The sport business industry is one of the largest and fastest growing industries in the U.S., generating billions of dollars each year. The sport communication minor at WVU can prepare you for a career in this exciting field.

You will gain practical skills in media writing, public relations and strategic communications, as well as an understanding of the issues affecting professional and college sports today.

Job areas could include advertising, media relations, media sales, athlete endorsements, media placement, merchandise licensing, media broadcasting rights, sport information, community relations and more.

This minor requires 18 hours, nine of which are offered from the College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences and nine of which are offered from the School of Journalism. The sport communication minor requires the following courses:

Three Courses from Reed College of Media (9 hours)

One of the following (3 Hours)




Required Course


One of the following (3 Hours)



Three Courses from College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences (9 hours)

Required Course


Two of the following (6 hours)




To earn a minor in Sport Communication, a student must earn a C or better and a minimum overall GPA of 2.0 or better in the courses required for the minor.

Students who double-minor in sport communication and advertising must complete PR 215 Introduction to Public Relations. Students who double-minor in sport communication and public relations must complete either ADV 215 Principles of Advertising or ADV 201 Advertising & Society.

Students who triple-minor in advertising, public relations, and sport communication must complete all listed courses. However, JRL 101 Introduction to Mass Communication can be taken only once and must be replaced with one of the Reed College of Media’s online 200-level or higher open-enrollment courses.

Reed College of Media majors who wish to minor in sport communication must complete the same RCM courses as noted for the minor (9 credits total), as well as all 12 credits from CPASS: SEP 271 (Sport in Society), SM 426 (Sport Law), SM 485 (Sport Management) and SM 486 (Sport Marketing).

For additional information contact MediaCollegeOnline@mail.wvu.edu. To register for online courses, contact WVU Online at (800) 253-2762 or email elearn@mail.wvu.edu.