Gain a Foundation in Human Performance and Behaviors With a Bachelor’s in Psychology: Performance Sports Emphasis
Combine your passion for sports with your desire to understand human behavior by pursuing a career in sport and performance psychology. The Bachelor of Science in Psychology with an Emphasis in Performance and Sport Psychology degree at Grand Canyon University teaches you the foundational knowledge in this field.
Offered by the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, this on-campus and online degree may be ideal for you if you have an interest in the performing arts, mental health, fitness and sports industries. As a performance and sports psychology emphasis student, you will be taught how to help all types of athletes and performance artists overcome psychological obstacles.
In this program, you will also have the opportunity to refine your servant leadership qualities, develop a greater appreciation for diverse populations and analyze ethical decisions made with the Christian worldview in mind.
Course Topics in the BS in Psychology With a Performance Sports Emphasis
GCU is a private university with a supportive, welcoming learning community. The bachelor’s in psychology with a performance sports emphasis is available through on-campus coursework. Alternatively, you may take online classes. This program requires 120 credits for completion.
The core competencies and key concepts taught in these sports psychology courses are applicable to diverse aspects of human life beyond sports achievements. You will be prompted to examine the factors that lead people to strive for inner greatness. Your instructors will guide you in exploring how people are motivated to pursue objectives, and how to conduct assessments and implement interventional strategies that drive personal growth and improvement.
Additionally, you will have the opportunity to demonstrate the knowledge and skills you will be taught by completing the hands-on professional capstone research project. All research projects in this program focus on developing solutions for realistic issues or problems in the field. The capstone provides an opportunity for you to demonstrate your specialized knowledge in sport and performance psychology and to explore how you might make a positive difference in your community.
Career Paths for Graduates of the BS in Psychology: Sport and Performance Psychology Emphasis
Sports offer athletes many benefits, and a sport psychology expert can help them access those benefits by staying motivated and engaged. There are performance sports psychology career opportunities in multiple settings, including the following:1
- Professional athletic teams
- High school and collegiate teams
- Community outreach programs
- Vocational rehabilitation
- Performance arts coaching and management
A sports psychologist may work with athletes ranging from Olympics and Special Olympics team members to amateur sports enthusiasts. To position yourself for possible career advancement, you may choose to pursue a master’s degree. Most sport psychology careers require a graduate degree and clinical practice may require licensure. Licensure requirements can vary by state.2
FAQs for the BS in Psychology: Sport and Performance Psychology Emphasis
Before you decide whether to become a bachelor’s in psychology major, you may have some questions about the program. The following commonly asked questions and answers can help you get started on your research.
When you’re ready to work toward a career in sport and performance psychology, the learning community at Grand Canyon University is here to welcome you. Apply today to get started on your psychology degree.
1 Cherry, K. (2023, February 28). What Is Sports Psychology? VeryWell Mind. Retrieved on August 14, 2023.
2 Psychology.org Staff. (2023, July 11). How To Become a Sports Psychologist. Psychology.org. Retrieved on August 14, 2023.
3 Cleveland Clinic. (2021, August 10). Athletes and mental health: breaking the stigma. Cleveland Clinic. Retrieved June 26, 2023.
General Education Requirements
General Education coursework prepares Grand Canyon University graduates to think critically, communicate clearly, live responsibly in a diverse world, and thoughtfully integrate their faith and ethical convictions into all dimensions of life. These competencies, essential to an effective and satisfying life, are outlined in the General Education Learner Outcomes. General Education courses embody the breadth of human understanding and creativity contained in the liberal arts and sciences tradition. Students take an array of foundational knowledge courses that promote expanded knowledge, insight, and the outcomes identified in the University's General Education Competencies. The knowledge and skills students acquire through these courses serve as a foundation for successful careers and lifelong journeys of growing understanding and wisdom.
Upon completion of the Grand Canyon University's University Foundation experience, students will be able to demonstrate competency in the areas of academic skills and self-leadership. They will be able to articulate the range of resources available to assist them, explore career options related to their area of study, and have knowledge of Grand Canyon's community. Students will be able to demonstrate foundational academic success skills, explore GCU resources (CLA, Library, Career Center, ADA office, etc), articulate strategies of self-leadership and management and recognize opportunities to engage in the GCU community.
- UNV-112, Success in Science, Engineering and Technology & Lab: 4
- UNV-103, University Success: 4
- UNV-303, University Success: 4
- UNV-108, University Success in the College of Education: 4
Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to construct rhetorically effective communications appropriate to diverse audiences, purposes, and occasions (English composition, communication, critical reading, foreign language, sign language, etc.). Students are required to take 3 credits of English grammar or composition.
- UNV-104, 21st Century Skills: Communication and Information Literacy: 4
- ENG-105, English Composition I: 4
- ENG-106, English Composition II: 4
Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to express aspects of Christian heritage and worldview. Students are required to take CWV-101/CWV-301.
- CWV-101, Christian Worldview: 4
- CWV-301, Christian Worldview: 4
Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to use various analytic and problem-solving skills to examine, evaluate, and/or challenge ideas and arguments (mathematics, biology, chemistry, physics, geology, astronomy, physical geography, ecology, economics, theology, logic, philosophy, technology, statistics, accounting, etc.). Students are required to take 3 credits of intermediate algebra or higher.
- MAT-154, Applications of College Algebra: 4
- MAT-144, College Mathematics: 4
- PHI-105, 21st Century Skills: Critical Thinking and Problem Solving: 4
- BIO-220, Environmental Science: 4
Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to demonstrate awareness and appreciation of and empathy for differences in arts and culture, values, experiences, historical perspectives, and other aspects of life (psychology, sociology, government, Christian studies, Bible, geography, anthropology, economics, political science, child and family studies, law, ethics, cross-cultural studies, history, art, music, dance, theater, applied arts, literature, health, etc.). If the predefined course is a part of the major, students need to take an additional course.
- HIS-144, U.S. History Themes: 4
- PSY-102, General Psychology: 4
- SOC-100, Everyday Sociology: 4
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* Please refer to the Academic Catalog for more information. Programs or courses subject to change.