Sports, Society, and Technology

Georgia Tech has recently launched a new program in Sports, Society, and Technology (SST).  This initiative helps 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 program is proud to announce the approval of the new SST undergraduate minor:

To complete the minor students will select five courses for a total of fifteen hours.

Approved courses include the following:

HTS 2015, History of Sports in America

HTS 3022, Gender and Sports

HTS 3073, Sociology of Sports

HTS 3075, Foundations of Sports Studies

HTS 3089, Science, Technology, and Sports

APPH 2500, Survey of Sports Science

INTA 3242, Soccer and Global Politics

ECON 4813, Economics of Sports

MGT 4803, Legal Issues in Sports Management

ARCH 4803, Stadium Design and Technology

More details about requirments for SST minor can be found at: http://www.hts.gatech.edu/undergraduate/minors#sports

Interested students can also declare the minor (see the button on the upper left side of this page)

In the coming years, Georgia Tech will expand these course offerings. 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 former Georgia Tech athletic director, Homer C. Rice whose committment to education inspires our mission. In the Spring of 2014, we hosted a faculty panel related to the Sochi Winter Olympics and past Olympic Games. More events with relevance to the Georgia Tech and sports communities will be held in the Fall of 2014. More information about these event will be forthcoming on this site.

We welcome inquiries from anyone interested in learning more about the program.  If you have advising questions about the new minor lease contact Dr. Johnny Smith at john.smith@hts.gatech.edu or 404-385-0244. Please direct questions about the program to the director, Dr. Mary McDonald at mary.mcdonald@hts.gatech.edu or 404-894-6835.


Georgia Tech’s SST Program partners with

Qiana Martin and Eat Soccer

Qiana Martin of “Eat Soccer” has partnered 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 centers on cultural and educational content about Brazil and United States as each are participating in the global soccer tournament. The videos were produced by students in Professor John Thornton’s Advanced Video Production class within Georgia Tech’s School of Literature, Media and Communication. To watch the video on Brazil, click here.  To watch the video on the USA, click here.

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.

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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

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SST Events