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Program Overview

Few institutions have the same global reach and impact as sport, which makes it worth studying. Several major sporting events will take place during the time of this class: the Women’s World Cup soccer finals, Wimbledon tennis, an MLB all-star game, and the ICC Cricket World Cup. These events will offer students the chance to critically consider how media create narratives about people and places. Students in this class will learn about how media coverage of sporting events shapes what we think about national identity, race, and gender. The class will consider the economic impact of international sport and the political influence of international sporting events.

Program Objectives

Students will learn to:

  1. Articulate what makes an activity a sport
  2. Explain the relationship between sport and media
  3. Discuss nationality, race, and gender in the context of sport
  4. Think more critically about how sports media affects our understandings of groups of people

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Program Dates & Details Eligibility Requirements Program Cost Program Requirements Typical Day Faculty Bios

Program Dates & Details

Session Dates

Session I: June 29 – July 12, 2019
Duration: 2 weeks


Credit: Noncredit
Grading System: Pass/Fail


Eligibility Requirements

Students must be a minimum of 15 years of age by the orientation and move-in date. For full Summer College admission requirements, view the Admissions Overview and Eligibility page.

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Program Cost

Program Costs:

  • Residential: $3,360*
  • Commuter: $2,566*

*Please visit our Program Costs page for more detailed information. Program rates are subject to change and will be approved by the board of trustees in March.

Program Requirements

Student Expectations

Students will be expected to:

  1. Attend each class
  2. Complete the readings prior to class
  3. Engage in thoughtful discussion
  4. Prepare at least two presentations for the class sharing what they learned from assignments
  5. Produce essays that apply readings

This is an academically rigorous, college-level program. Students are expected to complete nightly homework assignments and actively participate in group projects. Students are expected to attend all classes every day, arrive on time, and meet all academic obligations. Free time will vary as each program is unique, as is the subsequent workload.


  • Fever Pitch by Nick Hornby ISBN 9781573226882
  • Communication and Sport ISBN: 9781506315553

Typical Day

Tentative Schedule

  • 9am-12pm Lecture and discussion on various topics such as sports globalization, the sport-media-culture relationship, sport/media economics.
  • 12pm-1pm Break for lunch
  • 1pm-4pm Work individually or in groups on project-based assignments. For example, one assignment will ask students to interview sports fans about their national identities and how that relates to the sports they follow and the athletes they support.

When class is over, and on weekends, students can look forward to various Summer College trips and activities. Check out our Campus Activities page for more information!

Field Trips

Potential field trips include: a Syracuse Chiefs game and a tour of the S.I. Newhouse School broadcast studio.

Final Academic Obligation

Students are permitted to leave on Friday, July 12, 2019 upon the completion of their course at 5:00pm. If students have any questions regarding their final academic obligation, we encourage them to reach out to their instructor. Please refer to the Move-Out page for important information regarding the checkout process.

Faculty Bio

Anne Osborne

Anne Osborne teaches a range of classes on media and culture. Osborne’s teaching is informed by her research on gender, sport, and fandom. She has published peer-reviewed articles in journals such as International Journal of Sport Communication, Journal of Public Relations Research, and Sport in Society, as well as several book chapters. She is lead author of “Female Fans of the NFL: Taking their Place in the Stands” (Routledge, 2016), and is working on a new book titled “Transgender and Intersex Athletes Against Gender Binaries in Sports: Discourses of Difference” (Peter Lang, 2019).