Exercise, Sport, and Health Education (ESHE) majors prepare to be leaders in the promotion of physically active and healthy lifestyles in today’s society. A diverse range of program offerings in areas of teaching, exercise leadership, sport administration, the exercise sciences, athletic training and dietetics allow students to pursue careers in specialized content areas as well as broad-based programs of study. Academic programs in Physical and Health Education, Athletic Training Education, and Dietetics lead to licensure and are accredited by their professional bodies. Nutrition and Dietetics students must complete an internship after completing the RU degree to obtain certification. The majority of ESHE programs require 120 hours of coursework (with the exception of the teaching licensure program) and include extensive field experiences such as internships, or student teaching. For the non-ESHE major, the department offers minors in contemporary content areas, including coaching, self-defense, sport administration, and exercise science.
All freshmen are advised in the Center for Academic Advising and Student Support and are assigned a faculty advisor at the end of the freshman year. The Advising Center provides support and assistance to all students and faculty within the department. Students are encouraged to consult with their academic advisor regularly to facilitate smooth progress towards completion of their degree.