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Sport Psychology Major

Olivet College is one of a handful of schools now offering an undergraduate major in sports psychology. Sport psychology provides students with the behavioral knowledge, understanding and skills to enhance the physical and mental performance of those participating in recreation, fitness/exercise and sport settings.

With this major, you will receive extensive training in sport and exercise science, in addition to taking a number of psychology courses. By understanding the psychology associated with human movement, students will specialize in the context of sport and exercise performance and the strategies for achieving peak performance. The major will better prepare those seeking careers in coaching, wellness management, sport management, life skills programming and physical rehabilitation. Students could also work with patients in hospital wellness or rehabilitation programs supporting patients as they recover from sports-related injuries.

You’ll also be well prepared for graduate studies in sport psychology, sport sociology, sport management or counseling. If you are looking to become a certified sport psychologist, you must continue your education at the graduate level, as well.

The following is an overview of courses associated with our sport psychology major. We encourage you to speak with a faculty representative during your on-campus visit for detailed information about your specific program interests.

For an official description of courses and degree requirements, please reference our academic catalog.

Sports Psychology Major Core Courses

  • BIO 105 Human Biology
  • HWL 260 Human Anatomy
  • HWL 353 Stress Management
  • PE 217 Theory of Teaching Physical Fitness
  • PE 280 Social Psychology in Sport
  • PE 301 Sports Psychology
  • PE 320 Motor Learning
  • PE 401 Kinesiology
  • PE 404 Practicum
  • PE 405 Exercise Physiology
  • PE 410 Sports Philosophy and Ethics
  • PE 415 Exercise Psychology
  • PSY 110 Introduction to Psychology
  • PSY 325 Abnormal Psychology
  • PSY 420 Counseling and Psychotherapy
  • SA 304 Sport, Culture and Society
  • SA 330 Social Science Statistics
  • SA 390 Research Link

 

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