Bachelor of Arts in Multimedia Communication, Sports Broadcasting Track


The sports broadcasting track was designed to prepare students for the ever-expanding field of sports media. Students on this track have direct access to sports broadcasting opportunities through Youngstown State University Athletics, including NCAA Division I sports, via Horizon League and Missouri Valley Conference (i.e., Penguin football) streams and broadcasts. Students learn the process of preparing content through the pre- and post-production phases as well as evaluation of the content.

This  curriculum is designed to prepare students in pursuit of careers not only in sports media but also in expanding avenues of communication such as cross-platform sports production (i.e., preparing sports content for multiple platforms), media sales and advertising, writing and editing, and independent production. Sports media internships are available at regionally based, national and international media organizations such as ESPN and Fox Sports affiliates and flagship locations.

Possible Careers

  • Camera operator
  • Digital media producer, director, editor
  • On-air host
  • Media sales
  • Media management
  • Multimedia producer
  • Public and media relations
  • Radio DJ
  • Sports journalist, blogger
  • Sports media content producer
  • Sports media director, editor
  • Social media manager, content creator
  • Sports TV/Radio show host, producer
  • Sports video blogger (vlogger)
  • Video producer, director, editor
YSU 1500Success Seminar1-2
or SS 1500 Strong Start Success Seminar
or HONR 1500 Intro to Honors
ENGL 1550Writing 13-4
or ENGL 1549 Writing 1 with Support
ENGL 1551Writing 23
CMST 1545Communication Foundations3
GE Mathematics Course *Any approved GE math course, MATH 2623 or 2623C recommended3-6
GE: Arts and Humanities (6 SH)6
GE: Natural Sciences *1 science course must include a lab7
GE: Social Sciences (6 SH)
MCOM 1595Media Literacy and Culture *required for major3
GE: Social Science Course3
GE: Social and Personal Awareness
CMST 2610Intercultural Communication *required for major3
GE: Social & Personal Awareness3
Foreign Language Requirement
FNLG 1550Elementary Foreign Language (or FNLG 1505)4
FNLG 2600Intermediate Foreign Language (or FNLG 1506)4
Required Support Courses
CMST 1500Exploring Communication3
CMST 3790Personal Brand Communication3
JOUR 2602Media Writing3
JOUR 4824Communication Law3
MCOM Core Requirements
MCOM 2624Communication Technology - Photo and Video3
MCOM 2625Communication Technologies: Aesthetics and Design3
MCOM 2683Foundations of Multicamera Production3
MCOM 2685Producing3
MCOM 3726American Media: History, Principles and Practices3
MCOM 3780Presentational Literacy3
MCOM 3782Advanced Multicamera Production3
MCOM 4850Applied Production3
Sports Broadcasting Requirements
MCOM 1570Sports Field Production 13
MCOM 3793Broadcast Sports Performance3
MCOM 3794Cross-platform Sports Broadcasting3
MCOM 3795Sports Field Production 23
MCOM Electives (6 SH) Select 6
Select 2 of the following courses: MCOM 3781, MCOM 3784, MCOM 3791, MCOM 4882, MCOM 4884, MCOM 4888
Seminar Requirement
MCOM 4897Seminar in Telecommunication3
or JOUR 4825 Selected Topics in Journalism
Senior Capstone
MCOM 4899Senior Project3
Free Electives *Hours will vary based on what is needed for 120 SH14
Total Semester Hours120-125

*Student must complete a minimum 39 SH of upper-level courses, 37XX and above.

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
YSU 1500
Success Seminar
or Strong Start Success Seminar
or Intro to Honors
ENGL 1550
Writing 1
or Writing 1 with Support
CMST 1500 Exploring Communication 3
MCOM 1570 Sports Field Production 1 3
JOUR 2602 Media Writing 3
MCOM 2624
Communication Technology - Photo and Video
or Communication Technologies: Aesthetics and Design
 Semester Hours16-18
MCOM 1595 Media Literacy and Culture 3
MCOM 2625
Communication Technologies: Aesthetics and Design
or Communication Technology - Photo and Video
MCOM 2685 Producing 3
ENGL 1551 Writing 2 3
GE: Math Course Any approved GE: MATH, MATH 2623 or 2623C Recommended 3-6
 Semester Hours15-18
Year 2
MCOM 2683 Foundations of Multicamera Production 3
MCOM 3780 Presentational Literacy 3
CMST 1545 Communication Foundations 3
GE: Lab Science 4
FNLG 1550 Elementary Foreign Language 4
 Semester Hours17
MCOM 3782 Advanced Multicamera Production 3
MCOM 3795 Sports Field Production 2 3
CMST 2610 Intercultural Communication 3
GE: Arts and Humanities 3
FNLG 2600 Intermediate Foreign Language 4
 Semester Hours16
Year 3
MCOM 3726 American Media: History, Principles and Practices 3
CMST 3790 Personal Brand Communication 3
MCOM 3793 Broadcast Sports Performance 3
GE: Social & Personal Awareness 3
GE: Arts and Humanities 3
 Semester Hours15
JOUR 4824 Communication Law 3
MCOM 3794 Cross-platform Sports Broadcasting 3
MCOM Elective *MCOM 3781, MCOM 3784, MCOM 3791, MCOM 4882, MCOM 4884, MCOM 4888 3
GE: Natural Science 3
GE: Social Science 3
 Semester Hours15
Year 4
MCOM 4850 Applied Production 3
MCOM 4897
Seminar in Telecommunication
or Selected Topics in Journalism
Free Elective 3
Free Elective 3
Free Elective 2
 Semester Hours14
MCOM 4899 Senior Project 3
MCOM Elective *MCOM 3781, MCOM 3784, MCOM 3791, MCOM 4882, MCOM 4884, MCOM 4888 3
Free Elective 3
Free Elective 3
 Semester Hours12
 Total Semester Hours120-125


The student learning outcomes for the B.A. degree program are as follows:

  • The student will construct arguments using basic reasoning skills and avoiding fallacies;
  • The student will compose messages using multi-media technology;
  • The student will design written, oral, and visual messages to communicate ideas to a specific audience;
  • The student will appraise the values, attitudes, and goals of a potential audience using demographic and psychographic variables;
  • The student will describe the prevailing theories of electronic media and appraise the relative value of each.