Sports Psychology Concentration
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:
- Obtain a critical understanding and ability to apply theoretical and scientific knowledge from the sub-disciplines of sports, exercise, coaching, and positive psychology.
- Effectively communicate the essential theories, scientific applications, and Christian ethical considerations related to human nature and sports psychology.
- Access and employ contemporary scholarship on the practice of sports psychology.
- Recognize and consider best approaches as applied to developing and leading individual and group performance.
- 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 101||The Christian Mind||3|
|PSY 201||Lifespan Development||3|
|Course #||PSY Required Course Titles||Units|
|PSY 230||Sports and Exercise Psychology||3|
|PHL 231||Theories of Human Nature||3|
|BIO 310||Anatomy w/Lab||3|
|BIO 311||Physiology w/Lab||3|
|PHL 340||Christian Ethics||3|
|PSY 348||Positive Psychology||3|
|PSY 421||Psychology of Coaching||3|
|Course #||PSY Elective Course Titles||Units|
|PSY 340||Social Psychology||3|
|PSY 320||Abnormal Psychology||3|
|PSY 360||Neuroscience & Behavior||3|
|HLS 310||Exercise Physiology + Lab||4|
|HLS 410||Nutrition for Today||3|
|HLS 430||Assessment & Rehabilitation of Athletic Injuries||3|
|PSY 399||Applied Apprenticeship||March 8, 2014|
|PSY Capstone Course Titles|
|LBS 499||Capstone: Career Development and e-Portfolio||3|
|HLS 499||Capstone: Paper/Project and Presentation||3|
Concentration Course Map
|Year One - Fall||Year One - Spring|
|New Testament I||New Testament II|
|Composition I||Composition II|
|Philosophical, Political & Economic Thought||Classical and Medieval Civilization and Culture|
|The Christian Mind||Lifespan Development|
|Intro to Public Communication||Principles & Practice of Innovation|
|Year Two - Fall||Year Two - Spring|
|Old Testament I||Old Testament II|
|World Literature||American Civilization and Culture|
|Modern/Post-Modern Civilization and Culture||Introduction to Fine Art|
|General Chemistry + Lab||Sports and Exercise Psychology|
|Theories of Human Nature||Elective|
|Year Three - Fall||Year Three - Spring|
|Christ, Culture, and Contextualization||Principles of Management, Organization, and Communication|
|Statistics||Physiology + Lab|
|Anatomy + Lab||Christian Ethics|
|Year Four - Fall||Year Four - Spring|
|Capstone: Career Development and e-Portfolio||Capstone: Paper/Project & Presentation|
|Spanish I*||Spanish II*|
|Psychology of Coaching||Positive Psychology|