Sports Psychology Concentration

Mission Statement

The Sports Psychology track within the Psychology concentration of Providence Christian College exists to enhance the holistic development of students through nurturing student knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary for the observation, understanding, analysis of human behavior, and by developing through the study of sports, exercise, coaching, and positive psychology optimal team and individual performance.

Why Study Sports Psychology at Providence?

The Psychology (PSY) concentration (Sports Psychology track) is designed to equip students with the ability to understand and practice sports psychology by providing a sound overview of the psychology discipline and then developing a more particular understanding of sports psychology from an informed and Reformed Christian worldview for the good of others and the glory of God.

The PSY concentration (Sports Psychology track) begins in the first year by laying the essential groundwork for critical thinking with a core focused upon economics, mathematics, philosophy, political theory, religion, and Western Civilization. Additional courses on composition and presentation require students to not only learn material but communicate information cogently and persuasively—essential skills in the field of sports psychology.

Sports Psychology track students are also introduced in their first year to psychology, human development, and an understanding of psychology from a Christian perspective in their enrollment in Lifespan Development, and The Christian Mind respectively.

Second-year students complete additional studies in the liberal arts core while enrolling in two classes, Theories of Human Nature and Sports and Exercise Psychology in the Fall and Spring semesters.

Upper-class PSY students enroll in classes in Anatomy, Physiology, Positive Psychology, Kinesiology, Christian Ethics, and Psychology of Coaching. Electives and other core course requirements round out a student’s academic preparation, before their program culminates in their participation in their Capstone project, the goal of which is for students to employ all of the elements of their Providence Christian education in independent research and exposition.

Concentration Learning Outcomes

After active participation and completion of this program, students will be able to:

  1. Obtain a critical understanding and ability to apply theoretical and scientific knowledge from the sub-disciplines of sports, exercise, coaching, and positive psychology.
  2. Effectively communicate the essential theories, scientific applications, and Christian ethical considerations related to human nature and sports psychology.
  3. Access and employ contemporary scholarship on the practice of sports psychology.
  4. Recognize and consider best approaches as applied to developing and leading individual and group performance.
  5. Articulate a Christian and Reformed perspective on sport, exercise, competition, and both individual and team development.
Concentration Course Requirements
PSY Courses within the Liberal Studies Degree Core
LBS 101The Christian Mind3
PSY 201Lifespan Development3
Course #PSY Required Course Titles Units
PSY 230Sports and Exercise Psychology3
PHL 231Theories of Human Nature3
BIO 310Anatomy w/Lab3
BIO 311Physiology w/Lab3
HLS 300Kinesiology3
PHL 340Christian Ethics3
PSY 348Positive Psychology3
PSY 421Psychology of Coaching3
Course #PSY Elective Course Titles Units
PSY 340Social Psychology3
PSY 320Abnormal Psychology3
PSY 360Neuroscience & Behavior3
HLS 310Exercise Physiology + Lab4
HLS 410Nutrition for Today 3
HLS 420Biomechanics3
HLS 430Assessment & Rehabilitation of Athletic Injuries 3
PSY 399Applied ApprenticeshipMarch 8, 2014
PSY Capstone Course Titles
LBS 499Capstone: Career Development and e-Portfolio3
HLS 499Capstone: Paper/Project and Presentation3
Concentration Course Map
Year One - FallYear One - Spring
New Testament INew Testament II
Composition IComposition II
Philosophical, Political & Economic ThoughtClassical and Medieval Civilization and Culture
The Christian MindLifespan Development
Intro to Public CommunicationPrinciples & Practice of Innovation
Year Two - FallYear Two - Spring
Old Testament IOld Testament II
World LiteratureAmerican Civilization and Culture
Modern/Post-Modern Civilization and CultureIntroduction to Fine Art
General Chemistry + LabSports and Exercise Psychology
Theories of Human NatureElective
Year Three - FallYear Three - Spring
Christ, Culture, and ContextualizationPrinciples of Management, Organization, and Communication
StatisticsPhysiology + Lab
Anatomy + LabChristian Ethics
Year Four - FallYear Four - Spring
Capstone: Career Development and e-PortfolioCapstone: Paper/Project & Presentation
Spanish I*Spanish II*
Psychology of CoachingPositive Psychology

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