Kinesiology Majors and Minors
Exercise Science Major - 69 hours
Exercise Science is an interdisciplinary degree program designed to prepare students for work opportunities or graduate/professional school. Students must complete a clinical/field experience in the summer following their senior year as part of their degree program. Nashville provides ample settings for practical experience, regardless of the student's specific academic interest. In previous years, students have gained valuable experience in local hospitals, clinics, rehabilitation centers, health and fitness facilities and YMCA fitness centers.
Fitness and Sports Studies
Students with a fitness and sport studies major take interdisciplinary courses as well as courses in exercise science. Because they will be working in the wellness, fitness, or coaching industry, coursework includes electives in both business and psychology. Marketing, administration, and business management course are options to prepare students for working in the industry, and psychology courses are included to help students learn to facilitate behavior change. Sports and fitness studies students will complete a field experience in the summer of their senior year in the sports or fitness venue of their choice.
Health and Physical Education Teaching Major (K-12)
The Health and Physical Education Program (NCATE approved) is designed to prepare students for careers as teachers in public and private school settings. These students gain valuable experiences by classroom observations and student teaching. There are abundant opportunities to grow professionally through the state professional organization (TAHPERD) and participation in local programs of excellence (Demonstration Schools). Upon graduation, most students enter the teaching profession.
Sport Management - 68 hours
The sport management program is designed to prepare students for careers in the business side of sport and athletics. These students will gain valuable experience in the business, management and marketing aspects of sports and athletics. Many students will want to pursue an MBA in graduate school to maximize their opportunities in this growing and competitive industry.