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Exercise + Sports Studies

Curriculum

Below you will find a list of our current or recent offerings for Exercise & Sports Studies. See the course catalog for descriptions and updated information.

The Department houses Southwestern’s Fitness and Recreational Activity Program. The objectives of the Fitness and Recreational Activity (FRA) program for Southwestern students are:

  • To develop knowledge, skills and physical abilities that contribute to the enjoyment of various sports and leisure-time activities throughout life
  • To acquire techniques and expertise in developing and maintaining personal physical fitness
  • To develop and practice a lifestyle that promotes wellness, physical fitness and incorporates recreational activities on a regular basis
  • To promote interests and abilities in intramural and recreational sports/activities

The following policies apply to Fitness and Recreational Activity (FRA) courses:

  • Two semester hours of Fitness and Recreational Activity course(s) are required for most degrees.  FRA courses are graded on a Pass/D/F basis.
  • Repeat courses are not allowed in the attainment of the required two FRA courses. Exceptions to this policy are: 1) repeating 47-001, Adapted Recreational/Fitness Activities, and 2) repeating a course in which content changes by design, such as 47-001 and 301, Selected Topics.
  • No more than three FRA courses may be counted toward a degree at Southwestern, with the exception of Kinesiology majors and minors and Exercise and Sport Studies minors.

Minor

The Exercise and Sports Studies program offers a minor designed to provide a variety of courses which connect the physical, scientific and practical aspect of exercise and sport. This minor will expose the student to various perspectives, as it relates to teaching certification, coaching and/or sport management.

The Minor in Exercise and Sport Studies requires six courses

Choose one course from the following Kinesiology courses

  • 48-244: Human Anatomy
  • 48-274: Fundamentals of Movement Analysis
  • 48-314: Research Methods in Kinesiology
  • 48-404: Health and Fitness Concepts
  • 48-424: Motor Learning and Motor Control
  • 48-704: Physiology of Exercise
  • 48-714: Biomechanics
  • 48-744: Nutrition for Human Performance and Health
  • 48-764: Exercise Prescription

Choose two courses from Exercise and Sports Studies

  • 46-194: Foundations of Kinesiology
  • 46-284: Philosophy of Sport
  • 46-524: Physical Education for Elementary and Secondary Schools
  • 46-534: Sport Management: Organization and Administration
  • 46-564: Sport Psychology
  • 46-574: Sport Law and Ethics
  • 46-584: Finance of Sport and Health Related Industries

One additional upper-level course from KIN or ESS

Two FRA courses in addition to the two required by the general education requirement (repeated courses will not count)

