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

Exercise Sport Science Department


Julene Ensign, Department Chair

Catherine Headley, Dana Pautsch

Exercise and Sport Science

Want the competitive edge? The warm-up starts now. Looking for a career that incorporates the love of the game with the need to succeed? Judson’s Department of Exercise and Sport Science will prepare you for a variety of careers in Sport Management and Health and Wellness. The warm-up starts now!

Health and Wellness

With a solid foundation in health, science, nutrition, and psychology, Judson’s Health and Wellness major will give you the edge you'll need to compete for employment opportunities in community and public wellness programs or pursue graduate training. Common career paths include personal training, coaching, physical therapy, occupational therapy, and fitness leadership. If you enjoy sharing the gift of health and wellness with others, this is your major!

Health and Wellness Program Goals*

  • Students will develop foundational competencies as passionate pre-professionals.
  • Students will develop a personal, moral philosophy and will apply a personal code of ethics to a variety of situations.
  • Students will be actively involved in professional and community organizations.
  • Students will Improve and implement oral and written communication strategies through lesson plans, units, practice plans, projects, practicums, student teaching, and internships.
  • Students will have a basic understanding of healthy lifestyles all aspects of wellness.
  • Students will design, implement, appraise, and evaluate programs and projects.
  • Students will reflect on the Christian faith’s implications as applied to life, work, and learning.

Sport Management

Interested in putting your determination and drive to work in the sport industry? Judson's newly-modified Sport Management major incorporates courses in facility and event management, economics, marketing, accounting, finance, leadership, and technology to provide a cutting-edge foundation full of competencies that future employers will demand. The revised core also allows plenty of elective space for students to pursue a minor related to their personal interests and career goals. Our graduates are working across the country and overseas in the areas of sport facility management, sport retailing, sport information, sports marketing, sales, and more.

Sport Management Program Goals*

The Department of Exercise and Sport Science prepares students for a variety of careers and provides theoretical and application based courses, plus practicums, student teaching and internship experiences, in order to prepare ESS majors for:

  • Students will develop, both personally and professionally, into well-educated, ethical, competent sport management professionals.
  • Students will understand and be prepared to deal effectively with critical issues in a changing global environment.
  • Students will be able to connect key concepts related to the historical, sociological, and psychological foundations of sport.
  • Students will demonstrate competency in the foundations of sport management including but not limited to management concepts, governance and policy, and international sport.
  • Students will demonstrate competency in the functions of sport management including but not limited to operations, marketing, communication, and finance.
  • Students will demonstrate competency in skills, knowledge, and abilities related to the environment of sport management including but not limited to legal and ethical aspects, diversity, and technology.
  • Students will engage in experiential learning designed to promote relevant career experience.
  • Students will synthesize and apply knowledge gained through their curricular coursework with a capstone experience.
  • Students will reflect on the Christian faith’s implications as applied to life, work, and learning.

*Across the curriculum, these learning objectives will be purposefully embedded into course content through creative pedagogies, interactive discussions, reflective assignments/assessments, and experiential learning. The assumed foundational content knowledge that should exist in each graduate through the calculated scope and sequence of all course objectives will be augmented by an overall emphasis on professionalism as it applies to communication, ethics, and technology.


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