Department of Kinesiology

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In the Department of Kinesiology we offer undergraduate programs in athletic training (BS), exercise science (BS), physical education/teacher certification K-12 (BS), sport management (BA and minor), sports medicine (BS), and graduate programs in exercise and sport studies (MS), and athletic training (MS).  All of our degree programs include small class sizes, opportunities to conduct research with our faculty, and internship experiences in local and out-of-state locations. 

Learn more about each of our programs:

  • BS in Athletic Training
  • BS in Exercise Science
  • BS in Physical Education K-12 Certification with Optional Health Teacher Certification
  • BA and Minor in Sport Management
  • MS in Exercise & Sport Studies

Graduates of our four undergraduate programs are prepared for a variety of careers and/or graduate study in the appropriate field. Students who earn a degree in athletic training and pass the Board of Certification exam work in elementary and secondary schools, colleges and universities, professional sports, sports medicine clinics, and industrial corporations. Exercise science graduates work as health and fitness instructors, strength and conditioning specialists, health and fitness program directors, cardiac rehabilitation specialists, sport nutritionists, and exercise physiologists. Physical education graduates work as health and physical education teachers at elementary, middle, and high schools.  Our sport management graduates work in college and professional sports, sport marketing and advertising, event planning, facility management, ticket operations, and sport finance. Sports medicine graduates can work in various settings related to the field, including sports medicine and exercise physiology clinics, as well as pursue graduate study in athletic training, physical therapy, and other allied health care and medical fields. Students completing our graduate program in exercise physiology work in fitness/exercise settings, clinical settings, or as research scientists. Our master's degree students are also well prepared for entry into a doctoral program in exercise physiology/exercise science.

Sport Management- Mission Statement

The mission of the Sport Management Program at William Paterson University is to help students discover their unique strengths and educate them on how to use their abilities to make an impact in the sport business world.  The sport management program is designed for students with a passion for the world of sports and offers a rigorous curriculum for understanding management principles required of professionals in the field.  The program gives students the business and administrative skills needed by organizations involved with sports activities, products, and services.  The goal of the program is to help students understand the sport business management principles and prepare them to hold entry-level positions. 

 

Sport Management - BS Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Students will be able to understand the sport business industry nationally and internationally through classroom learning and experiential learning. 
  2. Based on student learning from the sophomore, junior  and senior classes, students will be able to write about numerous sport management topics and be able to understand and discuss current issues. 
  3.  Based on student learning from the sophomore, junior  and senior classes, students will be able to link classroom theory to real-world experiences. 

 

Sport Management - BS Goals 

The goal of the program is to help students understand the sport business management principles and prepare them to hold entry-level positions. 

The program aims to: 

  • Identify the skills and duties essential to successful performance in a wide range of sport related positions 
  • Identify, analyze and determine ethical and legal issues in sport   
  • Develop and demonstrate critical thinking skills 
  • Demonstrate information literacy and effective oral and written communication skills  
  • Conceive, plan, execute, and evaluate a sports event  
  • Acquire business leadership skills 
  • Demonstrate knowledge of diverse cultures, including global and historical perspectives 
  • Identify activities that fulfill personal, civic, and social responsibilities 
  • Obtain a further in-depth knowledge of sport management and research 

 

Exercise Science - Mission Statement 

The mission of the Exercise Science Program at William Paterson University is to provide extraordinary learning opportunities and to foster professional growth through hands-on learning, clinical observations, internships, and faculty-lead research related to human physiology and movement.  The program incorporates practical applications, integrated with clinical research.  The goal of the program is to promote physical activity and healthy lifestyles to a wide variety of populations.  We are committed to empowering students to pursue careers, graduate education and/or certifications in fitness/wellness, sport performance, clinical professions, and research. 

 

BS Exercise Science: EP Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Students will identify the various professions included in the field of exercise science. 
  2. Students will identify appropriate members of roles within the health care/fitness team. 
  3. Students will conduct and interpret cardiorespiratory fitness assessments on healthy and clinical populations. 
  4. Students will recognize major signs and symptoms and risk factors for cardiovascular, pulmonary, and metabolic diseases. 
  5. Students will demonstrate proper fitness sequencing and identification of proper assessment protocols based off of participant risk factors and medical history. 
  6. Students will demonstrate knowledge of strength, aerobic, and flexibility-based exercise. 
  7. Students will be able to identify physiologic changes in acute exercise and adaptations in chronic exercise. 
  8. Students will be able to implement cardiorespiratory and resistance training prescriptions and progressions using the FITT principle in healthy and clinical populations. 
  9. Students will demonstrate individual and group fitness leadership techniques for working with participants of various ages and abilities/disabilities. 
  10. Students will be able to identify behavioral and lifestyle strategies to enhance overall health and exercise adherence. 
  11. Learn how to design and implement safe and effective strength training and conditioning and personal training programs.  

 

BS Exercise Science: EP Goals 

  1. understand the exercise science field:  Students will understand the exercise science field, including its origins, current practice, and future directions. 
  2. assessment protocols and pre-participation screening procedures:  Student will implement assessment protocols and pre-participation screening procedures to maximize safety and minimize risk in healthy and clinical populations. 
  3. exercise prescription and implementation:  Students will be provided with knowledge on exercise prescription and implementation in healthy and clinical populations. 
  4. optimize adoption and adherence to exercise programs:  Students will be instructed on how to optimize adoption and adherence to exercise programs and other healthy behaviors. 
  5. create and disseminate action and injury prevention plans:  Students will be provided instruction on how to create and disseminate action and injury prevention plans.