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Dean Manuel Justiz of the College of Education has filed with the secretary of the Faculty Council the following changes to the Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology and Health in the College of Education chapter in the Undergraduate Catalog, 2008-2010. The faculty of the college approved the changes on May 7, 2007, and the dean approved the proposed change on September 4, 2007. The secretary has classified this proposal as legislation of exclusive interest to a single college or school.

The Committee on Undergraduate Degree Program Review recommended approval of the change on September 26, 2007, and forwarded the proposed changes to the Office of the General Faculty. The Faculty Council has the authority to approve this legislation on behalf of the General Faculty. The authority to grant final approval on this legislation resides with the Executive Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs.

If no objection is filed with the Office of the General Faculty by the date specified below, the legislation will be held to have been approved by the Faculty Council. If an objection is filed within the prescribed period, the legislation will be presented to the Faculty Council at its next meeting. The objection, with reasons, must be signed by a member of the Faculty Council.

To be counted, a protest must be received in the Office of the General Faculty by noon on October 9, 2007.

Greninger Signature
Sue Alexander Greninger, Secretary
The Faculty Council

This legislation was posted on the Faculty Council Web site on October 2, 2007. Paper copies are available on request from the Office of the General Faculty, WMB 2.102, F9500.



NAME OF DEGREE PROGRAM(S):Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology and Health

At present, the Department of Kinesiology and Health Education offers a B.S. in Kinesiology and Health with four majors: athletic training*, sport management, general kinesiology (with an option for teacher certification), and health promotion and fitness. We also use a major code called pre-sport management for those hoping for admission to that program, and we have a separate major code for the general kinesiology majors who go on and become certified as physical education teacher. The new curriculum we’re submitting with this document creates five new majors under the B.S. in Kinesiology and Health:
Applied Movement Science (formerly the teacher certification option under general kinesiology)
Sport Management (same name as the original major)
Exercise Science (formerly general kinesiology)
Health Promotion (formerly health promotion and fitness)
Physical Culture and Sport (new major)
These majors require 120 hours for graduation (not the 130 of our current degrees), require an 18 hours common core of coursework in kinesiology and health, and allow students to specialize in activity and career-focused portfolios that are not linked to a single major in the dept.1

(*Athletic Training is being submitted as a separate degree.)

Indicate pages in the Undergraduate Catalog where changes will be made.
Pages 112-115

1Clarification of the explanation of changes was added on December 17, 2007.

The Department of Kinesiology and Health Education decided to revise its undergraduate programs for several related reasons:

1) During preliminary work on SACS assessment we realized that because of the diversity of our programmatic offerings that our students had no common core of knowledge. Sport management majors, for example, could graduate with a degree in kinesiology without ever having taken a single course in exercise science; general kinesiology (our old exercise science major) students could graduate with almost no training in social science approaches to the study of kinesiology or health. Upon review, we felt it important that all undergraduate majors have at least one course in all the disciplinary areas represented in our department and thus decided to create new majors with a common core of courses.
2) The decision to adopt a common core of courses is also an expression of our desire to align our departmental offerings with the new curriculum revisions approved by Faculty Council this past year.  By creating a common core of courses we also hoped to establish “flags” on several of those courses which would help students move through their curriculum more efficiently.
3) Again, in a desire to align our programs with the new curriculum initiative, we decided to reduce the number of hours in our majors to 120 where possible. (To be certified as a teacher, students in applied movement science will be required to take 126 hours.)
4) Until the 2006-08 Undergraduate Catalog, the College of Liberal Arts offered students the option of a B.A. in Kinesiology. With the loss of that degree option, there was a feeling among our kinesiology faculty that we should offer our own social sciences major and so we have created a new major called physical culture and sports. This major will also serve another purpose in our department. Currently, students must apply for admission to sport management in their junior year and compete for one of 125 slots. Admission has become very competitive and inevitably a large number of students who are in the pre-sport management major code are denied admission. If they are not admitted to sport management, those students face a difficult choice. If they want a degree in kinesiology, the only other major they can transfer their credits to is the general kinesiology degree but to graduate in that degree they must go back and take a number of science classes which will delay their graduation by at least a year. So, most of them


