Sports, Society, and Technology

Georgia Tech’s Sports, Society, and Technology program, the School of History and Sociology, and the Ivan Allen 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.   


May 27 - 30, 2016

Georgia Tech to Host 2016 North American Society for Sport History Conference

The North American Society for Sport History (NASSH) will hold its annual convention at the Georgia Tech Hotel and Conference Center in Atlanta Georgia, from May 27-May 30, 2016. Georgia Tech’s Sports, Society, and Technology program, the School of History and Sociology, and the Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts are hosting the event. The meeting in Atlanta will be the 44th annual conference for NASSH, an organization that encourages and promotes the study, research, and writing of the history of sport. The 2016 conference will feature an opening reception, numerous scholarly sessions, two keynote addresses, as well as a closing banquet. For more information contact Dr. Mary McDonald at

You can visit for all the details. Information is also available on the NASSH site at


"Sustainable Cities and Just Sport Workshop"

March 6, 2015

Georgia Institute of Technology
Sports, Society, and Technology Program
Homer C. Rice Chair, Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts
Stephen C. Hall Building, Room 102, 215 Bobby Dodd Way

This workshop consists of four panels featuring invited scholars who will discuss their research about sport, the city, and social justice. Lunch will be provided from 12.00 - 1.15 PM and will also feature a public discussion: “What does the study of sports mean for understanding the cities?” Both the lunch and workshop are free and open to the public.

For more information contact Dr. Mary McDonald at:


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, Sports Economics
  • MGT 4803, Legal Issues in Sports Management
  • ARCH 4803, Stadium Design and Technology

More details about requirments for SST minor can be found at:

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 or 404-385-0244. Please direct questions about the program to the director, 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” 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.


Spring 2016 SST Courses

Foundations of Sports Studies

  • HTS 3075
  • TR 9:35am - 10:55am
  • Professors Mary McDonald and Jennifer Sterling

Science, Technology, and Sports

  • HTS 3089
  • TR 1:35pm - 2:55pm
  • Professor Jennifer Sterling

Boxing, Race, and American Culture

  • HTS 3083
  • MWF 10:00am - 10:55am
  • Professor Johnny Smith

Film and Television: Sports and Film

  • LMC 3252
  • MW 12:05pm - 1:25pm, with screenings on M: 5-7pm
  • Professor Greg Zinman

Materials Science and Engineering of Sports

  • MSE 4803R
  • MWF 9:00am - 9:55am
  • Professor Jud Ready