Certificate in Health, Wellness & Sport in Society

SMUdents: study sport and health as part of your degree with the certificate in health, wellness and sport in society (HWSS)!


Who should take the Certificate?

Are you interested in diversity and inclusion, accessibility, mental health, working in the personal wellness or recreation fields, or something similar? The Certificate is designed for students who wish to improve their knowledge of health, wellness and sport in their social context and who welcome the opportunity to follow an intense but defined interdisciplinary curriculum that combines a variety of academic disciplines.

What can I do with the Certificate?

This is an academic program intended to provide students with a way to organize their interest in health, wellness and sport, while obtaining a solid foundation in the social sciences and humanities. The Certificate will provide students with the opportunity to prepare themselves for further study in a variety of academic disciplines and help to prepare them for careers in related fields.

What courses do I have to take?

Total of 24 credits. Nine required credits:

  • HWSS 2000: Introduction to Health, Wellness and Sport in Society
  • HWSS 3000: Experiential Learning in Health, Wellness and Sport in Society
  • HWSS 4000: Seminar in Health, Wellness and Sport in Society

The other 15 credits can be counted toward both your Major and the Certificate. Examples include: Health and Social Policy in Atlantic Canada, Applied Sport Psychology, Sociology of Health and Illness, and Philosophy of Sport. Consult the Academic Calendar for additional options. 

What are the application requirements?

Students must be majoring in another Department or Programme at Saint Mary’s. The Certificate is intended to complement existing programs of study, while providing students with an additional academic experience. There is a special focus on interdisciplinarity and on experiential learning in the Certificate. Students must have completed a minimum of 18 credit hours with a GPA of at least 2.0 (C) before entering the program. 

How do I apply?

Fill out the Certificate Program Application or visit the Student Forms section of the Saint Mary's University website. 

Who can I contact for more information? 

BA Advising Centre                
+1 902.420.5437

The Certificate in Health, Wellness and Sport in Society is an interdisciplinary certificate administered by the Faculty of Arts with support from the Scott McCain & Leslie McLean Centre for Sport, Business and Health.