Degree Spotlight: Bachelor of Science in Psychology with an Emphasis in Performance and Sport Psychology

By Kennedy Lane
Professional Writing major, College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Pair of red fitness barbells next to brain for sports psychology concept

If you are the type of person who enjoys learning about human behavior and why we do the things we do, then psychology is definitely a degree option for you. Grand Canyon University has multiple different options for directions you can take your psychology degree, one being in Psychology with an Emphasis in Performance and Sport Psychology.

This degree allows you to combine your passion for sports with your desire to understand human behavior. This program is ideal for students with an interest in the performing arts, mental health, and fitness and sports industries.

The Core Classes Of This Program Include:

  • Psychology of Coaching
  • Introduction to Psychological Research and Ethics
  • Experimental Psychology
  • Social Psychology and Cultural Applications
  • Introduction to Sport and Exercise Psychology
  • Leadership and Team Building

To learn about sports psychology, you first need to know the basics of psychology which are the psychology prerequisite classes, which include:

  • General Psychology
  • Personality Psychology
  • Social Psychology and Cultural Applications

In the sports psychology program, students prepare a written proposal for their chosen research project. All research projects focus on developing solutions for real-world issues in the sports psychology field. The capstone provides an opportunity for students to demonstrate their specialized knowledge in sport psychology and to explore how they would make a positive difference in their communities.

As an aspiring sports psychologist, you get to blend both psychology and your curiosity in human interaction and sports together.

As a sports psychologist, you have the opportunity to work in these job fields:

  • Professional athletic teams
  • High school and collegiate teams
  • Community outreach programs
  • Vocational rehabilitation
  • Performance arts coaching and management

To learn more about how Grand Canyon University’s College of Humanities and Social Sciences provides students with ways to bring psychological practices to the workplace, visit our website or click the Request More Information Button on this page.

The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author’s and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of Grand Canyon University. Any sources cited were accurate as of the publish date.

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