Exercise & Sport Studies

  • 46-192 FOUNDATIONS OF EXERCISE AND SPORTS STUDIES
    This course investigates the history, philosophy and principles that guide the discipline. In addition, career options and current issues in kinesiology are examined.
  • 46-202 MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY
    This course is an introduction to medical terms (derived from Greek and Latin) and their construction including prefix, suffix, root, connecting and combining forms. The student acquires an understanding of medical meanings applicable to the structure, function, and diseases of the human body. Abbreviations and their appropriate usage are presented.
  • 46-212 THE CARE AND PREVENTION OF ATHLETIC INJURIES
    This course is an overview of the core concepts in sports medicine as it relates to athletic training, fitness instruction and coaching.
  • 46-284 PHILOSOPHY OF SPORT
    This course offers a look at the world of sport from a philosophical perspective. The sporting arena is used as a vehicle to investigate factors such as media influence, social perceptions and ethical concepts which help shape our society.
  • 46-524 PHYSICAL EDUCATION FOR ELEMENTARY AND SECONDARY SCHOOLS
    This course is designed to provide the knowledge and develop the competencies that allow people to understand, teach and apply principles of education to physical education programs for all grade levels.
  • 46-534 SPORT MANAGEMENT: ORGANIZATION AND ADMINISTRATION
    This course examines various administrative philosophies and techniques used in educational, athletic and recreational settings.
  • 46-564 SPORT PSYCHOLOGY
    The purpose of this course is to introduce basic concepts associated with the field of sport psychology such as concentration, anxiety control, relaxation techniques, focus and team work. In addition, students will become familiar with current research in sport psychology. (ScS)
  • 46-574 SPORT LAW AND ETHICS
    This course is designed to present students with the opportunity to learn various legal concepts and how they apply to the sports industry. Actions and decisions in sport/athletics are compared to the known principles and rules of sports as set forth by their governing bodies. (ScS)
  • 46-584 FINANCE OF SPORT AND HEALTH RELATED INDUSTRIES
    This course is designed to expose students to various methods and considerations related to providing a sound financial basis for the sport, fitness and health industries. Emphasis is placed on areas of public and private fundraising, economic impact analysis and corporate sponsorships.
  • 46-001 SELECTED TOPICS
    May be repeated with change in topic.
  • 46-002 SELECTED TOPICS
    May be repeated with change in topic.
  • 46-003 SELECTED TOPICS
    May be repeated with change in topic.
  • 46-004 SELECTED TOPICS
    May be repeated with change in topic.
  • 46-301 SELECTED TOPICS
    May be repeated with change in topic.
  • 46-302 SELECTED TOPICS
    May be repeated with change in topic.
  • 46-303 SELECTED TOPICS
    May be repeated with change in topic.
  • 46-304 SELECTED TOPICS
    May be repeated with change in topic.
  • 46-901 TUTORIAL
  • 46-902 TUTORIAL
  • 46-903 TUTORIAL
  • 46-904 TUTORIAL
  • 46-941 ACADEMIC INTERNSHIP
    Must be taken P/D/F.
  • 46-942 ACADEMIC INTERNSHIP
    Must be taken P/D/F.
  • 46-943 ACADEMIC INTERNSHIP
    Must be taken P/D/F.
  • 46-944 ACADEMIC INTERNSHIP
    Must be taken P/D/F.
  • 46-951 INDEPENDENT STUDY
    May be repeated with change in content.
  • 46-952 INDEPENDENT STUDY
    May be repeated with change in content.
  • 46-953 INDEPENDENT STUDY
    May be repeated with change in content.
  • 46-954 INDEPENDENT STUDY
    May be repeated with change in content.

Below are current or recent offerings for ESS:

