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GOSHEN GC adds major, changes department name

Posted on Jan. 20, 2013 at 12:00 a.m.

Goshen College is both adding a new exercise science major and changing the Physical Education Department to the Kinesiology Department.

According to information from the college, the exercise science major is for students interested in focusing specifically on the scientific aspects of physical education, such as exercise physiology, biomechanics, motor learning and exercise testing. Students also learn how to help people live healthier lives through nutrition, exercise and injury rehabilitation.

As for the department’s name change, Jewel Lehman, professor of kinesiology and chair of the department, said that “the name kinesiology more accurately describes current programming in our department at Goshen College. Kinesiology is a broad term which refers to the scientific study of human movement, and it incorporates the varied areas of study within the discipline. Our department is evolving with the discipline and this growth merits the name change.”

With the changes, the department will now offer majors in physical education and exercise science. Minors are available in sport management, physical education, exercise science, health, and sport and recreation. Students have the option of teaching (K-12 grades) with a physical education major or getting a coaching endorsement.

For more information, contact Jewel Lehman, professor of kinesiology, at jlehman@goshen.edu or 535-7658.