Fall Welcome (c) 2015 David Schmitz. All Rights ReservedA minor is an excellent way to build depth to a major, while expanding career options.

Through advisement, students can develop the electives that help to focus their minor program of study. 

The minor in the Department of Kinesiology is comprised of 18 units of coursework: 9 units required; 9 units elective.

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Expand Your Horizons

Students from many disciplines on campus have completed minors in the Department of Kinesiology including Business and Marketing Majors looking to build experience and knowledge in the sport-business industries; Health Science Majors looking into fitness and rehabilitation; Sociology Majors with an eye toward sport-sociology convergences; Psychology Majors looking to expand into sport-psychology; and CHAD Majors who have interest in physical education and activity. 

These are just a few examples of how students are using minors in kinesiology to benefit their academic and professional lives. Still others will explore minors for personal reasons including second career options, personal interest and passion, and preparation for graduate school. 

Minors are an increasingly popular choice for students who want to develop mastery in multiple subjects, and prepare for the fluid, changing nature of the modern world. 

Application Steps

  • Please meet with your academic counselor to discuss the ways a minor in kinesiology can expand your education and knowledge base. 
  • In order to pick a minor, please determine the time you have available and where you are at in your journey in your major department. 
  • Once students have selected Kinesiology as a minor, please contact kinesiology@sjsu.edu for more details.
  • Students will need to complete all requirements listed on the Minor Form before filing for graduation.
  • The Minor Form is available at this link [pdf].

University Graduation Requirements

To be awarded a minor, at least 12 units of coursework must be completely distinct and separate from the coursework in the major (University Policy S16-4). The unit requirement in Kinesiology is 18 units (See below or on the form for more details.)

All courses completed for the Kinesiology Minor must be graded a C- or higher to count for minor program credit. 

The minimum aggregate GPA for all coursework required for the minor must be at least 2.0. http://www.sjsu.edu/senate/docs/S16-4.pdf


Course Requirements        

Requirements of the Minor 18
KIN 070. Introduction to Kinesiology     3

Complete one course from:
KIN 160. History of Sport and Physical Education     3
KIN 161. Philosophical Perspectives of Sport     3
KIN 164. Sociocultural Perspectives     3
KIN 168. Psychology of Coaching     3

Complete one course from:
KIN 155. Exercise Physiology     3
KIN 158. Biomechanics     3
KIN 165. Motor Development     3
KIN 166. Motor Learning     3

Three activity courses from three different movement areas approved by the advisor; these courses are in addition to the two unit university graduation requirement

Kinesiology upper division electives (2 courses)*

*Courses chosen here cannot be used to satisfy major or SJSU Studies requirements (R,S,V)


Total Units: 18

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