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Kinesiology, B.A.

Kinesiology is the study of the movement of the body. As a Whitworth kinesiology major, you will learn through theoretical study and practical experience how to use movement to promote human health and wellness. Mentorship from professors, hands-on experience in cutting-edge labs, and a robust internship program will help you develop a strong foundation for a variety of careers related to health and fitness. 

Why major in kinesiology at Whitworth?

  • Get to know your professors and peers. Small class sizes mean you'll develop closer relationships. Professors are intentional about creating community, and they seek to support students both academically and personally.
  • Gain hands-on experience in our human performance lab and in our anatomy and physiology lab, which provides learning opportunities with human cadavers.
  • Connect your faith or worldview with your studies. The major will help you develop a holistic, Christian understanding of the role of fitness and wellness in life. You will also explore how athletics can be used to glorify God.
  • Study athletics at a school that excels at athletics. Many kinesiology majors participate on our championship-winning athletics teams.
  • Apply your learning to your everyday life through courses such as Exercise Physiology and Personal Health & Nutrition.
  • Prepare for your career through internships. Explore your options, gain valuable experience and make connections with employers.
  • Receive support as you transition into the workplace. Professors are happy to provide career advice and job-search support. Alumni also share their wisdom throughout Senior Seminar.
  • Become who you're meant to be.

Our kinesiology grads make a difference (and get jobs)

The kinesiology degree prepares you for a wide variety of health-related professions, one of the most in-demand career fields. There is a great need for knowledgeable and passionate individuals who are committed to promoting healthy lifestyles. Whitworth kinesiology graduates become physical education teachers, coaches, healthcare professionals and human movement practitioners.

Recent job placements include:

  • Emily Guthrie, elementary P.E. teacher for Spokane Public Schools; Whitworth University head women's golf coach 
  • Gavin Horst, firefighter/paramedic, Spokane County Fire District 9
  • Fernando Noriega, assistant strength & conditioning coach, Los Angeles Rams
  • Celeste Stebe, prosthetic technician, Shriners Hospitals for Children, Portland, Ore.
  • KC McConnell, health/P.E. teacher in Deer Park, Wash.; Mt. Spokane High School head girls tennis coach
  • Dustin McConnell, P.E./health teacher, Mt. Spokane High School
  • Janelle Zych, physical therapist, Willamette Spine Care & Physical Therapy, Salem, Ore.

Our recent kinesiology grads further their studies in top graduate programs at institutions including:

  • California State University, Long Beach
  • Creighton University 
  • University of South Carolina
  • University of Washington 
  • Washington State University
  • Eastern Washington University
  • Elon University

Opportunities outside the classroom

Kinesiology students on the non-teaching track complete one to three internships, equivalent to three credit hours. This extensive internship program provides valuable professional experience and networking opportunities. Whitworth enjoys strong relationships with local businesses and schools that are eager to provide learning experiences for our students.

Pack your bags!

Kinesiology students are well-suited for Whitworth's Sports Medicine in Japan program. This program allows students to experience Eastern healthcare, religion and education while exploring Western Japan.

Tracks

The kinesiology major offers two tracks. The teaching track prepares students to teach or coach in public or private schools. Students on this track are required to complete a certification for either elementary or K-12 education. The non-teaching track prepares students for health, fitness and physical education-related career opportunities and requires an internship in the discipline.

Ask our faculty

Ask Kirk

Professor Kirk Westre is chair of the kinesiology & athletics department. He specializes in sports psychology, teacher preparation, sports sociology and coaching education.

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