Sports Psychology

Sports Psychology Minor

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.

Minors are an important part of the undergraduate curriculum.  If students declare a minor by sophomore year, they can usually complete it in a timely manner.  Students should work with their advisor to determine if it is possible that the minor can be completed by graduation.  

To receive a minor, a student must complete at least 9 credit hours of coursework distinct from their major(s) and from other minors, and students must complete more than 50% of the coursework required for the minor at Canisius. Please note that “ancillary/supporting” courses required for a major may still count as distinct courses as long as the remaining coursework still meets the 30 credit-hours required for a major. For more information about minor policies, please see the Declaring Majors and Minors page in the catalog.


Required Courses
KIN 361Psychology of Sport and Mental Health3
PSY 101Introduction to Psychology I3
PSY 102Introduction to Psychology II3
PSY 329Leadership and Motivation 13
PSY 373Behavior Modification3
PSY 391Biopsychology of Stress3
PED 380Concepts of Teaching Sport Skills3
Total Credits21

Please note that PSY 101 or PSY 102 and junior or senior standing are prerequisites for PSY 329