The Department of Kinesiology at CSUN is a learning centered community where students, faculty, and the community is at the forefront in the study of human movement. The department values and respects diversity and its mission is to promote physical activity for personal expression and wellness throughout the lifespan. Students and faculty work together to intervene and to improve the quality of life by studying the effects of acute and chronic exercise. Our core curriculum prepares students for studying the physiological, psychosocial and artistic aspects of physical activity and sport performance.
Students are required to obtain advisement each semester to be cleared to register for the following semester. Additional advisement is available by appointment throughout the semester. Individual advisors are assigned to all majors; it is recommended that during the first semester as a kinesiology major, each student request assignment to an advisor. This request should be initiated in the department office. Contact Dr. Kim Henige for undergraduate advisement. Contact Dr. Victoria Jaque for graduate advisement. Contact Dr. Belinda Stillwell for questions about credential programs.
Kinesiology has many practical applications and leads to a variety of rewarding careers, such as teaching physical education or dance, coaching, serving as a consultant in the commercial health and fitness industry, working in a clinical health setting, athletic training or working independently as a personal trainer. Many kinesiology majors become involved in scientific research or go on to advanced study in medicine, chiropractic, physical therapy, nursing, exercise physiology, biomechanics, motor learning and behavior, motor programs for special populations, sport psychology or pedagogy. Some graduates become coaches for professional teams or work in business environments dealing with sport management and marketing. Others pursue careers in dance therapy or professional dance, or physical activities for individuals with disabilities.
The current societal interest in wellness and fitness has led both individuals and corporations to stress preventive and interventive care. Because Kinesiology students understand the critical role of movement in fostering an individual’s well-being, they are important leaders and innovators in regard to improving societal health and wellness levels. Graduates of the Kinesiology programs work with people in all stages of life—with children and with seniors, with the able-bodied and those with disabilities, with elite performers and those of ordinary capability.
The Athletic Training Program at CSUN has been in existence since 1974 and is currently accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE).
The Department of Kinesiology supports the concept of international education and encourages students to investigate opportunities for overseas study. Certain courses taken at CSU International Program Study Centers in foreign countries are equivalent to courses in the Department of Kinesiology and may be used to fulfill some of the requirements for degree options offered by the department and/or certain General Education requirements. Students should consult the International Programs Bulletin available in the International and Exchange Student Center, a departmental advisor or the campus International Programs advisor for more information.
Chair: Konstantinos Vrongistinos
Redwood Hall (RE) 250