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You love movement. You enjoy physical activity, sports and competition. Studying movement—or kinesiology—at Northwestern starts with acknowledging that human beings are made in God’s image and that our bodies are the Holy Spirit’s temple.The diverse curriculum of Northwestern’s kinesiology department not only teaches you principles for healthy living, it also gives you opportunities to apply what you’re learning to help others improve their health and lifestyle. Explore our programs:


The education and experience of Northwestern’s kinesiology faculty includes conducting exercise science research, collecting patient outcomes, teaching K-12 physical education, sport management, and studying sport cultures in other countries. Explore faculty

Kinesiology facilities

The sounds and smells of exertion mean you’re surrounded by others who prize fitness as much as you do. Strengthen your mind and your body in our classrooms and state-of-the-art clinical labs. Explore facilities

Josh Hornstra

Eye on the ball

A double major in sport management and finance, Josh Hornstra is setting up his shot to either attend graduate school or pursue a career on the business side of professional sports.

Josh's story

Sara Edwardson

Exercise enthusiast

Sara scored an internship with Duke University during her senior year at Northwestern, which led to a full-time job offer as an exercise physiologist at a clinically-based fitness center through the university's health system.

Sara's story

Vito Maffei

Covering the bases

A football player for Northwestern, Vito Maffei decided to pursue his passion for sports by majoring in athletic training. Now, he's using his knowledge and skills to treat injured athletes and get them back on the field.

Vito's story