Programs

Bethel College's Department of Kinesiology offers the following majors:

 

  • Health/Physical Education
  • Exercise science
  • Sport management (minor also available)
  • Sport studies

Health/Physical education

Our teacher education program emphasizes age-appropriate, hands-on learning experiences that promote practices for a healthy lifestyle with activities and sports that can be enjoyed throughout life. Upon completion of this program you will be certified to teach both health and physical education in grades preschool - 12 in Indiana.

 

Careers: Here are a few examples of the types of job this major can lead to:

  • Community health instructor
  • Outdoor education leader
  • Physical education teacher

Exercise science

Exercise science majors have access to modern laboratories with scientific and technological equipment to aid in the learning experience. Hands-on training including measuring body composition, muscular strength and endurance flexibility, and cardiovascular endurance is part of what you'll learn. Students can also work with athletic trainers for Bethel’s nationally recognized sports programs.

This degree is a good base for continuing studies in exercise physiology or nutrition management, medical school, and physical or occupational therapy.

 

Careers: Here are a few examples of the types of job this major can lead to:

  • physical therapist
  • biomechanics work
  • cardiac rehabilitation work
  • dietitian / sport dietitian
  • medical doctor
  • recreational therapist

Sport management

The sports management major is designed for students who have an interest in the day-to-day operations of the sport industry. This interdisciplinary major includes coursework in accounting, advertising, communications, human resources, marketing and management. Through practicums and internships, students have the opportunity to apply the knowledge gained in their course work to real life situations.

 

Careers: Here are a few examples of the types of job this major can lead to:

  • athletic administration / director
  • fitness director
  • health promotion director

Sport studies

The sport studies major prepares you to be a “generalist,” who has the skills to manage sports and recreation programs.

 

Careers: Here are a few examples of the types of job this major can lead to:

  • coaching
  • strength and conditioning coach / director
  • therapeutic recreation work