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Studying & Improving Movement
The Department of Kinesiology at Michigan State University is dedicated to the study of physical activity and sport across the lifespan, with a special emphasis on youth.
We aim to educate individuals to lead physically active and healthy lives, and to prepare individuals for research and leadership positions in educational, sport and clinical settings.
Research & Practice
In all of our programs, research and practice are intertwined, in our impact-focused labs, in the classroom with renowned faculty and in hands-on applications on campus and beyond. Faculty areas of research interest include a focus on pediatric health and wellbeing, youth sports, motor learning and more.
Advocacy for the field
The American Kinesiology Association (AKA) promotes and enhances kinesiology as a unified field of study and advances its many applications. As a member of the AKA, the Department of Kinesiology at MSU has access to professional development and other resources that enable us to offer a cutting edge curriculum and impactful research and outreach. Our department chairperson, Alan L. Smith, is President-Elect of the AKA.
Students can take their Spartan experience to the next level by working, or participating in their KINternship, in one of our research labs. These immersive experiences can include working on-or in-ongoing and diverse research opportunities throughout the department. Alumni go on to excel in extraordinary, impactful careers.