Sport Studies Concentration

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Welcome to Graduate Sport Studies Program at SJSU!

Department of Kinesiology Sport Studies Graduate Program Fact Sheet.

Our Multi-Disciplinary Approach

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.

Our Philosophy

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.


Doctoral Program Preparation

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.

Graduate Research

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.


Alumni Testimonial


Matt Gonzalez: MA 2017; Current PhD student at West Virginia

The Sport Studies graduate program at San Jose State University is where you
can expect to find nothing short of unflagging support and dedication from faculty in pursuit of your chosen end goal. For me, that was trying to build a wide-ranging breadth of experience that could compete with others around the nation for admission into quality Ph.D. programs.Matt Gonzalez

I can happily say that I achieved that goal with admission into West Virginia University’s Sport, Exercise, and Performance Psychology Ph.D. program; but that absolutely would not have been possible without the effort invested into my education by everyone at San Jose State University. Whether it was engaging with innovative approaches in qualitative inquiry for my thesis or supporting my entree into applied sport psychology work; I could always count on the Sport Studies faculty to back me up so long as I was willing to do the work. If jumping into the field of sport psychology or sport sociology is where your interest lies, you would be extremely well advised to consider this program!

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