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Sport Communication Minor

Race to the top of the exciting world of sports when you train for a variety of sports reporting and broadcasting jobs. Whether you want to be in front of or behind the camera, in the control room or on the set, you’ll learn the skills you need at the University of Central Missouri. 

At UCM, we offer a Sport Communication minor that teaches you all aspects of sports news for print, online, radio and TV. Consider the Sport Communication minor to enhance these UCM undergraduate degrees:

Get a well-rounded sport communication education

In classes on our Warrensburg campus — plus some offered online, for your convenience — learn how to write, edit, produce, publish and broadcast as part of UCM’s Sport Communication minor. The wide range of topics helps you to understand the bigger picture with a breadth of knowledge that will broaden your career possibilities.


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Well-rounded Sport Communication minor

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Some online courses available

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Access to UCM campus radio and news

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Work with UCM DII sports teams

What you will study

UCM’s Sport Communication minor combines Digital Media Production and Sport Management courses for a comprehensive, multidisciplinary education. Learn the sports language to write the news or speak to your audience. You’ll gain the technical skills you need to build a podcast, work on a production team, implement SEO, manage social media and more. Plus, you’ll develop management skills to lead others and make informed decisions.

Become an MVP through these valuable courses for your Sport Communication minor

Explore all the critical functions of sports broadcasting — from pre-production to reporting to camera management — in these exciting classes and others:

  • Introduction to Sports Broadcasting
  • Sports Reporting
  • Writing Across the Media

Students with a major that also requires these courses as part of their UCM undergraduate studies can complete our Sport Communication minor in two years or less. UCM faculty, who have years of real-world experience in sport communication, sports management, broadcast production and engineering, will be there to guide you every step of the way.


Excellence in Sport Communication

  • UCM offers world-class resources for building skills in all facets of sports broadcasting. We’ve been recognized by the Missouri Broadcast Educators Association for play-by-play announcing, live event production, sports talk radio and sports talk television, so you can be confident you’re receiving a high-caliber education.
  • #1: Best Value Colleges for Radio, Television and Digital Communication in Missouri (College Factual, 2022)
  • #1: Most Focused Colleges for Radio & Television in the Plains States Region (College Factual, 2022)
  • #1: Most Popular Colleges for Radio, Television & Digital Communication in Missouri (College Factual, 2022)


Unique learning opportunities in sport communication

Get the most out of your college education at the University of Central Missouri. We’re committed to ensuring you’re ready to tackle any role in sports broadcasting through campus resources and applied learning opportunities that include:

  • Internships: Intern with sports broadcasting and production organizations such as Prepcasts, Zimmerman Productions and LTN Global, as well as regional and local radio stations and news outlets, to provide coverage for a range of sports events.
  • State-of-the-art equipment: Get hands-on training in cutting-edge equipment you’ll use on the job, including a professional sports production truck that allows us to go live from anywhere.
  • Campus media sources: Gain real-world experience when you intern or work at one of UCM’s media outlets: The Beat internet radio station, Central Television (CTV) station or the Muleskinner.
  • Field trips: Join us as we take advantage of our proximity to Kansas City by visiting sport production organizations such as LTN Global, 610 Sports Radio and others.
  • UCM Sports: Help us maintain our award-winning radio and video live stream coverage of UCM’s top Division II sports teams for experience that will instantly boost your resume.


What can you do with a Sport Communication minor from UCM?

Demand for graduates of UCM’s Sport Communication program is growing. Many of our alumni work for organizations such as the Jefferson City News Tribune, the Minnesota Timberwolves and LTN Global, and their employers often remark on their readiness on day one of the job. Graduates of our Sport Communication program are versatile, dependable and well-prepared to handle any obstacle that comes their way in these settings and others:

  • Sports talk radio shows
  • Newspapers
  • TV stations
  • Public relations firms
  • Professional sports teams
  • College and high school athletic departments
  • Sports video production companies

Many graduates work as freelancers to expand their network and figure out their career path. Your Sport Communication training will also help qualify you to work in any format you wish, from country radio to political talk shows.

Explore jobs in sport communication

UCM provides resources such as our Career and Life Design Center to help you search and apply for jobs and prepare for interviews. Use the interactive tool below to get an idea of the career paths that await you upon your graduation.




Financial assistance options for your Sport Communication minor

Adding a Sport Communication minor to your undergraduate education will allow you to live your passion for sports while opening the door to many exciting career opportunities. At the University of Central Missouri, we offer some of the region’s more affordable tuition rates and have been recognized by LendEDU as a top university for low student debt. 

You may also want to explore the ways we can help you finance your education, including loans, grants, work-study opportunities and scholarships.

Apply for scholarships to help fund your UCM education

Scholarships offer financial support that enables you to more easily focus on your college experience. See if you qualify for one of the many opportunities made possible through UCM, our alumni and other supporters using the UCM Scholarship Finder.


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If you like one or more aspects of the Sport Communication minor, you may also want to explore some of UCM’s other minors that pair well with bachelor’s degrees:


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