Master of Arts in Psychology, Sport and Performance Psychology

Master of Arts in Psychology, Sport and Performance Psychology

Master of Arts in Psychology, Sport and Performance Psychology


(All courses are 3 credits)


ORG 6499 Cultural Diversity & Individual Differences
This course provides a systematic review of the wide range of cultures and individual differences and the ways in which cultural mores, ethnocentrism, and factors such as matters of race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, customs, and cultures impact behavior of the individual themselves and of those around them. Through this course, students better understand themselves and others, in terms of perceptions and behaviors.

PSY 5420 Principles of Social Psychology
This course provides an introduction and overview of the principles and theories of social psychology. The course includes exploration of behavior in groups, group impacts on individual behavior and the ways in which organizational rules and norms impact behavior. Constructs of social psychology, including social influence, social thinking, and attitude formation are covered and related to sociological and psychological research.

RES 5400 Understanding, Interpreting, & Applying Statistical Concepts
This course teaches students how to critically analyze, interpret, and apply statistical concepts to research in education and the social sciences. The focus is on a quantitative approach to the concepts and methods of statistical inference. Topics include sampling, frequency distributions, estimation, hypothesis testing, and probability. Statistical analyses covered include correlation, regression, t-tests, nonparametric tests, and Analysis of Variance. Basic research design issues are also addressed focusing on selecting data analysis techniques to appropriately address research questions and to apply the concepts covered to various psychological problems and realistic situations. Emphasis is on developing skills in interpreting statistical results presented in research articles.

PSY 5130 Life Span Development
This course surveys the major theoretical perspectives on life span development from conception through late adulthood. Developmental processes related to physical, cognitive, moral, and emotional functions are reviewed as well as societal and cultural aspects of development.

PSY 5003 Introduction to Applied & Professional Psychology  
This course provides an overview of the roles, relationships, and responsibilities of individuals in the various specialties in applied and professional psychology. Attention is given to identifying those specialties for which licensure or certification is possible and/or available, those specialties that apply the principles of psychology to organizations and organizational problems, and the distinction between experimental/theoretical psychology and applied/professional psychology.

PSY 5280 Ethics, Laws & Standards of Professional Practice
This course is a study of the ethical and legal issues confronting those practicing in human services. Topics related to clinical methodology, standards of practice, and inter-professional relations are explored. Students learn principles of ethical decision making, standards for human and animal use in research, and standards of care specified by state and federal laws. Emphasis is placed on exploration of the emotional impact that major ethical and legal dilemmas have on decision making. Students also master the current code of ethics of the American Psychological Association and other professional codes of ethics, such as the code of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy or the code of the American Counseling Association.

PSY 6290 Learning Theory & Behavioral Applications
This course surveys traditional areas of learning theory, including classical and instrumental conditioning paradigms, motivation, reinforcement variables, stimulus discrimination, generalization and transfer, habituation, and memory. Also reviewed are models of social learning theory, modeling, and behavioral rehearsal. Behavioral approaches to therapy that focus on modifying specific, observable behaviors, using the principles of learning theory such as systematic desensitization, cognitive-behavioral approaches, and dialectical behavioral therapy.

PSY 5520 Cognitive & Affective Bases of Behavior  
This course studies the science of the cognitive and affective bases of behavior. The course reviews the contributions of cognitive psychology and also studies the effect of emotion and motivation on behavior. Cognitive psychology emphasizes perception, attention, memory, reasoning, language, imagery, and problem solving. Affective psychology focuses on emotional arousal, motivation, attribution, and mood. Students are thoroughly acquainted with research and research methods in this area and also focus on how this information applies in clinical practice.

PSY 6312 Performance Enhancement  
Psychological Skills Training (PST) is the systemic and disciplined use of psychological skills to enhance performance. Similar to physical skills, mental and psychological skills development requires precision and repetition of multiple capacities. These include focusing and concentration, arousal regulation, imagery, increasing confidence, motivation, and effective goal-setting.

PSY 6315 Enhancing Health & Well-Being in Sports & Performance Settings  
This course explores the central importance of health and well-being in sports and performance. Excellence in performance often demands balanced mental and physical functioning and adherence to a well designed training regimen. In attaining health and well-being, particular attention is given to psychological and behavioral components that either support or detract from performance. Supportive elements include healthy exercise, recovery, diet, and relationships. Indicators of imbalance include injuries, illness, eating disorders, addictions, aggression and burnout. Further, the course examines the temptations and dangers of illicit performance enhancing drugs. Attainment of balance is seen as a core ingredient of optimal and sustainable well-being.

PSY 6318 Youth Development & Sports  
One purpose of sports and performance psychology is helping people improve performance through the use of mental techniques. Sports and performance psychology also looks at how involving ourselves in sports and performance activities facilitates personal growth and well-being. Students are introduced to several important topics: 1) how physical activity and psychological development are linked, 2) effective coaching practices for youth and young adults, 3) child/parent interaction, and 4) application of this knowledge with adults.

PSY 6320 Group & Team Dynamics  
Taking advantage of the overall abilities of each member of a group or team, as well as understanding the potential solutions for challenges facing dysfunctional groups and teams, are two areas that great leaders master. This course examines the process and outcomes of group and team efforts, as well as the power of teamwork and cohesion by studying the critical foundations of high-performing groups and teams.

PSY 6501 Psychology of Personality*
This course explores the major theories of personality including Psychodynamic, Behavioral, Biological, Cognitive, Trait-Factor, and Humanistic/Existential approaches. Students study individual theories and compare and contrast these theoretical positions in terms of current research. In addition, students explore the relevance and application of personality theories to the profession of psychology. Prerequisite: completion of all required coursework.

Total Credits 39

*This course may not be transferred in.

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