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The physical culture and sports major in the College of Education is designed to prepare students for a diversity of careers or graduate school in fields such as sport history, sport sociology, sport philosophy, sport psychology, journalism, and/or careers related to a humanities/social science approach to sport and exercise. Examples of careers include journalistic writing, youth sport development, facilitating health promotion programs, public relations work, governmental and sport agency work, community outreach work, and coaching outside the public schools.

Declare This Major

The College of Education has established specific GPA requirements that current UT students must meet in order to transfer into the department. View the Department of Kinesiology and Health Education internal transfer policy for additional information.

Current undergraduate students at UT Austin who would like to transfer into the College of Education should meet with an academic advisor in BEL 1005 in the Department of Kinesiology and Health Education advising center to go over a proposed degree plan and complete the form to change colleges.

Prospective University of Texas at Austin students should visit to learn about the application process and how to declare a major.

Required Courses

View a degree plan to see the required courses for the Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology and Health Education Physical Culture and Sports major.


Students are required to complete a 15-hour minor in a field of study of their interest or they will complete one of the Department of Kinesiology's ten specializations available to kinesiology and health students.

Any of the following specializations are suitable for this major:

  • Athletic Health Care
  • Coaching
  • Community Health and Wellness
  • Disability Studies
  • Health Fitness Instructor
  • Health Sciences
  • Medical Fitness and Rehabilitation
  • Strength & Conditioning Coaching


Students in physical culture and sports typically describe themselves as a having a passion for sports and everything that sports entails. They are ambitious and interested in writing and research, have goals to attend graduate school, and foresee themselves in one of the career paths mentioned above.


Students in this major tend to develop keen analytical skills. Physical culture and sports students should have a passion for studying the history and culture of sports. They will need to be prepared to conduct research via the internet, journal articles, and other materials found in the the H.J. Lutcher Stark Center for Physical Culture and Sports (NEZ 5th floor). They must also have strong writing skills, as some of the cognate/major courses are writing intensive courses.

A small sample of directly related careers

Fitness Trainer and Instructor
Recreation Worker
Occupational Therapist
Physical Therapist
Recreational Therapist
Sports Psychologist
Community Service Manager
Social Scientist

Remember: Your major does not (necessarily) equal your career. View a list of career ideas for any major.