Interested in studying various forms of human movement and their impact on health, society and quality of life? As a kinesiology major, you’ll take classes that examine physical activity in educational, wellness/fitness-oriented, therapeutic and performance-based settings.
In addition to your diploma, you’ll also earn entry-level certification from the American College of Sports Medicine, the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs or the National Strength and Conditioning Association.
Your ability to conduct research in an applied setting is an important component of the kinesiology major. This includes the options to conduct collaborative research with Central faculty members or to present your work to larger audiences at conferences across the country. If you choose to be part of the Emerging Scholars program, you will complete an honors thesis during your senior year.
Real-life experiences can positively impact your learning as well as your growing résumé. If you’re interested in a health profession, consider a robust job-shadowing opportunity, a focused internship or practicum experience.
In Central’s state-of-the-art kinesiology building, you’ll find a dedicated classroom for pre-health programs that features examination tables instead of desks. The human performance lab features a hydrostatic underwater weighing tank, one of only three in the Midwest. The building uses LCD screens and classroom capture, which enables all classes to be videotaped so you can review them later. The adjacent Ron Schipper Fitness Center features a 2,000-square-foot human movement and performance area.
If you’re thinking of continuing your education in a graduate program in the health field, look to Central faculty members for expert advice and mentorship. They will ensure that you have a well-rounded background in the sciences and are fully prepared to take your entrance exams. The kinesiology acceptance rate is very high, and Central has a great reputation with graduate schools because they know Central students are prepared and will be successful.
Central students can study off-campus — both internationally or domestically in the United States. These opportunities give students the chance to prepare to be global citizens, equipped to compete in the global job market. Students can check out experiences led by Central faculty or attend select academic programs across the world that provide opportunities for study, service, internships and other types of experiential learning. Options include experiences in Chicago, Washington, D.C., Central America, Ghana, England, the Scottish Highlands and more.
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The kinesiology major is thoughtfully designed to give students a choice of tracks, all built upon a solid academic core. By design, majors learn all of the content necessary for successful careers and then have the opportunity to practice in an applied setting.
Depending upon their chosen track, students engage the field by doing internships, practical experiences, undergraduate research and laboratory work. Students have the choice of four tracks: health promotions, health and exercise science, physical education or strength and conditioning.
Learn more about this discipline in the course catalog.