Department of Kinesiology at Penn State

The Department of Kinesiology at Penn State University is committed to providing outstanding instruction and educational opportunities for our students; Our central focus is the study of physical activity as it ranges from basic mechanisms of human movement to the complex dynamics of physical activity in the context of human health and well-being. Our scholarship is pursued from multiple perspectives, i.e., cells to societies, using basic, clinical, social science, and humanities methodologies; and providing outstanding service and outreach to the field of kinesiology and our community.

The Department of Kinesiology values diversity in all of its forms. Learning about kinesiology involves developing an appreciation for people from different backgrounds, understanding movement from a wide range of perspectives, and fostering diverse types of thinking. Department faculty expertise reflects considerable breadth and diversity. Faculty teaching and research interests touch on biomechanical, historical, neuromotor, pedagogical, philosophical, physiological, psychological, and sociocultural perspectives of human movement, physical activity, and exercise.

The Department of Kinesiology is one of eight departments and schools within the College of Health and Human Development, an innovative college focusing on human health and well-being throughout the life span.


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The Pennsylvania State University Department of Kinesiology is proudly part of the American Kinesiology Association.

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