  • 48-244 HUMAN ANATOMY
    This course involves the study of the structure and function of the human muscular, skeletal, nervous, cardio-pulmonary and other major organ systems. It is specifically designed for students majoring and minoring in Kinesiology and for students planning careers in health-related fields. Lab included. Also Biology 50-244. (NSL)
  • 48-274 FUNDAMENTALS OF MOVEMENT ANALYSIS
    An introductory course to develop observational and analytical skills as they relate to human movement. Emphasis is placed on developing a systematic approach to analysis. Students will use these skills (with emphasis placed on video analysis) to evaluate fundamental movement patterns including gait, jumping, throwing, catching and striking.
  • 48-314 RESEARCH METHODS IN KINESIOLOGY
    This course covers the basic concepts of research methods used in the discipline of kinesiology. It is designed to help students think critically, to give students hands-on experiences with research design, data analysis and interpretation, and to report results to a professional audience. Prerequisite: Mathematics 52-114 or consent of instructor. (NS) (WA)
  • 48-404 HEALTH AND FITNESS CONCEPTS
    Students are presented current scientific information concerning the roles of physical activity, nutrition and life choices in healthy living. Emphasis is placed on incorporating this information into a lifestyle that will produce lifelong optimal health. In addition, issues important to health care and society are discussed. Also Environmental Studies 49-404. (ScS)
  • 48-424 MOTOR LEARNING AND MOTOR CONTROL
    This course is a study of the factors affecting the learning and control of motor skills. Emphasis is given to information processing, motor programming and motor skill analysis. Study is centered upon understanding and application of conceptual frameworks that include open and closed looped models. Lab required. Prerequisite: Kinesiology 48-314. (NS)
  • 48-544 SEMINAR IN KINESIOLOGY
    This course is designed to investigate special topics or problems of interest in kinesiology. Areas of study will be selected by both instructor and students with students taking an active role as both learners and teachers. Prerequisites: Kinesiology 48-314, and at least one of the following: Kinesiology 48-424, 48-704, or 48-714, or permission of instructor.
  • 48-704 PHYSIOLOGY OF EXERCISE
    This course is the study of physiological responses and adaptations made in response to the challenge of exercise with an emphasis on cardiovascular and neuromuscular systems. Lab required. Prerequisites: Kinesiology 48-244 and 48-314, or permission of instructor. (NSL)
  • 48-714 BIOMECHANICS
    This course is the study of basic anatomical and mechanical principles applied to human movement. Emphasis is placed on kinematic and kinetic concepts and the use of computerized movement analysis. Lab required. Prerequisites: Kinesiology 48-244 and 48-314 or permission of instructor. (NSL)
  • 48-744 NUTRITION FOR HUMAN PERFORMANCE AND HEALTH
    This course examines the role of nutrition in maximizing human physical performance and promoting health. Students learn the basic nutritional concepts necessary for optimizing physical performance and adaptations to training in competitive athletes, and for enhancing health in the physically active. Prerequisites: Kinesiology 48-704 or permission of instructor. (NS)
  • 48-754 TISSUE MECHANICS
    This is an advanced course that explores the anatomical structure and physiological and mechanical function of tissues within the body including bone, cartilage, tendons, ligaments, nerves and muscle. Special attention is given to mechanical testing of these materials with application of this information to the study of injury mechanisms and diseases of these tissues. Also Biology 50-454. Prerequisites: Kinesiology 48-244 and either Physics 53-154 or Kinesiology 48-714 or permission of instructor. (NS)
  • 48-764 EXERCISE PRESCRIPTION
