James Madison University


The Department of Kinesiology is dedicated to the development of future leaders in professions that maximize the potential of individuals and society through physical activity. Programs in the Department include: Exercise Science and Leadership, Sport and Recreation Management, and Physical & Health Education Teacher Education.

The department is committed to providing:

  • Outstanding undergraduate programs based on the criteria of relevant professional associations, which will enable graduates success in their professional endeavors.
  • Programs that build upon the strong liberal studies background provided through General Education.
  • Opportunities that challenge students to think critically, use technological advances effectively and appreciate the global community.
  • Quality graduate programs that complement the undergraduate programs, and provide qualified students with an opportunity for advanced study in the disciplines of kinesiology and recreation.
  • Contributions to the university's general education curriculum through programs designed to promote lifelong fitness and wellness.
  • Service to JMU, the professions and local community through our unique knowledge and expertise.
  • Research and development projects that push back the boundaries of knowledge and promote effective practice in the kinesiology and recreation disciplines.