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    Hope College
    Aug 15, 2022  
2022-2023 Catalog 
2022-2023 Catalog


The Department of Kinesiology curriculum is designed to provide the undergraduate student with a major in physical and health education or exercise science along with a strong liberal arts background.

About The Program

Graduates of the Department of Kinesiology are leading satisfying careers as:

  • Athletic trainers in colleges, high schools, sports medicine clinics, professional athletics, hospitals and industry
  • Exercise physiologists
  • Professors and coaches in colleges and universities
  • Physical therapists / Physical therapy assistants
  • Occupational therapists / Occupational therapy assistants
  • Teachers and coaches in elementary and secondary schools
  • Directors of wellness programs
  • Program directors in health facilities
  • Personal trainers
  • Strength and conditioning coaches
  • Cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation specialists
  • Physicians
  • Physician assistants
  • Chiropractors
  • Pharmaceutical sales
  • Prosthetists/orthotists
  • Medical equipment sales
  • Childhood obesity specialists
  • Public health workers
  • Researchers

Work/internship Program:

Opportunities to apply theories and principles developed in the classroom are available for all students planning to major or minor in each of the department’s programs. Internships and field placements are a required and important part of our academic programming and student preparation. Consult the department chairperson for a copy of the program for your particular area of interest.


Major programs of study are available in two areas: Exercise Science, B.A.  and Physical and Health Education, B.A. . If you are considering one of these majors, consult the department chairperson as soon as possible in your college career. Students majoring in the Department of Kinesiology also:

  • Assist in laboratory experiences
  • Assess fitness of college students, community members and athletes
  • Assist in directing the intramural program at Hope College
  • Assist coaches in collegiate sports
  • Assist Professors as tutors in various courses
  • Assist as teaching assistants in various class offerings
  • Work as assistants to physical and occupational therapists in local schools, hospitals, and private practices
  • Serve as camp counselors in scout camps, camps for people with disabilities, and church camps
  • Provide meaningful experiences for children in elementary physical education
  • Gain critical experience as athletic training students in colleges, high schools, clinics, and physician offices and during summer sports camps and professional internships
  • Coach or serve as assistant coaches in area junior and senior high schools
  • Work in corporate wellness programs
  • Teach fitness in private health clubs and school settings
  • Work in the Klooster Writing Center and/or with kinesiology faculty as writing fellows


The Department of Kinesiology also offers minors in Exercise Science  and Kinesiology .