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Sports Media

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.

Major in Sports Media

Students choosing Sports Media as their major will be required to fulfill 45 credit hours within the major. Required courses include:

  • CME 106, Survey of Digital Media (3)
  • JR 112, Newswriting: Print (3)
  • JR 113, Newswriting: Electronic (3)
  • CME 202, Multi-Camera Studio Production (3)
  • CME 215, Video Editing (3)
  • JR 235, Digital Journalism (3)
  • JR 355, Sports Journalism (3)
  • CME/JR 358, Perspectives on Sports Media (3)
  • STR 356, Sports Promotion or JR427, Special Topics in Journalism or  CME 490, Special Topics in Creative Media & Entertainment (3)
  • JR or CME Media Internship or In-training (3)
  • CME 415, Advanced Editing or JR312, Multimedia Journalism 2 (3)
  • CME 452, Entertainment Media & the Law or JR414, Mass Communication Law (3)
  • CME/JR 407, Sportscasting (3)
  • JR 409, Media Economics and Regulation (3)
  • CME 457, Digital Media Project Design & Management (or) JR 412, In-depth Journalism (3)
  • MRC 470,* Sports, Media and Culture

* Fulfills diversity/cultural requirement in CCOM core
** JR350, JR353, CME455 or CME475 will fulfill this requirement 

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 (6 hours at the 200 or above level).

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.

For course descriptions, visit Class Search.

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 and speak with their advisor regularly for detailed information regarding their specific degree requirements and their progress toward degree completion.

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