Physical Education & Sport Studies


With a Physical Education and Sport Studies major at Coker, you can forget about a boring, lecture-based learning process—expect to have an active role in shaping your education.

From day one, you’ll be developing close relationships with your professors, heading over to the gym to see your coursework in action, and discovering how to incorporate cutting-edge technology into the concepts you learn in class.

That’s not to mention the opportunities you’ll have to practice applying your new skills outside of the classroom. Coker students have completed internships at local businesses such as the YMCA, Carolina Pines Regional Medical Center, and Darlington Raceway—many of which have led to full-time jobs after graduation. Plus, professors often take students to attend and present at events like the annual SC AHPERD (Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance) conference.

Within the major, you can choose from one of five concentrations to develop a specialized skillset based on your personal interests and career goals. Combined with a well-rounded liberal arts core, you’ll be equipped with everything you need to build a successful and rewarding career after graduation.


Sport in Society

How do sports impact our society? What roles do they play in economics, culture, technology, or politics? In this course, you’ll explore the sociological factors related to sport and physical activity through observation, research, and class discussion.

Theory & Techniques of Coaching Team Sports

Have you considered a career in coaching? If so, this course will provide you with an opportunity to learn the basics of planning, organizing, and managing an athletic team. A separate course is also available with an emphasis on coaching individual/dual sports.

Prevention & Care of Athletic Injuries

Safety is an essential aspect of participation in any sport. In this course, you will learn basic principles of injury prevention, recognition, and immediate care of athletic injuries. Specifically, you will focus on the evaluation of injuries to the foot and ankle, lower leg, knee, hip and thigh, hand and wrist, elbow, shoulder, and head/face. You will also learn techniques for protective taping and wrapping.


Which Concentrations Feel Like a Good Fit For You?

One Degree That Opens All These Doors

  • $43,174

    Physical Education Teacher

  • $42,568

    Athletic Coach

  • $70,250

    Physical Therapist

  • $49,566

    Recreation Director

  • $41,388

    Athletic Trainer

  • $44,694

    Exercise Physiologist

  • $44,651


  • $39,450

    Personal Trainer

  • $34,937

    Rehabilitation Therapy Technician

  • $37,350

    Sports Information Director

  • $40,121

    Strength & Conditioning Coach

  • $45,198

    Wellness Coordinator

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