A student poses during his strength and conditioning internship.

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

Emily Strasser

Mentor in the making

A two-sport all-conference athlete, Emily looks forward to becoming a physical education teacher so she can inspire children to become more active.

Emily's story

Josh Hornstra

Sports fanatic

Josh turned his love for sports into a career.

Josh's story

Tyler Janota

Court gains

As a student volunteer, Tyler designed training programs for the Raider men’s basketball team. Now he works at East Tennessee State University.

Tyler'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 at a clinically-based fitness center through the university's health system.

Sara's story

Vito Maffei

Covering the bases

A former football player, Vito is pursuing his passion for sports as an athletic trainer, treating injured athletes and getting them back on the field.

Vito's story