Sports, Society, and Technology

Georgia Tech has recently launched a new program in Sports, Society, and Technology (SST).  This initiative leads faculty and students to study sport in the contexts of historical and contemporary culture.  The interdisciplinary focus of SST brings together sports studies, science and technology, and urban studies, incorporating faculty from across campus, in areas ranging from architecture, public policy, and applied physiology to economics, history, and sociology.  Interdisciplinary studies and innovative teaching in SST will help students become leaders in the sport and health industries, higher education, and in our local and global communities.

The SST program currently offers the following courses:

  • Foundations of Sports Studies
  • History of Sports in America
  • Sociology of Sports
  • Sports Economics
  • Sport and Gender
  • Sports, Science, and Technology
  • Soccer and Global Politics
  • Sports and Stadia
  • Legal Issues in Sport Management
  • History of Martial Arts
  • The Olympics in Asia

In the coming years, Georgia Tech will expand these course offerings, create a robust curriculum, and establish an academic minor in SST. We are currently developing the SST minor and hope that it will be available to students during the 2014-2015 academic year.

We are also committed to developing partnerships and collaborative projects in order to enhance a diverse community of students, faculty, and industry stakeholders.  On April 18, 2013, Georgia Tech hosted an inaugural summit on “Sports, Society, and Technology in the 21st Century.”  The event included a reception to honor the contributions of Homer Rice. A similar summit based upon a topic of relevance to the Georgia Tech and sport communities will be held in the Fall of 2014. More information about this event will be forthcoming on this site.

We welcome inquiries from anyone interested in learning more about the program.  Please contact Dr. Johnny Smith at or 404-385-0244 or Dr. Mary McDonald at or 404-894-6835.

Georgia Tech’s SST Program partners with

Qiana Martin and Eat Soccer

Qiana Martin of “Eat Soccer” is partnering with Georgia Tech’s Sports, Society and Technology program on a video project that uses the occasion of the FIFA World Cup 2014 to teach children about global cultures. Video content will center on cultural and educational content about Brazil, Korea, Ghana, Italy and the United States as each represents one of the five world regions participating in the global soccer tournament. The videos are being produced by students in Professor John Thornton’s Advanced Video Production class within Georgia Tech’s School of Literature, Media and Communication. The five videos should be completed in the Spring 2014.

Eat Soccer is a social enterprise with a mission to educate underserved communities about the sport while simultaneously providing products and services to fans and participants of the beautiful game.  Created by international athlete and global soccer ambassador Qiana Martin, the company was a recipient of the 2011 British Airways Face of Opportunity small business award.

Click HERE for faculty information.


Fall 2014 SST Courses

Sociology of Sport

  • HTS 3073
  • T/Th 9:35-10:55a
  • Professor Mary McDonald

Olympics in Asia

  • HTS 3803
  • T/Th 3:05-4:25p
  • Professor Hanchau Lu

Boxing, Race, and American Culture

  • HTS 3823
  • T/Th 1:35-2:55p
  • Professor Johnny Smith

Sports and Modern America

  • HTS 4001
  • W 9a-12noon
  • Professor Johnny Smith

Introduction to Sport Science

  • APPH 2500
  • TTH at 12:05-1:25p
  • Professor Melinda Millard-Stafford
  • class meets at 575 14th Street

Legal Issues in Sports Management

  • MGT 4803
  • MWF at 11:05-11:55a
  • Professor Lawrence Keller


SST Events

GVU Brown Bag Seminar

"Now You're Playing With Audience Power: The Work of Watching Games" with Nick Taylor

Line Streaming of Major League Video Games

Where:  TSRB 132 (ballroom) Technology Square Research Building, 85 Fifth Street, NW, Atlanta, GA

When:  April 17, 2014 11:30am-1pm

Sponsored by Games@GaTech, Professor Celia Pierce