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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.

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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.

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.

Sport and Exercise Science Course Descriptions

SPES 115 Intercollegiate Sports — 1 credit Hour (Fall & Spring)

This course is designed for the student-athlete to receive credit for the time spent in developing the cognitive, the affective and the psychomotor domains (Bloom, 1956, Krathwoh.etal., Harrow, 1972). A-Football; B-Men’s Basketball; C-Volleyball; D-Men’s Cross Country; E-Men’s Soccer, F-Men’s Track & Field; G-Baseball; H-Men’s Golf; I-Softball; J-Cheer; K-Women’s Basketball; L-Women’s Tennis; M-Men’s Tennis; N-Men’s Bowling; P-Women’s Bowling; Q-Women’s Soccer; R-Dance; S-Esports; T-Women’s Track & Field; U-Women’s Golf; V- Women’s Cross Country; W- Flag Football; X-Men’s Volleyball. (A Sport or combination of sports cannot exceed more than four credits toward graduation.)

SPES 117 Pathway to Wellness — 3 Credit Hours (Fall, Spring & Summer)

Pathway to Wellness introduces the student to the fundamental relationship between the spiritual commitment, physical fitness and a healthy lifestyle. The theoretical components of wellness and fitness, principles of training, individual pre/post assessments and prescription exercise programs are examined. Varied physical activity media are introduced to give the student practical experiences with the ultimate goal of self-directed pathway to a lifetime of well-ness.

SPES 120 Personal, Community, and Global Health — 3 Credit Hours (Fall, Spring & Summer)

This course is a study of the contemporary health problems facing the individual, local and global communities in today’s society. Areas to be covered include emotional and mental health, personal and dental hygiene, school health, basic body chemistry, sexually transmitted diseases (incl. AIDS/HIV) and other communicable diseases, drug and alcohol usage, aging changes, environmental issues, nutritional concerns, consumer health knowledge, safety education, physical and mental exceptionalities, human sexuality, parenting and overall health and well-being of the individual, local community and the global community. The course will engage the student in several forms of experiential learning, such as service-learning or volunteer service that will require writing of essays, presentations and reflections.

SPES 125 Pharmacology for Exercise and Health Professionals — 2 Credit Hours (Even Year Spring)

This course will provide an overview of the characteristics of major drug groups and interactions among these groups. The course will emphasize mechanisms of action and side effects of drugs as well as factors which influence the activity of drugs.

SPES 126 Lifetime Fitness & Recreational Activities — 1 credit Hour (Fall & Spring)

The following courses provide instruction and the opportunity for participation in a variety of lifetime recreational, sport and physical fitness activities. Skills, strategies, rules and personal wellness goals are included, as appropriate. Each activity lasts one semester, meeting twice a week for one hour. A-Aerobic Dance; B-Bowling; D-Ballroom Dancing; F-Fencing; G-Golf; T-Tennis; V-Volleyball; Y-Yoga. (A limit of four credit hours from Lifetime Fitness and Recreational Activities courses may be counted toward graduation requirements. Fee may apply.)

SPES 145 Introduction to Recreation & Leisure — 3 Credit Hours (On Demand)

This course includes a study of the philosophy, leadership, organization and administration of recreation and leisure services. It provides a survey of program content options. Field experience is required.

SPES 14 First Aid & CPR — 1 Credit Hour (Fall & Spring)

The primary purpose of this course is to provide participants with the knowledge and skills necessary in an emergency to call for help, sustain life, reduce pain and minimize consequences of injury or sudden illness until professional medical help arrives. The course may be offered with the following subtitle: Community First Aid & CPR for the Professional Rescuer. Participants will be eligible for certification in Infant, Child and Adult CPR and First Aid.

SPES 150 Foundations for Health, Physical Education & Recreation — 3 Credit Hours (Fall & Summer)

This course is designed as an introduction to the foundations of health, physical education and recreation. The course will include the principles, aims and objectives of SPES and their relationship to other disciplines, which provide a scientific foundation.

SPES 175 Principles of Nutrition — 3 Credit Hours (Fall & Spring)

A study of principles of human nutrition, including the six nutrient categories and how they function in the body. Includes current consumer issues in nutrition, nutritional needs through life cycle and food choices to improve diet and fitness habits.

SPES 180 Medical Terminology — 3 Credit Hours (Fall, Spring & Summer)

This course is designed for those preparing for health sciences. It includes a study of basic word structure, prefixes, word roots and combining forms. Students will learn to correctly pronounce, define and interpret the medical terms which form the basics in understanding the organization of body systems and the professional language of medicine.

