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.
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.
Sports and Adventure Media Major Requirements
To graduate, all College of Media majors must complete a minimum of 120 credit hours.
Sports and Adventure Media
2 credit hours in Orientation
31 credit hours of General Education Foundations (English, Math, Science,
21 credit hours of Non-Journalism / Media Requirements
19 credit hours in Media Courses
15 credit hours in Physical Activity and Sport Sciences Courses
17 credit hours in your Area of Emphasis (Sports or Adventure)
15 credit hours in General Electives
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 faculty member 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
West Virginia University is fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.