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Major in Sports and Adventure Media

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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 mountain biking.

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Sports and Adventure Media Major Requirements

Sports and Adventure Media Major Curriculum

To graduate, all College of Media majors must complete a minimum of 120 credit hours.

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 emily.corio@mail.wvu.edu with questions or for more details.

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Contact Our Academic Advisors
emily roush

Emily Roush

phone 304-293-5873

demetrius greer

Demetrius Greer

phone 304-293-8538

kayla poling

Kayla Poling

phone 304-293-5686


Get Involved

The 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.