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Exercise, Sport Science and Athletics (minor)

Hiram College’s minor in exercise/sport science, coupled with a major in a related discipline, prepares students for graduate study and careers in sports medicine, strength and conditioning, sports administration and human performance and to work in settings such as: schools, clinics, sport clubs, recreational centers, medical settings, YMCAs, retirement communities and more.

Requirements

To complete the minor, students must complete:

  • a minimum of six courses (or equivalent) within the Exercise/Sport Science Department
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology (offered through the Biology Department)
  • one specialty course
  • an internship, research project or competency testing
Contact:

Jim Johnston

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330.569.5351

Students interested in the exercise/sport science minor should meet with the program coordinator during freshman year to properly plan a four-year course schedule:

Area of Specialization

Students must choose one of the following areas of specialization.

Sports Health

The sports health concentration is 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. Potential employment opportunities include:

  • Physician assistant
  • Physical therapy
  • Nursing
  • Paramedic
  • Physician
  • Athletic Training

Strength and Conditioning

The strength and conditioning concentration is designed for the student interested in the scientific aspect of the fitness industry and specific certification programs. Potential employment opportunities include:

  • Strength coach
  • Personal trainer
  • Fitness management

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

The sports administration concentration is designed for the student interested in the administration and organization of athletic programs, facilities and personnel. Potential employment opportunities are available in:

  • Academic environments
  • Marketing, promotion and sales
  • Facilities management

Human Performance

The human performance concentration is designed for the student interested in the emotional and intellectual function of performance and athletics. Students who choose this concentration usually pursue graduate study in sports psychology or sports administration. Potential employment opportunities are available in:

  • Academic environments
  • Counseling
  • Private business sector
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