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Mission Statement

Mission Statement and Student Learning Outcomes


The Mission of the Kinesiology Department is to engage students in an impassioned search for intellectual growth and personal fulfillment through study in one or more of the disciplines encompassed by the domains of health and human movement, and prepare them for a career in Kinesiology or further study in related graduate and/or professional degree programs. The Department promotes the acquisition and application of knowledge and skills, fosters critical thinking, participates in research, and supports students and faculty in discipline-related service to the University, the profession, and the global community.


The Kinesiology Department, through continuing excellence in teaching, research, and service, will be recognized for producing quality graduates who possess the theoretical knowledge, applied skills and advanced competencies necessary to become leaders in the health and human movement related professions.

Graduates of Kinesiology Department degree programs are expected to have:

  1. been involved in a comprehensive professional preparation program that meets or exceeds state and/or national standards.
  2. participated in a wide variety of opportunities to gain experiences and knowledge through instruction in a variety of health and fitness activities and related topics.
  3. been empowered to take charge of their learning through quality academic guidance in order to prepare for future career and/or professional goals.
  4. developed an appreciation of leadership, research and/or educational service through participation and volunteerism.

Student Learning Outcomes:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the fundamental knowledge (i.e., scientific, historical, philosophical) in the principal areas of study in Kinesiology;
  • Summarize the relationship between physical activity participation and health, wellness, and quality of life;
  • Determine an individual's health and fitness status through demonstrated proficiency in skills/competencies needed to successfully perform standard health and fitness assessments;
  • Demonstrate proficiency in computer technology skills and use of applications that can be applied in exercise, fitness, and sport settings;
  • Critically evaluate research about physical activity and the movement-related professions.