The Department of kinesiology and health sciences has seen a recent surge in popularity, taking the final spot on the list of top ten declared primary majors in Fall 2012, with 144 students. According to the American Kinesiology Association, the National Research Council officially recognized kinesiology as an academic discipline in 2008. During this time, there was an average increase of 50 percent in kinesiology majors between 2004 and 2009 of the colleges and universities across the United States that offer the major.
Kinesiology major Evelyn Knezovich ’15 weighed in on the drawbacks of her increasingly popular, yet still growing major.
“I think that since [Kinesiology] is a newer major, the school hasn’t had the chance to fully expand it and have a wider variety of more specific classes,” Knezovich said. “But I do think there’s a lot of knowledgeable professors and research opportunities at the moment.”
Kinesiology and health sciences did not make the top ten list of primary majors in Spring 2012 graduates. However, the department replaced marketing in the list of primary majors declared by undergraduate students as of Fall 2012 with 144 students. As the major grows in popularity, it also looks to increase the opportunities for students. For example, the kinesiology laboratory, which moved from the basement of William and Mary Hall to Adair Hall in Fall 2010, is currently asking for private donations to improve student lab experience in light of a limited budget.