The Health, Kinesiology, and Recreation Department is housed in the W.T. Watson Sports complex and Aquatic Center. The HKR Department currently offers four distinct undergraduate degree programs (teaching and non-teaching degrees) and one graduate degree. The undergraduate programs include a Physical Education, Wellness, and Leisure degree (PEWL) and non-teaching degrees options: Human Performance, Recreation, and Community Service degree, Exercise Science degree, and the Athletic Training degree. The graduate level degree offered in the HKR Department is a Master of Science in Kinesiology-Coaching.
The Department of Health, Kinesiology, and Recreation is committed to the education of all students by ensuring opportunities to develop broad philosophical, educational, and scientific foundations in which to base their professional career and a quality life.
Students receive a Bachelor of Science degree (non-teaching) which prepares students for careers in areas like personal training, working in sports programs, performing physical assessment for employment, and working in cardiac or pulmonary rehabilitation programs.
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Students receive a Bachelor of Science degree (non-teaching degree). The degree prepares students for a career organizing and directing recreational as well as non-recreational programs in a variety of settings. The program is designed to offer two emphasis areas to meet the needs of the student. One emphasis area is in Sports Management for those who want to work in sports programs and the second emphasis is in Community Service for those who want to work in community based programs like youth, at-risk populations, corrections, etc.
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The SAU Aquatic Center
The mission of the SAU Aquatic Center is to promote a collaborative approach to personal and community health through health promotion, educational programming, swimming education, and service to the Magnolia community. We are committed to provide opportunities that facilitate and support growth in the multiple dimensions of health: physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, social and environmental. The goals of the SAU Aquatic Center are to:
- Offer programs and services emphasizing awareness, prevention, and positive health behavior change.
- Provide current and accurate information for safe pool operation.
- Foster a campus environment supportive of a healthy lifestyle.
- Provide knowledge and skills to improve and maintain health that may enhance academic and/or work performance through swimming education.