Wilkes University

Sport Psychology

Sport psychologists help athletes achieve optimal results on the court, field or track.

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With a minor in sport psychology, you will be equipped to work with athletes, teams and coaches to help focus on how mental and emotional factors influence athletic performance.

The sport psychology minor at Wilkes University, the only program of its kind in northeastern Pennsylvania, will provide you with a unique opportunity to learn psychological performance enhancement techniques while also exploring the scientific methodology of neuroscience to determine how individuals can perform at peak skill levels in athletics. 

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Coursework will address common issues faced by athletes in all sports. These include anxiety, stress and anger management, as well as drug and alcohol abuse and relationship difficulties. 

Students majoring in psychology, education, sports management, communications, or physical and occupational therapy should consider the sport psychology minor, as the Association for Applied Sport Psychology anticipates a significant increase for trained professionals in this area of study.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that growth for all types of psychologists will increase by 19 percent over the next 10 years; that’s faster than the average for all occupations. BLS statistics show that psychologists earn a median annual salary of $75,230.

As a sport psychology minor, you will take 22 credits, including these core courses: 

  • SM 201 – Intro to Sports Management
  • SM 261 – Sport Psychology
  • PSY 398 – Peak Performance Coaching
  • PSY 402 – Field Experience in Sport Psychology
  • SOC 261/EC298 – The Economic and Social Aspects of Sports

Students graduating with the sport psychology minor will be prepared for careers that include: 

  • sport psychologist,
  • physical or occupational therapy,
  • sports writing and sports analysis,
  • coaching, athletic training, and
  • performance enhancement consulting.

Carl J. Charnetski, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Psychology