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.

Academic programs

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 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

Actively learning

With hopes of becoming a personal trainer or strength conditioning coach, Lauren is combining her exercise science major with a concentration in fitness management.

Lauren's story

Train tracks

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