Mission Statement

Consistent with the nature of a Doctoral Research Institution, the mission of the Department of Kinesiology is premised on the philosophy that the generation of knowledge serves as the foundation for all scholarly activity. Therefore, the mission of the Department of Kinesiology is to engage in the generation, dissemination, integration, and application of knowledge specific to human movement in various contexts. These contexts comprise health promotion, maintenance, habilitation and rehabilitation in professional settings ranging from health care to education to sport to industry. Department faculty conduct research that contributes to the knowledge base in the human movement sciences and informs curricular content. The Department of Kinesiology provides educational experiences that enable students to understand human movement, as it is expressed in physical activity. Students are encouraged to integrate scientific and humanistic perspectives; analyze movement within a health sciences context; create an understanding of the critical, social, behavioral, and physical bases of movement; and apply this knowledge in diverse settings.