Sport and Performance Psychology, B.S.
The field of sport and performance psychology is a fast-growing discipline that addresses mental health within performance-based arenas.
CBU's B.S. in Sport and Performance Psychology is a degree designed to prepare individuals to address the current performance mental health challenges through a multidisciplinary focus on research and application centered around an empathetic approach — a skillset that is highly sought after by potential performance employers.
Why Study Sport and Performance Psychology at CBU?
Take relevant and interesting courses
Curriculum is focused on core disciplines, including social focus, cognitive practices, athletic application, theoretical knowledge, professionalism and ethics.
Get hands-on experience
This degree is perfect for any student who wishes to remain in athletics or the performance field and feels called to impact others in their cognitive development. A student earning this degree has the ability to work with performers in a gamut of different areas: athletics, military, performing arts and business.
What You'll Learn
Students in CBU's sport and performance psychology bachelor's program will learn to:
- Identify and describe core concepts related to the field of sport and performance psychology.
- Identify and describe cognitive and behavioral theories/models related to sport and exercise psychology.
- Differentiate how personal and professional practices impact diversity and cultural norms.
- Explore the role of ethics pertaining to the field of sport and performance psychology.
- Integrate faith, morals, and values in the practical application of sport and performance psychology.
SPP 420: Social Implications of Sport and Performance
This course explores the establishment of relationships among psychology, social relationships, and performance within various social environments and contexts.
SPP 430: Ethics and Leadership in Performance Psychology
This course is centered around the leadership and ethics needed to build and develop professional relationships within a sport psychology setting.
SPP 499: Sport and Performance Psychology Capstone
This course provides students the opportunity to evaluate their own strengths/weaknesses and demonstrate an understanding of the integration of a Christian worldview and their major field of study.
Professor of Sport and Performance Psychology
Director, The Center for Sport and Performance Psychology
Program Coordinator, BS in Sport and Performance Psychology / External Liaison for Community Engagement
Office Phone: 601-667-9706
Office Location: James 128
Associate Professor of Sport and Performance Psychology
Director, Sport and Performance Psychology Program
Office Phone: 951-343-4391
Office Location: James 136B
I am so grateful for my experience in this program, to the professors who offered mentorship and guidance, and to this field that serves to help athletes and performers become the best they can be. The excitement for where this field can go is evident in the tone and themes of this program, and I am proud to have been a part of it.
Lauren Ostrander '22
Upon completing CBU’s undergraduate sport and performance psychology program, students will be well prepared for careers in the industry. Some careers listed below may require further education.
- Sport and Performance Cognitive Coach
- Athletic Coach
- Athletic Director