This course provides a comprehensive and interdisciplinary examination of intercollegiate athletics in higher education. Although intercollegiate athletics has played an integral and undeniably significant role in the American system of higher education since the mid-nineteenth century, the debate about its purpose and how to govern college athletics still exists. This course will include an historical overview of college sport (1850 - present), an introduction to the organizational structures and policies governing member institutions and will focus on a variety of events and issues that speak to the impact of intercollegiate athletics at colleges and universities. Topics will be used to challenge student's ability to critically examine current administrative issues. Many issues will challenge personal philosophies of sport and its place in higher education. Topics include-among others-the debate surrounding required academic standards for college athletes, athletic department relationships with corporate entities and media partners, the impact of sports programs on campus culture, student-athlete well-being, the role of college and university presidents in intercollegiate athletics, and how college sports interacts with Title IX and gender equity. Through readings and discussions we will consider various prescriptive alternatives for the challenges facing the college athletics.  


4 sh


Open to students in the third or fourth year of study.

Course Types

Core Interdisciplinary Seminar; Sport and Event Management Minor Elective


This course is writing intensive.

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