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Kinesiology & Athletics

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The Whitworth Kinesiology & Athletics Department offers a major in kinesiology and minors in kinesiology and athletic coaching. These academic programs provide both a theoretical and a practical educational experience for future teachers, coaches, and health, wellness and fitness specialists. The kinesiology major allows students to choose from two educational tracks. The teaching track prepares students to teach/coach in public or private schools. Students in the teaching track are also required to complete an education (elementary or K-12) certification. The non-teaching track prepares students for health, fitness and physical education-related career opportunities and requires an internship in the discipline.

Kinesiology & AthleticsThe learning outcomes for this major prepare the student to do the following:

  • Develop a holistic understanding of the importance/role/significance of the fitness/wellness discipline.
  • Develop the skills and abilities necessary for employment in careers in the education, exercise, and/or health-related professions.
  • Learn and apply the concepts of professionalism and integrity in the fitness and wellness industry.
  • Be prepared for entry into advanced degrees in health, fitness, physical education, sports management, sports psychology, exercise science, movement studies and related fields.
  • Prepare health, fitness and physical education teachers who will have a positive impact on the learning and development of those whom they are called to serve.
  • Be eligible for certification exams in strength and conditioning, as well as in personal training.

Whitworth students are required to complete a minimum of one writing-intensive (“W”) course within their major. Kinesiology courses currently meeting that requirement are HS 320, HS 326, HS 361, HS 362, and HS 433. Students pursuing education endorsement must have an alternate-level field experience, which may be fulfilled with EDU 369. In addition, EDU 369 may be substituted for the kinesiology internship experience if the student is pursuing an endorsement in health and fitness. A grade of “C” or higher in all major courses is required if the student is pursuing teacher certification or an education endorsement. All endorsements are subject to change; see School of Education for updated education requirements.

Varsity Sports

For participants in men’s and women’s sports at the intercollegiate level
Varsity Baseball
Varsity Basketball
Varsity Football
Varsity Golf
Varsity Tennis
Varsity Track and Field
Varsity Swimming
Varsity Softball
Varsity Cross-Country
Varsity Volleyball
Varsity Soccer
Cheer Leadership

Fitness and Wellness

In addition to the previously described degree programs, the department is responsible for the oversight of the institution’s general education requirements for “Fitness and Wellness for Life.” Courses that fulfill these requirements are designed to emphasize responsible stewardship of God’s creation through maintenance of personal health. Students develop skills and establish habits that prepare them for a lifetime of healthy living and physical well-being. Students are required to complete three activity courses, one of which must be among the fitness/wellness (FW) course listings.

The learning outcomes for the Fitness for Life courses include the following:

  • Provide an environment for students to participate in regular physical activity.
  • Challenge students to develop healthy lifestyle habits and choices.
  • Develop an understanding and appreciation for the miraculous creation of the human body.
  • Understand and apply appropriate fitness and wellness terminology.

Fitness and Wellness Activity Courses - 3 credits total

One course from the following:
Adaptive Physical Activity
Fitness Programs
Jogging
Water Aerobics
Swimming for Fitness
Aerobics
Survey of Physical Education Activities
Ice Skating for Fitness
Two additional courses from the Fitness and Wellness section above, or from the following:
Beginning Basketball
Bowling
Ice Skating
Pilates
Yoga
Tennis
Weight Training
Golf
Sports Conditioning
Badminton
Soccer
Beginning Volleyball
Karate
Ballet I
West Coast Swing and Lindy Hop
American Ballroom Dance
International Ballroom Dance
Snow Skiing and Boarding
Pickleball
Postures of the Soul: Sacred Dance

Requirements for a Kinesiology Major, B.A. (46)

AT 270Emergency Response2
HS 220Anatomy and Physiology I4
HS 221Anatomy and Physiology II4
HS 320Structural and Mechanical Kinesiology *4
HS 326Exercise Physiology3
HS 361Community Health3
HS 363Personal Health and Nutrition3
HS 433Principles of Conditioning and Nutrition3
KIN 330Adaptive PE & Recreation2
KIN 345Elementary PE and Health Education: Curriculum and Methods2
KIN 351Curriculum and Methods: Secondary Health, Fitness and PE2
Complete three credits of an internship:3
Internship
KIN 400Tests and Measurements2
KIN 420Administrative and Legal Aspects of Health, Fitness and PE2
KIN 465Motor Development, Control and Learning2
KIN 498Senior Seminar2
One of the following:3
Philosophical and Psychological Aspects Of Coaching
Sports Psychology

Requirements for a Kinesiology Minor (38)

Meets Washington state teaching endorsement requirements for health and fitness.
AT 270Emergency Response2
HS 220Anatomy and Physiology I4
HS 221Anatomy and Physiology II4
HS 320Structural and Mechanical Kinesiology *4
HS 326Exercise Physiology *3
HS 361Community Health3
HS 363Personal Health and Nutrition3
HS 433Principles of Conditioning and Nutrition3
KIN 330Adaptive PE & Recreation2
KIN 345Elementary PE and Health Education: Curriculum and Methods2
KIN 351Curriculum and Methods: Secondary Health, Fitness and PE2
KIN 400Tests and Measurements2
KIN 420Administrative and Legal Aspects of Health, Fitness and PE2
KIN 465Motor Development, Control and Learning2

