Sport Psychology

Sports Psychology

A Majors Abroad Program

About the B.A. in Sport Psychology

  • A year of study abroad
  • Preparation for careers in marketing, coaching, teaching, personnel management, information presentation, research, human services, and various therapy systems
  • Preparation for graduate work in sport psychology, health psychology, rehabilitation, and occupational therapy
  • Real-world internships and fieldwork
  • Hands-on research required of all majors
  • Senior research project

The Sport Psychology major incorporates a year of study abroad after students have studied psychology basics at Arcadia's campus in Glenside, Pa. Students interested in this Majors Abroad Program will spend their junior year abroad, either at the University of Stirling (Scotland) or the University of Ulster (Northern Ireland), where they will complete a minimum of three courses in sports science or Sport Psychology. Upon their return, they will conduct their senior course doing an internship in the field of sport psychology and write a thesis on sport psychology.

This major allows students with this very specific interest in Sport Psychology to study it as an undergraduate. The unique major provides a solid foundation in research skills while encouraging each student to find his or her area of focused interest. Students who decide in spring of their sophomore year that they do not want to go abroad can still complete the Psychology major on schedule.

While Psychology is a subject where working with people is an important feature, Sport Psychology graduates have careers in marketing, coaching, teaching, personnel management, information presentation, research, human services, and various therapy systems. Transferable skills that are valued by employers are interpersonal, communication, numerical literacy, computer literacy, time management skills, and critical thinking. More specifically, Sport Psychology majors are well prepared for graduate work in the fields of sport psychology, health psychology, rehabilitation, and occupational therapy.

Degree Requirements

(48-51 credits as listed below, with Undergraduate Curriculum requirements and electives to total 128)

First Year

  • PY 111 Introduction to Psychology
  • PY 153 Social Psychology

Sophomore Year

  • PY 221 Psychology as a Natural Science: Learning and Cognition
  • PY 222 Psychology as a Natural Science: Behavior Neuroscience
  • MA 141 Elementary Statistics
  • PY 142 Research Methods
  • PY 203 Health Psychology (or equivalent as determined in consultation with advisor)
  • One natural science (NP) course outside Psychology

Junior Year

Students spend the junior year abroad taking courses at the University of Stirling (Scotland) or the University of Ulster, Jordanstown (Northern Ireland). Coursework must include a minimum of three courses in Sport Psychology or sports science.

Senior Year

PY 490, 491 Senior Course. (Students will focus their senior internship and senior thesis on a topic from the area of Sport Psychology.)

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