Kinesiology is an academic field where several disciplines intersect to comprehensively study all aspects of human movement—from the cellular level to the level of global physical cultures.
Whether it involves answering the present obesity crisis by promoting healthy exercise habits across the lifespan, teaching lifetime fitness to youth via physical education, making participation in physical activity more inclusive, or cultivating sport’s capacity to unite people across perceived cultural differences and social barriers, the Kinesiology faculty are working with others across academic disciplines and professional fields to create and disseminate the knowledge needed to meet the health-related challenges facing our global community today and in the future.
We are enthusiastic teachers, nationally recognized scholars, and active citizens of the State of Rhode Island concerned with improving the health and quality of life of people from all walks of life. We hold high standards for ourselves to be informed, ambitious, professional, socially conscious and ethical teachers, researchers, and citizens. We expect our students also to be life-long learners, exceptional professionals, and concerned, ethical, and inspirational citizens in their workplaces and communities.
With major specializations in Exercise Science, Health Fitness and Physical Education, the Kinesiology bachelor’s degree prepares students for careers in: physical education, fitness and wellness programs (whether corporate, commercial, community), clinical and hospital-based fitness and wellness centers, and cardiac rehabilitation. Undergraduate students specializing in Exercise Science can also use their bachelor’s degree as a stepping stone to pursue graduate programs in Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, and Physician Assistant. The course work and related experiences (laboratory work, internships, and student teaching opportunities) provide students with the knowledge, comprehension, and proficiency in skills and techniques which will enable them to become competent and successful professionals. The Department of Kinesiology also offers graduate degree programs in Cultural Studies of Sport and Physical Culture, Exercise Science, Physical Education Pedagogy, and Psychosocial/Behavioral Aspects of Physical Activity.
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Rhode Island State Clinic
April 13, 2013 CLICK HERE to learn more
2013 Kinesiology Internship Meeting
Students need to attend three meetings during the spring semester if they plan to go out in the summer or in the fall CLICK HERE to learn more
2013 KIN585 Summer Course
Come join KIN585 Disability Sport this summer, session I May 20-June 21 CLICK HERE to learn more
Strength & Conditioning Program
For successfully meeting establised criteria, the National Strength and Conditioning Association officially recognizes University of Rhode Islandís Program in Strength and Conditioning.
Kinesiology Graduate Research Night
Every year, the Department of Kinesiology hosts a graduate research night CLICK HERE to learn more
Kinesiology in the News
Kinesiology is a broad field encompassing all facets of human movement. CLICK HERE to learn more
HSS Living and Learning Community
HSS Living and Learning Community
in Butterfield Hall is a great opportunity for Kinesiology students to network with each other during their first year on campus.