Emphasis: sport sociology

The sport sociology emphasis area focuses on the scientific study of social behavior interpersonally, in groups, and in organizations. This emphasis area focuses on the meanings, behaviors, norms, rules, patterns, ideologies, and social processes that occur in and through the sporting domain. Sport sociology explores the hierarchical organizational and management systems and power structures within sport. Much of the research associated with the emphasis area is done in the Tucker Center for Research on Girls & Women in Sport.

Current research projects include:

  • Media representations of women athletes
  • Reducing barriers to physical activity for girls and women
  • Occupational barriers for women in sport leadership

Associated lab

Associated faculty


About our students

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The Tucker Center prides itself in doing research that counts. We don’t do research for the sake of doing research—we always have the end in mind. Our goal is always to better the lives of girls and women through sport and physical activity. We often get to see and hear about the real-life impact we are making, and this continually motivates me and the rest of the team in our research endeavors.

Courtney Boucher, kinesiology PhD
Boucher is studying kinesiology with an emphasis in sport sociology

Program coursework

See the official University catalog by emphasis areas for the kinesiology PhD program, and the kinesiology MS program.

How to apply

Apply to MS/MA/PhD


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Daheia Barr-Anderson, PhD
Director of Graduate Studies

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Sara Cannon
Graduate Program Coordinator
& MEd Advisor