Department of Kinesiology & Physical Education Index

The mission of the Department of Kinesiology and Physical Education is to promote and facilitate the concept of mind-body unity within the academic mission of the University. Our department offers two majors: (a) Physical Education and (b) Sport Management.

The department is committed to providing students with professional and exciting educational experiences through sound pedagogical approaches to enhance knowledge and participation in health, wellness, and recreational activities. A curriculum supported by both a strong theoretical framework and practical application of skills serves as underpinnings to our programs.

  • Students within the Physical Education Major participate in a rigorous four-year program, leading to teacher certification, that includes physical education and health education curricula, pedagogy, anatomy and physiology, motor development, technology and assessment, adapted physical education, and sport studies. Extensive P-12 clinical-teaching experiences in schools are provided in junior and senior years.
  • Students within the Sport Management Major select a concentration to pursue upon completion of a set of core requirements—including legal issues, facility design, research methods, and sport science. Students within the Sport Management concentration complete additional coursework in business finance, entrepreneurship and marketing, consumer behavior, and the economics of sport. Students within the Sport Science and Performance concentration complete additional coursework in exercise physiology, exercise testing, sport nutrition, and strength and conditioning.

Two minor programs (Health Minor; Coaching Minor) are offered. The minor programs can be completed by students enrolled in any academic program at Eastern. Our department also teaches courses within the Liberal Arts Core Curriculum. These courses are integral to Eastern’s mission of promoting high quality undergraduate programs, a recognition that a truly educated liberal arts person has benefited from a curriculum emphasizing mind, body, and soul.

Department Office
Dr. Gregory Kane
Goddard Hall 212D
phone number(860) 465-5175
Beth Leslie
Goddard Hall 212E
phone number(860) 465-5371
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