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Activate your career in sport studies.

Turn your passion for sports and physical activity into a lifelong career with the sport studies major at Bethany College.

Courses highlight concepts from training techniques and skill development, to kinesiology, sports marketing, athletic administration, facilities management, and treatments for athletic injuries. An intentional team of encouraging faculty provide an engaging learning environment designed to equip you for a career in coaching, sport management, athletic training, and beyond.   

At Bethany, you will have on-campus experience(s) in sport management and administration—as well as an off-campus internship—built into your degree program. 

Areas of Study

  • Sport Studies (Major)
  • Concentrations in:
  • Sport Management
  • Pre-Sports Medicine

Why Bethany

Practical Athletic Training Experience
Average Class Size 15

Careers in Sport Studies

  • Athletic Director
  • Camp Director
  • Coach
  • Community Sports Director
  • Corporate Wellness Specialist
  • Events Coordinator
  • Facilities Director
  • Health Researcher
  • Nutritionist
  • Personal Trainer
  • Player Agent
  • Professional Sports Scout
  • Recreation Center Manager
  • Referee/Umpire
  • Sports Information Director
  • Sports Marketing Specialist
  • Sports Statistician
  • Tournament Director

Meet the Faculty

Chelsey M. Fletcher

Assistant Professor of Physical Education, Chair

Ph.D., Instructional Management and Leadership, Robert Morris University
M.A., West Virginia University
B.A., Muskingum University

Janice L. Forsty

Professor Emeritus of Physical Education

M.S., Slippery Rock University, 1989
B.S., Slippery Rock State College, 1975

Courtney J. Hilyar

Assistant Professor of Physical Education

M.S., California University of Pennsylvania
B.A., Cedarville University

Lauren Holzberg

Assistant Professor of Physical Education

Sport Studies Courses

Engage in courses that combine your passion for physical activity with knowledge, theories, and skills. At Bethany, you’ll benefit from expertly crafted courses that will uniquely prepare you for your lifelong career.

Your courses may include:

  • PHED 175 Introduction to Teaching Physical Activities
    Examines factors essential to the systematic teaching of physical activities. Course work focuses on writing about key pedagogical issues that impact the teaching and learning environment.
  • PHED 180 Introduction to Sports Medicine
    Provides basic insight into prevention and treatment strategies of athletic injuries. Students participate in activities that include taping, wrapping, wound care, vitals, emergency care, and environmental hazard identification.
  • PHED 243 Sport, Exercise, and Performance Psychology
    Studies small sports groups as micro-social systems under the application of group dynamics theory. Students investigate the influence of group members’ characteristics, environmental factors, interpersonal relations, and group structural characteristics on an individual member’s adjustment and the effectiveness of the group.
  • PHED 326 Kinesiology 3 credits
    Examines anatomy and mechanics as applied in the study of the human body during physical exercise, with a special emphasis on the analysis of motion in specific sports skills and exercise patterns.
  • PHED 337 Organization and Administration of Physical Activities
    Emphasizes the underlying philosophy for the organization, structure, administrative policies and procedures, legal aspects, and facility management of physical education, intramurals, and competitive athletics programs.

Internship Opportunities

An internship within your future professional field will allow you to develop skills in communication, leadership, physical activity, management, and more. It also provides a great opportunity to explore the many career paths available to you as a sport studies major.

Curious what internship settings are out there for sport studies majors? Check out some examples.

  • Athletic Training Facility
  • College Athletic Department
  • Community Recreation Center
  • Dance Studio
  • Gym/Fitness Facility
  • Physical Therapy Office
  • Professional Athletic Team
  • Recreation Camp
  • Youth Sports Club