Courses & Programs

Courses & Programs

Our multidisciplinary program allows students to take courses from a broad spectrum ranging from Social Sciences to Natural Sciences to Business, thereby developing multiple perspectives on the importance of sport in society.

Sports Studies booklet (PDF)

Major in Sports Studies: 48-credit program

Core Courses: 27 credits (9 courses)

  • SPO170   Social Media and Sport
  • EXS111    Motor Learning and Control
  • EXS117    Active Lifestyle, Fitness and Health
  • SPO101   Introduction to Sports Studies and the Workplace
  • SPO201   Sports, Culture and Society
  • SPO211   The Theory of Coaching
  • SPO212   Applied Sports Analytics
  • SPO303   Advanced Seminar in Athletic Development and Health OR SPO304  Advanced Seminar in Sport Business
  • SPO416  Knowledge Mobilization in Sports Studies

The above, plus one of the three concentration below:

Athletic Development: 21 credits (7 courses)

Required (6 credits – 2 courses):

  • EXS127 Introductory Exercise Physiology
  • EXS227 Fitness Assessment in Healthy Populations

Optional (15 credits – 5 courses):

  • EXS327 Athletic Performance and Development
  • SPO301 Athletes and Society
  • SPO311 Long-Term Athlete Development
  • EXS228 Functional Anatomy and Injury Prevention
  • EXS231 Nutrition for Sports and Exercise
  • EXS317 Biomechanics of Human Movement
  • EXS433 Advanced Exercise Science
  • PSY203 Cognition and Motivation in Sport: Performance Enhancement
  • BIO233 Human Anatomy
  • SPO401 Experiential Learning**
  • SPO402 Independent Study**
  • SPO411 Sports Center Practicum**
  • SPO407 Special Topics in Athletic Development

Business and Society*: 21 credits (7 courses)

Required (6 credits – 2 courses):

  • SPO270 Sporting Events Organization
  • SPO280 Sports Centre Management and Recreation Planning

Optional (15 credits – 5 courses):

  • BMG100 Understanding Business and Society
  • BMK211 Marketing Management
  • BMK214 Consumer Behavior
  • BMK362 Sport Marketing
  • BMG214 Introduction to Entrepreneurship: New Venture Creation
  • BHR221 Organizational Behaviour
  • POL213 Canadian Sport System and Policy
  • POL230 The Politics of Sport
  • ECO224 Sports Economics
  • HIS267 History of Sport in Canada
  • SPO301 Athletes and Society
  • SPO311 Long-Term Athlete Development
  • SPO401 Experiential Learning**
  • SPO402 Independent Study**
  • SPO411 Sports Center Practicum**
  • SPO408 Special Topics in Business and Society

*Students pursuing the “Business and Society” concentration are not eligible for a Business Administration minor from the Williams School of Business.

Health & Exercise: 21 credits (7 courses)

Required (6 credits – 2 courses):

  • EXS231 Nutrition for Sports and Exercise
  • EXS301 Health and Exercise Science

Optional (15 credits – 5 courses):

  • BIO131 The Human Body in Health and Disease OR BIO233 Human Anatomy
  • PBI275 Health Psychology I
  • PBI276 Health Psychology II
  • PBI327 Psychology of Nutrition
  • PSY277 Physical and Mental Health
  • SOC219 Sociology of the Body
  • SOC307 Sociology of Health
  • SPO401 Experiential Learning**
  • SPO402 Independent Study**
  • SPO411 Sports Center Practicum**
  • SPO409 Special Topics in Health and Exercise

**For students wishing to complete 2 or 3 concentrations, SPO401, SPO402, and SPO411 will count as optional courses in only one concentration.

Minor: 24-credit program

The Minor in Sports Studies is a program of 24 credits (8 courses) requiring students to complete EXS111, EXS117, and SPO170 as well as 5 additional SPO and/or EXS courses.

For the complete list of applicable courses, consult the academic calendar.