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.
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 Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (formerly NCATE).