Program Description


The wide world of sports holds a wide variety of career opportunities inside and outside of the teaching arena, from wellness and fitness instructors to coaching and sports psychology.  Consider study in Physical Education and Sport Studies to prepare for a career or to go on to graduate school.

Program Description

Earn a bachelor of science degree in the Physical Education and Sport Studies with an opportunity to declare a minor along with your major. This enables you to develop your academic program around your interests and career goals.

For example, the sports psychology minor provides an interdisciplinary approach to the study of sport, physical activity, and health and exercise psychology. Or you may choose the coaching minor and focus upon the principles of effective coaching including the role of the coach, practice planning, leadership styles, management, and ethics. A listing of academic minors can be found here.


The comprehensive program offers the flexibility to tailor your studies to your goals, whether pursuing graduate school or working in coaching science, sports psychology, counseling, sport administration, recreation or leisure.

About Canisius College

Consistently ranked among the top regional institutions in the Northeast, Canisius is the premier private university in Western New York and one of 28 Jesuit, Catholic colleges in the nation. Founded in 1870 by German Jesuits, Canisius is named for St. Peter Canisius, a renowned Dutch educator and one of the original members of the Society of Jesus. What began in a single building in downtown Buffalo now consists of 37 buildings located on 72 acres in a residential neighborhood in North-Central Buffalo. We are a masters-level, comprehensive university offering undergraduate, graduate and professional programs that are distinguished by close student-faculty collaboration and experiential learning opportunities that transform the mind and spirit. Canisius promotes the Jesuit principles of excellence, service and leadership through a broad range of learning experiences and a distinct core curriculum that is grounded in the liberal arts.