  transfer out of our department and end up majoring in applied learning and development in the College of Education which accepts most of their credits. In the new system, students not admitted to sport management could graduate but would simply continue as physical culture and sports majors, and thus, would graduate with a kinesiology and health degree.
5) Finally, the faculty felt it was important to allow students the possibility of using their electives to specialize in activity and career-oriented areas such as coaching, disability studies, golf course management, medical rehabilitation, aquatics, etc.

Does this proposal impact other colleges/schools? If yes, then how?

Has the other college(s)/school(s) been informed of the proposed change? If so, please indicate their response. N/A

Person Communicated With: N/A
Date of communication: N/A

Will this proposal change the number of required hours for degree completion? If yes, please explain.
Yes, as stated above, we have moved all the majors under this new curriculum to 120 hours with the exception of applied movement science, which moves to 126. State requirements for teacher certification make it impossible to lower it further. Previously, most KIN degrees required 130 hours.

Does this proposal involve changes to the core curriculum (42-hour core, signature courses, flags)? If yes, please explain.
No—we are not requesting any changes to the University-wide general education courses.


Department: yes Date: 4/25/07
College: yes Date: 5/7/07
Dean: yes Date: 9/4/07

Memorandum attached for clarification to rationale: October 5, 2007

Dr. David Hillis
Chair Elect Faculty Council &
Alfred W. Roark Centennial Professor
Section of Integrative Biology
The University of Texas at Austin
Via email

Dear Dr. Hillis,

Thank you for taking the time to meet with Dr. John Ivy, the Chair of Kinesiology & Health Education, and me yesterday to discuss the proposed changes to the Undergraduate Curriculum in Kinesiology & Health Education. I also appreciate your willingness to circulate this memo to the members of the Faculty Council who have raised questions about our proposed changes. I will try to explain, as best I can, the history and rationale for the curriculum changes we’ve proposed.

History and Process: Following the Report of the Commission of 125 in 2004 our department decided to review its undergraduate curriculum. We had concerns about several aspects of our current program and decided we should try to align our majors with the Commission’s recommendation of a 120-hour limit for degrees. A revision of the Undergraduate Curriculum was set as one of our department’s five-year goals when we adopted a new strategic plan in 2005, and we began the formal process of working on the curriculum in December of 2005. Over the next 16 months the Undergraduate Advisory Committee--which included representatives from all the sub-disciplines in our department--met more than twenty times to work on this curriculum revision. Our planning was influenced by the campus-wide curricular reforms approved by Faculty Council last fall (with the move to a common core of courses and the creation of flag and signature classes). It was also influenced by our department’s self-assessment for SACs, which allowed us to identify problems with our current offerings. Input was solicited from every member of the department and, when the final proposal was ready, we called a department-wide meeting on April 24, 2007, at which the faculty voted unanimously to approve the new curriculum. Because the plan calls for some restructuring of faculty lines, the Kinesiology & Health Education Budget Council ratified the proposal on May 2, 2007. That vote was also unanimous. The proposal then went to the Undergraduate Advisory Committee of the College of Education where, on May 7, 2007, it was also unanimously approved. At all levels of the Department and College we have had unanimous support for the new curriculum.

Current Curriculum and Why Change Is Needed: At present, the Department of Kinesiology and Health Education offers the following degree codes under its B.S. in Kinesiology and Health: General Kinesiology, General Kinesiology with Teacher Certification, Health Promotion and Fitness, Sport Management, and Athletic Training. We also have an additional advising code called Pre-Sport Management, which is used for students who need to begin taking courses in our department so that they can apply for admission to the Sport Management program in their junior year. We have also serviced a small number of students (generally 25-30 a year) who are pursuing the B.A. in Kinesiology through the College of Liberal Arts. We supported dropping this major from the 2006 Undergraduate Catalog because of the administrative confusion caused by students from Liberal Arts seeking advising by our staff, and because of the open-ended nature of the B.A.--which did not stipulate a sequence of required coursework in Kinesiology. We were not opposed to the idea of a humanities/social science major in Kinesiology and Health. We supported dropping the degree, when the College of Liberal Arts suggested it, because of the administrative issues.

