Physical Culture and Sports

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Program Benefits

Small Class Sizes

Study Abroad Options

Research Opportunities

Work Closely with Faculty

Multiple Career Paths

Physical Culture and Sports explores sport and exercise through a humanities/social science approach. This program brings together related fields of sport history, the history of physical culture and exercise science, and the history of doping and human enhancement. Other related topics include Olympic studies, cultural studies, sociology and gender studies, law, political science, and ethics/philosophy.

Preparing for this Major

If you are still in high school, take as many statistics and business-related courses as you can. We also recommend shadowing a professional in your field of interest. 

If you are currently attending another college or university, contact an academic advisor to make sure the classes you are taking will transfer. 

What You Need to Do

When you start the program, talk to your academic advisor. They will review your degree requirements and help you choose a certificate, track, minor, or specialization. Your advisor will help you identify and choose the option that best aligns with your career goals.  

All of our specializations would work for this major:

  • Coaching
  • Community Health and Wellness
  • Disability Studies
  • Health Fitness Instructor
  • Medical Fitness and Rehabilitation
  • Strength & Conditioning Coaching

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Courses in This Major

As a Physical Culture and Sports major, you will take 30 hours of Kinesiology and Health Education classes including core courses that give you the foundation you will need to do well in the cognate classes specific to this major. Some of the course options include: 

  • KIN 312M Management of Physical Activity & Sport Programs 
  • KIN 347 Historical & Ethical Issues in Physical Culture & Sports
  • KIN 349 History of Sport & Physical Activity
  • KIN 350 Sociological Aspects of Sport & Physical Activity OR KIN 352K Race and Sport in African American Life  
  • KIN 351 Philosophy of Sport & Physical Activity
  • KIN 352K Historical Trends/Current Issues in American Physical Culture
  • HED 311 Intro to Health Promotion & Behavioral Science
  • KIN 310 Physiological Basis of Conditioning

You also will be able to take elective courses that supplement your major. Be sure to talk to your academic advisor about the best options. 

Study Abroad Opportunity

Experience the world and change it. Studying abroad goes beyond the classroom. You also can intern, conduct research, and gain hands-on experience internationally – all of which look great on your resume.

Sport, Society, and the International Olympic Movement - Switzerland

Join professors John Bartholomew and Thomas Hunt on a faculty-led Maymester to Lausanne, Switzerland as you examine sport law. You also will visit the Olympic Committee Museum, the Olympic Studies Centre, and other institutions associated with sport law, bringing you into contact with many leaders of the international sporting world. 

This is just one recommended program. The university provides opportunities worldwide that will fit into your degree plan and are more affordable than you may think. Reach out to the Study Abroad Office and your academic advisor to learn more.

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Research Opportunities

You may have the opportunity to conduct fieldwork with the H.J. Lutcher Stark Museum for Physical Culture in Sports. The Department of Kinesiology and Health Education is home to more than 20 well-funded research labs working to promote and understand physical activity, health, movement, behavior, and physical culture and sport. Many of these labs welcome undergraduate students, so take a few minutes to learn more about the ground-breaking research happening in our department and find out if you would be interested in working with our top-notch faculty and graduate students. 

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Possible Career Paths

Graduates choose to pursue careers such as sport analytics, youth sport development, writing and journalism, sport law, public relations, governmental and sport agencies, community-based sports programs, and coaching outside the public schools.

How to Apply