Why Movement Matters
The Department of Kinesiology at Huntington University prepares students for opportunities for service in public, private and commercial situations, as well as community and non-profit, therapeutic, outdoor, campus, military, employee recreation, physical therapy, personal training, strength and conditioning, cardiac rehabilitation, and sports ministry settings.
By studying kinesiology and sport leadership, there is an abundance of careers that you can pursue. Our graduates have matriculated from Huntington University to begin their careers as a clinical exercise psychologist, cardiac rehab specialist, personal trainer and much more. Some continue their education to obtain a master’s for physical therapy, occupational therapy, physician’s assistant, or a doctorate in kinesiology.
The HU Difference
Students have the option to major in exercise and movement science, sports and exercise studies, 3-2 athletic training, or occupation therapy assistance. Classes incorporate concepts from biology, chemistry, physics, and math, applying these ideas to better understand the human body. At HU, there are countless opportunities to gain experience through internships, practicum courses, and service learning.
Students develop technical skills by using state-of-the-art equipment such as the Bod Pod, Metabolic Cart, iWorx and more. Students will have the chance to develop and implement their own research studies to study various functions of the body. The Department of Kinesiology works with local hospital Parkview to link students with internships which can open up to careers after graduation.
Meet the Faculty
Dr. Fred Miller III, a native of Lagro, Indiana, earned his B.S. in exercise science from Huntington University in 2000. He balanced his studies with his athletic endeavors and managed to participate in four sports including cross country, golf, track and field and baseball. Now an avid marathon runner, and a recent overall winner of the 2015 Indianapolis Marathon, he also has gone the distance in his education.
Dr. Miller is a member of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and a certified ACSM Exercise Physiologist (ACSM EP-C). He also is a member of the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) and a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS). His continued education, coupled with the foundation he received at HU, prepared him for a classroom of his own. He served as an associate professor of kinesiology and academic advisor for exercise science students at Anderson University. Dr. Miller is the department chair and a professor of exercise science at Huntington University.
Expand Your Opportunities
Occupational Therapy Assistant
Training to be directly involved in providing therapy to patients.
From state-of-the-art equipment to the seasoned experience of field experts, you will have a well-rounded education that will prepare you for a job in your chosen field.
National Certification Opportunities
Students graduating with a degree in kinesiology are eligible to sit for important industry certifications.
Running as a way of life
What kid doesn’t dream of becoming a professional athlete? Lauren Davenport Johnson ’09 made it to the professional ranks as a runner. Lauren, an exercise science major at HU, always considered herself a basketball player who ran track and cross country to stay in shape. All that changed when she connected with current coach Andrew Begley at a cross country camp in the summer of 2009.
Begley encouraged her to consider extending her running career, and it wasn’t long until Lauren and her husband, HU alum and exercise science major, Nick Johnson ’09, packed up their bags and headed to Oregon so she could begin her training. After training full-time for only a handful of months, Lauren found herself competing in the 2010 USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships. Since then, she’s attracted plenty of attention as a professional athlete, including adding Nike as her sponsor.
With a solid year of training under her belt, Lauren is still considered a rookie with her best years yet to come, but she has her sights set on becoming a member of the U.S. Olympic team. Read the rest of Lauren's story!