SPES 200 Physical Education Activities for Elementary & Middle School Children — 2 Credit Hours (Fall)

This course is designed for prospective elementary classroom teachers and elementary physical education teachers. The course covers theory and techniques used for teaching games, sports, dance and gymnastics at the elementary and middle school levels. It has been designed to integrate theory and concept learning with practical laboratory experiences. Observation is required.

SPES 205 Techniques of Officiating Fall Sports — 3 Credit Hours (Fall)

Each student will be introduced to the requirements of being a referee for fall sports (football, volleyball and soccer). The issues being discussed will be rules, proper positioning, the mechanics, legal issues and conflict resolution.

SPES 206 Techniques of Officiating Spring Sports — 3 Credit Hours (Spring)

Each student will be introduced to the requirements of being a referee for spring sports (basketball, baseball/softball and track and field). The issues being discussed will be rules, proper positioning, the mechanics, legal issues and conflict resolution.

SPES 225 Philosophy of Coaching — 2 Credit Hours (Spring & Summer)

This course is designed for the prospective coach. It will introduce the general philosophy, pedagogy, psychology and sociology of coaching sports. Additional topics related to coaching, such as sport medicine, sport and facility management and sport law will be considered. The ASEP program, text and films will be included in this study.

SPES 232 Human Sexuality/BSHS 232 — 3 Credit Hours (Fall)

Emphasis is given to the interplay of the biological, psychological, social and cultural aspects of sexuality. Emphasis will be given to sexually transmitted diseases, their treatments and prevention.

SPES 256 Care & Prevention of Athletic Injuries — 3 Credit Hours (Fall)

This course is designed for prospective athletic coaches, athletic trainers and physical education teachers. It covers in detail the care and prevention of common injuries found in physical education and athletic programs.

SPES 260 Rhythmic Activities & Dance — 1 Credit Hour (Spring)

Designed for the professional and for the certified teacher, this course places special emphasis on perceptual motor skills integrated with dance and rhythmic activities that are both age-appropriate and developmentally appropriate. It also includes an introduction to round, folk, square, aerobic and ballroom dancing.

SPES 286 Special Topics — Variable Credit (On Demand)

SPES 290 Independent Study — Variable Credit (On Demand)

SPES 315 Adaptive Physical Education — 3 Credit Hours (Spring)

This course is designed for the Physical Education major, the Special Education major and the student desiring teacher certification. The class will teach students how to enhance the lives of infants, toddlers, youngsters, teenagers, young adults and adults with disabilities by improving their ability to participate in play, games, leisure, recreation, sports and physical fitness activities. It will include program planning and special method techniques for teaching individuals with disabilities. Field experience is required.

SPES 320-328 Theory of Teaching & Coaching Team Sports — 1 Credit Hour (On Demand)

These courses are designed for the prospective professional, athletic trainer, physical education teacher and/or coach. They include a study of the rules, skills, strategy, teaching procedures, officiating and coaching techniques employed for the respective sport (as listed below) at the elementary, middle school and secondary levels.

SPES 320         Football – Spring

SPES 321         Softball & Baseball – Fall

SPES 323         Soccer – Spring

SPES 324         Gymnastics & Wrestling – On Demand

SPES 325         Volleyball – Spring

SPES 326         Track & Field & Cross Country – Fall

SPES 327         Basketball – Fall

SPES 332  Theory of Teaching & Coaching Individual & Dual Sports — 3 Credit Hours (Odd Year Fall)

This course is designed for the prospective coach, physical education and/or recreation professional. It is a study of the basic theories, methods and techniques for teaching and coaching individual and dual sports. It includes an emphasis on rules, skill techniques and teaching progression for archery, badminton, bowling, golf, handball/racquet ball, tennis and selected recreational sports.

SPES 335 Theory of Teaching Team Sports — 3 Credit Hours (Even Year Spring)

This course is designed for the prospective coach, physical education and/or recreation professional. It is a study of the basic theories, methods and techniques for teaching and coaching team sports. It includes an emphasis on rules, skill techniques and teaching progressions for selected team activities.

SPES 341 Introduction to Motor Behavior — 3 Credit Hours (Fall)

Designed for the professional, the physical education teacher and/or the athletic trainer, this course includes an introduction to motor behavior — motor control, motor learning and motor development.

SPES 345 Organization & Administration in P.E., Recreation & Athletic Training — 3 Credit Hours (Spring)

Designed for the professional, this course includes a study of the management of sport, health, fitness, physical education and recreation programs. Opportunities to administer intramural and athletic activities are included. Field experience is required.

