The Department of Kinesiology at Michigan State University is dedicated to the study of physical activity and sport across the lifespan, with a special emphasis on youth.
We aim to educate individuals to lead physically active and healthy lives, and to prepare individuals for research and leadership positions in educational, sport and clinical settings.
Research & Practice
In all of our programs, research and practice are intertwined, in our impact-focused labs, in the classroom with renowned faculty and in hands-on applications on campus and beyond. Faculty areas of research interest include a focus on pediatric health and wellbeing, youth sports, motor learning and more.
The bachelor's degree in Kinesiology at MSU can prepare students for positions in allied health care, fitness and wellness promotion, community physical education, coaching and sports administration. Careers are varied and work settings include medical, clinical, educational, psychosocial, corporate and sports environments. Many kinesiology graduates earn advanced degrees and participate in research through multiple research laboratories.
3 ——— current faculty elected to National Academy of Kinesiology
Advocacy for the field
The American Kinesiology Association (AKA) promotes and enhances kinesiology as a unified field of study and advances its many applications. As a member of the AKA, the Department of Kinesiology at MSU has access to professional development and other resources that enable us to offer a cutting edge curriculum and impactful research and outreach. Our department chairperson, Alan L. Smith, is President-Elect of the AKA.