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Health, Exercise, and Sport Studies


Nan Carney-DeBord, Associate Vice President; Director of Athletic & Recreation: Chair & Professor of Health, Exercise, and Sport Studies

Sara Lee, Associate Athletics Director and Senior Woman Administrator

Brian Hortz, Assistant Athletics Director and Director of Sport Medicine

Gregory Lott: Assistant Athletics Director and Assistant Professor of HESS

Eric Winters, Associate Professor; HESS Chair of Curriculum Committee

Lynsey Whisner, Physical Education Coordinator

Professors Nan Carney-DeBord, Sara Lee, Gregg Parini; Associate Professors Brian Hortz, Eric Winters; Assistant Professors Michael Caravana, Amanda Daniels, Michael Deegan, Mark FitzPatrick, Bob Ghiloni, Jack Hatem, Gregory Lott, Gail Murphy, Tiffany Ozbun, Rob Russo; Instructor, Carter Cassell; Academic Administrative Assistant Cindy Londot

Health, Exercise, and Sport Studies Denison University 100 W. College Street Granville Ohio 43023

Departmental Guidelines and Goals

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 these 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 striving for success within a team strengthens 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.

The Athletics, Recreation, and Health, Exercise, and Sport Studies department is positioned within the Denison University community to provide experiences that facilitate the liberal-arts mission. These experiences will enable our students' ongoing efforts to: achieve personal insight, clarify values, orient action, refine effort, and achieve success.

Health, Exercise, and Sport Studies Major

Within the Health, Exercise, and Sport Studies major, students encounter the physical body, its vulnerability to disease/injury, exercise related physical adaptations, and the competitive contexts within which performance is measured. The curriculum presents the principles and theories that guide the practices of the health and exercise sciences, and the social construction of sporting culture. Integration of principles and theory, with practice, is accomplished by completing a senior project that reflects the methods and values to which the student aspires.

Health, Exercise, and Sport Studies Requirements

  1. Complete the following HESS 200 level courses: HESS 200, HESS 201, HESS 202

  2. Complete four courses within the HESS 300's (Excluding HESS 350-91)

  3. Complete three courses within the HESS 400's.

    Students may choose to complete BIOL 334, Comparative Physiology, as one course within this category.

    Students who complete both HESS 451 & HESS 452 will satisfy one course within this category.

  4. Complete three credit hours during the senior year within HESS 350-91 (1.5 credits Fall & 1.5 credits Spring)

Physical Education Activity

All PHED 100-level offerings are activity classes/intercollegiate sports and are offered for S/U credit. A student may count no more than four credits for participation experiences towards graduation that are credited S/U, unless such credits in excess of four are required for the student's major or minor.

One and two credit hour PHED activity courses are offered for 14 weeks during the 1st and 2nd semester. Seasonal sport activities are offered for 7 weeks each quarter for 1/2 credit.

Contact Us

Health, Exercise, and Sport Studies
100 West College Street
Granville, OH 43023

Nan Carney-DeBord '80

Director of Athletics
Chair of Health, Exercise, and Sport Studies

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