SPES 356 Therapeutic Modalities for the Allied Health Professional — 3 Credit Hours (Fall)

This course focuses on the theory and operation of various therapeutic modalities, which are selected and used in the treatment of injuries to the physically active. Specific modalities included, but not limited to, hydrotherapy, cryotherapy, thermotherapy, electrotherapy, therapeutic massage and other manual or mechanical techniques. Prerequisite: BIOL 221, 222, SPES 256, SPES 380, SPES 443, SPES 456, or instructor permission.

SPES 357 Therapeutic Exercise — 3 Credit Hours (Spring)

This course focuses on the theories and operations of various methods of therapeutic exercise in the rehabilitation of injuries to the physically active. This class incorporates the use of active and passive ranges of motion, as determined for functional progression and/or return to physical activity.

SPES 359 Exercise Leadership — 3 Credit Hours (Fall)

This course will emphasize the necessary leadership qualities and skills expected for leading individual and group exercise activities. The student will develop professional competencies through classroom instruction as well as observational and practical experiences. A $175 lab fee is required for the NCSF membership and Personal Trainer Exam.

SPES 376 Measurement & Assessment in Health & Physical Education — 3 Credit Hours (Spring)

This course is twofold: one segment is concerned with the test and measurement procedures and methods appropriate for use in health and physical education classes, including physical fitness assessment; the other seeks to ensure competencies in the sports, dance and physical fitness skills of departmental majors through the administration of performance-based proficiency examinations. It is strongly recommended that this course be completed prior to student teaching or internships.

SPES 380 Physiology of Exercise — 3 Credit Hours (Spring & Summer)

This physiology course offers a study of the physical changes the body undergoes while in training for athletics. It covers all the main systems of the human body, both male and female, and some study of the effect of exercise on aging. This is applied physiology. Where possible, community facilities will be used as a laboratory. A good background in anatomy and physiology is needed.

SPES 385 /PSYC 385 Psychology of Sport and Exercise — 3 Credit Hours (Fall)

The course will introduce students to psychological and behavioral aspects of sport, exercise and physical activity. The course is designed to help student-athletes improve their performance, and to help those who hope to work with amateur and/or professional athletes or those engaged in fitness, exercise and/or rehabilitation to effectively communicate and motivate their clients toward their goals. In addition, this course will explore factors that affect performance and psychological development in sport, exercise and physical activity, factors that influence behavior and effective goal-setting and will examine psychological techniques for enhancing sport, exercise and physical activity. Prerequisite: PSYC 101 or consent of the instructor.

SPES 386 The Wesleyan Journey — 1–6 Credit Hours (On Demand)

This course combines service-learning with travel, either domestic or abroad, to provide students an opportunity to strengthen values and abilities, in addition to learning specific academic content. The service projects will be linked to the academic content of the class, and the course may require a co-requisite or stand-alone as its own special topics course. Credit varies based on the length of the journey and may involve additional fees for travel. Prerequisite: INTD 110 is recommended but not required for this course.

SPES 390 Adventure Leadership — 3 Credit Hours (On Demand)

This course is designed to give students a broad theoretical background in teaching and learning experientially. Concepts presented, experienced and discussed in this course include an introduction to the historical, psychological, social and philosophical foundations of Adventure Education. In addition, the course will look closely at the principles related to the facilitation of adventure-based programs. Field experience is required. Attendance at a conference is required with $50 fee.

SPES 410 Facility Planning and Design — 3 Credit Hours (Odd Year Fall)

Students will learn about the planning of facilities for health, sport, recreation and physical activity. Students will learn about the development of master plans, site selection, and the developmental phases. They will also get the opportunity to gain hands-on experience by creating a 3D model of some facility/venue for health, fitness, physical activity, recreation or sport. This course will be a capstone course for Sport Management majors. The prerequisite: BUSA 225 and SPES 345.

SPES 420/EDUC 420 Methods for Teaching Health & Physical Education — 3 Credit Hours (Spring)

This course offers a study of the basic methods and techniques used for teaching health and physical education at the elementary, middle and secondary school levels. It includes methods and modalities for teaching human sexuality, especially focusing on sexually transmitted diseases and acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS).

SPES 440 Advanced Exercise Testing and Prescription — 3 Credit Hours (Spring)

This class is designed for Exercise Science students and practitioners to bridge the gap between the theory and practice. Build around physical fitness components, this course will show the proper techniques and procedures of assessment of each component and how to design exercise programs based on the assessments. The concepts and theories from physiology kinesiology, measurement, psychology and nutrition will help provide a clear defined approach to physical fitness testing and the design of individualized exercise programs. The course will not only use field tests to evaluate physical fitness, but also laboratory assessment techniques.

