Sport Studies Concentration

Welcome to Sport Studies at SJSU! Sport Studies is the widely accepted title for the academic study of the social institutions and cultural practices related to sport. Sport Studies encompasses a variety of approaches to the study of sport and the body, and is comprised of theories and research methodologies from psychology, sociology, history, philosophy, and cultural studies of sport. In the Department of Kinesiology, Sport Studies approaches sport from a critical perspective that addresses issues of social identity, power, and agency, while recognizing the positive effects of sport and exercise participation and experiences. Thus, students going through the Sport Studies curriculum will identify and analyze ways that sport and exercise can produce, reproduce, or contest social inequities to potentially affect positive social change at the individual, community, national, and global levels.

By providing a flexible and interdisciplinary course of study, the Sport Studies curriculum will prepare students for careers in sport-related settings such as coaching, sport psychology, and public, community, and private sport organizations. In addition, the Sport Studies curriculum will equip students with a solid academic foundation for entrance into doctoral programs in the US, Canada, and abroad.

Our graduate students have engaged in a variety of research projects and thesis studies, including numerous sport and exercise psychology studies, coaching studies and manuals, critical media studies, ethnographic work, historical and philosophical analyses of sport and exercise phenomena, and many others. Among the technological resources available to our students is the Qualitative Research lab, equipped with the latest software for data analysis.