The Sports Studies interdisciplinary minor provides a course of study that recognizes sport as a fundamental component of the human experience. Sport has had a significant influence on humanity for thousands of years, and today permeates nearly every aspect of human society and culture. Throughout history, sport and athletic competition have helped to define who we are as human beings, and have contributed to our cultural development in a way that few other societal/cultural pursuits have. Students participating in this interdisciplinary minor will trace the history of sport from ancient to modern times, focusing in particular on the origins of human athletic competition, the social, historical, and cultural impacts of sport, and modern scientific approaches to the study of sport and human athletic performance. The minor is designed to be interdisciplinary in nature, grounded firmly in the liberal arts, and draws resources from the Classics, History, Psychology, and Biology Departments. Particular emphasis will be placed on recognition of sport as more than just a leisure activity that targets the physical body, but rather as a critical element of life that contributes to the betterment of the whole person.
Minor requirements include:
- The student must be a degree candidate at Saint Anselm College.
- The student must formally register with the director of the minor no later than the first semester of the junior year.
- The student must meet any prerequisites required to take individual courses.
- In order to take Exercise Physiology (BI 201 ), the student must have completed one of the following prerequisites: General Biology ( BI 103 - BI 104 ), Human Anatomy & Physiology ( BI 331 - BI 332 ), or General Biology for Non-Majors ( BI 101 or BI 102 ) with an average grade of C (2.0) or better.
- Remaining courses do not have prerequisites.
- The student must have a minimum cumulative grade point average of C (2.00) across the five courses required for the minor. Three of the five courses must be taken outside of the major.
Possible courses include those listed below and any additional sports-focused course approved by the director of the minor. Sports-related internships are acceptable if taken for course credit and approved by the director prior to the internship.
- BI 201 - Exercise Physiology ,
- BI 344 - Nutrition ,
- PY 212 - Sports and Exercise Psychology
- CL 261 - Ancient Athletics ,
- HI 374 - Special Topics: American History - American Sports History
- EC 344 - Sports Economics , or related courses approved by director.