Sport, Exercise & Performance Psychology Minor

The Sport, Exercise and Performance Psychology curriculum provides students, athletes and those preparing for careers as coaches, sport practitioners and sport administrators with the knowledge of psychological theory and skills development to enhance human behavior in sport and exercise settings and artistic performance. The discipline explores social-psychological concepts such as motivation, self-confidence, concentration, anxiety or burnout, and how these concepts can influence a sport environment (e.g., losing focus under pressure or self-doubt during a game). Students are prepared to work in a wide range of sport-related fields or to further their education in their chosen careers by continuing to a graduate program and certification.

Graduates of this program will be able to:

  1. Gain knowledge and skills on the influences of the psychological aspects of exercise, injury and physical activity on performance.
  2. Achieve a greater understanding of performance and achievement within the context of sport at a variety of levels, with diverse populations and in many different sports.
  3. Consider a holistic perspective of sport, which includes athlete-centered coaching, cultural competence, development of character and life lessons through youth sport.
  4. Demonstrate effective leadership and ethical decision-making skills.

For more information, please contact Dr. Marta Guivernau:

Overview and Program Requirements in the University Catalog