Physical Education & Sports Studies Overview & Goals

The Physical Education and Sport Studies Department contains four separate tracks of emphasis for your studies. Sports Management, Recreation/Athletic Administration and Coaching Education, Pre-Sports Medicine, and Physical Education – Teaching Certification. These four options offer students a variety of career choices in the sports and physical education industry.

The extensive range of curricular options will prepare you for a professional career in coaching or coaching while teaching in an educational setting. You will also be prepared to pursue graduate studies in Sports Medicine or Athletic Training. In addition to the course variety, each student will be required to complete on-campus experience in sports management and administration before completing an off-campus internship. Physical Education Teacher Certification students will also conduct a supervised teaching experience in our local schools.

Our curriculum prepares you for a successful graduate program and other careers. Bethany College students who graduate with a Physical Education and Sport Studies degree have obtained successful careers in many areas, including working with the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Pittsburgh Steelers. In addition, numerous graduates have become successful intercollegiate/interscholastic teachers and coaches.

Physical Education & Sports Studies (Major)

Careers in Physical Education & Sports Studies

Amateur Athletics
Sport Management (Olympic, Intercollegiate, High School, Youth)
Athletic Administration
Coaching
Recruiting
Student-Athlete Affairs
Compliance
Sport Information
Operations
Facilities Management
Equipment Management
Ticketing and Sales
Public Relations
Marketing
Sponsorship Sales
Fundraising/Development
Hospitality Management
Bowls and Special Events
Sport Governance

Facilities and Event Management
Facility Management
Facility/Field Maintenance
Field Preparation and Conversion
Ticket Sales and Seating Management
Marketing and Advertising
Event Planning and Management
Food Services and Concessions
Design and Development
Real Estate and Property Management

Professional Teams and Leagues
Management
Player Personnel (General Management, Coaching, Scouting, Community Relations)
Business Operations
Stadium Operations
Sport Information
Professional Services
Player Agency and Representation

Sports Merchandising
Product Development
Product Distribution
Sales and Marketing
Brand/Product Representation
Store Management
Internet Sales

Leisure and Fitness
Programming
Management and Administration
Facilities/Equipment Management
Operations
Travel Planning
Event Planning
Instruction
Sales and Marketing

Sport Media
Journalism
Broadcasting
Photojournalism
Sport Information
Advertising Sales

Teaching
k-12
Higher Education

Faculty

Janice L. Forsty
Professor of Physical Education, Chair
M.S. Athletic Administration and Program Development, Slippery Rock University, 1989
B.S. Health and Physical Education, Slippery Rock State College, 1975
304.829.7271
jforsty@bethanywv.edu

Richard F. Carver
Assistant Professor of Physical Education
M.S., United States Sports Academy
B.A., Maryville College
304.829.7246
rcarver@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 of Physical Education
M.S., Physical Education, Springfield College, 1979
B.S., Mathematics, Manhattan College, 1972
304.829.7254
jmcgowan@bethanywv.edu

Matt Payment
Assistant Professor of Physical Education
B.S., M.S., University of Dayton
304.829.7251
mpayment@bethanywv.edu

Sean Reagan
Assistant Professor of Physical Education
304.829.7238
sregan@bethanywv.edu

Brian Samson
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

Requirements

Majors in the Department are required to complete the following courses successfully: PHED 243, 244, 337, and 490.

Teacher Education Grades K-12 Track: PHED 110, 175, 210, 211, 212, 214, 215, 216, 326, 327, 331, and 350; BIOL 107; EDUC 203, 242, 282, 295, 348, 353, 445, 470, 471, 472; PSYC 100; RDNG 376; SOCI 210; SPED 207; PHED 333 or SPED 208.

