UF College of Journalism and Communications Now Offers Bachelor of Science in Journalism: Sports and Media via UF Online

GAINESVILLE, FL – Another exciting degree is now available via UF Online starting this fall semester 2020!

Future Gators can now apply for the Bachelor of Science in Journalism: Sports and Media offered by the award-winning UF College of Journalism and Communications (CJC). UF Online is the University of Florida’s online undergraduate experience, enabling Gators to earn their UF degree from anywhere while learning from the same top faculty who teach on campus.

“Gators studying through UF Online also save 40% on tuition and fees compared to on-campus rates thanks to generous investments by the State of Florida. This keeps UF Online rates low, thereby expanding opportunities for access to a valuable UF degree,” said Evangeline Tsibris Cummings, Assistant Provost and Director of UF Online. “Plus, each UF Online student has the benefit of a dedicated academic advisor with them throughout their studies, demonstrating UF’s commitment to all of our Gators, wherever they need to be. We know our online students are busy people that won’t settle for an average online degree, and we love supporting them each step of the way.”

The UF Journalism: Sports and Media curriculum provides strong foundations in writing, reporting, technology, research, and storytelling, plus a unique emphasis and coursework focused on the public relations side of sports media, preparing students for a wide range of career opportunities.

“With the growth in the sports media industry, we’re thrilled to offer such a robust curriculum in journalism and sports-related courses,” said Ted Spiker, Professor and Chair of the UF Department of Journalism. “Students will get hands-on experience in all kinds of practical skills—ranging from writing to multimedia to social media to strategic communication—and they’ll also learn about the important issues facing the industry. Our alumni go on to do everything from being on camera at ESPN, running social media accounts for professional teams, working behind-the-scenes on game-day production, and working as beat reporters covering teams and leagues.”

As a cross-disciplinary major, Journalism: Sports and Media requires students to take core courses pertaining to journalism, such as Writing Fundamentals for Communicators, Reporting, and Data Literacy. Students then apply this foundational knowledge to coursework centered on sports media, including Sports Media Law and Ethics, Multimedia Sports Reporting, and Sports Production. With this combination of core studies in journalism and sports media, students will develop strengths in more than one area of the media industry.

According to CJC Online Undergraduate Program Director Mike Weigold, “Our new Journalism: Sports and Media major is perfect for students whose interests lie at the intersection of sports and storytelling. Graduates will be competitive for jobs working for sports organizations or working as sports reporters or broadcasters.”

Interested? The UF Online application for Fall 2020 is open until May 4th, 2020. To learn more about this program, visit the degree page, give us a call at 1-855-944-2867, or contact a member of our team by email. Your future is bright as a Gator!

The University of Florida is the No. 7 public university in the country as ranked by U.S. News & World Report in 2019. The UF Online pathway earned the No. 4 rank in the country in the U.S. News & World Report 2020 rankings of online programs. Students can select from 25 UF majors and 8 minors taught by UF faculty from across 13 colleges. UF Online students also work with a dedicated academic advisor to design their own academic pathway and schedule each term. Degree programs are continually being added. Visit ufonline.ufl.edu to learn more.