Improve the Minds of Athletes with a Degree in Sport Psychology
Have you always loved sports? Are you interested in working with athletes as your profession? Our Bachelor of Science in Psychology: Sport Psychology may be the degree for you! This program will help you motivate athletes who are struggling or desire to improve their performance.
We understand your love for sports. They bring people together to celebrate a common interest. Plus, they’re fun and exciting! But what would sports be without the athletes? As a sport psychologist, you can help athletes overcome struggles like anger, forgetting important plays, and freezing at crucial moments. You’ll also be able to improve their performance by working on mental exercises.
So don’t wait any longer! There are fans who are waiting for people like you to professionally work with the athletes they love. Our athletes spend so much time working on their bodies that it is important that someone focuses on their minds. Pursuing our sport psychology degree is going to get you one major step closer to providing this service to tomorrow’s athletes.
Why Choose Liberty’s Psychology: Sport Psychology Degree?
You need a program that will set you apart from the competition and prepare you for your future. You may choose to immediately start your career upon graduation or apply to graduate school. Either way, we’ve got you covered with the resources and experience you’ll need to excel in your field.
One of our most valuable resources is our professors. These men and women are such an important asset to you as a student because they are highly skilled professionals in the field of sport psychology with years of experience and degrees in related fields. Plus, they are excited about the opportunity to mentor, guide, and support you throughout your academic journey here at Liberty.
Something else you’ll take part in is our required internship. This is your chance to get real-world experience before you graduate and make valuable connections along the way. You may choose to intern with a school, church, nonprofit, or private practice, or you might work under a coach to get experience working with athletes directly.
What Will You Learn in Our Sport Psychology Degree?
Our desire is to provide you with a degree that will prepare you for a future in your intended field. We want you to feel ready for your next step upon graduation—whether that be starting your career immediately or going on to graduate school. Your courses will provide you with the tools and knowledge to be successful regardless of which path you choose.
You’re going to need foundational knowledge in order to succeed as a sport psychologist. That’s why your coursework will include topics like social psychology, personality, multicultural counseling, statistics, physiological psychology, and psychological measurement.
Additionally, our sport psychology specialization will give you additional insight with training from the following courses:
- Experimental Design in Research
- Group Dynamics
- Human Nutrition
- Introduction to Sport Management
- Sport and Exercise Psychology
View the Degree Completion Plan, and check out our featured courses below for more information on what you’ll be studying!
PSYC 312 – Social Psychology
Here’s what you’ll learn:
- How the presence of other people affects an individual’s behavior
- How an individual forms opinions and attitudes about others
- Interpersonal attraction, accuracy of eye-witness testimony, impact of television on aggression, and more
PSYC 341 – Psychology of Personality
In this course, you will study the major historical and contemporary theories of the origin and development of personality, emphasizing the role of the dynamics of personality.
PSYC 365 – Psychological Foundations of Learning
Here’s what you’ll learn:
- A study of human learning, including an examination of conditioning, behavioral modeling, cognitive development, and high level thought processes
- Models of behaviorism
- Social learning, cognitive development, memory, and motivation
- Attribution theories
PSYC 420 – Psychology and Christianity
Here’s what you’ll learn:
- The relationship between Christian theology and the science of psychology
- Philosophical foundations
- The major models of conceptualizing the relationship between the two disciplines
Highlights of Our Psychology: Sport Psychology Degree
- Christ-centered courses that give you the cutting edge in research and counseling techniques
- Multiple areas of study to help you specialize in the career you want to pursue
- Faculty-student mentoring in research projects with the potential of presentation publication of your research as an undergraduate student
- Multiple psychology events and internship opportunities are available to give you real work and training experience
- Academic trips available to Ecuador, New York, and Poland
- Our psychology club—Club Psych—allows you to interact with professors and peers in the field
Bachelor’s in Sport Psychology Degree Information
Career Opportunities for Psychology: Sport Psychology Graduates
- Church Counselor
- College Professor/Researcher
- Counselor in a Group Home
- Counselor/Psychologist with a Private Practice
- Professional Sports Coach
- Residential Treatment Counselor/Psychologist
- Sport Psychologist
- Substance Abuse Counselor
- Treatment Center Counselor/Psychologist
Admission Requirements for Undergraduate Degrees
Every application is reviewed by the admission committee on a case-by-case basis, meaning there are no set minimums for acceptance. However, all applicants must submit the following documents* for admission:
- Admission application
- Official high school transcripts
- Official college transcripts (if applicable)
- SAT, ACT, or CLT scores
- Admission essay
*Note that additional documentation may be requested by the admission committee after your application has been received.