Sport Studies Major

As a sport studies major, you’ll look at sports and other physical activity through the lens of history, psychology and sociology. In addition to studying sports history, you’ll look at the role of sport in American society. Sport studies examines sport’s cultural relationship with education, the economy, families, the media and politics and considers race, class and gender differences in the sport experience.

Career Potential

  • Youth sports director — YMCA/YWCA
  • Sport psychologist
  • Sport historian
  • Sport sociologist
  • Sports journalism
  • Sports broadcasting
  • Sport management
  • Sports Information
  • CoachingAn instructor and student analyze data on a computer while a woman runs on a treadmill.

What Will I Learn?

  • You’ll be in a flexible, broad-based program that combines major courses with a number of electives.
  • Courses emphasize current research as well as its practical application.
  • You’ll take core courses in exercise science along with classes in other disciplines such as:
    • History, Sociology, Psychology
    • Physical education

Special Features

  • Practical experience in the youth and college sports settings
  • Work in studies with faculty and your colleagues
  • Clubs that will help immerse you in your study through fieldwork
  • Study abroad in England, Germany and Australia

Get Involved

College is more than a classroom. Enhance your experience with extracurricular opportunities:

  • Practicum experiences
  • Research projects with faculty
  • Participation in service-learning opportunities

Student Clubs

Next Steps

Contact Us

Main Office: Professional Studies Building, Room 1164
Phone: 607-753-4300

Fast Facts

  • The SUNY Cortland Kinesiology Department is a member of the American Kinesiology Association (AKA)
  • The four majors in the Kinesiology Department represent one of the largest undergraduate enrollments for a department at SUNY Cortland.

Type of Degree

Bachelor of Science (B.S.)
Credit Hours: 120


We recognize excellence in our students with awards and scholarships.

  • Outstanding Senior Student in Sport Studies/Coaching

See all scholarship opportunities

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