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2023-2024 Catalog 
2023-2024 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Sport Psychology Minor

Combined minor offered by the Department of Psychology and the Department of Health and Human Development, College of Humanities and Social Sciences

30 credits


This interdisciplinary program is designed to introduce the student to the discipline of sport psychology. More specifically, it emphasizes the educational and behavioral approaches to sport psychology that can be applied in recreational, exercise, and athletic settings.

Why Consider a Sport Psychology Minor?

The Sports Psychology Minor provides students with the behavioral knowledge and psychosocial educational techniques related to the psychosocial aspects of athletic, exercise, recreational and performance settings. This minor provides skills that will serve as preparation for incorporation of consideration and instructional techniques to enhance any human performance or health related field.

 Contact Information

General Information
and Advising

Jen Leita
Carver 201A

Sport Psychology
Specialization Advisors

Linda Keeler

Jessyca Arthur-Cameselle

 Sample Careers

Athletic/Physical Activity Coaching | Major dependent careers

 Major/Career Resources


How to Declare (Admission and Declaration Process):

For Admission: There is a minimum capacity of 10 openings each year for the sport psychology minor (5 in the Fall quarter and 5 in the Winter quarter), with possible additional spots depending on major capacity (maximum 25). Students who have 60 credits completed and a 2.5 GPA may apply to the sport psychology minor. Should the number of applicants exceed the number of spots available, priority will be given to non-kinesiology majors in order of highest GPA, then to kinesiology majors in order of highest GPA. Students apply via the Kinesiology program website by the second Friday of classes in the Fall and Spring quarters for admission into the minor starting in the subsequent quarter. Students will be notified of acceptance before registration and will have to receive advising to develop a plan of study before registration overrides will be given. 

Note: If the student has attended more than one institution then the student’s GPA for purposes of application to the Kinesiology minor is calculated as a weighted average of the GPAs obtained at each of the schools attended. (Advanced placement classes are not included in the calculation; running start classes recorded on a community college transcript are included.)

For Admission Application: See the Kinesiology program website.

For Advising: Kinesiology or other non-psychology majors, contact Jen Leita (see above). For psychology majors, contact one of the Department of Psychology Sport Psychology Minor Advisors: Dr. Kristi Lemm, 498 AIC East, 360-650-3187, Email: Kristi.Lemm@wwu.edu or Dr. Kelly Jantzen, 494 AIC East, 360-650-4046, Email: Kelly.Jantzen@wwu.edu.

Advising tips: Students may start taking psychology courses in anticipation of applying for the minor; however, that is not a guarantee that they will be admitted given the space limitations.

Grade Requirements

A grade of C- or better is required for a student’s major or minor courses, and supporting courses for majors and minors.