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EIU Department of Kinesiology and Sports Studies

The department of Kinesiology and Sports Studies at Eastern Illinois University strives to become students' first choice when deciding where to earn a degree in the areas of pedagogy, exercise science, athletic training, or sport management.

KSS faculty will empower students to become responsible and contributing members of a healthy and active community. We will broaden their perspectives, enrich their awareness, and prepare them for meaningful careers within a global society.

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Why Choose EIU for KSS

Study Abroad

The KSS department has developed a unique partnership with the University of Winchester in Winchester, England. The Study Abroad trip includes a two-week residency on the quaint and friendly University of Winchester campus, students will study current management issues & challenges facing UK sport industry professionals in popular UK sports such. For more information, click here.


Student learning in our department is not just a passive engagement. We encourage our students to learn by doing, and believe that produces the best results. While traditional methods of course delivery continue to be applicable and appropriate, we believe that student-active learning techniques promote deep engagement as students manipulate, assess, test, think critically, and move. While enhancing student learning, these opportunities also have a side benefit: they are fun! For more information on internships, click here.

Hands on

Student Involvement

KSS students are encouraged to get involved in various organizations. A good place to start is the KSS Club. This club houses the Exercise Science Club, Sport Management Club, and Physical Education Teacher Education (PETE) Club. Our students are also active in professional organizations, conferences, volunteer activities, and research studies. The networks that our students develop throughout our program will benefit them for future success. Please click here for more information regarding the departmental clubs.


KSS students and faculty are actively engaged in a variety of research activities. Our students may have the opportunity to assist faculty with research projects or choose to complete independent research utilizing faculty in an advisor role. Some projects may include working in the Exercise Physiology Lab to assess body composition using the Bod Pod or testing different methods of training on muscle development. Other research may include, but is not limited to, measuring VO2max or assessing vertical jump using the Vertimax.

Check out the Human Performance Lab here.


As a student within the Kinesiology and Sports Studies Department, you are eligible to apply for a number of program-specific scholarships at Eastern Illinois University. The application period for departmental scholarships is in early Spring. Scholarships are awarded during the Annual Awards Ceremony in April. Each year, the KSS department awards more than 14 scholarships to our outstanding students. For more information about the application process and criteria for each scholarship, click here .

Undergraduate Programs

Athletic Training

Certified athletic trainers are health care professionals who specialize in preventing, recognizing, managing and rehabilitating injuries that result from physical activity. Click here for more information on this program.

Exercise Science

The Kinesiology and Sports Studies undergraduate program in Exercise Science provides students with the scientific knowledge of the underlying principles of exercise training through instruction and practical experience.

K-12 Teaching Certification

The mission of the Physical Education Teacher Education (PETE) Program is to graduate entry-level professional physical educators who possess a personal and professional commitment to physical education, and will demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and dispositions to promote learning in the area of physical education. Click here for more information on this program.

Sport Management

The undergraduate concentration in sport management is designed to help students develop a foundational understanding and comprehension of management concepts and principles essential to organizational success in the sport and fitness industry. Click here for more information on this program.

Meet our Faculty

Don't take our word for it

"The EIU KSS Department provided me with everything I needed to be prepared to work in the health and fitness industry. The combination of class work and hands-on learning gave me the knowledge, skills, and confidence necessary to achieve my career goals.”

Lindsey Williamson, B.S. in Physical Education ('06), M.S. in Physical Education ('07)

“The Kinesiology and Sport Studies Department has provided me with so many wonderful learning experiences that will truly help me thrive in my career as a physical education teacher.”

Kala Crotty, B.S. in Kinesiology and Sports Studies, Physical Education Teacher Certification ('16)

Contact Information for Kinesiology and Sports Studies

Department of Kinesiology and Sports Studies

2506 Lantz Building
Charleston, IL
(217) 581-2215
Fax: (217) 581-7973

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