Sports Media, BS

Requirements for Students Matriculating in or before Academic Year 2020-2021. Learn more about University Academic Regulation 3.1.

Minimum Overall Grade Point Average: 2.00
Total Hours: 120

General Education Requirements
English Composition
See Academic Regulation 3.5
ENGL 1113Composition I3
or ENGL 1313 Critical Analysis and Writing I
Select one of the following:3
Composition II
Critical Analysis and Writing II
Technical Writing
American History & Government
HIST 1103Survey of American History3
or HIST 1483 American History to 1865 (H)
or HIST 1493 American History Since 1865 (DH)
POLS 1113American Government3
Analytical & Quantitative Thought (A)
STAT 2013Elementary Statistics (A)3
or STAT 2053 Elementary Statistics for the Social Sciences (A)
Humanities (H)
Courses designated (H)6
Natural Sciences (N)
Must include one Laboratory Science (L) course
Courses designated (N)6
Social & Behavioral Sciences (S)
ECON 1113The Economics of Social Issues (S)3
or ECON 2103 Introduction to Microeconomics (S)
MC 1143Media in a Diverse Society (DS)3
SPCH 2713Introduction to Speech Communication (S)3
Additional General Education
Courses designated (A), (H), (N), or (S)4
Hours Subtotal40
Diversity (D) & International Dimension (I)
May be completed in any part of the degree plan
Select at least one Diversity (D) course
Select at least one International Dimension (I) course
College/Departmental Requirements
First Year Seminar
(Transfer students with 15 hours exempt)1
Arts & Humanities
See note 2.a.3
Natural & Mathematical Sciences
See note 2.b.9
Foreign Language
See note 3
0-6 hours
Upper-Division General Education
Select 6 hours outside major department
See note 2.c.
Hours Subtotal13
Major Requirements
Minimum 2.50 GPA. Minimum grade of "C" in all MC-MMJ-SC-SPM prefix courses.
Lower-division Professional Sequence
2.75 GPA and declared major required
MC 2003Mass Media Style and Structure3
MC 2023Electronic Communication3
SPM 2843Sports and the Media3
Upper-division Professional Sequence
Proficiency Review required
MC 4143Ethics and Issues in Mass Communications3
MC 4163Mass Communication Law3
SPM 3813Sports Reporting Across the Media3
MMJ 3153Fundamentals of Video and Studio Production3
MMJ 3263Multimedia Reporting3
MMJ 4393Data Journalism3
SPM 3863Electronic Sports Reporting3
SPM 4883Sports Media Capstone3
Select 6 hours additional of MC-MMJ-SC-SPM6
Select 9 hours of upper-division Traditional Liberal Arts (A&S, AERO, AMIS, AMST, ANTH, ART, ASL, ASTR, BIOL, CDIS, CHEM, CHIN, CS, DANC, DIVR, ENGL, FLL, FREN, GEOG, GEOL, GREK, GRMN, GWST, HIST, JAPN, LATN, MATH, MICR, MUSI, PHIL, PHYS, POLS, PSYC, REL, RUSS, SOC, SPAN, SPCH, STAT, TH) or Business or Gen Ed9
Emphasis
Complete one Area of Emphasis6
Hours Subtotal54
Electives
Select 13 hours13
May need to include 6 hours of a foreign language (see note 3)
May need to include 6 hours upper-division general education outside major department (see note 2.c.) and 1 additional upper-division hour
May not be able to use additional courses in MC-MMJ-SC-SPM
MATH 1483 or MATH 1513 required for students not placing directly into STAT
Hours Subtotal13
Total Hours120

A 2.75 graduation retention GPA and at least 24 hours completed required to initially declare major. Passing the proficiency review is required for upper-division major requirements. This includes a 2.75 graduation retention GPA, and at least 12 OSU hours earned, and a 2.75 OSU GPA, and a passing score on the Language Proficiency Exam.

A minimum of 72 hours must be taken outside of MC-MMJ-SC-SPM. No more than 12 hours in MC-MMJ-SC-SPM can be transferred from other institutions

Students are required to develop and maintain a portfolio exhibiting specific and appropriate work including required class assignments.

Areas of Emphasis

Sports News Emphasis

Select two of the following:6
Editing in a Multimedia Environment
Field Production
Public Affairs Reporting
Sports Announcing
Sports Information Systems
Advanced Sports Writing

Sports Production Emphasis

MMJ 3913Field Production3
SPM 4813Sports Media Production3

Other Requirements

  • See the College of Arts and Sciences Requirements.
  • Minimum 2.50 GPA in all MC-MMJ-SC-SPM prefix courses.
  • Upper-Division Credit: Total hours must include at least 40 hours in courses numbered 3000 or above.
  • Hours in One Department: The School of Media and Strategic Communications requires that no more than 48 hours in MC-MMJ-SC-SPM may be applied to degree requirements.

