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Movement Science, Sport and Leisure Studies Department

A trendsetter in the field

The Movement Science Program, with a reputation as one of the best offered by a public institution in New England, provides a strong foundation in the movement sciences, preparing students for several career opportunities in sports medicine and/or graduate study.

What makes us great

  • You'll be learning in state of the art facilities including human performance laboratories, athletic training center, aerobics studio and fitness conditioning facility
  • We help you build your resume with clinical experience, conferences and volunteerism
  • Our faculty are involved in research and stay current in their fields
  • There is room for electives to customize your major - many students take business courses to become more marketable
  • Our students gain so much through their volunteer experiences, including Hope for Hearts, Griffin’s Friends, the Kev Foundation, Boston Marathon and more
  • Opportunities for students to observe and participate in EMT, city, police and athletic training exercises on campus
  • The Master's Degree Program in Physical Education offers candidates a route to professional licensure

Department Spotlight

Meet Marcus
Movement Science

Hockey and one-on-one help from professors helped Marcus '19 find his path to success at Westfield State.

People

Students at the Movement Science Awards

Meet Our Students

Undergraduate Enrollment
344

Graduate Enrollment
14

Careers

Possible futures in Movement Science:

  • Athletic Training
  • Occupational Therapy (Sports Medicine Concentration)
  • Cardiac Rehabilitation
  • Physical Education (Elementary and Secondary)
  • Personal Training
  • Physical Therapy (Sports Medicine Concentration)
  • Physician Assistant (Sports Medicine Concentration)
  • Wilderness Leadership
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Meet Our Alumni

Christine Andrews
2015

Christine Andrews attended her first-ever national conference in Orlando to present her research findings on the relationship between academic and exercise motivation in kinesiology undergraduates. She likened the experience at the meeting to “being a kid in candy store.”

Andrews is considering graduate school in athletic management or nutrition—two areas that would fuel her passion in culinary arts and exercise science.

Clubs & Organizations

  • Athletic Training Club

    Members of the Athletic Training Club attend the Eastern Athletic Trainers Association Convention annually and bring back valuable hands-on

  • Movement Science, Sport and Leisure Studies Club

    The MSSLS Club provides social and professional experiences relating to Movement Science, Sport and Leisure Studies through activities.

  • Exercise Science Club

    The Exercise Science Club will provide opportunities for students to engage in activities that support healthy and fit lifestyles.

    Exercise Science Club Constitution