Sports Information and Media
For specific questions about the Sports Information and Media program, contact Mr. Robert Healy, III.
This Duquesne Media undergraduate program is a 33-credit major (or an 18-credit minor or 15-credit certificate) that prepares students for careers in sports media and/or public relations, including the sportswriting, sportscasting and job-rich "sports information" fields, among others. This is an ideal program for a university with NCAA Division I programs inside a major league sports city.
"Sports information" is the term most commonly used to refer to public-relations work done on behalf of college athletics departments nationwide. At the professional-sports level, the term is also known as "content," "media relations," "communications" and/or "public affairs," among other names. Students in this program would be prepared to work under those titles, as well.
The following courses are required to satisfy the major:
Departmental Core Courses
- MDIA 140: Media Literacy
- MDIA 260: New Media Production
- MDIA 465W: Media Ethics
- MDIA 473: Media Law and Regulation
Required for Major (3 credits each, except where noted; 24 credits total)
- JOUR 177: Language for Journalists (0 credits; concurrent with JOUR 200W)
- JOUR 200W: Multiplatform Newsroom I (concurrent with JOUR 177)
- ADPR 243: Public Relations in Strategic Media
- SPTS 380: Sports Reporting I: Sportscasting
- SPTS 381W: Sports Reporting II: Sportswriting
- SPTS 434: Media and Sports
- SPTS 436: Sports Media Practices
- ADPR 303W: Social Media and Digital Marketing
- SPTS 452: Internship - This must be with Duquesne Athletics' sports-information office. The department chairperson must approve any alternate assignment.
Electives: minimum of 9 credits total; must be chosen in consultation with assigned departmental mentor
Media & Sports Concentration
This precursor to the Sports Information and Media program can be completed by those enrolled prior to the launch of Sports Information and Media. In other words, this concentration is not available to new students. Those already attempting to receive this concentration can do so with either a Public Relations and Advertising, or Multiplatform Journalism major.