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Academics - Health, Physical Education, & Recreation


The Department of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation participates in the process of equipping persons for redemptive Christian leadership in two ways. First, it encourages students to engage in those continuing, active, healthy, Christian life practices which contribute to wellness. Second, it prepares students for careers in physical education and recreation.

The following are programs offered by the department: (1) general education – wellness/physical activities program; (2) physical education major; and (3) recreation major – with emphases in adult fitness, recreation leadership, and sports management. Courses required for certification in driver education are also offered.

Majors & Minors

Physical Education Major
The Physical Education major has different requirements depending on the type of certification a student is seeking. Students wishing to earn a K-12 certificate must take 42 credits of Physical Education and 42 credits of Professional Studies in Education, and students wishing to earn a 6-12 teaching certificate must complete 40 credits of Physical Education and 43 credits of Professional Studies in Education. The Physical Education Major leads to a bachelor of science degree.
Recreation Major
The Recreation major consists of a minimum of 16 core requirement credits, and the selection of an emphasis which requires the completion of 16 additional credits. Although not required, Recreation majors may substitute two credits of HPR 107/108/207/208 for the general education activity requirement. Students completing this major are eligible for the bachelor of science degree.

Adult Fitness Emphasis: Recreation Major
Students will study physiology of exercise and kinesiology.

Leadership Emphasis: Recreation Major
A Leadership emphasis in the Recreation Department includes classes in recreation and professional communication.

Sports Management Emphasis: Recreation Major
A Sports Management emphasis will include classes in computer fundamentals and management of organizations.

Physical Education: Coaching Minor
When studying for a Coaching minor you will take classes in kinesiology and psychology of coaching. A Coaching Minor requires 19 credits. The Physical Education: Coaching minor is part of the Physical Education major. Therefore Physical Education majors cannot complete the Coaching minor.

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