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Prerequisites: HS 220 and HS 221: Anatomy and Physiology I, II

Requirements for an Athletic Coaching Minor (19-21)

AT 270Emergency Response2
KIN 322Philosophical and Psychological Aspects Of Coaching3
KIN 370Sports Psychology3
Complete three credits of internship:3
Internship
KIN 410Coaching Methods3
And select five or more credits from the following courses:5-7
Introduction to Athletic Training
Administrative and Legal Aspects of Health, Fitness and PE
Internship

Fitness and Wellness Courses

FW 118 Adaptive Physical Activity1
Adaptive Physical Activity is designed to provide students with physical disability the opportunity to experience individualized instruction in physical activity, fitness, and wellness. The course requires physical activity and a cognitive component related to fitness and wellness. This course is repeatable. Signature of the instructor and documentation of physical disability is required prior to enrollment.
FW 132 Fitness Programs1
FW 134 Jogging1
FW 141 Water Aerobics1
FW 148 Cross-Country Skiing1
Lab fee covers: transportation, instruction, and equipment.
FW 149 Swimming for Fitness1
FW 156 Aquatic Training for Sports1
Designed for pre-season or in-season training for both collegiate and amateur athletes. Workouts are sport specific and be will be designed as a way to cross train for a wide range of sports in an aquatic environment. Fall semester first half and second half, and spring semester first half.
FW 166 Aerobics1
FW 175 Survey of Physical Education Activities3
Course includes individualized fitness assessment, personalized program development, and exposure to leisure and lifetime wellness activities as they relate to the Continuing Studies student. Also includes a personalized aerobic component and nutritional considerations. For Continuing Studies students only.
FW 219 Ice Skating for Fitness1
Ice skating activities are used to promote physical fitness. Course activity furthers ice skating skill and overall fitness while course materials guide students through self-assessment of their life-behaviors related to their wellness levels.

Kinesiology Courses

KIN 196 Topics in Kinesiology1-3
Selected lower-division topics in kinesiology. Periodic offering.
KIN 322 Philosophical and Psychological Aspects Of Coaching3
An overview of the application of philosophical and psychological principles to coaching so that the coach is better prepared to develop the maximum potential in athletes. Fall semester.
KIN 322W Philosophical and Psychological Aspects Of Coaching3
An overview of the application of philosophical and psychological principles to coaching so that the coach is better prepared to develop the maximum potential in athletes. Fall semester.
KIN 330 Adaptive PE & Recreation2
A study of teaching activities that must be directed toward or modified for special groups. Jan Term.
KIN 344 Curriculum and Methods: Elementary Health, Fitness and PE1
Curriculum and methods for teaching physical education and health education in the elementary school. Current methods and materials used in developing the elementary curriculum and in teaching the appropriate activities for each grade level. Class management, class discipline and directed teaching are practiced. Prerequisite: EDU 201. Fall semester, Jan Term.
KIN 345 Elementary PE and Health Education: Curriculum and Methods2
Curriculum and methods for teaching physical education and health education in the elementary school. Current methods and materials used in developing the elementary curriculum and in teaching the appropriate activities for each grade level. Class management, class discipline and directed teaching are practiced. Prerequisite: Kinesiology major. Fall semester.
KIN 351 Curriculum and Methods: Secondary Health, Fitness and PE2
Practical applications of educational theory and sports content. Emphasis on preparation of resource units and directed teaching. Spring semester.
KIN 370 Sports Psychology3
Exploration of the many facets of sports psychology from both a theoretical and practical standpoint. Topics include characteristics of successful athletes, motivation, regulating anxiety and stress, aggression, team cohesion, leadership styles, and coaching youth sports. Recommended that PY 101 be taken previously. Jan Term.
KIN 396 Topics in Kinesiology1-4
Selected upper-division topics in kinesiology. Periodic offering.
KIN 400 Tests and Measurements2
Selection, administration, interpretation and application of tests of fitness, skills and knowledge. Development of computer software proficiency as it relates to the evaluation of tests designed to analyze human movement. Fall semester.
KIN 410 Coaching Methods3
Instruction in athletic coaching methodology such as effective practice planning, effective use of drills in skill acquisition, physical conditioning methods (aerobic/anaerobic), strength conditioning, and understanding of athletic training (hydration, taping, injury prevention and rehabilitation). Spring semester, odd years.
KIN 420 Administrative and Legal Aspects of Health, Fitness and PE2
Administrative policies and practices as they relate to program development, budget, facilities, equipment, personnel management and public relations in directing physical education, intramural and interscholastic sports programs. Fall semester.
KIN 430 Sports and Society3
Interrelationships of sports with other aspects of culture. Role of sports in American society.
KIN 430W Sports and Society3
Interrelationships of sports with other aspects of culture. Role of sports in American society.
KIN 465 Motor Development, Control and Learning2
Theories and principles of motor activity and motor responses. Spring semester.
KIN 481 Field Experience0-3
KIN 498 Senior Seminar2
Career planning, graduate school, financial planning, and effective leadership are discussed as students get ready for professional careers. Emphasis on student presentations. Spring semester.

