From snowboarding to football, America’s appetite for sports is insatiable. Fans
want information fast and on-the-go, and employers are looking for professional
communicators with specialized skills to handle the demand. To better prepare
students for a career in sports and adventure journalism, the WVU Reed College
of Media is launching a new Sports and Adventure Media Major.
What You’ll Learn
Through a combination of coursework that includes media, physical activity and
sports science classes, College of Media students will prepare to enter an
ever-changing digital media landscape and stand out as leaders in their field.
Sports and Adventure Media majors will build skills specifically in storytelling
and audience engagement, while learning the fundamental journalism principles
and media ethics.
Students will have full access to modern facilities and skills-based courses
to gain real-world, tangible experience as well as access to the latest digital
technology and opportunities in audio and video production.
Outside the classroom, students will receive hands-on, practical experience through
the College’s partnership with ESPNU. “Campus Connection” allows young journalists
to work with broadcast news sports’ professionals and to showcase their work
on various platforms associated with ESPNU. In addition, students will engage
in professional field experiences like whitewater rafting, rock climbing and
Sports and Adventure Media Major Requirements
To graduate, all College of Media majors must complete a minimum of 120 credit
In addition to required College of Media core courses and Sports and Adventure
Media major courses, Sports and Adventure Media students must complete specified
courses outside of the College. They also are required to complete a minor
and fulfill the University’s General Education Curriculum (GEC) requirements.
Finally, the College’s accreditation guidelines require that students take a
minimum of 72 credit hours outside of the College. Typically, students meet
this requirement through GEC, minor and other non-College courses.
Adventure Media Costs Students pursuing an area of emphasis in Adventure Media will pay fees for
several courses in order to cover costs associated with travel and adventure
sports activities. Please contact Program Coordinator Emily Corio at
firstname.lastname@example.org with questions or for more details.
WVU Reed College of Media hosts a variety of student organizations.
These clubs offer students opportunities to engage in University activities
and connect with other students and professionals nationwide. Students travel
to conferences, visit top news agencies and firms, organize and participate
in campus events, and network with alumni and industry leaders.
We Are Accredited
The College of Media’s undergraduate programs are fully accredited by the Accrediting
Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications. West Virginia University
is fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.