To be recommended for certification, a student must also complete the courses in the Professional Education Requirements described in the Education section of this Catalogue and on the department’s website or on the advising sheets located in the Department of Education. The following courses are prerequisites to student teaching: PHED 110, 175, 210, 211, 212, 213, 214, 215, 216, 243, 244, 326, 327, 331, 337 and 350; EDUC 203, 242, 282, 295, 348, 353; PSYC 100; RDNG 376; SOCI 210; SPED 207; PHED 333 or SPED 208.

Teacher Education Grades 5-8 Track Requirements: PHED 110, 175, 210, 211, 212, 213, 214, 215, 216, 331, and 350; BIOL 107; EDUC 203, 242, 282, 295, 348, 353, 445, 470, 471, 472; PSYC 100; RDNG 376; SOCI 210; SPED 207; PHED 333 or SPED 208.

To be recommended for certification, a student must also complete the courses in the Professional Education Requirements described in the Education section of this Catalogue and on the department’s website or on the advising sheets located in the Department of Education. The following courses are prerequisites to student teaching: PHED 110, 175, 210, 211, 212, 213, 214, 215, 216, 243, 244, 326, 327, 331, 337 and 350; EDUC 203, 242, 282, 295, 348, 353; PSYC 100; RDNG 376; SOCI 210; SPED 207; PHED 333 or SPED 208.

Sports Management Track Requirements: PHED 335, 336, 338, 471; ACCT 202, 203; COMM 203, 206; BUSI 222, 287, 310, 311, 312, 482; ECON 162, 163; MATH 281, 282. Recommended is COMM 388.

Recreational and Athletic Programming Track Requirements: PHED 110, 175, 214, 215, 300, 326, 327, 333, 336, 338, 355, 471; ACCT 202, 203; BIOL 107; BUSI/COMM 203; BUSI/PHED 338; COMM 203, 206; ECON 163, 280; EDUC 203; MATH 105 or MATH 281.

Course Descriptions

PHED 100-165 Physical Education Performance Courses   1 credit each
These courses examine the following: skills in performance; the knowledge of strategies, rules, equipment, and methods; participation in forms of sport. PHED 101-140 may not be repeated for credit. PHED 150-164 may be repeated for credit. (Activity courses: CR/NCR only. Exceptions: When taken in fulfillment of the Activity portion of the Bethany Fitness/Physical
Activity Requirement, these courses must be taken for a letter grade; PHED 110 must be taken for a letter grade by students pursuing the Physical Education K-12 certification track.)

PHED 102 Introduction to Lifelong Fitness   1 credit
This course provides experiences in a variety of activities delivered in segments which become incrementally more intense through the semester. Activities include: Tai chi; Yoga; Pilates; Tae Bo; Aerobics; Circuit Training; and various resistance training techniques, including Isometric and Nautilus principles. (Accommodation will be made available for students with document disabilities.)

PHED 103 Introduction to Sports Fitness   1 credit
This course provides experiences in intense physical activities delivered as an integrated program designed to improve sports related fitness. Emphasis is on flexibility, agility, muscular strength, and muscular endurance.

PHED 175 Introduction to Teaching Physical Activities   3 credits
This course 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. A 10-hour field placement is required.

PHED 210 Lab Analysis: Aquatic Activities   2 credits
This course emphasizes psychomotor skill development and cognitive acquisition of the rules, principles, equipment, strategies, and methods appropriate for teaching aquatic activities in the educational environment. This course may lead to certification as an American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor. An additional fee is required for certification.

PHED 211 Lab Analysis: Football-Basketball   2 credits
This course emphasizes psychomotor skill development and cognitive acquisition of rules, equipment, strategies, and methods appropriate for teaching adolescents football and basketball in the educational environment. Prerequisite: PHED 175.

PHED 212 Lab Analysis: Soccer-Volleyball   2 credits
This course emphasizes psychomotor skill development and cognitive acquisition of rules, equipment, strategies, and methods appropriate for teaching adolescents soccer and volleyball in the educational environment. Prerequisite: PHED 175.

