Exercise Science

Sport Journalism Panel: Gender bias in coverage of sports. Are walls being broken down?

Thursday, February 12th 7:00 p.m. Gorecki 204C

Howard Sinker: MPR - Sport analyst/enthusiast; and Digital Sports Editor of the Star Tribune  - Moderator for the panel

Rachel Blount: Star Tribune reporter. The main Olympics reporter and has covered many sports during a 30-year career that started at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. She tells great stories about past experiences.

JoAnne Buysse: a professor at the U of M & Affiliated Scholar at the Tucker Center Research for Girls and Women Sports; focuses research on gender and media

Dianne Murphy: a Vikings football blogger very familiar with sexism on the internet. (The sports version of #gamergate) She's also written for the Daily Norseman Vikings' blog

Leah Rado: College of St. Benedict's Sport Information Director

Shane Miller: Chair of CSBSJU Gender Studies; specializes in gender and sport communication.


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

Contact Janna LaFountaine jlafountain@csbsju.edu


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.

For more information, contact Janna LaFountaine at jlafountain@csbsju.edu.