Physical Education Sport Studies (BS)

Co-Chairs: Nicholas Lorgnier, Ph.D. and Shawn O'Rourke, Ph.D.
Coordinator: Greg Reeds, Ed.D.

Introduction

The physical education major may wish to pursue a career other than teaching. Several options are available to prepare students for professional careers or graduate training. Students may obtain a bachelor of science degree in Physical Education and Sport Studies.  The Physical Education Sport Studies degree does not lead to teacher certification.

Qualifications

Students must maintain a 2.0 GPA in their major and a 2.0 overall average to graduate with a degree in Physical Education Sport Studies. All students must complete a minimum of 120 credit hours to graduate.

Advisement

All students should have an advisor in the major and should contact the department directly to have an advisor assigned if they do not already have one.  Meetings with academic advisors are required prior to students receiving their PIN for course registration each semester. All majors should work closely with their advisor in discussing career expectations, choosing their major electives, developing their entire academic program and planning their co-curricular or supplemental academic experiences.

Double Majors

Students who wish to expand their educational opportunities may decide to declare a double major. The decision may be based on career goals or planned graduate studies. Before a student declares a double major, it is important to meet with the appropriate academic departments for advisement. Some double major combinations can be completed within the minimum 120 credit hour degree requirement, but in some cases additional course work may be required. In order to declare a double major, the student must complete the appropriate double major request form and get the signature of each department chairperson and the appropriate associate dean.  Please note that students will receive only one degree, regardless of the number of majors they complete.

Curriculum

An Ignatian Foundation

All undergraduate students must complete either the Canisius Core Curriculum or the All-College Honors Curriculum. Many schools refer to their college-wide undergraduate requirements as "general education" requirements. We believe that the core curriculum and the honors curriculum are more than a series of required classes, they provide the basis for a Jesuit education both with content and with required knowledge and skills attributes that are central to our mission.

Free Electives

Students may graduate with more but not less than 120 credit hours. Free electives are courses in addition to the Core Curriculum or Honors Curriculum and major requirements sufficient to reach the minimum of 120 credit hours required for graduation.

Major Requirements

SPMT 150Introduction to Sport Management3
HED 205Wellness and Fitness3
HED 220Healthy Behaviors3
KIN 235Kinesiology3
HED 337Exercise Principles and Applications3
KIN 350Organization and Administration of Health and Wellness3
PED 351Coaching Theory and Techniques3
HED 425Evolution of Disease and Illness3
HED 361Psychology of Sport and Mental Health3
BIO 114
114L
Human Biology: Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology
and Human Biology: Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology Laboratory
4
BIO 115
115L
Musculoskeletal Anatomy and Physiology
and Musculoskeletal Anatomy and Physiology Laboratory
4
KIN 494Capstone in Kinesiology3
PE or Health Elective3
PE or Health Elective3
PE or Health Elective3
Total Credits47

Major Electives

Physical Education Sport Studies majors should consult their advisor for major electives.

Roadmap

Additional Course Considerations

Physical Education Sport Studies majors should consult their advisor for additional course considerations.

Freshman
FallSpring
SPMT 150HED 220
BIO 114
114L
BIO 115
115L
RST 101PHI 101
FYS 101ENG 101
 Elective
Sophomore
FallSpring
KIN 235KIN 350
HED 205Field 1
Field 7Electives
Electives 
Junior
FallSpring
HED 337HED 361
PED 351Field 3
Field 2Electives
Senior
FallSpring
HED 425KIN 494
Field 4Electives
Electives 

Learning Goals & Objectives

Learning Goal 1
Candidates in the Physical Education/Sport Studies program will demonstrate content knowledge, pedagogical, and professional knowledge necessary for successful performance in their field.

Students will:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the basic theories of personality, motivation, perception and social psychology as applied to the field of sport and exercise. This includes making the application of theory into practice in applied settings such as coaching, therapy or management and be prepared to enter careers the allied sports professions
  • Design a mental training program from the field of sport psychology that is related to mental health, performance intervention or performance enhancement. Select a sport and a sub-skill within that sport and develop a mental training program(MTP) or psychological skills training program(PSTP) that could be used as a blueprint for a psychological intervention

Learning Goal 2
Candidates in the Physical Education/Sport Studies program will demonstrate professional skills and dispositions necessary for successful performance in their field.

Students will:

  • Design an in season or off-season conditioning program for a team or an individual.
  • Develop an exercise progression for a team that reduces the risk and maximizes benefit

Learning Goal 3
Candidates in the Physical Education/Sport Studies program will demonstrate willingness to use their skills to benefit and serve society.  Within the contexts of their work, candidates promote authentic learning, social and emotional development, and a commitment to social justice in environments that foster respect for diversity and the dignity of all.

Students will:

  • Be prepared to contribute to the allied sports professions through participation in public relations, education, governmental, research or other professional activities
  • Write a reflection paper for inclusion into the coaching portfolio based on the experiences gained in a ten hour community based learning field placement

Learning Goal 4
Candidates will demonstrate self-reflection as a habit of mind, continuously assessing and refining their professional practice as they construct a rich repertoire of research-based knowledge, skills, and attitudes for effective performance ensuring that all students and/or clients have optimal opportunities to learn and grow.

Students will:

  • Reflect on career alternatives outside traditional teaching settings and determine the type of training needed to gain entry into the workforce by writing a reflection paper outlining and clearly expressing and well thought out philosophy of life which will be applied to a career in coaching at either the youth volunteer level, in high school, College or beyond

Learning Goal 5
Candidates will become adept at applying their acquired knowledge in the process of evaluating their own professional performance and decision-making with respect to its impact on students and/or clients, organizations, and the wider community.

Students will:

  • Pursue graduate studies or work in coaching science, sports psychology, counseling, sport administration, recreation or leisure.
  • Articulate issues on quality of life in a reflection paper based on a visit to an outside agency
     

Minors

Physical Education Sport Studies students who wish to expand their educational opportunities may decide to declare a minor in addition to their major. The decision may be based on career goals or planned graduate studies. Minors generally range from six to eight required courses. A listing of the minors can be found under the Academic Curricula section of the catalog. Some majors and minors can be completed within the minimum 120 credit hour degree requirement. But in some cases additional coursework may be required. Students must complete the appropriate minor request form.

The sports psychology minor provides students interested in psychology and physical education with an interdisciplinary approach to the study of sport, physical activity, health psychology, exercise psychology or coaching. The minor ideally prepares the student for careers in coaching or sport psychology. Students may seek advisement from the Psychology Department or the Department of Kinesiology.

The Coaching Minor is a common minor for many physical education students. The courses in the minor can be attached to any major. Completion of the minor often leads to graduate work at the master’s degree level in Coaching Science. The courses can also lead to NY State certification. The minor focuses upon the principles of effective coaching including the role of the coach, practice planning, leadership styles, organization and management, ethics and values clarification, goal setting, communication, career objectives, coaching burn-out and sport psychology. The overriding theme examines the interpersonal strategies leading to a productive coach-athlete relationship. The minor provides students with preparation Kinesiology courses have specific pre-requisites, which are stated in the course descriptions.

Note: Dr. Gregory Reeds serves as the advisor for the coaching minor program in the Department of Kinesiology and serves as the coordinator of the Physical Education Sport Studies program.