College of Arts and Sciences Requirements

  1. General Education Requirements
    No more than two courses (or eight hours) from the major department may be used to meet General Education and College and Departmental Requirements. The General Education required English Composition, required U.S. History, required American Government, one required MATH or STAT course, and required foreign language for B.A. degrees do not count against the two-course maximum.
  2. A&S College/Departmental Requirements
    1. Arts and Humanities are defined as any course carrying an (H) designation or courses from AMST, ART, DANC, ENGL (except ENGL 3323 Technical Writing) HIST, MUSI, PHIL (except PHIL 1313 Logic and Critical Thinking (A), PHIL 3003 Symbolic Logic (A) and PHIL 4003 Mathematical Logic and Computability), REL, TH, and foreign languages.
    2. Natural and Mathematical Sciences are defined as any course from the following prefixes: ASTR, BIOC, BIOL, CHEM, CS (except CS 4883 Social Issues in Computing), GEOL, MATH, MICR, PBIO, PHYS, and STAT; or courses from other departments that carry an (A) or (N) general education designation.
    3. The required six hours of upper-division General Education may not include courses from the student’s major department. This requirement may be satisfied by courses also used to satisfy any part of a student’s degree program (i.e., in General Education, College Departmental Requirements, Major Requirements or Electives).
    4. Non-Western Studies Requirement for B.A. and B.F.A.; One 3-hour course in Non-Western Studies (N.W.). This requirement may be satisfied by courses also used to satisfy any part of a student's degree program (i.e., in General Education, College Departmental Requirements, Major Requirements or Electives).
    5. The College of Arts & Sciences requires a minimum 2.0 GPA in all major requirements and a minimum 2.0 GPA in all major-prefix courses applied to the degree.
  3. Foreign Language Proficiency
    1. The foreign language requirement for the B.A. may be satisfied by 9 hours college credit in the same language, which must include 3 hours at the 2000-level, or equivalent proficiency (e.g., passing an advanced standing examination; TOEFL exam; presenting a high school transcript which demonstrates the high school was primarily conducted in a language other than English; etc.). Computer Science courses may not be used to satisfy this requirement. Currently Arabic and Mvskoke are not offered at the 2000-level at OSU.
    2. The foreign language requirement for the B.S., B.M. and B.F.A. may be satisfied by presenting a high school transcript which demonstrates two years of study of a single foreign language (passing grades at second-year level of study). It may also be satisfied by 6 hours college credit in the same language, which must include language courses 1713 and 1813, or equivalent proficiency (e.g., passing an advanced standing examination; TOEFL exam; presenting a high school transcript which demonstrates the high school was primarily conducted in a language other than English; etc.). Computer Science courses may not be used to satisfy this requirement.
    3. In addition to a. and b., students pursuing teacher certification must meet novice-high foreign language proficiency by presenting a high school transcript which demonstrates two years of study of a single foreign language with no grade below B. Or, students may complete 3 hours college credit in a single language with no grade below C (or pass an advanced standing examination, College Level Examination Program (CLEP) exam, or Oral Proficiency Interview developed by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, equivalent to 3 hours of college credit.) Or, students may meet the requirement by transfer of documentation of meeting the foreign language competency from one of the teacher education programs in the State of Oklahoma approved by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education.
  4. Exclusions
    1. Courses used to satisfy the General Education English Composition, U.S. History, American Government, and Mathematics or Statistics requirements will not count toward the 54-hour maximum allowed from one department.
    2. Courses with ATHL or LEIS prefixes and leisure activity courses may not be used for degree credit.
  5. Teacher Certification
    Students can satisfy the requirements for secondary schools teaching certification while earning a B.A. or B.S. in the College of Arts & Sciences. Those interested should see their Arts and Sciences advisor and the OSU Professional Education Unit in room 325 Willard.

Additional State/OSU Requirements

  • At least: 60 hours at a four-year institution; 30 hours completed at OSU; 15 of the final 30 or 50% of the upper-division hours in the major field completed at OSU.
  • Limit of: one-half of major course requirements as transfer work; one-fourth of hours earned by correspondence; 8 transfer correspondence hours.
  • Students will be held responsible for degree requirements in effect at the time of matriculation and any changes that are made, so long as these changes do not result in semester credit hours being added or do not delay graduation.
  • Degrees that follow this plan must be completed by the end of Summer 2026.

Finish in Four Plan of Study

The plan below is an example of how students can successfully complete degree requirements in four years. This suggested class schedule plan may be used as a guide and can be adjusted based on individual needs. Students are required to meet with an academic advisor prior to enrollment each semester to plan their class schedule, and students are ultimately responsible for completing all degree requirements.

Plan of Study Grid
Freshman
FallHours
ENGL 1113
Composition I
or College Algebra (A)
3
MATH 1483
Mathematical Functions and Their Uses (A)
or College Algebra (A)
3
General Education courses 10
 Hours16
Spring
ENGL 1213 Composition II 3
STAT 2013
Elementary Statistics (A)
or Elementary Statistics for the Social Sciences (A)
or Elementary Statistics for Business and Economics (A)
3
General Education courses 8
 Hours14
Sophomore
Fall
General Education courses 15
 Hours15
Spring
MC 2003 Mass Media Style and Structure 3
MC 2023 Electronic Communication 3
College and Elective courses 9
 Hours15
Junior
Fall
SPM 2843 Sports and the Media 3
SPM 3813 Sports Reporting Across the Media 3
SC 3753 Graphic Design for Strategic Communication 3
MMJ 3153 Fundamentals of Video and Studio Production 3
Major, College, and Elective courses 3
 Hours15
Spring
SPM 3843 Contemporary Sports Media 3
SPM 3783 Sports Public Relations 3
MMJ 3263 Multimedia Reporting 3
Major, College, and Elective courses 6
 Hours15
Senior
Fall
MMJ 4393 Data Journalism 3
MC 4163 Mass Communication Law 3
SPM 4833 Sports Information Systems 3
Major, College, and Elective courses 6
 Hours15
Spring
MC 4143 Ethics and Issues in Mass Communications 3
SPM 4933 Sports Information Capstone 3
Major, College, and Elective courses 9
 Hours15
 Total Hours120