One of our main concerns in this process of revision has been the fate of the students in the Pre-Sport Management code. Because of the size of our faculty, the Sport Management major is limited to 125 students. Admission to the program has become increasingly competitive and for the past several years students admitted to the program have averaged at least a 3.2 overall UT GPA. The problem is that the students who do not gain admission to Sport Management have no other major under which they can graduate in Kinesiology and Health because, for the most part, they have not been taking the science and laboratory-based classes that would allow them to graduate under General Kinesiology or Health Promotion and Fitness. To try to graduate under these majors would mean taking considerable additional coursework and would substantially lengthen their time at Texas. They can’t transfer to Liberal Arts and try to finish up there because the B.A. in Kinesiology no longer exists and, in any case, most such students don’t have the right sequence of General Education requirements for Liberal Arts. The only viable option for these students is to transfer to the Youth and Community Studies major in the College of Education, which accepts most of their coursework. While this allows them to graduate, it has not been a popular solution because the student’s degree does not say “Kinesiology and Health” and because it does not represent the major focus of their efforts and interests.

The desire to reform our curriculum, was not, of course, driven solely by concern for these pre-sport management students. Of far greater concern to us was the need to have all our majors leave the department with a common core of knowledge. We want our undergraduate students to have a basic understanding of exercise physiology, to understand the complex mechanisms involved in human movement, and to have an appreciation of the socio-cultural dynamics of sport and human activity. We also want to provide students the opportunity to use some of their electives to specialize in career-based coursework portfolios in such areas as disability studies, strength and conditioning coaching, community health and wellness, and medical fitness and rehabilitation, so that they are more suited for the job market.

The curriculum we’ve developed thus incorporates an 18 hour common core of courses for all majors under the B.S. in Kinesiology and Health. Students interested in the scientific aspects of human movement—who would formerly have been General Kinesiology majors—will now major in Exercise Science. Students pursuing teacher certification—who also majored in General Kinesiology—will now major in Applied Movement Science. Students with an interest in health will take the major in Health Promotion rather than the Health Promotion and Fitness degree, and the Sport Management students who get admitted will complete that program—the name of which has not changed. The only “new” degree in the curriculum is the major in Physical Culture and Sports, which is, in reality, a replacement for the pre-sport management advising code and the now-defunct B.A. in Kinesiology offered through Liberal Arts. (The major in Athletic Training will be offered as a separate B.S. in Athletic Training beginning in 2008.)

Student Demographics: For the past several years our department has had more than 900 majors. In the fall of 2007 we currently have 915 registered majors. Only 89 of our majors are student-athletes—less than 10% of our total population.

Major in Physical Culture and Sports: You mentioned that particular questions had been raised about the major in Physical Culture and Sports. I hope I have already addressed some of those concerns in this memo with my explanation of the loss of the B.A. in Kinesiology and the logic of having a degree that our pre-sport management students can complete should they fail to be admitted to Sport Management. I also want to state, unequivocally, that we are not concerned--or anticipating--that this degree will become a popular choice for student-athletes who “are not academically qualified.” Exactly this same argument was made by some outside our department when we asked permission to begin our Sport Management program in the late 1980s. The record of the Sport Management program—now ranked Number One in the United States—demonstrates how inaccurate that perception has proven to be. The Department of Kinesiology and Health Education is a department with rigorous academic standards that, in our judgment will not be compromised with the addition of this new major in Physical Culture and Sports. As further proof of this I might note that, in order to control enrollment in our department, we passed a rule in 2006 requiring any student with more than 36 hours of coursework to have a 3.0 overall GPA before they can transfer into the Department of Kinesiology and Health Education.

