School of Recreation, Health, and Tourism - George Mason University
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School of Recreation, Health, and Tourism - George Mason University

The School of Recreation, Health, and Tourism (SRHT) offers exciting, career-ready majors in dynamic fields such as athletic training, tourism and events management, health and physical education, kinesiology, sport management, and recreation management. SRHT features renowned faculty, cutting-edge research, six laboratories and centers, and a diverse student body of more than 1,000 undergraduate and graduate students each year. Each major requires one or more internship or clinical experiences, ensuring that students graduate not just with a transcript but with a resume that demonstrates their professional aptitude and skills.

Kinesiology students are taught to apply the scientific method of discovery, analysis, and research to the study of human movement. This evidence-based approach prepares students for employment in allied health occupations, education, exercise and sport industry, sport science and coaching, or post-graduate education.

This degree in kinesiology is a demanding science-based program designed to prepare students for a career in clinical exercise, coaching, corporate fitness, exercise and sport psychology, medical and exercise equipment sales, personal training, sport and exercise nutrition, sport science, or wellness/fitness management. The Kinesiology (KINE) program provides students with a strong science foundation for post-graduate specialized study in kinesiology or professional schools (e.g., chiropractic, medical, physical therapy). The KINE program has a comprehensive approach to the study of human movement. Three separate internship experiences totaling 700 hours provide KINE students with the opportunity to apply evidence-based knowledge and its practical application in general fitness, clinical and sports performance settings.

The KINE degree is designed to assist students in their preparation for nationally-recognized certifications, specifically those offered by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA).

Kinesiology major students collecting data during a lab in Exercise Prescription and Programming

Kinesiology major students collecting data during a lab in Exercise Prescription and Programming

Kinesiology Degree Requirements

Mason Core (38 credits)

  • Written communication (6)
  • Oral communication (3)
  • Information technology (3)
  • Quantitative reasoning (3) Must take STAT 250
  • Literature (3)
  • Arts (3)
  • Western Civilization/World History (3)
  • Social and behavioral sciences (3)
  • Global understanding (3)
  • Natural science (8) Must take BIOL 124 and BIOL 125
  • Synthesis/Capstone (met by completion of KINE 490, a program requirement)

Professional Sequence (68 credits)

First Year Fall

First Year Spring

Second Year Fall

Second Year Spring

Third Year Fall

Third Year Spring

Fourth Year Fall

Fourth Year Spring

Electives (14 credits)

Choose an additional 14 credits from the university catalog.

Total: 120 credits