Kinesiology is an integrative discipline that focuses on the various components and processes of human movement related to physical activity and sport. It incorporates scientific, humanistic and professional research methodologies and concerns so as to better understand physical activity and its relationship to human well-being, health and culture. Scientific areas include anatomy, physiology, neuroscience, biochemistry, biomechanics, psychology, and epidemiology. Humanistic areas include history, philosophy and sociology.  Kinesiology also includes professional fields such as Clinical Exercise Physiology, Physical Education and Coaching, Athletic Training and Sport Administration.

The Mississippi State University Department of Kinesiology is housed within the College of Education and features numerous exceptional areas of study for graduate and undergraduate students. Undergraduate students can choose one of five concentrations: Clinical Exercise Physiology, Neuromechanics, Performance Fitness, Sport Administration and Physical Education and Coaching. Graduate students at the Master's level can choose Sport Administration, Sport Pedagogy, Disability Studies, or Exercise Physiology (clinical exercise physiology or strength and conditioning). Ph.D. students can choose Exercise Science or Sport Studies (physical education, sport philosophy, sport communication, sport administration and marketing).

The Department of Kinesiology is in the business of education. But education is not to reform students nor amuse them nor make them expert technicians. It is to unsettle their thinking, broaden their horizons, stimulate their intellects, develop skills, arouse their curiosity, and create in them a love for physical activity. If you are interested in this type of education then stop by for a visit and learn more about our department.

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iCan Swim Coming to Mississippi State!

(December 21, 2022), Starkville, MS -- The Department of Kinesiology will host its first ever iCanSwim Camp May 22nd-26th, 2023. The Camp, held in par…

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2022 Department of Kinesiology Tailgate a Great Success

(November 5, 2022), Starkville, MS -- The 2022 Department of Kinesiology tailgate took place on November 5, 2022 before MSU's SEC conference game against Auburn University. Attendance exceeded 100 people and included faculty, staff, students, and alumni. The tailgate was particularly special this year as it is Dept. Head Dr.

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