We envision an inclusive kinesiology community of faculty and students committed to the study of human movement. Students learn about the breadth and cross-disciplinary nature of kinesiology with opportunities for in-depth study and professional engagement, in a way that helps them to be intentional in their course selection, extracurricular commitments, graduate school selections, and career choices. We accomplish this through our intended learning outcomes, our curriculum – including our core courses and numerous elective course offerings – our faculty advising, and through our extracurricular activities.
Kinesiology Department Vision
- Welcome students with a broad range of interests, backgrounds, experiences, and aspirations to the major.
- Provide exposure to the breadth of sub-disciplines within the exercise science field so that students can find their vocational passion.
- Develop quality and relevant curriculum offerings informed through national benchmarking and polling of students and alumni.
- Prepare students for the future – skills, knowledge, abilities for graduate school (short-term) and vocation (long-term).
- Provide excellent physical facilities for both teaching and research.
- Build forward-looking interactions among our distinct but connected disciplines (kinesiology, biology, psychology, neuroscience, dance).
- Engage with larger academic and intellectual communities within our profession (conferences, scholarly work).
- Increase faculty productivity in research, scholarship, and professional activities.
Intended Learning Outcomes for the Kinesiology Major
The major introduces students to the principles and methods of kinesiology. The following learning outcomes will be met within the framework of the major. Students will demonstrate:
- Knowledge and integration of the array of theories and practices specific to exercise science and its related fields (biology, chemistry, psychology, neuroscience, nutrition, and statistics) in preparation for graduate-level study and research.
- Mastery of the basic laboratory skills pertaining to assessments, laboratory methods, sound experimental and analytical practices, data acquisition, and reporting in kinesiology.
- Effective oral and written communication skills. The ability to craft a research proposal and professional poster as a result of synthesizing the relevant literature on a specific topic of their choosing.
- The ability to translate classroom learning into real-world practice in all experiential learning opportunities.