Kinesiology refers to the study of movement and is a multifaceted field of study in which movement or physical activity is the intellectual focus. Physical activity includes exercising for improvement of health and fitness; learning movement skills; and engaging in activities of daily living, work, sport, dance, and play. It involves the general population as well as special groups such as children and older adults; people with disabilities, injuries, or disease; and athletes.
The Kinesiology major is a four-year undergraduate program in the Curry School of Education leading to a B.S.Ed. degree. Students who enter the program with dual enrollment, AP and IB credits may opt to accelerate their studies, earning a B.S.Ed. and M.Ed in five years. Accelerated study is available in Exercise Physiology, Adapted Physical Education and Health and Physical Education Teaching. Students interested in this option must apply to one of the M.Ed. programs by October 15 of their fourth year. GRE scores are due before the end of fall semester. An admission decision is made before the beginning of spring semester.
All students must meet general education requirements and core courses outlined below. Nonetheless, they have opportunities to shape coursework according to career goals. This includes adding a second major or a minor inside or outside of the Curry School. A faculty member from kinesiology serves as the academic advisor, assisting students with the selection of classes. The advisor also guides students as they consider optimal settings for gaining hands-on experiences in clinical, athletic, or school settings.
The Kinesiology major is a direct-admit program. Students from high school apply directly to Kinesiology through the University's Office of Undergraduate Admission. Once enrolled, students take courses both in the College of Arts and Sciences and in the Curry School of Education. Students are expected to meet all general education requirements in their first two years, so they can concentrate on Kinesiology courses in years three and four. In addition to coursework, students in the Kinesiology program have a practicum requirement. To learn more, come to one of our upcoming open houses!
2014 Information Sessions for Prospective Four-year UVA Students*
July 8 - 3:00-4:00 p.m.
July 11- 3:00-4:00 p.m.
July 17- 3:00-4:00 p.m.
July 24 -3:00-4:00 p.m.
August 1-by appointment
*Please contact: David Edwards firstname.lastname@example.org for information about the location and nature of the session of interest.
If you are already a UVA student and would like to transfer to the Curry School to major in Kinesiology, an online application will be available this fall.