    This course is the study of current practices related to fitness assessment and exercise prescription. Emphasis is placed on the collection of data from fitness testing and the design of personalized exercise programs. Prerequisites: Kinesiology 48-404 and 48-704.
  • 48-831 RESEARCH IN KINESIOLOGY I
    This is the first of two courses in the capstone sequence. The capstone experience is a laboratory or field-based research experience designed to provide hands-on experience directed toward answering questions related to kinesiology. In this course, students work directly with a faculty member to develop a research question, perform a literature review and complete pilot testing of methodology. At the completion of this course students will prepare and present a formal research proposal. The topic of the course varies with the faculty member leading it. Prerequisites: Kinesiology 48-314, 48-424, 48-714. (WA)
  • 48-843 RESEARCH IN KINESIOLOGY II
    This is the second of two courses in the capstone sequence. The capstone experience is a laboratory or field-based research project designed to provide hands-on experience directed toward answering questions related to kinesiology. In this course, students will collect and analyze experimental data for their capstone projects as proposed in 48-831. Each student will formally present results of the study in oral and written form. Prerequisites: Kinesiology 48-831. (WA)
  • 48-001 SELECTED TOPICS
    May be repeated with change in topic.
  • 48-002 SELECTED TOPICS
    May be repeated with change in topic.
  • 48-003 SELECTED TOPICS
    May be repeated with change in topic.
  • 48-004 SELECTED TOPICS
    May be repeated with change in topic.
  • 48-301 SELECTED TOPICS
    May be repeated with change in topic. Prerequisite: Permission of department chair.
  • 48-302 SELECTED TOPICS
    May be repeated with change in topic. Prerequisite: Permission of department chair.
  • 48-303 SELECTED TOPICS
    May be repeated with change in topic. Prerequisite: Permission of department chair.
  • 48-304 SELECTED TOPICS
    May be repeated with change in topic. Prerequisite: Permission of department chair.
  • 48-901 TUTORIAL
  • 48-902 TUTORIAL
  • 48-903 TUTORIAL
  • 48-904 TUTORIAL
  • 48-941 ACADEMIC INTERNSHIP
    This is a career-related course arranged to meet the interests of the student. Students must obtain approval of the supervising faculty member the semester prior to taking this course. Must be taken Pass/D/F.
  • 48-942 ACADEMIC INTERNSHIP
    This is a career-related course arranged to meet the interests of the student. Students must obtain approval of the supervising faculty member the semester prior to taking this course. Must be taken Pass/D/F.
  • 48-943 ACADEMIC INTERNSHIP
    This is a career-related course arranged to meet the interests of the student. Students must obtain approval of the supervising faculty member the semester prior to taking this course. Must be taken Pass/D/F.
  • 48-944 ACADEMIC INTERNSHIP
    This is a career-related course arranged to meet the interests of the student. Students must obtain approval of the supervising faculty member the semester prior to taking this course. Must be taken Pass/D/F.
  • 48-951 INDEPENDENT STUDY
    May be repeated with change in content. Students must obtain approval of the supervising faculty member the semester prior to taking this course.
  • 48-952 INDEPENDENT STUDY
    May be repeated with change in content. Students must obtain approval of the supervising faculty member the semester prior to taking this course.
  • 48-953 INDEPENDENT STUDY
    May be repeated with change in content. Students must obtain approval of the supervising faculty member the semester prior to taking this course.
  • 48-954 INDEPENDENT STUDY
    May be repeated with change in content. Students must obtain approval of the supervising faculty member the semester prior to taking this course.
  • 48-984 HONORS
    By invitation only.

