Department of HumanitiesJohnson Hall, 117
1009 Campus Drive
Big Rapids, MI 49307
Focus your career skill set with classes targeting the sports industry, including Interviewing, Organizational Communication and Sports Communication. Use the "hard" skills learned in your major courses to complete the requirements for this enhancement.
In this program, you can channel your love for sport into a productive career or raise your appreciation for sport to a new level. Work with others who share your passion to grow in your understanding of how intrinsic the sports industry is to American culture and to the economy, not just in the United States but around the globe. The guest speakers in COMM 389: Sports Communication and the Sports Speakers Series hosted by Sports Careers RSO offer invaluable insights into hidden aspects of the sports "business." Travel with the club to get into the rafters of Van Andel Arena to see where sports communication people work their magic to make attending a game special or watching a game more than just an evening's diversion.
COMM 389: Sports Communication concentrates on all facets of the sports industry, with direct application to a variety of career applications ranging from Advertising to Video Broadcasting and Sports Writing. Participate in a team project to design, execute and assess a "value-added" activity at a Ferris sports event or the annual Special Olympics basketball game hosted by Sports Careers RSO. More than just a course on your transcript, this experience may be the difference that brings your resume to the top of the pile.
Two major courses can count towards the Sports Communication minor; one major course can count towards the Sports Communication certificate. This flexibility reduces cost and time to completion of your degree while still providing the outcome you want added to your transcript. Through experiences in COMM 389: Sports Communication, you will have descriptive talking points during an interview that will set you apart from the competition.
Ask Brian why he took a fall semester at Ferris State after completing his degree
at Saginaw Valley University to earn the Sports Communication certificate. Our program
is the only one of its kind in the state that gives that credential with one semester's
Ask Tommy Hill, Director of Hockey Operations for Miami University of Ohio's RedHawks, why he completed the Sports Communication minor to enhance his Finance major. He told his story in the Sports Speakers Series in spring 2015.
Ask Nathan how his combination of course work in Recreation Management and Sports Communication landed him a management job at the Palace of Auburn Hills.
Ask Dawn, a Ph.D. student in Sports Journalism at the University of Tennessee, how her life changed when she added the Sports Communication minor to her Recreation Management major.
Ask Chad why he has chosen to add the Sports Communication minor to his degrees in Business and Legal Studies as he contemplates law school after his ice hockey playing days end.
Dr. Sandy Alspach
Sports Communication Champion
Phone: (231) 591-2779
Email: [email protected]
Office: JOH 127