Sport and American Culture

College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Sports matter in American history and in modern American culture. Our interest in sport reaches across dividing lines of age, income, geography, gender, and ethnicity. Wherever we go and whoever we meet, the world of sport gives us something in common—a shared language. It's no surprise, then, that the study of sport gives us unique insights into American life.

Pursue this fascinating topic through a minor in sport and American culture. Offered jointly by the School of Recreation, Health, and Tourism and the Department of History and Art History, this minor provides you with the opportunity to study the meaning of sport in American society and culture. Through the coursework for the minor, you can study the history of sport in America and examine the role of sport in today's society.

The minor complements many majors and concentrations currently offered at Mason, including history; sport management; parks, recreation, and leisure studies; sociology; and tourism.

For a sampling of the types of issues studied by scholars of sport, see the Center for the Study of Sport and Leisure in Society blog, here.