Common Curriculum Designated Courses

The Exercise Science and Sport Studies curriculum provides students the opportunity to explore the natural intersections of exercise science and sport with key institutional learning goals. Students may complete the Sport Ethics course to fulfill the Ethics requirement, the Health and Fitness or Gender and Sport course to fulfill the Gender requirement, the Culture and Sport course to fulfill the Intercultural requirement, and the Research Seminar or Gender and Sport course to fulfill the Experiential Learning requirement.

ESSS 273 Health and Fitness (4 credits): In this course, students will discuss and apply foundational concepts in exercise, disease prevention and management, and wellness. Beyond studying the physiological changes to various types of exercise, students will apply course concepts in designing individualized exercise programs for healthy and special populations. Students in the course will also examine gender, age, sexuality, race, culture, class, ethnicity, and behavioral differences that influence exercise habits, general health, and chronic diseases. In the laboratory portion of the course, students will assess their own fitness using traditional field tests and health screening and risk appraisal tools. Prerequisites: ESSS 258 or BIOL 214 or [BIOL 325 and 326]. Fall semester only.

ESSS 320 Gender and Sport (2 credits): This course examines the role gender played and continues to play in shaping sport in our society. Students will examine topics such as Title IX, gender and social context, and the representation of female athletes in the media. This course is cross-listed with the Gender and Women's Studies major. Fall semester only. A-F grading only.

ESSS 321 Culture and Sport (2 credits): This course will examine the cultural implications of how sport affects society. Students will understand that sport serves as a cultural lens that reflects and defines cultural beliefs and values. Historical, political, and economic views will be studied along with fandom and youth sport models. Spring semester only. A-F grading only.

ESSS 390 Sport Ethics (4 credits): This course will introduce students to a variety of theories of moral reasoning, ethical and unethical behavior in sport, and the development of moral education through sport. Students will engage in learning about how they should act in order to support the moral foundation necessary for sport to function. Students will wrestle with questions such as "how should I act" or "what type of an athlete, coach, official, manager, fan or parent should I be" through readings and discussions. Decision-making models based on moral reasoning theory and other principles of strategic reasoning will be employed as students navigate case studies and issues related to sport. This course has a required Service Learning component. Offered fall and spring semesters.

ESSSS 396 Research Seminar (2 credits): Students in this course will begin the data collection process for previously completed research proposals. Students will communicate their ideas and progress to class colleagues. After data collection, students will analyze data and interpret the results. Conclusions will be drawn from the results and the final projects will be presented on and off campus. Throughout the research process students will be asked to reflect upon the process, on how their project has integrated their previous coursework, and how performing research has changed their perspectives on health and human performance. Prerequisite: ESSS 316. Fall semester only. S/U grading only