Below are current or recent offerings for Fitness and Recreational Activities:

  • 47-011 KICKBOXING
    Basic kickboxing movements and skills combined in aerobic routines. Must be taken Pass/D/F.
  • 47-021 TENNIS
    Rules, fundamentals and/or appropriate level techniques, and recreational skills for all levels of skills for tennis players. Must be taken Pass/D/F.
  • 47-031 BOWLING
    Rules, fundamentals and/or appropriate level techniques, and recreational skills for all levels of skills for bowlers. Lab fee required. Must be taken Pass/D/F.
  • 47-041 DISC SPORTS
    Rules, fundamentals, strategies and recreational skills in Ultimate Frisbee and Frisbee golf. Must be taken Pass/D/F.
  • 47-051 GOLF
    Rules, fundamentals and/or appropriate level techniques, and skill development for all levels of skill. Lab fee required. Must be taken Pass/D/F.
  • 47-061 OUTDOOR RECREATION
    Course in special topics of outdoor recreation. Topics will vary and can include fishing, fly fishing, skeet shooting and other outdoor recreational sports. Lab fee may be required. Must be taken Pass/D/F.
  • 47-071 OUTDOOR ADVENTURE
    Course includes introduction to basic rock climbing, challenge course and various outdoor adventure activities. One weekend field trip is required. Lab fee required. Must be taken Pass/D/F.
  • 47-081 YOGA
    Course includes instruction to basic Hatha Yoga techniques. A mat is required. Must be taken Pass/D/F.
  • 47-091 FENCING
    Development of knowledge, skills, strategies and equipment used in the ancient art of sword play. Emphasis will be placed on foil fencing. Lab fee required. Must be taken Pass/D/F.
  • 47-101 SWIMMING (LEVELS I–IV)
    Development of basic skills and various strokes. Course progresses from water exploration to stroke development. Strokes developed (in whole or parts) are elementary back, crawl (back/front), breast and side. American Red Cross Certification is possible upon successful completion of the course. Must be taken Pass/D/F.
  • 47-111 JOG FOR FITNESS
    Course includes the basics needed to enjoy the benefits of jogging/running to obtain aerobic fitness. Must be taken Pass/D/F.
  • 47-121 RACQUETBALL
    Rules, fundamentals and/or appropriate level techniques, and recreational skills for all levels of racquetball players. Must be taken Pass/D/F.
  • 47-131 HANDBALL
    Rules, fundamentals and/or appropriate level techniques, and recreational skills for all levels of handball players. Must be taken Pass/D/F.
  • 47-141 MARTIAL ARTS
    Beginning Tae Kwon Do/Karate or Beginning Hapkido/Judo and/or advanced levels of either are offered on a rotating basis. Each is studied with regard to the history, customs, skills/techniques and unique features of the specific martial art. Must be taken Pass/D/F.
  • 47-151 BENCH STEP
    Evaluation and improvement of personal physical fitness and movement capacity through aerobic exercise routines, on and around benches. Must be taken Pass/D/F.
  • 47-161 WEIGHT TRAINING
    Teaches safe and effective techniques for weight training at all levels. Provides a background of information concerning techniques for muscle and strength development utilizing conventional free weight exercise coupled with exercise machines. Must be taken Pass/D/F.
  • 47-171 SWIM FOR FITNESS AND EXERCISE
    Evaluation and improvement of personal physical fitness and movement capacity through lap swimming and aquatic activities. Must be taken Pass/D/F.
  • 47-181 CYCLING
    Course in recreational cycling, touring and techniques of racing. Will include cycle touring field trips in the surrounding area. Must be taken Pass/D/F.
  • 47-191 FITNESS FOR WOMEN
    A special fitness class meant to address the specific fitness concerns facing women today. Areas explored include strength, cardiovascular, diet and general health as related to an active life style. Must be taken Pass/D/F.
  • 47-201 SWIMMING (LEVELS V–VII)
    Course involves refinement of strokes, improving skill proficiency and developing skills such as turns and water safety skills. American Red Cross certification is possible upon successful completion of course. Prerequisite: Fitness and Recreational Activity 47-101 or permission of instructor. Must be taken Pass/D/F.
  • 47-211 INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED KICKBOXING
    Methods and techniques of executing advanced skills in the kickboxing area including kicks and hand movements versus pads. Prerequisite: Fitness and Recreational Activity 47-011 or permission of instructor. Must be taken Pass/D/F.
  • 47-221 INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED TENNIS
    Advanced skills and strategies for experienced tennis players. Prerequisite: Fitness and Recreational Activity 47-021 or permission of instructor. Must be taken Pass/D/F.
  • 47-231 INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED HANDBALL & RACQUETBALL
    Advanced skills and strategies for experienced handball and/or racquetball players. Prerequisite: Fitness and Recreational Activity 47-121 or 131 or permission of instructor. Must be taken Pass/D/F.
  • 47-251 INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED GOLF
    Advanced skills and course management strategies for experienced golfers. Prerequisite: Fitness and Recreational Activity 47-051 or permission of instructor. Lab fee required. Must be taken Pass/D/F.
  • 47-281 INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED CYCLING
    Advanced skills, theories and distances for experienced cyclists. Prerequisite: Fitness and Recreational Activity 47-181 or permission of instructor. Lab fee may be required. Must be taken Pass/D/F.
  • 47-291 ADVANCED SPECIAL FITNESS AND RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES
    Under this course number, advanced level special FRA courses may be offered from time to time as the situation or need arises. Must be taken Pass/D/F.
  • 47-311 LIFEGUARD TRAINING
    Qualifications, responsibilities, skills and training of lifeguards. Swimming rescues of drowning victims and recognition of common hazards associated with various types of aquatic facilities will be emphasized. Course includes certifications in adult CPR and First Aid. Prerequisites: Fitness and Recreational Activity 47-201 or permission of instructor. Lab fee required. Must be taken Pass/D/F.
  • 47-001 ADAPTED RECREATIONAL/FITNESS ACTIVITIES AND SELECTED TOPICS
    A course for students who, for various reasons, need individual attention concerning physical activity. This course may be repeated for credit. Consent of instructor is required. Special topics FRA courses may be offered under this number. Lab fee may be required. Must be taken Pass/D/F.
  • 47-002 ADAPTED RECREATIONAL/FITNESS ACTIVITIES AND SELECTED TOPICS
    A course for students who, for various reasons, need individual attention concerning physical activity. This course may be repeated for credit. Consent of instructor is required. Special topics FRA courses may be offered under this number. Lab fee may be required. Must be taken Pass/D/F.
  • 47-301 SELECTED TOPICS
    May be repeated with change in topic. May require a lab fee. Must be taken Pass/D/F.
  • 47-302 SELECTED TOPICS
    May be repeated with change in topic. May require a lab fee. Must be taken Pass/D/F.
  • 47-901 TUTORIAL
  • 47-902 TUTORIAL
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