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Kinesiology Department


The Kinesiology program is equipped with cutting-edge facilities and dedicated professors with extensive experience as educators, coaches and researchers. The program covers a wide range of topics, including athletic training, coaching, exercise physiology, fitness leadership, physical education, teacher preparation, sport and exercise psychology, sport management, and pre-professional training for the allied health fields. With a Kinesiology degree from McDaniel College, students will be well-prepared for a variety of careers in the sports and health industries.

Health Sciences

For additional Health Sciences specializations in athletic training, chiropractic, occupational therapy, and/or physical therapy, visit our Health Sciences Program.

Health Sciences

Faculty Spotlight

Jennifer McKenzie '01, Ph.D.

"Besides knowledge of how the human body moves, the desire to never stop learning, and the willingness to try new things, I hope students leave Kinesiology courses knowing how much we truly care about them as people."

Jessica L. Ford, Ph.D.

"What I think is most notable about the Kinesiology program itself is that there are tons of opportunities for students to get real world experience that mirrors the roles and responsibilities that they will have within their respective careers post-graduation."

Diane L. Williams, Ph.D.

"I enjoy teaching students to think critically about the history, context, cultures, and potential of sports and physical activity. I encourage students to apply the theories and research to their own experiences, bringing the texts to life through examples, questions, and discussions."

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Meet our students Class of 2022: Tracey Ackah

Tracey Ackah, Kinesiology major with a minor in Psychology, honed her skills in classes like Developmental Psychology and as a student teacher at Robert Moton Elementary School for an Adapted Physical Education course. She'll take those skills with her when she graduates and pursues her plan to become an occupational therapist.

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Alumni Spotlight Class of 2022: Josh Sproul

Josh Sproul will remember the McDaniel basketball courts as a place of inspiration, as a Green Terror athlete, student, and Kinesiology major. In his capstone titled “The Effects of Core Strength v. Ankle Stability on Explosive Power, Balance & Agility,” Josh combined his expertise in sports and health. With multiple opportunities to shadow physical therapists and membership in the Pre-Health and Kinesiology Clubs, Josh is ready to leap right into a physical therapy Ph.D. program after graduation.

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Dr. Richard Laird

Department Chair