Students majoring in Physical Education choose from one of the following areas of emphasis: Education (K-12), Education (5-8), Sports Management, and Recreational and Athletic Programming.

The Physical Education Department aims to integrate current practices and theories in sports and exercise science with the academic disciplines of education, economics, and communication. Emphasis is on developing knowledge and comprehension of the role of physical activities in shaping cultures and societies. Internships, required of all majors, are designed to provide opportunities for addressing current issues and applying solutions at a professional level. The curriculum serves as a preparation for careers in education, economics, and communication and for graduate studies.
 
Program Goals
The Physical Education-Sports Studies program utilizes three academic tracks to provide opportunities for students to develop the theoretical knowledge and practical skills consistent with industry best practice in Sports Management, Recreational and Athletics Programming, and Physical Education Teacher Certification.  Coupled with the goals of the General Education program, tracks are designed to meet the standard requirement for preparation for entry level positions in the respective fields.  In Sport Management, emphasis is on integrating academic courses in physical education and biology with complementary courses in mathematics, business, economics and accounting.  In Recreational and Athletics Programming, emphasis is on integrating academic courses in physical and biology with complementary courses in communication..  In Physical Education Teacher Certification, emphasis is on integrating academic and lab analysis courses in physical education and biology with complementary courses in education.  All students are required to meet the College's requirements in general education.
Through their experiences in the major, students are expected to:
  • Demonstrate at least acceptable level competencies in the ability to effectively use critical thinking skills.
  • Demonstrate at least acceptable level competencies in the ability to effectively use oral communication skills.
  • Demonstrate at least acceptable level competencies in the ability to effectively use writing skills.
  • Demonstrate at least acceptable level competencies in the ability to effectively use quantitative reasoning skills.
  • Demonstrate at least acceptable level competencies in the ability to effectively use knowledge in the majors' content areas.