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Kansas Wesleyan University

The Department of Sport and Exercise Science (SPES) provides a hands-on approach to prepare graduates for positions in professional and university athletic programs, community sports organizations, private and public fitness, recreation programs, as well as health and physical education.

Students are able to complete their education with authentic experience within the university and community allowing for a realistic experience to education. The Department of Sport and Exercise Science is committed to educate, mentor, and guide students, faculty, and the community in the development of personal growth, skill acquisition, and lifelong wellness.

In addition to the pre-professional programs, cooperative programs and graduate school preparation, the department also offers a service program for the Liberal Studies requirement.

Prof. Bryan Minnich shares the educational philosophy behind the Sport and Exercise Science department.

About the Sport & Exercise Science Program

Mission Statement

The Department of Sport and Exercise Science is committed to academic distinction, mentoring students and guiding the community in the development of personal growth, skill acquisition, sport and lifelong wellness.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Statements

The DEI vision for Kansas Wesleyan is to promote a diverse culture of equity, inclusion, integrity, and collaboration that deepens understanding and embraces intercultural and global experiences for students, faculty and staff.

Sport and Exercise Science Department
The Department of Sport and Exercise Science at Kansas Wesleyan University places a high value on inclusiveness in order to create the most favorable atmosphere in which our students learn, and our faculty and staff carry out their professional responsibilities. We see diversity as encompassing variability in age, cultural identity, ethnicity, gender, faith, geographic background, political and ideological perspectives, race, sexual orientation, social and economic status.

Updated September 2023

Program Goals

Students who complete a Bachelor of Arts in Sport and Exercise Science will be able to:

  • Demonstrate comprehension and functional knowledge in the content areas of health and exercise sciences, physical education, or sport management.
  • Apply knowledge of effective verbal, nonverbal, and media communication techniques to enhance learning and engagement in the area of Sport and Exercise Science.
  • Demonstrate reflection and critical thinking in order to refine professional practice in their chosen field.
  • Demonstrate professional behaviors including commitment to excellence, valuing diversity and collaboration, and service to others.

Course Catalog With Requirements for Each SPE Program

2021-2022 Course Catalog
Sport and Exercise Science Department – p. 184
Exercise Science Major – p. 184
Health Science Major – p. 185
Health and Physical Education Major (Prek-12) – p. 186
Sports Management Major – p. 187
Health Minor – p. 187
Health Teacher Minor (Prek-12) – p. 188
Athletic Coaching Minor – p. 188
SPEC Minor – p. 188
Outdoor Recreation Minor – p. 188
Sports Management Minor – p. 189
SPES Course Descriptions – p. 189