Bachelor of Arts inSport Psychology

Majoring in Sport Psychology involves the study of the psychological and mental factors that influence and are influenced by participation and performance in sport, exercise and physical activity. You’ll learn core concepts in psychology, sport theory, and kinesiology and how they intersect with each other. What are the psychological benefits of sports? What is the role of motivation in physical training? How can concentration enhance performance? You’ll gain knowledge and skills that are important for any career in sport psychology as you take 45 credit hours towards a Bachelor of Arts degree.

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Sport Psychology Curriculum Overview

The Sports Psychology major focuses on current psychology and kinesiology as foundational concepts in sport psychology. This exercise science degree prepares students for positions in settings such as injury rehabilitation, fitness/wellness centers, coaching, rehabilitation, health and wellness education. The program also serves as preparation for post-baccalaureate study in areas such as human growth, aging, exercise physiology, sports management and sport psychology. Students learn sport and psychological theory and have numerous opportunities to bridge theory into practical applications.

Required: 36 Credits
Course ID Course Name Credit Hours
KHS - 220 Research Methods 4
KHS - 400 Health Psychology 4
KHS - 436 Motor Dev,Contrl & Motor Learn 4
KHS - 490 Senior Professional Seminar 1
KHS - 498 Kinesiology Internship 12
KHS - 375 Sociology of Sport & Exercise 4
KHS - 435 Sport Psychology 4
PSY - 330 Introduction to Counseling 4
PSY - 360 Abnormal Psychology 4
KHS - 316 Psych of Sport Injury & Rehab 4

This course is designed to expose students to the principles and concepts necessary for understanding the basic elements of research in kinesiology and allied health. Students will learn about the research process, types of measurement and research, and proper writing style. Emphasis will also be placed on locating and evaluating credible evidence from various sources. Concepts from this course will assist students in applying research methods to topics within their own fields of interest.

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KHS400 Health Psychology is designed to help students learn those skills necessary in forging a bridge between the client-learner's thoughts, feelings and actions by integrating thought and behavior into one synergistic approach to the delivery of health education that can accommodate the whole person. Cognitive techniques, such as lecture discussion, readings, presentations, collection of data, and specific planning combined with the behavioral components of emotion and action will help in bringing about this synergistic process.

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This course examines the growth and development patterns of the child from infant, adolescence, adulthood, and through late adulthood. The purpose of the course is to enhance student insight into the fundamental role that the motor system plays in the human condition. There are four broad topic areas: 1) nature and mechanisms of the expression and control of motor behavior; 2) concepts, principles and measurement of motor learning; 3) factors that influence skill and proficiency in motor performance; and 4) practical approaches to studying and learning motor skills. Content will follow motor control through motor development across the life span with special emphasis on early childhood development and late adulthood.

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This capstone course prepares students to chart different paths following graduation with a degree in Kinesiology or physical education: (a) entering the work force in the field of Kinesiology at a bachelor's degree level, (b) enter the work force in the field of teacher education at a bachelor's degree level, or (c) enter a graduate school. In this course student will develop a resume, request letters of recommendation, complete a professional portfolio, and identify job-searching strategies. (Prerequisite: senior status)

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This internship places students directly in a setting where students learn to apply entry-level competencies. The student and advisor collaborate with the on-site supervisor in selecting an appropriate internship site that meets the need of the student, the needs of the internship site and the program needs. (Prerequisites: senior status and advisor approval)

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This course is designed to provide the student with a working knowledge about a number of topics regarding the sociological aspects of sport and physical activity. This course engages the students on the impact of sport and exercise in our lives and to make them aware of the social processes which either influence the institution of sport or are influenced by the institution of sport. Concepts covered will include: sport and exercise within and among societies and nations, social organizations, economics, education, the family unit, governments, religions, social differentiation (e.g., status, ethnicity, gender, age, careers, ethical), and social problems (e.g., honesty and violence).

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Psychology of sport and its applications for performance enhancement are examined. Special attention is given to theory and techniques for developing and refining psychological skills to enhance performance and personal growth. Content examines personality traits, anxiety, aggression vs. assertion, motivation, and other individual and group variables. (Suggested prerequisite: PSY101)

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Basic theory, principles, and techniques of counseling and its application to counseling settings are explored. In addition, students develop counseling skills in the following three theoretical areas: person-centered therapy, behavioral contracting, and reality therapy. The student becomes both teacher and subject in experiential laboratory sessions. (Prerequisite: PSY101)

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An introduction to the study of abnormal psychology. The course covers a wide range of behaviors that are distressing to a person or society or which are otherwise identified as abnormal. A comprehensive review of the etiologies of psychological disorders, discussion of available treatments and a focus on the effects that mental illness has on the individual, the family system, and society are included. Current controversies in the field are identified. (Prerequisite: PSY101)

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Psychological factors related to sport injury and rehabilitation are examined. Special attention is given to the antecedents to injury, the stress-injury relationship, emotional responses to injury and rehabilitation, and the role psychological skills such as mental imagery, relaxation, goal setting, positive self-talk, and social support has on injury risk and recovery. Ethical issues for professionals and psychological considerations for malingering individuals are also examined.

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Bachelor of Arts degrees at Concordia University, St. Paul consists of a major of typically 32 to 44 credits or two minors, general education courses, and elective courses totaling a minimum of 128 credits.

Career Potential

You'll also have real opportunities to learn beyond the classroom via Concordia Health Alliance for Majors in Physical Education & Kinesiology (CHAMP) Club activities; participation in conferences, workshops, seminars, and clinics locally and nationally; and internship opportunities. Because we design our sport psychology program to be responsive to the exact needs of the marketplace, it will be a relevant
major if you’re considering a career in settings such as injury rehabilitation, fitness/wellness centers, coaching, rehabilitation, or health and wellness education.

  • Injury Rehabilitation
  • Fitness and Wellness Centers
  • Coaching
  • Rehabilitation
  • Health and Wellness Education

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