Physical Education Courses

PE 110 Introduction to Dance1
Basic concepts and principles of jazz, modern, and ballet. This course is designed for the non-dancer student seeking to explore dance in a safe learning environment.
PE 113 Beginning Basketball1
PE 115 Bowling1
PE 119 Ice Skating1
PE 120 Pilates1
Body conditioning via a unique method of stretching and strengthening exercises developed by Joseph Pilates. It is composed of hundreds of exercises which allow workouts to be customized to meet individual needs.
PE 121 Yoga1
Yoga combines exercise through physical postures (asanas) and breathing technique (pranayama) and when practiced appropriately promotes wellness of body and mind. Yoga benefits the body by lengthening and strengthening muscles and tendons. It benefits the mind and body connections by enhancing energy, promotes relaxation, and improves focus and concentration.
PE 122 Tennis1
PE 124 Weight Training1
PE 125 Golf1
PE 128 Sports Conditioning1
PE 129 Badminton1
PE 130 Soccer1
PE 133 Beginning Volleyball1
PE 137 Modern Dance2
Analysis and theory of modern dance with an emphasis on basic technique and movement exploration. Includes a study of the evolution of modern dance and its past and present pioneers. May be repeated. Fall semester. May count as ONE PE activity course.
PE 138 Karate1
PE 143 Ballet I2
Beginning instruction in classical ballet focusing on vocabulary and technique. Includes barre and center exercises designed to develop coordination, balance, flexibility and strength. Fall semester. May count as ONE PE activity course.
PE 152 West Coast Swing and Lindy Hop1
PE activity course. Includes the development of these dances, their history and their resurgence in popular culture today.
PE 153 American Ballroom Dance1
The study of and practice of various forms of social dance, primarily ballroom dance with some emphasis on country dance. Offered Fall semester and Jan Term.
PE 154 International Ballroom Dance1
PE 159 Snow Skiing and Boarding1
Lab fee covers: transportation, instruction, and lift ticket. There is an additional fee if you need to rent equipment.
PE 164 Pickleball1
PE 178 Karate II1
JKA Shotokan Karate. Course will build upon the kata learned in Karate (PE 138).
PE 183 Jazz Dance I2
A beginning course in jazz to empower students to see their strengths in expressing themselves through dance. Emphasis not only on technique, vocabulary, stretching and strengthening, but on stringing movements together through choreography. No experience necessary. May count as ONE PE activity course.
PE 184 Postures of the Soul: Sacred Dance1
An exploration of worship through movement and dance. Classes will offer a broad overview of sacred dance expressions. Students will visit churches that incorporate dance in their services, present in chapel, and explore other movement ministry opportunities. Students will also choreograph a movement sequence as it relates to worship.
PE 196 Topics in Physical Education1-3
Selected topics in physical education. Periodic offering.
PE 213 Intermediate Basketball1
PE 221 Yoga II1
Gain deeper awareness of subtle aspects of asanas, pranayama, and relaxation. Emphasis is not on doing harder poses, but to enjoy the journey of opening ourselves to challenges and extending holistic health benefits. Prerequisite: PE 121. Spring Semester.
PE 224 Advanced Weight Training for Intercolleg Athletics1
an advanced weight training course designed for students who are involved in intercollegiate athletics. This course requires high intensity and rigorous physical activity to enhance athletic performance and overall body strength.
PE 229 Intermediate Badminton1
PE 233 Intermediate Volleyball1
PE 282 Winter Mountaineering3
Course includes Nordic skiing with an emphasis on advanced backcountry skiing, snowshoeing, mountaineering technique, peak ascents, first aid, leadership issues, and route finding. Offered at Tall Timber Ranch. Jan Term occasionally.
Dean of Arts and Sciences

NOELLE WIERSMA

Chair

KIRK WESTRE

Professors

WARREN FRIEDRICHSTOBY SCHWARZKIRK WESTRE

Senior Coach

JASON TOBECK

Assistant professor

HELEN HIGGS

Coach II

CRISTAL BROWNJAEL HAGEROTTSTEVE SCHADT

Head Coach Softball

CRISTAL BROWN

Head Coach Men's Soccer

MORGAN CATHEY

Head Coach Golf

WARREN FRIEDRICHS

Head Coach Women's Soccer

JAEL HAGEROTT

Head Coach Men's Basketball

MATT LOGIE

Head Coach Women's Basketball

HELEN HIGGS

Head Coach Baseball

DAN RAMSAY

Head Coach Swimming

STEVE SCHADT

Head Coach Cross-Country, Track and Field

TOBY SCHWARZ

Head Coach Men's Tennis

MIKE SHANKS

Head Coach Football

ROD SANDBERG

Head Coach Women's Tennis

JO WAGSTAFF

Head Coach Volleyball

KATI BODECKER