Sports Communication

School of Communication & The Arts

Marist’s Sports Communication concentration within the Communication major goes beyond scores and statistics. You will read and analyze sports in new ways, critically examining the role of sports in society and considering such areas as gender, race, and public policy in the context of sports. With a unique combination of theory and practice, you’ll have real-world experience in sports communication long before you enter the industry after graduation.

Learn the Intricacies of Sports Communication

Studying in the Sports Communication concentration at Marist, you will gain both a vast understanding of the communication industry as a whole and develop in-depth knowledge of the sports communication field. Your communication coursework is supplemented with unique and exciting sports communication classes such as:

  • Sport, Culture, and Communication
  • Issues in Sports Media
  • Sports Reporting
  • Sports Broadcasting
  • Sports Public Relations

View the Sports Communication Curriculum
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Learn the Intricacies of Sports Communication

Studying in the Sports Communication concentration at Marist, you will gain both a vast understanding of the communication industry as a whole and develop in-depth knowledge of the sports communication field. Your communication coursework is supplemented with unique and exciting sports communication classes such as:

  • Sport, Culture, and Communication
  • Issues in Sports Media
  • Sports Reporting
  • Sports Broadcasting
  • Sports Public Relations

View the Sports Communication Curriculum

Gabriella Ricciardi: Interning with the New York Jets

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Marist’s Center for Sports Communication is a global leader in the study of and practice in sports communication, helping to prepare an enlightened and engaged group of future leaders in one of society’s most far-reaching disciplines. The Center has achieved national and international recognition for the unique educational experiences it provides to undergraduates. You'll have the opportunity to work on industry-standard sports shows, participate in sports research, and learn from titans in the Sports Communication industry.

Learn more about the Center for Sports Communication >

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Develop Your Sports Communication Portfolio

Sports Communication students at Marist are uniquely positioned with access to a wide range of hands-on opportunities as part of your academic experience. Not only does the Sports Communication concentration require an internship to ensure your success post-graduation, but we work closely with you to determine the best on- or off-campus experience for your interests. You’ll have access to:

  • ESPN Control Room: produce NCAA Division I basketball and volleyball games for broadcast on ESPN3 and ESPN+.
  • Center for Sports Communication: produce sports podcasts, conduct sports communication research with leading faculty, and engage with industry professionals.
  • Center Field: write and produce high quality sports stories for this student-run online publication.

Develop Your Sports Communication Portfolio

Sports Communication students at Marist are uniquely positioned with access to a wide range of hands-on opportunities as part of your academic experience. Not only does the Sports Communication concentration require an internship to ensure your success post-graduation, but we work closely with you to determine the best on- or off-campus experience for your interests. You’ll have access to:

  • ESPN Control Room: produce NCAA Division I basketball and volleyball games for broadcast on ESPN3 and ESPN+.
  • Center for Sports Communication: produce sports podcasts, conduct sports communication research with leading faculty, and engage with industry professionals.
  • Center Field: write and produce high quality sports stories for this student-run online publication.

Develop The Skills Needed To Succeed

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Public Presentation

Develop skill and confidence in public presentation environments, from running meetings to presenting at conferences.

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Multimedia Production

You will be able to produce stories for all forms of media, including but not limited to print, digital, visual, and audio production.

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Writing

Develop your reporting, writing, and editing skills.

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Research Skills

Learn to do informed research in order to produce knowledgeable stories.

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Relationship-Building

Through interactions with various sports industry professionals, you'll be able to facilitate relationships and build a personal network.

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Media Convergence

Develop a multifaceted and diverse approach to sports communication through examining areas such as social media, public relations, organizational communication and interpersonal communication.

Whether I need help with a daily classroom assignment or have a question about a paper or exam, the professors are very open to meeting and helping their students. They make it very easy to reach out to them, and they are extremely responsive and open to working with all students.
My experiences here and interning for the New York Jets have been life-changing. There’s no question in my mind. After graduation, I want to stick with photography and sports.
Being involved in Center Field, and the mentorship I received from the upperclassmen there, just took my writing to the next level.
I got an email inviting me to come to one of the Center for Sports Communication’s Speaker Series events. What stood out to me the most was how well spoken and interested the students were that asked questions. I wanted to be one of them.
Thanks to Marist, I landed the internship opportunity of a lifetime with the NFL’s Miami Dolphins. I worked on and presented a three-year, multistage plan based on bringing e-sports—an untapped demographic—to the stadium. It was a great experience.
There were many reasons why I chose Marist – the beautiful campus, the people, the culture, the opportunities that came with a school so close to New York City. Before coming to Marist, I had never used a camera, never produced a video, and never edited a video. I now have the privilege of doing all three for Sports Illustrated, which is such a prestigious company, so I’d say the classes and clubs at Marist prepared me pretty well!

At Marist, we pride ourselves on our dedication to providing our students with a well-rounded liberal arts education that prepares them for practical experience and profound success in their field. But don't just take our word for it - the numbers speak for themselves.

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Of current students are satisfied with their Marist Experience

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Graduation rate, higher than the average for public and private colleges

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Employed or attending grad school 6 months after graduation

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