some of the most highly competitive and sought-after positions in the job market. It’s a multi-billion-dollar industry that drives audience interaction and interest in sports on a worldwide scale. And, you’ll have access to hands-on learning day-one in one of the richest sports cities in the world that plays home to the NCAA, Indianapolis Colts, Indiana Fever, Indiana Pacers, and the Indy 500 to name just a few.
Students choosing Sports Media as their major will be required to fulfill 48 credit hours within the major. Required courses include:
- SPM 101, Introduction to Sports Media (3)
- JR 112, Introduction to News Reporting and Writing (3)
- SPM 120, Introduction to Sports Production (3)
- JR 210, Reporting and Writing (3)
- SPM 220, Sports Shooting and Editing (3)
- SPM 245, Sports Audience Research (3)
- JR 312, Multimedia Journalism (3)
- SPM 320, Live Sports Production (3)
- STR 356, Sports Promotion (3)
- SPM 458, Perspectives in Sports Media (3) or CCM 470, Sports, Media and Culture (3)
- JR 409, Media Economics and Regulation (3) or JR 414, Media Law (3) or CME 452, Entertainment Media and the Law (3)
- SPM 405, Sports Newsroom (3)
- SPM 480, Media Entrepreneurship (3)
- SPM 400, Sports Media Capstone (3)
- SPM 440, Internship (3)
One elective from the following approved courses:
- JR 325, Gender and News: Global Views (3)
- SPM 458, Perspectives in Sports Media (3)
- CCM 470, Media, Sports and Culture (3)
- CME 452, Entertainment Media and the Law (3)
- JR 409, Media Economics and Regulation (3)
- JR 414, Media Law (3)
- JR 420, Media Ethics (3)
- JR 417, Global Media (3)
- SPM 311, E-sports (3)
- JR 427, Special Topics (3)
- CME 390, Special Topics (3)
- JR 412, In-depth Journalism (3)
- JR 411, Multimedia Newsroom (3)
In addition, students will be required to satisfy the Butler University Core curriculum as well as the CCOM requirements of Public Speaking, Media Literacy, Communication & Culture, and Foreign Language (3 credit hours at a 204 level or above or scoring an intermediate level or above on a proctored exam).
A minor (recommended) or concentration is required, comprising 39 hours. A second major also fulfills this requirement.
Additional hours of free electives, combined with the above, to complete the 126 hours needed for graduation.
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The information found on this website with respect to major/minor/program requirements is primarily directed at providing prospective students a general roadmap of the curriculum. Current Butler students are expected to review their degree audit report at my.butler.edu and speak with their advisor regularly for detailed information regarding their specific degree requirements and their progress toward degree completion.