Improving Physical and Mental Well-being for Future Generations
Health, Exercise and Sport Study is a liberal arts approach to the blended undergraduate study of physical medicine, exercise science and sporting culture theory that is both intellectually challenging and unique.
The major is especially apt for students who are interested in careers such as physical therapy, sports medicine, sports management, public health and exercise science. The curriculum offers exciting opportunities for students to broaden their knowledge and connect it to their experiences in and out of the classroom as they prepare for their desired professions.
As each student progresses through the major, they will work with a faculty mentor to help them to prepare a plan that will link their coursework to their professional goals. This plan will guide the student through their senior year project, the culmination of the curriculum. The project connects the students’ educational experiences to their early career goals.
In the health, exercise and sport study major, students will explore the dynamic relationship between the structure and the function of the body within a competitive context. They will be prepared exceptionally well for their career goals, including medical school.
The Health, Exercise, and Sport Studies department is a community in which students become emerging practitioners within the field. Student practitioners who are nurtured through intellectual challenge, mentorship, and experience. Critical consumers of knowledge confident in their ability to comprehend how biological, psychological, sociohistorical factors impact human physical capacity. Emerging practitioners who carefully utilize this comprehension to explore the methods by which social structures and personal factors are altered to achieve adaptations consistent with human dignity and elevated physical capacity.
Liberal-arts colleges such as Denison University strive to cultivate an atmosphere in which individuals gain an appreciation and capacity for sustained personal growth. This self-disciplined approach to personal growth will result in autonomous thought, moral discernment, and contributions to a democratic society. Our department offers the community an extensive environment in which individuals pursue these shared values.
While tradition dictates the department have three aspects - Athletics, Recreation, and Academic Curriculum - the philosophy of the three areas need not be segmented. Put simply, the department pursues the advancement of the individual through the instructional medium of the physical body. We believe that study of the body and its complexity deepens comprehension. Physical exercise improves physical capacity. Performance guides self-referential thought. Competition yields a drive for improvement. And that striving for success within a team enlightens the ties that shape community. At each level, there is agreement that individuals must exercise autonomous thought, act individually within the context of their moral structure, and contribute to the shared environment.
Experiences within this department will facilitate the desire to: achieve personal insight, clarify values, orient action, refine effort, and encounter success.