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University of Pittsburgh    
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog 
  Sep 26, 2022
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog

Sport Studies Certificate

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The Sport Studies Certificate offers Pitt students the opportunity to engage, learn, and think critically about sport as part of the human experience from multidisciplinary approaches. Students will learn how sport shapes economies, politics, world history, health, science and social life. In a city that often tells its story to the world through sport, and at a university that has been center stage in the nation’s sporting history, many students seek to forge careers in sport. This certificate will enhance their understanding of sport-its evolution, complexities, and potential-so that their eyes are wide open if sport is part of their future. Some students will work on the business side of sport or in its collegiate, scholastic, and amateur infrastructure, or as lawyers, journalists, producers, physical therapists, medical clinicians, athletic department staff, and researchers. Others will enter the burgeoning arena of sport for development and peace or take this knowledge back to their communities. Still more are fascinated by sport and study its history, literature, economics, kinesiology, and the like for the sake of that knowledge. This certificate will better prepare students for working in a sport-related field, help them stand out in seeking such employment, and deepen their understanding of something that matters to them.

The certificate program requires at least 18 credits, described as follows.

Gateway Course

Select one course from the following list. These courses offer an expansive, multi-disciplinary overview of sport.

Additional information

Internship credit

One three-credit internship may take the place of one elective course, pending approval by certificate oversight committee.

Grade Requirements

A minimum GPA of 2.0 is required for all courses that count toward the certificate.

Satisfactory/No Credit Option

Any number of courses that count toward this certificate may be taken on the S/NC basis.

For more information

If you have questions about the certificate or would like more information, email

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