Professors J. Bergsma, B. Bolt, Y. Lee, J. Timmer Jr., K. Vande Streek (cochair), A. Warners
Associate Professors K. Berends (cochair), J. Ross
Assistant Professors D. Gelderloos, B. Otte, J. Sparks
The Kinesiology Department explores the art and science in human physical activity and serves students interested in a variety of careers and courses of study. Potential careers include health and physical education teaching and sport coaching, pre-physical therapy and other allied health professions, health promotion and fitness leadership, sport management, and recreation therapy. The department also offers a dance minor and directs various physical activity programs including Dance Guild, intramurals, outdoor recreation, campus recreation, and intercollegiate athletics for men and women.
CoursesHealth EducationKinesiologyPhysical Education and Recreation: Personal Fitness
A course in this area is designed to provide students with the basic knowledge and activity requirements to maintain active lives. This course is to be used as a gateway course before students complete their two additional requirements, one from leisure and lifetime activities and one from sport, dance and society core categories. (Students take one course from the personal fitness series then one course each from the leisure and lifetime series and from the sport, dance and society series.) The emphasis in each course is on fitness development and maintenance. Students are expected to train 3 times per week—2 times in class and 1 time outside of class. All courses involve the participation in conditioning activities, lectures, discussions, papers, and tests. Conceptual topics related to wellness included in all personal fitness courses are these: (1) principles for the development of an active lifestyle, (2) issues in nutrition, and (3) body image.
Physical Education and Recreation: Leisure and Lifetime Activities
A course in this area is designed to provide students with the basic knowledge to acquire and develop selected motor skills for a lifetime of leisure. Each course emphasizes the following: 1) personal development in a specific activity, and 2) acquisition of basic skills needed for a lifetime of healthy leisure activity. Lectures, readings, and activity (golf I, bowling, sacred dance, etc.) are used to educate the student on the values of skill instruction, practice, and participation in a lifetime activity. Students are provided with a general introduction to current issues such as these: skill building, Christian stewardship, and stress management.
Physical Education and Recreation: Sport, Dance, and Society
A course in this area is designed to help students develop a faith-informed perspective, understanding of and appreciation for the impact of highly-skilled human movement through play, and sport, with a particular focus on the enhancement of selected motor skills. Lectures, readings, and group activity are used to educate the student on the values of skill instruction, practice, and participation in a lifetime activity.