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Sport & Exercise Studies Curriculum

Students are encouraged to supplement the sport and exercise studies major with a minor that supports their discipline of interest. 

Minors in biology, business, dance, communication studies, psychology, or sociology provide additional opportunities to expand knowledge in areas supporting sport and exercise studies.

Course Offerings

Below is a list of available courses offered by the department. Consult the Registrar’s Office and the College Catalog for registration information.

SES 1141. Professional Issues in Sport and Exercise Studies

This 1-credit undergraduate course provides students majoring in Sport and Exercise Studies a comprehensive overview of the SES field. Students will also be exposed to professional organizations within the field of SES, practical elements of their major, research experience and application. Through participation in this course, students will develop experiences and materials that will help enhance their career opportunities.

SES 1143. First-Aid and Safety

This course uses lectures, demonstrations, and video with hands-on training and practice. Participants in this course learn to recognize and respond to emergencies including, but not limited to, shock, cardiac, and breathing emergencies for adults, children and infants. Students will gain First-Aid, CPR, and AED certification.

SES 1161. Introduction to Athletic Training

An introductory course which explores a variety of common athletic injuries and focuses on prevention, care, and rehabilitation. Other issues such as fitness, nutrition, and psychological effects of injury will be briefly discussed. Laboratory experience in taping and first-aid techniques will be included.

SES 1163. Nutrition and Fitness Performance

The course will explore general nutrition with emphasis looking at how food intake choices relate health and to exercise performance. Special issues such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, obesity, food allergies, protein, vitamin, and mineral supplementation, weight control, and fad diets will be discussed.

SES 1165. Lifetime Wellness

This course introduces various dimensions of wellness including lifestyle choices that directly influence physical and emotional health. Health issues such as diabetes, cancer, coronary artery disease, stress, weight control, environmental health, and substance abuse will be discussed in the realm of prevention and recognition of effects on total wellness.

SES 1166. Sport Psychology

This course prepares students to deal with psychological principles related to sport and performance. Students will study the various aspects of sports psychology (stress, anxiety, arousal, leadership, group dynamics, relaxation, motivation, personality, etc.).

SES 1175. Sport and Spectacle

This course explores the ancient roots of modern athletics and mass entertainment through analyses of texts, works of art, and the archaeological settings of sport and spectacle that highlight their essential role in ancient societies. The Olympic games asserted Greek identity, civic virtue and competitive spirit; gladiatorial combat and chariot racing defined relationships between Romans and others, rulers and subjects. Identical with CLAS 1175.

SES 2204. Leadership and Organizational Dynamics

This course will examine the interactions and relationships between leadership and organizational culture within sporting institutions and sports teams. Primary topic areas covered include leadership styles, personality, diversity issues, motivation, levels of administration, conflict resolution, and creating positive change. Students will also have the opportunity to analyze the subject matter and develop their own leadership philosophy.

SES 2206. Essentials of Strength and Conditioning

This course addresses the basic principles of strength and conditioning including power, agility, speed, hypertrophy, flexibility and endurance training methods. Students will have the opportunity to develop fitness programs with practical application of knowledge through a needs analysis. Students will also learn how to adapt conditioning programs for special areas such as obesity, elderly, children, pregnancy, injury and back pain.

SES 2241. Exercise Adherence & Compliance

This course will be a lecture/seminar course. Students will learn about factors that contribute to the relationship between psychosocial factors and exercise. There is a focus on both theory (understanding research) and application (practicing). As such, this course requires exploratory readings and requires students to learn new skills (interviewing, self-monitoring, journaling, behavior change).

SES 2261. Exercise Physiology

A study of the human body’s physiological adaptations to short-term and long- term exercise. Areas of study include energy metabolism, musculoskeletal function, cardiovascular and respiratory responses and adaptations, environmental factors (altitude, heat, cold), neurological control, and general conditioning principles including the development of coordination, agility, power, balance, and speed as they pertain to exercise.

SES 2262S. LGBTQ+ Experiences in Sport

This course will review the participation history of LGBTQ athletes. Furthermore, the course will explore the social, political, economic, and cultural constraints that have been placed on these athletes, and their attempts to transcend such limitations. The class will use gender as a means of understanding the evolution of LGBTQ athletes in sport, particularly with regard to issues of femininity, masculinity, and homonegativity.

SES 2263. Sport Management

The course will involve a study of sport industry roles and functions including collegiate, high school, professional, youth and community sport settings. Areas of content will include facility and event management, risk management, marketing, financing, sponsorship, communications and legal and ethical issues as they pertain to sport industry settings.

SES 2264. Evaluation of Athletic Injuries

A study of evaluative assessment of specific joint injuries. Topics include joint and muscle anatomy and mechanics, biomechanical effectiveness of human movement, etiological evaluations, and specialized testing of specific injuries and anatomical deficiencies.

SES 3307. Motor Learning and Development

This course will discuss motor development throughout the lifespan. Students will be able to trace the path of motor development and discuss the implications of general principles for appropriate physical education and movement specialist strategies to enhance motor skill learning. Special attention will be paid to motor learning in the preK-12 and special needs populations.

SES 3342. Psychology of Sport Injury

This course will explore the theory and research related to the psychological aspects of injury and injury rehabilitation. The focus is on theory and application. Intake interviews and case studies will be used to explore assessment and intervention approaches relevant for different levels of sport medicine as well as other sport and exercise professionals.

SES 3361. Kinesiology

This course examines human anatomy and function of the musculoskeletal systems and mechanical aspects of human movement analysis as it relates to physical activity, exercise, and sport. Students will be able to analyze joint actions, muscle actions, and mechanical principles that apply to specific sport and exercise movements.

SES 3362. Exercise Testing and Prescription

This course prepares students in developing knowledge and skills to effectively administer health appraisals and fitness tests in measuring cardiovascular endurance, muscular fitness, flexibility, and body composition in varied populations of healthy individuals. Topics include medical/health screening, exercise program development, and related discussions on diabetes, pregnancy, coronary heart disease, arthritis, low back pain, children, and the elderly in exercise assessment and prescription.

SES 3364. Social and Ethical Issues in Sport

This course examines the function of sports in contemporary American Society. Students will perform a critical analysis of sport-related controversies, and study the ethical considerations used in decision-making. As an upper level course, students will be expected to read and comprehend advanced material, contribute meaningfully to class discussions, and exhibit personal involvement in order to complete course objectives.

SES 3394. Research in Sport and Exercise Studies

Students will have the opportunity to participate in conducting research projects in conjunction with a faculty member in the Sport and Exercise Studies Department. Students will learn the research preparatory process, research methods, qualitative and statistical software, and journal submission guidelines. Research results will be transcribed, developed, and analyzed as well as presented and published in some cases.

SES 4494. Senior Seminar for Sport and Exercise Studies

Students will explore readings and engage in discussions on current trends in sport and exercise studies. Students orally present a literature review paper on a topic area of interest in relation to sport and exercise studies.

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