Exercise, Sport Science and Athletics (minor)

The department of exercise/sport science and athletics offers an extensive formal and informal educational and instructional program designed to:

  • Enrich one’s awareness and appreciation of life’s processes and of the society in which one lives
  • Provide a basis for intelligent decision making regarding one’s own health and human performance behavior patterns throughout life
  • Prepare one for graduate and or professional work
  • It provides a high quality program consistent with the liberal arts tradition of Hiram College.

The minor in exercise and sport science coupled with a major in a related discipline provides students with a broad multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary approach to a liberal arts education and prepares them for graduate study or careers in the public or private sector. It is specifically designed for those pursuing careers in sports medicine, strength and conditioning, sports administration and human performance in various academic and non-academic settings (schools, clinics, sport clubs, recreational centers, YMCAs, adult corporate fitness, retirement communities, sport camps, etc.).

The requirements for a minor are the completion of a minimum of six courses (or equivalent) within the department; and human anatomy and physiology offered through the Biology Department (27 credit hours); and one specialty course that concentrates their experience. In addition, students are required to complete a culminating experience through an internship, research project or competency testing.

Students in the minor must choose one area of specialization:

Sports Health

Designed for the student interested in allied health care professions and working in a sports medicine environment. Students typically pursue additional education through a specialized allied health area or graduate studies. Employment opportunities are in all aspects of the medical field depending on the students' interest (i.e. Physical Therapy, Physicians Assistant, Nursing, Paramedic, Physician, Athletic Training).

Strength and Conditioning

Designed for the student interested in the scientific aspect of the fitness industry and specific certification programs. Employment opportunities as a strength coach, personal trainer or in fitness management are available through the academic environment, professional organizations, health and fitness clubs, private and corporate fitness and other fitness related employers. Interested students can pursue certification as a Strength and Conditioning Specialist or Certified Personal Trainer through the National Strength and Conditioning Association as well as other certifying organizations.

Sports Administration

Designed for the student interested in the administration and organization of athletic programs, facilities and personnel. Employment opportunities are in academic environments, in marketing, promotion and sales as well as facility management in a variety of athletic and sports oriented areas.

Human Performance

Designed for the student interested in the emotional and intellectual function of performance and athletics. Employment opportunities are in the academic environment, counseling and the private business sector. Students usually pursue graduate studies in sports psychology or sports administration.

Interested students are encouraged to discuss their plans with the coordinator of the exercise/sport science program during their first year at Hiram. Early contact is critical to ensure the proper sequencing and choice of exercise and sport science courses and correlative courses. For additional information contact Jim Johnston, Coordinator of Exercise/Sport Science program at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 330-569-5351.

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