2021-2022 Undergraduate Bulletin

Kinesiology and Sport Studies

Office: Ammi Hyde Office 108
Mail Code: 2450 South Vine St. Denver CO 80210
Phone: 303-871-2908
Web Site: https://psychology.du.edu/academics/kinesiology

The innovative and multidisciplinary Kinesiology and Sport Studies (KINE) minor introduces students to a variety of knowledge and skills, professional organizations, graduate school opportunities, and careers spanning kinesiology, sport, exercise, fitness, wellness, and more. By design, the minor is flexible to meet a student’s interests across the diverse landscapes of KINE.

The KINE minor is an excellent fit for students with majors in biology or pre-health, business, or tourism and hospitality management who are considering careers in sport and related fields. The KINE minor is also an excellent choice for students who major in the College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences (e.g., psychology, sociology) or School of Engineering & Computer Science seeking greater sport-specific knowledge, context, and culture or who are completing applied research, projects, internships, or community-service in kinesiology or sport settings.

Kinesiology and sport careers vary greatly. Therefore, so do corresponding job requirements and preferences, and traditional career development pathways into these varied fields. Designed with this in mind, the KINE minor is flexible and prepares students for a wide range of careers, such as: collegiate, professional, or national-team sport coaches, scouts, managers, and administrators; certified mental skills consultants; strength and conditioning coaches, personal trainers, health and wellness coaches, group fitness instructors, exercise or sport scientists; and coaches in k-12 settings, for-profit businesses, or non-profit and government settings including community recreation centers and military (e.g., tactical strength and conditioning facilitator).

The minor is open to all University of Denver students. Students will earn the minor by completing 20 credits, including the required 4-credit hours Foundations in Kinesiology and Sport Studies and 16 credits in KINE or approved electives (e.g., CPSY 2010 Sport Psychology). Most students will complete the minor by taking five, 4-credit hours courses in KINE.

Minor Requirements

20 credits

KINE 2000Foundations of Kinesiology and Sport Studies4
Additional credits from Kinesiology and Sport Studies16
Total Credits20

KINE 1015 Foundations of Olympic Weightlifting and Powerlifting (4 Credits)

Powerlifting and weightlifting (Olympic lifts and their derivations) are two widely popular strength- and power-based sports and these movements offer numerous physiological, psychological, and social benefits. The primary movements, including the deadlift, bench press, squat, clean and jerk, and snatch are also nearly universally applied to sports performance training. From recreational to world champion athletes, understanding the rules, equipment, and training practices of powerlifting and weightlifting is essential to developing mastery as a lifter and instructor. Students in this course will learn by doing and acquiring foundational content knowledge in these lifts and the organization of the sports. Students will also learn about powerlifting and weightlifting national governing bodies and how the sport is administered.

KINE 2000 Foundations of Kinesiology and Sport Studies (4 Credits)

This course explores the historical development of kinesiology, sport, and physical cultural studies from ancient societies to the present. By exploring the historical, political, social, cultural, economic, and religious underpinnings of kinesiology, students will understand how they, the field, and various stakeholders have been shaped to their present form. Students will use this understanding to identify and make critical judgments about the common issues, problems, and limitations in kinesiology today. This course will also examine varying national governing bodies, career opportunities, graduate and professional school options in the field, and prepare students to navigate advanced courses and topics.

KINE 2010 Motor Learning for Skill Acquisition (4 Credits)

This course will provide students with an understanding of how individuals (e.g., athletes, performers, recreationalists) learn, perform, and retain motor skills. The course will explore how individual psychology, dynamic environments, and varying group and cultural practices affect skill acquisition. Students will develop foundational skills to develop and implement instructional strategies (e.g., practice plans, activities, feedback, affordances) to facilitate skill learning and performance enhancement, skill modifications for injury prevention, and rehabilitation of injury. This course will cover a variety of theoretical and scientific concepts pertaining to skill acquisition and learning across a variety of settings.

KINE 2020 Sociology of Kinesiology and Sport Performance (4 Credits)

An applied approach to the sociology of kinesiology and sport performance integrates theory and practice, also called praxis, to help students become critical thinkers and problem solvers. Students will be exposed to traditional sociological frameworks such as functionalism, interpretivism, and critical theory; themes such as gender, race, class, and ablism; and topics such as identity, deviance, coaching, performance, health, exercise, and sport. The applied focus will prepare students to see sociologically in everyday kinesiology and sport contexts in order to enhance performance and other outcomes, inclusive of ethical considerations.

KINE 2030 Administration of Sport, Fitness, and Wellness (4 Credits)

Organization and administration of sport, fitness, and wellness prepares students to manage and lead in diverse contexts. Course topics introduce students to relevant theoretical and practical aspects of administration, such as managerial functions, human resource management, marketing, budgeting, risk management, and finance. The breadth of the course will set a foundation for students to expand and specialize their skills, while pursuing specific career opportunities.

KINE 3991 Independent Study (1-10 Credits)

Independent research/study.

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