Mar 29, 2020  
2018-19 Undergraduate Bulletin 
2018-19 Undergraduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED]

Department of Kinesiology and Health Science

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Jay Thornton, chair
HPE Complex, Room 204
Phone: (936) 468-3503
Fax: (936) 468-1850
P.O. Box 13015, SFA Station
Nacogdoches, TX 75962


Linda Bobo, Eric Jones, DawnElla Rust

Associate Professors
Deborah Buswell, Mary Hawkins, Haley Hoss Jameson, Christina Sinclair, Jay Thornton, Todd Whitehead

Assistant Professors
Mihae Bae, Derek Cegelka, Jeff Forsse, Dustin Joubert, James Rowe, Heather Samuelson, Melinda Watts

Sharon Rice

Patricia Berthot, Alisa Blair, Michael Courtney, David Goodman, Sandy Miller

Undergraduate Kinesiology Program Coordinators
David Goodman - EC-12 Physical Education
Dustin Joubert - Fitness and
Human Performance

Dance Program Co-Coordinators
Haley Hoss Jameson, Heather Samuelson

Health Science Coordinator
Mary Hawkins


The mission of the Department of Kinesiology and Health Science is related to the preparation of health science, kinesiology and dance professionals, and the development of total fitness and recreational sports skills of the university community through programs of health, fitness and lifetime sports.

Definitions of Majors and Minors

The department provides majors in the study of kinesiology, health science and dance, as well as minors in each of these fields.

Kinesiology majors have the option to specialize in physical education teacher education (EC-12) or in fitness and human performance. Both of these programs require all students be able to participate in vigorous physical activities. Successful completion of the physical fitness tests is required for all students enrolled in KIN 100  and KIN 340 . Failure to pass all test items results in a withheld grade.

Kinesiology EC-12 majors are required to take BIO 123  or BIO 238  and PHY 101  as part of the quantitative skills and science requirements of the Bachelor of Science. Kinesiology EC-12 majors also must complete KIN 234 , KIN 235  and KIN 236  prior to internship (SED 450 /SED 460 ) and KIN 353  and KIN 417  prior to student teaching. EC-12 majors must earn a grade of C or better in all required activity courses: KIN 234 , KIN 235  and KIN 236 .

Fitness and human performance majors are required to take BIO 238  and PHY 101  as part of the quantitative skills and science requirements of the Bachelor of Science.

The mission of the health science program is to provide quality academic education and structured professional experiences designed to prepare students to promote health and enhance the quality of life for individuals and their communities.

Students are encouraged to participate in the activities of the SFA Alliance, the departmental professional club, PEK Honors Fraternity, Hunger Jacks and other related departmental activities.

The primary mission of the B.S. program in dance is the professional preparation of teachers who possess a breadth of understanding in the discipline and will continue to uphold standards of excellence as they in turn make contributions to dance in education and as an art form. Students are encouraged to reach their highest technical and creative potential to the extent that should they desire to pursue graduate studies in dance or a performing career, they will be sufficiently prepared to realize their goals. Therefore, dance majors and minors are required to be enrolled in ballet, modern or jazz dance each semester while completing curriculum requirements. In addition, dance majors must earn a grade of C or higher in all required major classes. It is also expected that dance students participate in dance program events either as spectators, technical crew or performers. Membership in the SFA Repertory Dance Company is by audition and offers dancers advanced opportunities in performing the choreography of faculty, guest artists and senior-level students.



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