SPES 443 Kinesiology — 3 Credit Hours (Fall & Summer)

This course will introduce students to fundamental human movement concepts; it also includes a complete study of the human skeletal and muscular systems as they relate to human movement and a study of the fundamentals of biomechanics. The student will develop the ability to analyze specific movements involved in motor skills and to apply principles of kinesiology to improve student performance.

SPES 456 Advanced Care & Prevention of Injuries — 3 Credit Hours (Spring)  

This course provides an in-depth study of the techniques, fundamentals and methods involved in the evaluation and management of athletic injuries. This is a follow-up course for SPES 256 Care and Prevention of Injuries. Prerequisite: BIOL 221, SPES 256, SPES 443 or instructor permission

SPES 460 Internship — 1–7 Credit Hours (Summer, Fall & Spring)

This course is designed for the senior level students in the Exercise Science and Sports Management majors. The student is offered an intensive field experience in a(n) area(s) that is/are related to Exercise Science and/or sport. Placement will be based on the student’s career orientation. Departmental approval and satisfaction of entry-level criteria, where applicable. Prerequisite: BIOL 221, BIOL 222, SPES 256, SPES 356, SPES 357, SPES 380, SPES 443, SPES 456 or instructor permission.

SPES 470 SPES Senior Seminar — 1 Credit Hour (Spring)

This is a capstone course for senior majors in the SPES Department and is to be taken their last semester. Current professional issues are studied. In addition, the student will complete the following assignments: a comprehensive knowledge examination, position papers on current professional issues, a physical education philosophy, a formal personal resume, file all credentials with the KWU Placement Bureau, investigate jobs and graduate school opportunities and complete an exit interview with the SPES faculty.

SPES 485 Special Topics — Variable Credit (On Demand)

A focused investigation into a selected area(s) of health, physical education, recreation and athletic training.

SPES 490 Independent Study — Variable Credit (On Demand)

Independent Study consists of research, reading or other scholarly investigation or creative work. See Independent Study under Alternate Means to Academic Credit for a more detailed description.

SPMT 365 Sports Law — 3 Credit Hours (Spring)

This course is a study of the legal implication of tort and liability law that affects the athletic competition both on and off the field of athletics. The course is an introduction to sports law in intercollegiate and professional sports, discussing areas such as drug testing, Title IX, antitrust and labor laws, collective bargaining, salary caps, free agency and issues of race and violence. Course emphasis is on fundamental legal principles applicable to sports and entertainment business, including law of contracts. Specific sport cases and issues are analyzed.

SPMT 535 Sports Management & Human Resource Development — 3 Credit Hours (On Demand)

This course is a study which examines the contemporary management thinking: issues of problem-solving, leadership, power, communications and managing in an organization, group dynamics and supervision, setting goals, performance appraisal, developing individual and organization resources and career planning.

SPMT 555 Sports Psychology — 3 Credit Hours (On Demand)

This course is an examination of the theory and research related to sports psychology. Topics include sports motivation, perception, mental health consequences, emotional and behavioral disorders and dynamics of physical activity. The theories and research of the cognitive, emotional and behavioral aspects of sports activities.

SPMT 565 Sports Law — 3 Credit Hours (On Demand)

This course is a study of the legal implication of tort and liability law that affects the athletic competition both on and off the field of athletics. The course is an introduction to sports law in intercollegiate and professional sports, discussing areas such as drug testing, Title IX, antitrust and labor laws, collective bargaining, salary caps, free agency and issues of race and violence. Course emphasis is on fundamental legal principles applicable to sports and entertainment business, including law of contracts. Specific sport cases and issues are analyzed.

SPMT 610 Gender Issues in Sports — 3 Credit Hours (On Demand)

This course is a study of human behavior as related to gender in sports organization throughout the world. The focus is on understanding the individual, interpersonal and group process, which underlie gender issues and human dynamics within sports organizations. The course attempts to create awareness, identify specific strategies and change the culture of sports in which both women and men compete and work. Specific sport cases and issues are analyzed.

SPMT 622 Financial Management in Sports Management — 3 Credit Hours (On Demand)

This course is an examination of the basic financial and accounting problems facing the operation of a sports enterprise. The course concentrates on the unique characteristics of sports organization and programs, and provides the student with the skills necessary to effectively manage values, resources and revenue streams. Students will develop skill in financial analysis and an appreciation of the financial decision-making process in the administration of sports enterprises.