Department of Exercise Science and Sport Studies

Sport Journalism Panel (Held at CSB) 2/12/2015

Sport Journalism panel: Rachel Blount sports reporter for the Star Tribune – the main reporter during the Olympics; Howard Sinker, digital sports editor for the Star Tribune and a Minnesota Public Radio sport analyst/enthusiast; Jo Ann Buysse, a University of Minnesota professor and affiliated scholar at the Tucker Center Research for Girls and Women Sports; Dave DeLand, former St. Cloud Times sports editor and now a metro columnist for the Times; Dianne Murphy, a blogger for the Vikings; Leah Rado, athletic media relations director at CSB; and Shane Miller, associate professor and chair of gender studies at CSB/SJU. 

Below is the link from the Sport Journalism panel:

This event is co-sponsored by the department of exercise science and sports studies, the gender studies department, the Institute for Women’s Leadership and the CSB athletic department.



The Exercise Science and Sport Studies curriculum provides students the opportunity to explore the topics related to exercise, sport, and physical health from a variety of perspectives.

Graduates of the Exercise Science and Sport Studies program continue their education in graduate school and/or go on to work in a variety of health, fitness, or sport fields. Meet our graduates.

Program Highlights

  • Small classes and labs give you plenty of faculty interaction throughout your degree program.
  • Many opportunities for independent research. See Undergraduate Research.
  • Excellent laboratory facilities and equipment. See the facilities.
  • Student Employment opportunities a laboratory assistant, sports medicine assistant, personal trainer, or strength and conditioning assistant.
  • Sport Management/Marketing exchange program with Coventry University, UK

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Listen to Professor Mary Stenson talk about the highlights of the Exercise Science and Sport Studies department in this brief video introduction.

Exercise and physical activity are a cornerstone of healthy living. The Exercise Science and Sport Studies (ESSS) department is interdisciplinary by design, combining the science of human movement and exercise with social science and practical experience. At CSB/SJU, ESSS students extensively study the physiology of exercise, anatomy, the biomechanics of movement, and the practical and theoretical aspects of sport.

The ESSS minor appeals to students interested in a variety of health professions, graduate study in exercise physiology, physical therapy, cardiac and respiratory rehab, strength and conditioning, sports medicine, and coaching. ESSS students take advantage of our Exercise Science lab by incorporating hands-on experiences and research into ESSS courses. The ESSS faculty are passionate about their fields of study and committed to helping their students become competent and competitive health and exercise professionals.

Recent News

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ESSS exchange program with Coventry University in London

The ESSS department coordinates an exchange program with Coventry University located in central United Kingdom. The main purpose behind this semester long program is to connect students with an interest in Sports or Event Management with an international experience. While our students will be going to the United Kingdom in the spring of 2014, CSB/SJU will be welcoming the first 6 students from Coventry University this fall.  All of the Coventry students are Sports or Event Management majors entering their second year of college. While here for the semester, the students will be fully integrated into our campus by living on campus and taking a full load of classes. In addition to the coursework, the students will participate in an internship to get pre-professional experience in the field of sport or event management. This experience will allow students to apply classroom theories into real world applications.

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Mark Isaacson
Meet Our Graduates

Mark is currently attending the University of Wisconsin- La Crosse studying in the Human Performance program, with research areas of interest of strength and conditioning, bioenergetics, and muscle physiology. Read more.

Read about other graduates

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