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Department of Health and Kinesiology

The Mission of the Department of Health and Kinesiology is to responsibly facilitate learning in the areas of health and kinesiology (the study of movement or exercise), emphasizing competence, ethics, and altruism. The Department aims to (a) provide students with knowledge and skills specifically required for success in professional positions or in further studies in health and kinesiology, and (b) cultivate a desire for lifelong learning and provide practice with learning skills that can be used throughout life.

The Department offers studies that prepare for a variety of careers related to health, education, exercise science, athlete training, fitness and other fields.

Undergraduate degrees

Graduate degrees

Aims and requirements of each of the Department's degrees are described on the linked pages.

A student pursuing studies in health or kinesiology should be aware that requirements other than those of the Department may apply, including requirements related to:

In addition to its programs leading to academic degrees, the Department of Health and Kinesiology hosts the Lifespan Wellness Research Center and the Patriot Academy.

  • The Lifespan Wellness Research Center is both a facility and a program, designed to positively influence health-related behaviors of individuals affiliated with the University and the wider community. The program provides opportunities for research and hands-on learning experience for students. Services offered by the Center include fitness testing, body composition assessment and personal training. For more information contact Tara Eaton (903-565-5749;
  • The Patriot Academy provides developmentally appropriate motor skill instruction for home-schooled children. In the process, the Academy serves as a lab for observation and instruction of kinesiology majors in the Department's teaching methods and motor development classes. In spring 2015, classes will meet from 1:00-2:15 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays, beginning January 12. For more information contact Sarah Cowan, Administrative Assistant, Department of Health and Kinesiology (903-566-7031;


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