PHED 213 Lab Analysis: Track and Field-Softball-Baseball   2 credits
This course emphasizes psychomotor skill development and cognitive acquisition of rules, equipment, strategies, and methods appropriate for teaching adolescents track and field, softball, and baseball in the educational environment. Prerequisite: PHED 175.

PHED 214 Lab Analysis: Lifetime Sports (Golf & Tennis)   2 credits
This course emphasizes psychomotor skill development and cognitive acquisition of rules, equipment, strategies, and methods appropriate for teaching adolescents golf and tennis in the educational environment. Prerequisite: PHED 175.

PHED 215 Lab Analysis: Lifelong Leisure Activities (Camping & Dance)   2 credits
This course emphasizes psychomotor skill development and cognitive acquisition of rules, equipment, strategies, and methods appropriate for teaching adolescents camping and dance in the educational environment. Prerequisite: PHED 175.

PHED 216 Lab Analysis: Fundamentals and Principles of Movement, Fitness, and Nutrition   2 credits
This course emphasizes psychomotor skill development and cognitive acquisition of the principles, equipment, strategies, and methods appropriate for teaching fundamental movement skills, fitness techniques, and nutritional concepts in the educational environment.

PHED 226 First Aid as Related to the Principles of Biology   3 credits
This course emphasizes the biological principles in basic first aid and CPR with AED. This course may lead to CPR and AED certification. A fee is required for certification.

PHED 243 Socio-Psychological Perspective of Physical Activities   3 credits
This course emphasizes discussions and writings about small sports groups as micro-social systems. The application of group dynamics theory and small group research to the study of sports groups is presented. 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 are investigated. The course is intended to investigate those aspects of psychology which influence performance and the participant in sports. Motives, arousal, aggression, and other socio-psychological variables are discussed. (This course may be taken for credit as PSYC 243.)

PHED 244 Philosophical-Historical Perspective of Physical Activities   3 credits
Emphasis is on discussions and writings pertaining to philosophical inquiry into physical education. The general philosophical interpretation of the nature and purpose of physical activities is considered. Investigation of the historical and philosophical changes in American education is emphasized. The developing roles of professional physical educators are considered.

PHED 247 The Olympic Games   3 credits
This course will investigate the Olympic movement, including, but not limited to the historical, social, cultural, political, and economic aspects of the Games. It will also investigate the International Olympic Committee, the National Olympic Committee, and the individual sports structures.

PHED 300 Officiating of Sports   3 credits
This course prepares students to officiate particular sports within the school environment. Emphasis is on the philosophies and strategies of officiating competitive athletics. Students select and study independently the officiating of a particular sport. Satisfactory completion of this independent component prepares a student to sit for the certification examination in the selected sport.

PHED 326 Kinesiology   3 credits
This course 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.Prerequisites: BIOL 107; BIOL 100 or 168 may be substituted for students outside of the major.

PHED 327 Physiology of Exercise   3 credits
This course examines anatomy and physiology as applied in the study of the human body during physical exercise. Application of physiologic variables in specific sports skills and exercise patterns is emphasized. Prerequisites: BIOL 107; BIOL 100 or 168 may be substituted for students outside of the major.

PHED 331 Motor Behavior   3 credits
This course examines current theories of motor behavior and their relationships to the teaching and learning of physical skills. A 20-hour field placement is required. Prerequisite: EDUC 203 or concurrent registration in EDUC 203.

PHED 333 Adapted and Therapeutic Physical Activities   3 credits
This course examines motor behavior characteristics of physically challenged students in school and non-school settings. A 20-hour field placement is required. (This course may be taken in lieu of SPED 208.) Prerequisites: SPED 207.

PHED 335 Legal Issues in Sports   3 credits
This course examines the law and its implications relative to sports and physical activity. The emphasis will be on legal aspects and responsibilities of the administrator, coach, and educator.

PHED 336 Athletic Facility Management and Planning   3 credits
This course provides an in-depth study of sports facilities to include development, site selection, design, planning, and specialized equipment considerations. Special attention focuses on facility management concepts, evaluation, budgeting, and selection of support personnel.

