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Academics

Bachelors & Masters Programs

Doctoral Program

The goal of the Department of Human Movement Sciences' (HMS) doctoral program is to prepare professionals with research knowledge, critical thinking skills and problem solving abilities required to be successful leaders, scholars, and educators. The program provides a solid theoretical foundation, advanced methodological training, one-on-one mentorship, and opportunities to teach undergraduate courses.




Degrees & Certificate & Minors

Undergraduate

Exercise Science (Physical Education, B.S.)

This program is designed to prepare students for careers in preventive and rehabilitative exercise and wellness programs in settings such as hospitals, wellness and rehabilitation centers, sports medicine clinics, government agencies, health and fitness centers, and corporate industry. Academic preparation focuses on the scientific aspects of exercise related to asymptomatic and symptomatic populations. The program also serves to prepare students for graduate studies in exercise science, physical therapy, and other allied health fields.


Park & Recreation Management (Park, Recreation & Tourism Studies, B.S.)

The Bachelor of Science degree in Park, Recreation, and Tourism Studies with a concentration in Park and Recreation Management prepares students for careers as professionals working in city/county, state and federal agencies, YMCAs, outdoor leadership schools such as Outward Bound and NOLS, camps, environmental centers, college outdoor programs, and other non-profit organizations. Students graduating from the park and recreation management concentration will meet the requirements to take the national certification exam administered by the National Recreation and Park Association's (NRPA) Certification Board. After passing the national exam, students will become a Certified Park and Recreation Professional (CPRP) and be able to work in a variety of service agencies.


Physical Education, Teaching Licensure (B.S.)

The coursework in the Bachelor of Science in Physical Education  addresses a wide range of content and skill areas such as physical education pedagogy, teaching of sports, motor development, motor learning, exercise science, biomechanics, and health education. A total of 120 semester hours is required in the baccalaureate degree program in physical education and health, which leads to initial teacher licensure in Virginia upon passage of the PRAXIS I, PRAXIS II, and completion of the culminating experience of the teacher candidate internship.


Recreational Therapy (Park, Recreation & Tourism Studies, B.S.)

The Bachelor of Science degree in Park, Recreation and Tourism Studies with a concentration in Recreational Therapy prepares students for careers as recreational therapists in health and human service settings such as hospitals, geriatric care facilities, and community-based organizations. The degree meets all of the professional certification requirements of the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification (NCTRC) for students to become Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialists (CTRS).


Sport Management (B.S.)

This program is designed to prepare students for entry-level positions within the sport industry. Students acquire knowledge and skills needed for careers with professional sport teams and leagues, intercollegiate athletics, sport facility and event management companies, sport marketing agencies, and other sport-related businesses.


Tourism & Hospitality Management (Park, Recreation & Tourism Studies, B.S.)

The Bachelor of Science in Park, Recreation, and Tourism Studies with a concentration in Tourism & Hospitality Management prepares students for careers as working in the hospitality, travel and tourism industry, as well as festival and event planning. Students take classes with experienced industry professionals, complete a practicum prior to their internship, and have the opportunity to attend conferences such as the VA-1 Tourism Summit and the Virginia Green Travel Alliance Conference.


Graduate

Adapted Physical Education (Physical Education, M.S.Ed.)

This 30-credit track focuses on best practices and scholarly publications related to teaching students with disabilities in physical education. This research track concludes with an optional student-lead thesis project.


Exercise Science (M.S.)

The Master of Science in Exercise Science is designed to prepare students for advanced roles in careers that utilize exercise to improve the fitness and health among a wide variety of populations: individuals with chronic disease, healthy adults, fitness enthusiasts, and athletes. Our students receive vibrant, face-to-face learning with experts in exercise physiology, biomechanics, exercise testing, exercise prescription, and nutrition.


Physical Education (Education, M.S.Ed.)

This 30-credit track is an advanced program to understand best practices and the most updated research in the field of teaching and learning in HPE. This research track concludes with a student-lead thesis project. The practice track concludes with a student internship. The emphasis areas include adapted physical education, coaching education, and curriculum & instruction for teaching licensure.


Sport Management (M.S.)

This graduate program is designed to prepare students for leadership roles within the sport industry. Students are provided with theoretical and practical knowledge to face the opportunities and challenges associated with sport business careers.  The curriculum is consistent with current principles and practices of academic and sport marketplace standards.


Minors

Coaching Education (Minor)

Offers students with the interest in coaching in schools, private clubs, or collegiately an opportunity to explore the basics of coaching management, sports psychology, and complete a practical internship in their desired sport.


Exercise Science (Minor)

The Exercise Science Minor will provide additional training for students desiring to enter graduate or professional programs.


Health & Wellness (Minor)

The Health and Wellness interdisciplinary minor explores personal involvement in and commitment to health and wellness and the factors that influence the health status of individuals and society.


Health Education (Minor)

Offers students with an interest in the health education field an opportunity to explore the core concepts of human growth and motor development, teaching health concepts, injury care, nutrition, and fitness.


Park, Recreation & Tourism Management (Minor)

The Minor in Park, Recreation, and Tourism Management prepares students for careers within public, nonprofit and commercial park, recreation and tourism agencies. Possible settings include hotels, municipal parks and recreation departments, outdoor outfitters and event planning organizations.


Sport Management (Minor)

The minor in Sport Management is designed to provide students with a solid theoretical foundation in the study and practice of sport management. Students will achieve this goal by completing a series of five courses in the undergraduate sport management program.


Therapeutic Recreation (Minor)

The Minor in Therapeutic Recreation provides students with a foundational knowledge of the field of therapeutic recreation and its populations served. This minor enhances students’ understanding of the use of leisure-based interventions to enhance the quality of life of individuals with disabilities.




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