College of Health and Human Sciences Department of Human Performance and Leisure Studies

We are committed to assisting our students reach their full potential as future leaders in the sport science, fitness and recreation industries.  Upon graduation, students will have acquired the skills necessary to become assets in the careers and organizations of choice. There is no doubt that students who choose the Sport Science and Fitness Management discipline will be engaged in the theory and application of research and best-practices that support the understanding, development and promotion of healthy lifestyles.

MISSION To prepare sport science professionals and recreation administrators who serve as: (1) catalysts for learning, with a comprehensive knowledge base; (2) decision-makers able to choose and use the most effective strategies to meet candidates’ or clients’; needs; (3) practitioners able to apply their theoretical knowledge in a variety of practical settings. In addition, the Department of HPLS provides a variety of lifetime activities for the general education program.

VISION To continue to evolve as a leader in developing professionals who are well-prepared and are sensitive to changes in technology, are receptive to diversity, and are able to meet health and fitness needs of a changing population at the local, state, national, and international levels. More specifically, the vision of the Department of HPLS can be captured in the theme, “The Professional Educator: A Catalyst for Learning.” The aforementioned theme evolved through the unit’s standards which are DiversityAssessmentReflection and Technology (DART).


The Department of Human Performance and Leisure Studies will provide the following:

1. Preparation for students planning careers as managers in the sport, fitness and recreation industry. 

2. Specialization in teacher education/administration, adapted physical education and sport psychology at the graduate level. 

3. Instruction in a wide variety of service courses to meet the needs and interests of all students. 

4. Student experiences which will enhance a strong self-concept, emotional stability and social skills for positive human relationships. 

5. Learning experiences that utilize instructional technology. 

6. Encouragement of students’ active involvement and participation in professional activities both at the state and national levels.

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