A major in physical education examines the relationship of sports, athletics, and physical fitness to our culture and cultures throughout the world. The physical education student’s preparation includes the acquisition of knowledge, skills, attitudes, and values from a vast array of courses. These courses include not only movement activities but also an understanding of associated physiological, biomechanical, sociological, psychological, historical, philosophical, and pedagogical principles. This broad theoretical foundation of relevant disciplines is applied to the professional aspects of teaching, coaching, and administration of contemporary physical education. In addition, interested students may pursue careers in adapted physical education, athletic training, and physical therapy.
The physical education major endeavors to support the Muskingum University mission to develop whole persons in a global society. The movement activities incorporated throughout the curriculum develop students physical well being, while the associated content principles stimulate their intellectual development. The involvement of athletic competition in the student’s education provides an opportunity for modeling ethical practices and integrity. The breadth of this preparation enables students to chose many professional paths as they seek vocationally productive and personally satisfying lives.