Physical Education, Wellness, and Sport Studies
We each acknowledge the importance of health and physical activity in our own lives, and the prominence of sport in our culture is undeniable. So with the university’s mission to prepare graduates who will “make significant contributions for God and humanity” in mind, the PEWSS Department offers coursework in a variety of relevant settings. Undergraduates are led through an exploration of wellness in the general education course entitled Personal Dimensions of Health (HLED 221), and a wide-ranging number of physical-activity courses are offered each semester. These activities include endeavors such as Scuba Diving (PHED 155), Martial Arts (PHED 158), Alpine Towers (PHED 165), and many others. Through these course, students seek to become more fit physically, and to engage others socially.
But many students have a desire to study these topics more deeply, and to prepare for careers of leadership and service within the realm of Health, Physical, or Sport Education. For these students, the department currently offers three rewarding programs of study. These are Physical/Health Education with licensure (undergraduate major), Recreation (undergraduate minor), and Sport Pedagogy (graduate online program).
The mission of the Department of Physical Education, Wellness, and Sport Studies is to provide opportunities for the development of the physical, mental, social, environmental, emotional and spiritual well-being through a core curriculum and professional studies areas which emphasize a liberal arts philosophy that promotes a Christian worldview and emphasizes faith, service and leadership.
Physical Education with Teacher Licensure
To produce graduates who will be:
- prepared for entry into professional careers and/or graduate studies within the respective fields of study.
- academically prepared to obtain certification and/or licensure in areas relevant to the respective fields of study.
- able to identify, evaluate, and demonstrate personal application of the concepts of physical activity and optimal wellness, which includes physical, mental, social, environmental, emotional and spiritual dimensions.
- innovative and critical thinkers, able to engage collaboratively and able to consume and disseminate information within a diverse global community.