College of Education and Human Development

School of Kinesiology

About School of Kinesiology

Kinesiology is the academic discipline and interdisciplinary field of study. It focuses on the science and management of physical activity and human movement within contexts such as exercise, health care, and sport. 

As a proud member of the American Kinesiology Association, the School of Kinesiology is committed to exceptional education, groundbreaking research, and impactful community outreach. 

Mission statement

The School of Kinesiology advances interdisciplinary knowledge about physical activity and human movement in order to promote lifelong health and well-being in local, national, and global communities. We focus on innovative research, high-quality teaching, and collaborative outreach.

Fulfilling our mission:

  • Advances the academic discipline and professional practice of kinesiology.
  • Conducts innovative, interdisciplinary research in physical activity, human movement, and sport that exemplifies the drive to discover.
  • Educates and prepares students for advanced study and careers related to exercise, health care, and sport.
  • Delivers a wide variety of physical activity courses to the campus community.
  • Promotes lifelong health and well-being in local, national, and global communities through public outreach and civic engagement activities.

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Our history in a timeline

The timeline shows our history, from the first organized physical acivity program to today's School of Kinesiology at the University of Minnesota.