Sports Journalism, Certificate

Program Code: JCCSJ_UCT

Program Requirements

To earn an undergraduate certificate in Sports Journalism, John Curley Center, Bellisario College of Communications, a minimum of 6 credits is required.

Prescribed Courses
Select 6 credits of the following:6
Sports Writing
Sports Broadcasting
Sports Information

To complete the program, students must earn a minimum of six credits from COMM 476, COMM 477 and/or COMM 478 and complete an on-campus sports media activity (Daily Collegian, CommRadio, WKPS-FM "The Lion," Intercollegiate Athletics, etc.) and/or on- or off-campus internships in sports media.

Prerequisites Required.

Certificate Learning Objectives

  1. REPORTING: Students will be able to report and create content on the stories that make up the core of sports writing: game stories; previews and follows; features; various kinds of enterprise.
  2. JOURNALISM SKILLS: Students will be able to demonstrate competency in Associated Press style and basic grammar.
  3. MULTIPLATFORM: Students will be able to demonstrate storytelling skills on multiple platforms.
  4. SPORTS ISSUES: Students will demonstrate an understanding of the economic and societal issues facing the sports industry today.
  5. ETHICS: Students will demonstrate a grounding in journalism ethics, particularly as it pertains to sports.

Academic Advising

The objectives of the university’s academic advising program are to help advisees identify and achieve their academic goals, to promote their intellectual discovery, and to encourage students to take advantage of both in-and out-of class educational opportunities in order that they become self-directed learners and decision makers.

Both advisers and advisees share responsibility for making the advising relationship succeed. By encouraging their advisees to become engaged in their education, to meet their educational goals, and to develop the habit of learning, advisers assume a significant educational role. The advisee’s unit of enrollment will provide each advisee with a primary academic adviser, the information needed to plan the chosen program of study, and referrals to other specialized resources.


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University Park, PA 16802