Do you enjoy playing or watching sports? Your personal interests outside the classroom can help you find your academic path. If you’re interested in sports or staying active, here are three things to do this semester.
1.Go to these events
Explore identity, privilege, inclusion and diversity within sports and recreation at this event on Feb. 26. Keynote speakers include CU alumni Kate Fagan, author of WHAT MADE MADDY RUN, and Phillip Lindsay, running back for the Denver Broncos. The summit will also include a career networking session and outdoor rec panel featuring Vail Sports, Colorado Parks and Recreation and local retailers.
Explore all areas of fitness and recreation at free Rec Center events. This month, try strength training, Zumba, hip hop dance, meditation and more at Body Image Awareness Month events. There are also Inclusive Rec events all semester, which include climbing, curling and pickleball. And kick-start your weekend every Friday at 5 p.m. with Free Friday Power Hour fitness classes!
Cheer on the CU women’s basketball team at Fri-Yay Nights on Feb. 21! Meet up with fellow Buffs for pizza in ECCR 245 and then walk over to the CU Events Center. Entry to the game is free with a Buff OneCard.
2. Check out student organizations and programs
Join a student organization
Between gymnastics, water skiing, running, climbing, hiking and much more, there are many student organizations focused around sports and staying active. Browse the “Recreation and Wellness” category in BuffConnect or visit the Center for Student Involvement (CSI) to get involved this semester.
Get involved with sports media
If you are interested in sports media, check out BuffSports Live. This is CU’s student-run sports television show. Students shoot and edit all of their own footage and write their own scripts. It is a great, hands-on way to learn about broadcast journalism and CU’s athletic organizations. And as a member of the media, you’ll have access to sporting events and press conferences, and conduct interviews with athletes and coaches.
Become a personal fitness trainer
If you enjoy fitness and helping others to reach their goals, consider joining the Fitness Leadership Program in the fall semester. Offered by the Rec Center, this 10-week training program provides potential personal trainers with the information, instruction, education and practical experience needed to become a safe and effective trainer. The curriculum will prepare you to take the ACE Personal Trainer Certification exam.
Join intramural sports or sports clubs
Intramural sports offers a few ways to get involved – you can create a team, join an existing team or sign-up as a free agent. Registration for the next intramural session begins Feb. 26. Additionally, the Rec Center's Intramural Program hires nearly 175 students each year to fill positions as sports officials, supervisors and coordinators. The sport clubs program allows you to participate in a competitive sport club against other intercollegiate teams.
Connect with the Outdoor Program
If you enjoy spending time outside, check out the Outdoor Program. Along with a variety of trips, they offer gear rental and informative clinics to teach specific outdoor recreational skills. Learn to rock and ice climb, kayak or mountain bike!
3.Consider these academic programs
Learn about the human body and its responses to physical activity. A degree in this program qualifies you for careers in physical fitness programming, cardiac rehabilitation, chiropractics, geriatrics and further training in graduate school.
Develop skills in information gathering, storytelling and analysis across a variety of platforms—including television, social media, mobile devices, radio and print—using a variety of media tools and technologies. You will also choose a secondary area of study, the equivalent of a minor, to specialize in subjects you wish to cover as a journalist.
CU’s contemporary dance program values and provides study in a range of styles and fusion of forms that influence and reflect the multifaceted nature of concert dance today. The curriculum is designed to develop concrete skills in performance and choreography and to instill an appreciation of the role that dance plays in human culture around the world.
Psychology is the study of behavior from cognitive, social, clinical and biological perspectives. Among other things, psychologists study the most effective ways to deal with others and how humans can best adapt to change, stress and other situations that are a part of daily living. This degree provides a background for positions in recreation, health education, administration, personnel work, labor relations, advertising, public relations, vocational rehabilitation, research and much more.
The neuroscience major provides a strong background in the fundamentals of the mechanisms underlying brain function and supporting behavior, cognition and emotion. A degree in neuroscience provides a pathway to many interesting and challenging careers. These include careers in the biological sciences, speech-language pathology, medicine and surgery, veterinary medicine, physical therapy, scientific research and development, neuroscience nursing and further training in graduate school.
Statistics and Data Science broadly encompasses data analysis, statistical learning and inference, visualization, data processing, communication and interdisciplinary collaboration. Statisticians and data scientists are in high demand in fields such as business, climate science, ecology, economics, engineering, epidemiology, forestry, human rights, insurance, psychology, public health and social justice among others.
This minor program serves as an introduction to numerous fields in the sports industry, such as sports journalism, promotion and publicity, the economics of the industry, and sports media relations. This minor allows you to study sports as culture, as communication, as an industry and as a social force. All CU Boulder undergraduates, regardless of college, school or major, will be able to earn a minor that complements their major degree with a set of sports-related courses.
Learn about what it is like to work in various divisions of the sports business world, including sports analytics, sports law, sports marketing and sales, social media marketing and more. This is a two-month, intensive certificate program offered by the Leeds School of Business. The program is a 9-credit “boot camp” for those who are seriously interested in pursuing careers in the sports and recreation.
This certificate program examines sports and their social, cultural, historical and economic contexts. It’s a rapidly growing interdisciplinary field that engages cultural studies, the humanities, social sciences, and professional fields such as business and law. Critical sport studies is also making great strides in understanding how sport and play function in everyday interactions and how it can be harnessed to support social and cultural change.
Visit your advisor to find out more on how your interest in sports and staying active can shape your journey at CU Boulder.