What Does it Look Like to Study Kinesiology at Concordia?
Studying Kinesiology is an important step toward a career of helping others, and the program is geared for students who want to make a difference in people’s lives. Our goal is to help students gain detailed knowledge that will help them become competent professionals. While courses are challenging, they are also extremely interesting, focusing on both technical information and practical application.
A Kinesiology major will prepare you for a variety of fields related to sports and exercise science. Common career paths include:
- Teaching and coaching
- Personal training
- Graduate programs ranging from physical therapy to sport management
Our courses prepare students to enter Kinesiology careers like coaching, athletic training and personal training upon graduation, pending certification. Students interested in graduate education will be well-prepared and have the prerequisite courses for a variety of programs related to exercise science.
Curriculum Overview for a Kinesiology Degree
The Kinesiology program prepares students to care for people in a wide variety of ways. Whether pursuing physical therapy school or a career in coaching, students learn in hands-on environments with small classes to facilitate deeper learning of the material.
Students gain hands-on experience through internship opportunities with Austin-area professional sports teams, physical therapy clinics and local high schools. They take classes such as Musculoskeletal Anatomy and Biomechanics, which teaches students an intricate understanding of the human body.
Students participate in a variety of labs in which they practice on classmates as they would in physical therapy or athletic training settings. Guest speakers frequent classes within the Kinesiology major, discussing the practical aspects and challenges of their careers to help prepare students for real-world experience.
Here are some highlighted courses:
Motor Development and Learning: This course is an introduction to the theories of motor learning and skills acquisition.
Coaching Team Sports: In this course, students will gain an in-depth understanding of rules and strategies of a variety of sports. They not only gain the technical knowledge, but also learn from guest speakers who discuss the practical aspects and challenges of coaching. Students are thus better prepared for many of the challenges that await them as they begin their careers.
- Internships are integral to the Kinesiology major - as such, students in all three of the Kinesiology tracks are required to enroll in our senior-level internship course
- Three tracks are available through the Kinesiology program: Sports Administration, Pre-Physical Therapy or General
- Small class sizes allow professors to become mentors to each student
“I am the head basketball coach at Cedar Ridge High School. I also teach Physical
Education Courses there. Concordia University's Kinesiology program set the foundation
toward everything that I am achieving now. The small class settings and the ability
to develop a one-on-one relationship with my professors instilled confidence in in
me by helping me to understand what it takes to be successful in life.”
- Quinton Black, Class of 2009
- Personal Trainer
- Physical Education Teacher
- Athletic Administration
- Professional Athlete
- Athletic Coach
- Professional Dancer
- Athletic Trainer
- Professional Sport Manager
- Camp Director
Why study Kinesiology?
You will learn to understand the psychological, physiological, and anatomical underpinnings of human movement, and be able to design and administer effective wellness and sport programs.
What makes studying Kinesiology at Concordia different than studying it at another university?
Our courses are not only challenging, but they focus on both technical information and practical application. Our small class sizes ensure you will get tons of hands-on experience.
What kind of internships are available?
Students in all three of the Kinesiology tracks are required to enroll in our senior-level internship course. Pre-physical therapy (PT) students will be required to complete internships, such as physical therapy courses. Those in the Generalist track often decide to work with our varsity intercollegiate teams, local high school teams, summer camps and more. Students in the Sports Administration track might use their internship to work in corporate wellness, at gyms, the YMCA or a host of other sites.
Due to the diverse interests of our students, we allow them to arrange their own internships rather than pre-arranging them. Instructors are always eager, however, to assist students in setting up an internship. Recent students have done internships with the Texas Stars, local high schools, nearby physical therapy clinics, summer camps and a variety of other settings.