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Bachelor of Arts in Sport Psychology

Lead Faculty: Dr. Sarah Castillo

The Bachelor of Arts in Sport Psychology program offers a comprehensive introduction to the contemporary discipline of sport psychology. Graduates of this program are well prepared to seek employment in entry-level coaching positions and admission to graduate psychology programs at the master s or doctoral level.

Program Learning Outcomes

  1. Discuss current trends in psychological research in both individual and team contexts within sport psychology.
  2. Analyze how psychological factors influence performance in sport, and techniques to increase performance and reduce anxiety.
  3. Examine the history of sport psychology and its role in contemporary psychological theories and systems.
  4. Discuss the influences of diversity and multiculturalism on group interactions and performance.
  5. Apply psychological theory to coaching situations.
  6. Communicate orally and in writing using proper sport and psychology terminology.
  7. Discuss the legal and ethical issues in sport psychology and performance enhancement.
  8. Discuss the physiological and motoric principles of performance in sport and physical activity


To receive a Bachelor of Arts in Sport Psychology degree, students must complete at least 180 quarter units as articulated below, 45 of which must be completed in residence at National University, 76.5 of which must be completed at the upper-division level, and the University General Education requirements. In the absence of transfer credit, additional general electives may be necessary to satisfy total units for the degree. The following courses are specific degree requirements. Students should refer to the section on undergraduate admission procedures for specific information on admission and evaluation.

Preparation for the Major (2 courses; 9 quarter units)
Requirements for the Major (13 courses; 58.5 quarter units) Core Requirements (9 courses; 40.5 quarter units)
Core Requisite(s):
Emphasis in Applied Sport Psychology (4 courses; 18 quarter units)
Emphasis in Professional Golf Management (4 courses; 18 quarter units)
Designed for students wishing to prepare for entry into professional coaching, this specialization focuses upon the application of psychological principles to athletics. The specialization includes a senior project and practicum designed to give students practical experiences in the field of applied sport psychology.
Upper Division Electives (3 courses; 13.5 quarter units)

Program Information

Online Education

This program is available online.