Undergraduate Catalog - Exercise and Sport Science | Judson University Christian College

Exercise Sport Science Department



Julene Ensign, Department Chair

Catherine Headley, Dana Pautsch, RJ Cropper, Daniel Argueta


The mission of the Exercise and Sport Science Department is to develop students through effective instruction, vocational experiences, community engagement and professional organizations, so they can contribute to their profession, promote their field and be ambassadors for Christ.


The Department of Exercise and Sport Science prepares students for a variety of careers in physical education, sport administration, and health and wellness. Courses are taught by Christian professors who address the moral and ethical issues in health competitive environments.

The physical education, sport administration, and health and wellness programs at Judson University provide experiences that meet the needs and interests of students. These include acquiring and refining physical skills, developing knowledge, and fostering attitudes conducive to lifetime participation in physical activity. Wellness concepts and applications are presented from a stewardship approach balancing all the wellness components.

The department offers bachelor of arts degrees in K-12 physical education specialist and exercise and sport science with concentrations in sport administration and health and wellness.


ESS with concentrations in:

Sport Administration- is a cross-divisional concentration (sport, physical education, business administration and communication arts). Students who graduate with a sport administration degree are qualified to seek employment in a variety of sport-related opportunities such as: YMCA, camps, fitness centers, clubs, industrial recreational programs, sport facilities management, sport retailing and sports information directing both in the United States and globally.

Health and Wellness Major- Health and Wellness applies the theoretical background of the concepts of health as a “resource for everyday life, not the objective of living(WHO-FIC).” This concentration emphasizes the spiritual, social, physical, emotional, environmental, and intellectual aspects of wellness. Graduates will look forward to employment opportunities in community and public health, wellness programs, fitness centers, corporate wellness programs.

A major in Exercise and Sport Science with a concentration in Sport Administration and Health and Wellness provides knowledge and competence to:

  1. Culture: Identify and understand the internal and external factors that shape sport in a culture. Sensitivity to community and cultural norms.
  2. Administration: Be able to apply the functions of planning, organizing, leading and evaluating the goals of a variety of sport organizations.
  3. Ethics: Develop a personal moral philosophy and apply a personal code of ethics to a variety of situations.
  4. Marketing: Understand and apply fundamental marketing concepts to the sport industry.
  5. Communications: Know how interpersonal and mass communications apply in the sport industry.
  6. Finances: Develop an organizational budget, use accounting procedures, and learn how different principles of fund-raising are used.
  7. Sport Law: Be able to identify and apply various areas of law to the sport industry.
  8. Governance: Become familiar with the various agencies that govern sport at the professional, collegiate, high school and amateur levels.
  9. Recreational Leadership: ability to perform leadership and teaching skills to diverse groups.
  10. Christian Principles: models positive and professional behavior; demeanor and relationships with others are above reproach; dress is neat, modest and appropriate.
  11. Technology.

Objectives are taken from NASPE (National Association for Sport and Physical Education).

Physical Education Major (K-12) or (6-12) Certification - Physical education is the study of human performance and how to enhance human movement through selected physical activities. A major in physical education meets the Illinois physical education content-area standards listed below. Requirements for acceptance into the physical education major, student teaching, and teacher certification are listed under Education.

Standard 1: The competent physical education teacher applies principles of health-related fitness and training.

Standard 2: The competent physical education teacher applies techniques and procedure for developing and assessing health-related fitness.

Standard 3: The competent physical education teacher understands human movement, motor skills, and their developmental sequence.

Standard 4: The competent physical education teacher organizes activities and techniques for developing motor skills.

Standard 5: The competent physical education teacher guides the dynamic interaction between individuals and within groups while they are engaged in activities for personal and social development.

Standard 6: The competent physical education teacher applies techniques, skills, strategies, basic rules, etiquette, safety practices for individual and group sports.

Standard 7: The competent physical education teacher applies techniques, skills, strategies, basic rules, etiquette and safety practices associated with lifelong sports, creative movement, dance, non-competitive activities and cooperative activities.

Standard 8: The competent physical education teacher incorporates the historical, philosophical and social contexts of physical education.

Standard 9: The competent physical education teacher recognizes issues that influence the development and evaluation of the physical education program.

Standard 10: The competent physical education teacher uses concepts and strategies for effective instruction in the physical education program.

Standard 11: The competent physical education teacher follows safety practices, principles of emergency first aid and equipment maintenance procedures.

Standard 12: The competent physical education teacher recognizes legal and ethical issues that influence physical education programs.

General Education Physical Education Requirement
A physical activity course is required for all students to graduate from Judson University. All activity courses (ESS 112 to ESS 148) may be repeated once for an additional credit. Physical education objectives for students are:

  1. Foster intellectual growth concerning wellness for life as part of the core experience.
  2. Develop a knowledge base and critical thinking skills concerning responsibility for individuals wellness.
  3. Develop a positive attitude toward healthy behaviors for a lifetime.
  4. Design a safe, personal wellness program.
  5. Select and regularly participate in a lifetime physical activity.
  6. Know the implications of and the benefits from involvement in physical activity.
  7. Value physical activity and its contribution to a healthful lifestyle.

Physical Education objectives are taken from The Physically Educated Person, National Association for Sport and Physical Education, 1992, Reston, VA: NASPE.

Coaching Certificate

The Coaching Certification through the American Sport Education Program (ASEP) provides comprehensive courses for those seeking to become coaches at the local, college and recreation level.

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