The Sports Psychology minor focuses on how psychological factors affect behavior in sports and athletics and on how participation in these activities affects the athlete. Students study social perception, motivation, group dynamics, development of motor skills, leadership, aggression and other topics essential to working with teams and individual athletes for careers in coaching, education, research/teaching or counseling.
|Psychology courses required for the minor:|
|PSY 318 Social Psychology||3 credits|
|PSY 329 Leadership and Motivation|
|PSY 373 Behavior Modification|
|PSY 391 Biopsychology of Stress|
|Kinesiology courses required for the minor:|
|HED 461 Sports Psychology|
|PED 351 Coaching Theory and Techniques|
PED 380 Concepts in Teaching Sports Skills
Note: Non-majors must complete PSY 101, 102, 201, and 202 before beginning the minor.
For Physical Education Majors
Psychology courses required for the minor:
|HED 461 Health Psychology|
|PED 351 Coaching Theory and Technique|
|PED 380 Concepts in Teaching Sports Skills|
|PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology I|
|PSY 102 Introduction to Psychology II|
|PSY 201 Statistics|
Psychology/Biology Dual Major
A dual major in Psychology and Biology exists for students with an interest in both fields and seeking a combined educational program. (See description in Biology Department listing.) Students in this dual major may count BIO 315, BIO 315L, and BIO 316 as PSY courses and as Core III courses in psychology.
Psychology/Criminal Justice Dual Major
Students interested in forensic psychology or the application of psychology to the legal and criminal justice systems may wish to combine Psychology and Criminal Justice courses into a dual major. Courses that count for credit in both psychology and criminal justice (e.g., Abnormal, Counseling, Drugs and Behavior and Forensic Psychology) facilitate this dual major and an accompanying minor in Forensic Psychology. Detailed information may be obtained from the Psychology Department.
Psychology/English Dual Majors
Psychology and English both have human experience as their subject matter and both strive to develop students’ abilities to think critically, logically and creatively. Studied together, these disciplines enrich students’ abilities to create and understand characterizations of personality and normal and abnormal behavior, increase their understanding of the impact of social forces on the individual and help them gain a greater appreciation of individual differences (e.g., children versus adults) in cognitive and emotional functioning.
Neuroscience: A Neuroscience minor administered in the Biology Department is pertinent to those Psychology majors interested in brain-behavior relationships.
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