PHED 337 Organization and Administration of Physical Activities   3 credits
The emphasis of this course is on the underlying philosophy for the organization, structure, administrative policies and procedures, legal aspects, and facility management of physical education, intramurals, and competitive athletics programs.

PHED 338 Sport Marketing   3 credits
This course is a study of the concepts and specialized strategies used in marketing sport and raising funds within sport organizations. Special emphasis is on public relations. (This course may be taken for credit as BUSI 338.) Prerequisite: BUSI 310.

PHED 340 Prevention and Care of Injuries   3 credits
This course provides the student with basic insight into prevention and treatment strategies of athletic injury. The student is expected to participate in lab activities that include taping, bandaging, bracing, wound care, therapeutic modality usage, etc. Students learn healthcare administration, legal concerns in sports medicine, environmental hazard identification, rehabilitation techniques, skin disorder recognition, gait training, basic sports pharmacology, psychosocial aspects of sports medicine, emergency procedures, and tissue response to injury. Prerequisite: PHED 226 or permission of the instructor.

PHED 341 Principles of Physical Therapy and Orthopedic Evaluation   3 credits
This course prepares the student for graduate study in allied health fields, such as Athletic Training, Chiropractic, Medicine, Nursing, and Physician Assistant, as well as specifically for Physical Therapy. The course covers topics including orthopedic evaluations, therapeutic modalities, goniometry, medical terminology, medical abbreviations, manual muscle testing, privacy laws (HIPAA and FERPA), medical documentation, and record keeping. Prerequisites: BIOL 100, 107; PHED 226, 326, 327, 340; PSYC 100.

PHED 350 Curriculum and Assessment of Physical Activities   3 credits
This course focuses on the design of K-12 physical education curricula and the assessment of learners. Topics including qualitative and quantitative methods of collecting, analyzing, and evaluating data in all domains of learning are presented. Discussions and writings are required concerning various curricular models designed for programming developmentally appropriate activities in the educational environment. Influencing factors considered include program philosophy and objectives and students’ needs, interests, and characteristics. A 15-hour field placement is required.

PHED 355 Coaching Sport   3 credits
This course examines basic philosophy and principles of athletics as integral parts of physical education and general education. Topics studied include state, local, and national regulations and recommendations related to athletics. Legal considerations are discussed as are the function and organization of leagues and athletic associations. The responsibilities of the coach as a leader and role model are investigated. Other key aspects discussed include public relations; general safety procedures; general principles of budgeting, record-keeping, and purchasing; and facilities.

PHED 440 Issues in Physical Activities   3 credits
This course examines current ethical, philosophical, and practical problems facing professionals in the area of physical activities.

PHED 470 Internship in Sports Communication   2 credits
This experience is a professionally supervised internship with an off-campus sports communication agency. Prerequisites: A minimum of 160 hours is required with two on-campus media experiences and a professional observation.

PHED 471 Internship in Sports Administration   2 credits
This experience is a professionally supervised internship with an off-campus sports administration agency. Prerequisites: A minimum of 160 hours is required with two on-campus sports administrative experiences and a professional observation.

PHED 487-488 Independent Study   2-4 credits

PHED 490 Senior Project   2-4 credits

 

HLTH 201 Introduction to Health 3 credits
This course examines individual health related lifestyles. Students will learn about and understand a variety of issues including: psychosocial health, stress management, cancer, cardiovascular disease, sexually transmitted infections, addictions, nutrition and weight management, environmental health, complementary and alternative medicine, violence and abuse, and consumerism. This course is intended for physical education majors seeking health certification, or students pursuing degrees in other health related fields.

HLTH 250 Community and Population Health 3 credits
This course emphasizes important health issues related to the community and a variety of typical populations found in the United States.

HLTH 251 School Health 3 credits
This course emphasizes important health issues related to public education systems in the United States.