I should also note that this degree was desired, in part, because of the new academic research center in our department--the Stark Center for the Study of Physical Culture and Sports. The Center’s new facility will open in the fall of 2008 and this degree will allow our students to make more meaningful use of the holdings in the Stark Center archives. The term “Physical Culture” is an old term that has been revived in academic discourse in the sport humanities over the past 20 years or so as a way to describe the broad spectrum of activities that lead toward health and fitness. It is a term that encompasses exercise, nutrition, and psychological aspects of human movement. As an indication of the growing use of this term, The New York Times now runs a regular section each Thursday called “Physical Culture.” We considered calling the new degree “Sport Studies,” but our department has a strong health focus and we wanted to acknowledge that focus in the name of this major. Across the United States, many programs at other universities are called “The Department of Kinesiology and Sport Studies.”.

Finally, the Physical Culture and Sports Major is not at all unique. Comparable undergraduate programs include:

· The University of Maryland’s major in “Physical Cultural Studies.” On their web: “The complexity of contemporary sport culture demands a synthesis of pertinent disciplinary knowledge, theories and methods…thus the core curriculum within the Physical Cultural Studies Program can be said to be a synthesis of elements drawn from…communication, cultural studies, economics, geography, history, marketing, psychology, sociology and urban studies.”

· The University of Iowa offers a BA in Health and Sport Studies with a “Sport Studies Track.” In that program students take courses in: Women, Sport and Culture; Race and Ethnicity in Sport; Sport and Media; 20th Century Sport; The Olympics-Ancient and Modern; Sport and Nationalism; Western World Sport, Sport in US to 1900; and so on.

· The University of New Hampshire offers an interdisciplinary major in Sport Studies that allows students to focus in either sport history, sport psychology, performance enhancement, sport law, or one of the traditional areas of sport management—sport marketing, event management, athletic administration or basic athletic training. Students are encouraged to double-major, with psychology and business being highly recommended. The core courses are “are designed to introduce the student to the extensive literature on sport as a mass social phenomenon, an industry and a career path. Several courses are grounded in a cognate discipline (ex: psychology, sociology). One course introduces students to the complex nature of the sport industry. Another course examines the principles of coaching and leadership in sport. Another provides a foundation in sport psychology.”

· SUNY-Courtland offers a major in Sport Studies. On their web: “What is Sport Studies? Interestingly enough, Sport Studies is the liberal arts and science approach to studying human movement through the humanities and social science sub-disciplines of the field. The humanities sub-disciplines include sport history and sport philosophy, and can be expanded to include sport art, sport communication and journalism, sport literature and sport law. The social science sub-disciplines include sport psychology and sport sociology.”

· Towson University offers a Sport Studies major with two tracks: a Psychology of Sport concentration and a Sport Humanities concentration. Their Sport Humanities track requires students to take courses on the Modern Olympics. Sport Philosophy, Exercise Psychology, Sport and the Media, and Women in Sport.

· Central Michigan University offers a major in Sport Studies that requires coursework in both sport humanities—history, sociology, psychology, sport law—and sport administration classes.

· Miami University also offers a Sport Studies major. “This major program allows students who have a keen interest in sport to study it from a cross-disciplinary perspective which includes psychological, sociological and historical orientations to analysis.”

· The University of Georgia also offers a major in Sport Studies—again humanities based—in a joint program with Journalism.

There are also a number of international programs that offer humanities-based Sport Studies majors—particularly the University of Queensland, University of Herefordshire and Loughborough University in England. .

In closing I’d like to thank you again for allowing us the opportunity to address some of the questions about our new curriculum. If anyone has any other questions, please let them know that either Dr. John Ivy or I will be happy to address them.


Jan Todd, Ph.D.
Undergraduate Advisor and Associate Professor
Fellow in the Roy J. McLean Fellowship in Sport History
Department of Kinesiology and Health Education
The University of Texas at Austin

Dr. Ivy may be reached at 471-8599 or at