About Kinesiology

Our History & Location

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San Jose State University was founded as a public institution in 1857, and now serves an undergraduate and graduate population that exceeds 26,000 diverse students. SJSU began as a normal school that trained teachers for the developing West, and has matured into a metropolitan university that offers more than 145 areas of study, complimented by an additional 108 concentrations. SJSU was ranked 6th in the 2017 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities West.

The Department of Kinesiology is located in the heart of the downtown San Jose in Silicon Valley, midway between San Francisco and Monterey. Situated at the sunny southern end of the San Francisco Bay, our department is easily accessible from area freeways and public transportation. 

Our Department 

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The Department of Kinesiology began as the first public system of physical activity in higher education in the West and one of the earliest in the entire US. In common with most programs, it began as a physical education teacher education program, but in the last 50 years has diversified into preparing students for many careers including personal training, sport management, athletic training, adapted physical activity, cardiac rehabilitation, physical therapy, exercise physiology, coaching, and sport psychology.

Our Student Community

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Our students hail from a variety of backgrounds, which helps to create a diverse and active academic environment. The students (approximately 1000 undergrad and 100 graduate) in our department are passionate about human movement and research. They explore a variety of topics in our inter-connected programs that include inclusive physical activity in communities, exercise physiology, rehabilitation sciences, sport management and culture, preparation for teacher education, and athletic training. We also offer a variety of courses in physical activity, physical fitness, exercise, sports, or wellness to the wider campus community. 

Our Mission

In an atmosphere of social justice, equity, and respect for diversity, the mission of the Department of Kinesiology is to create and disseminate knowledge; engage in community service; prepare and graduate exemplary kinesiology professionals; as well as meet individual and societal needs for physical activity, sport, movement, and wellness. 

Our Vision

We will be a preeminent, globally-connected kinesiology department recognized for excellence and innovation in teaching and learning, research, scholarship, creative activity, and community engagement. 

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