Activate your career in physical education and sport studies.

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

Courses highlight concepts from training techniques, teaching strategies, 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 teaching, 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. Physical education teacher certification students will also conduct at least one supervised teaching experience in a local school in preparation for successfully leading your own classroom after graduation.

Areas of Study

  • Physical Education & Sport Studies (Major)
  • Concentrations in:
  • Sport Management
  • Recreation/Athletic Administration Coaching Education (RAACE)
  • Pre-Sports Medicine
  • Physical Education Teaching Education Certification (PETE)

Why Bethany

Practical Athletic Training Experience
Average Class Size 15

Careers in Physical Education

  • Athletic Director
  • Camp Director
  • Coach
  • Community Sports Director
  • Corporate Wellness Specialist
  • Events Coordinator
  • Facilities Director
  • Fitness Instructor
  • Health Researcher
  • Nutritionist
  • Personal Trainer
  • Physical Education Teacher
  • 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
304-829-7182
cfletcher@bethanywv.edu

Janice L. Forsty

Professor Emeritus of Physical Education


M.S., Slippery Rock University, 1989
B.S., Slippery Rock State College, 1975
jforsty@bethanywv.edu

Melissa Hudson

Visiting Assistant Professor of Physical Education and Sport Studies


304-829-7251
mhudson@bethanywv.edu

Courtney J. Kline

Assistant Professor of Physical Education


M.S., California University of Pennsylvania
B.A., Cedarville University
304-829-6175
ckline@bethanywv.edu

John J. McGowan

Professor Emeritus of Physical Education


M.S., Physical Education, Springfield College, 1979
B.S., Mathematics, Manhattan College, 1972
jmcgowan@bethanywv.edu

Brian Sansom

Assistant Professor of Physical Education


304-829-7267
bsansom@bethanywv.edu

Steven A. Upton

Assistant Professor of Physical Education


M.B.A., West Virginia Wesleyan College
B.S., West Virginia Institute of Technology
304-829-7247
aupton@bethanywv.edu

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 physical education and sport studies major.

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

  • Athletic Training Facility
  • College Athletic Department
  • Community Recreation Center
  • Dance Studio
  • Gym/Fitness Facility
  • K-12 School
  • Physical Therapy Office
  • Professional Athletic Team
  • Recreation Camp
  • Youth Sports Club