• Group photo with Dean Smith, President Thomas and the Lakie-Hermann family

    Celebration of Dr. Hermann renaming of Senior Olympics

  • Pratistha Maharjan won for her performance at the 45th International Bazaar

    Congratulations to Graduate Teaching Assistant Pratistha Maharjan!

    Pratistha was an Entertainment Winner at the 45th International Bazaar

  • Picture of Dr. Tim Piper, Nolan Banks & Mason Read at IL NSCA State Conference

    IL NSCA State Conference

    Dr. Tim Piper, Nolan Banks & Mason Read

  • Picture of three students who presented at the IAHPERD state meeting
  • Provost Kathy Neumann with Jennifer Plos and President Jack Thomas

    Provost's Award for Academic Excellence in Teaching

    Jennifer Plos, Department of Kinesiology

  • Photo of Dean Smith with Mary Vacala

Department of Kinesiology

The Department of Kinesiology at Western Illinois University has been preparing future professionals for over a century at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.  The curriculum for each of the five majors that we offer balances time spent in the classroom learning concepts, theory and skills with time spent applying this information during hands on experiences.

At the undergraduate level, we prepare students for careers in athletic training , exercise science  and  physical education. Graduates of our program are employed in a wide variety of areas including adapted physical activity, clinical, community, educational, fitness, and sports medicine settings.

At the graduate level, we offer degrees in kinesiology and sport management .  Each of these majors allow students to focus their program in a specific area that provides them with the knowledge, skills and ability to reach their career goals.  

In addition, to these majors, the Department of Kinesiology offers two minors ( coaching and SCUBA ) as well as offering a variety of General Education fitness and sports courses for all Western Illinois University students. 


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American Kinesiology Association Logo The Department of Kinesiology at Western Illinois University is a charter member of the American Kinesiology Association.



CAATE Seal The Athletic Training Program was first recognized in November 1972 by the National Athletic Trainers' Association Division of Professional Advancement as being an approved curriculum for athletic training and is currently accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE).



The Physical Education Program is accredited by the The National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).