A student poses during her 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. Our mission is to prepare you to follow Christ and pursue God’s redeeming work in the world through various vocational callings in health, fitness, exercise and sport by promoting discipline specific knowledge, skills and perspectives within a Christ-centered and biblically based worldview. 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 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

Sutton Derr

Good sport

After starting his college and baseball pursuits elsewhere, Sutton transferred to Northwestern as a sophomore, playing three years for the Raiders. The move paid off well, both during his college years and after graduation.

Sutton's story

Andrew Graber

Strong calling

Deeply impressed by the positive experiences of his older sister at Northwestern—especially her academic success and the many lasting friendships she made—Andrew decided to follow in her footsteps.

Andrew's story

Becca Bindert

Perfect fit

Becca’s commitment to physical fitness and her love for working with children and teens led her to change her major and to pursue a career path that emphasizes both.

Becca's story

Josh Hornstra

Sports fanatic

Josh turned his love for sports into a career.

Josh's story