Kinesiology Department

The programs in Physical Education and Sport and Recreation Management provide our students with discipline-specific knowledge, skill practice, and professional experience via classroom instruction and student teaching or internship capstone experiences necessary for advanced graduate studies and professional careers.

Our department fosters the development of spiritual, physical, social, emotional, clinical and culturally diverse skills to enhance the human behavior and well being of all populations.

The mission of the Department of Kinesiology is to prepare Christian professionals for careers in teaching, coaching, and sport and recreation management.


  • Bachelor of Arts degree in Kinesiology (non-licensure)
  • Bachelor of Science degrees in Health and Kinesiology (teacher licensure) 
  • Sport and Recreation Management
The Kinesiology licensure major prepares students to teach health and physical education and coach in elementary and secondary schools. The Kinesiology non-licensure major prepares students to work in non-teaching areas of kinesiology, and can be combined with an MAT (Master of Arts in Teaching), which allows one to teach. The Sport and Recreation Management major prepares students for careers in athletic or recreation administration.

Minors are offered in Kinesiology, Health, and Coaching. The Coaching minor, when paired with an education degree, allows a student to sit for the Praxis II test and receive their endorsement to coach.

Kinesiology Academic Advisors

Pedagogy (Kinesiology Major - B.S. with Teacher Education licensure)

Stephen Burks

Office: GAC 100B501-279-4761

Jessica Moore

Office: GAC 137B501-279-4487

Mike Pruitt

Office: GAC 137A501-279-4757
Kinesiology (B.A. – Non-teaching major)

Stephen Burks

Office: GAC 100B501-279-4761

J. D. Yingling

Office: GAC 137C501-279-4756

Jessica Moore

Office: GAC 137B501-279-4487
Sport and Recreation Management

Tom Ritchie

Office: GAC 143B501-279-4972


Interested in athletics? 

Harding offers multiple opportunities for students to stay active through the Recreation Program.

Our intramural and social club athletics are coordinated out of the recreation program and provide a place for students to play organized athletics in flag football, basketball, volleyball, softball, soccer, and other sports.

Refer to the Harding Walking Trails PDF for convenient routes to walk or jog on campus.


FlorenceStudy Abroad

Bison Athletes in Training (BAT)

BAT is a condensed summer international program designed for Harding athletes.

HU athletes follow a course plan catered to their sport, other participants work with the directors to create their own program.

Take classes and experience Florence, Rome, Siena, San Gimignano, Pisa, Cinque Terre, and Germany, as well as some independent travel opportunities at the end of the program.

Learn more at International Programs (BAT).