School of Social Sciences & EducationSports in Society

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Which aspect of sports are you interested in?

Sports is intertwined with many aspects of society. This major allows you to focus on your interest in sports and pair it with a variety of topics within the social sciences, education or communication arts. In addition to 5 core courses (which you can start as early as your freshman year), you’ll take the remaining credits from a selection of 20 other courses across JU’s campus. The program also offers the opportunity to earn credit for an approved internship in the sports field.

Because the Sports in Society major requires only 39 credits, you’ll have the flexibility to double major or minor in other areas of interest.

39 total credits

from across Jacksonville University’s

four undergraduate colleges.

This interdisciplinary degree offers flexibility and a focus on your interest.


About the ProgramSports in Society Major

The Sports in Society program collaborates with the other colleges and schools across JU’s campus allowing you to specialize in your area of interest related to sports.

In addition to 5 core courses, this interdisciplinary degree asks you to choose at least 2 courses from each of the 3 areas below. For the remaining required hours, you can take any of the approved courses.

The SIS program also offers a Minor. This minor requires core courses SIS200 and SOC203 along with 3 courses from one of the concentrations for a total of 15 credits.

Course Curriculum

Sports & Social Science (Area A)

If you’re interested in a broad view of sports and its connection to history, economics, psychology, exercise science or research, for example, you might consider this focus. A sports-related internship can be applied in this area. You must take at least 2 courses from Area A.

Sports in Society Social Science




Sports & Education(Area B)

You can connect your interest in sports to the education field too. In Area B, you’ll find courses that prepare you for a teaching certificate and cover topics like coaching. You must take at least 2 courses from Area B.  

Sports in Society Education


Sports & Communication Arts (Area C)

This area lets you pair your interest in sports with a variety of topics including the use of journalism, social media, and video in the sports arena. Students interested in a business application to sports might choose a sports promotion course.  You must take at least 2 courses from Area C.

Sports in Society Communication




The Faculty

Dr. Carol Dole

Program Director

Dr. Dole holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Florida. Her research interests focus on sports, and she understands the importance of sports within our society. She will be glad to talk to you about the major and answer any questions you may have. Contact her at or 904-256-7003.

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Contact Information The School of Social Sciences & Education

Gooding Building
Jacksonville University
2800 University Blvd N
Jacksonville, FL 32211

Phone: (904) 256-8000

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