Department of Kinesiology, Sport and Leisure Studies
“Celebrating 65 Years of Service: 1950-51 to 2015-16”
The Department of Kinesiology, Sport & Leisure Studies (KSLS) at Grambling State University (GSU) is among the longest academic units within the College of Educational, Professional and Graduate Studies. KSLS is also among the largest units on campus in generating student credit hours on an annual basis.
One of eight academic departments in the newly formed College of Educational, Professional and Graduate Studies, the KSLS Department with more than 450 undergraduate majors, 125 minors, and in excess of 115 graduate students enrolled in the Sports Administration (SPA) Graduate Program. KSLS has a total of eleven (11) faculty members, graduate assistants, and visiting faculty.
The KSLS Department consists of four components: Kinesiology; Leisure Studies; the Physical Education Activity Program; and the Sports Administration graduate program.
Mission. The Department of KSLS embraces the Mission of the College of Education and Grambling State University. The Department’s mission entails a commitment to academic excellence, quality assurance and accreditation of degree programs, as well as preparation of competent, skilled professionals in kinesiology and leisure studies at the undergraduate level, and sports administration at the graduate level.
Undergraduate Degree Programs. Students who select Kinesiology, Sport and Leisure Studies as their degree program have the option of pursuing a Bachelor of Science Degree in one of two tracks: Kinesiology and Leisure Studies.
Within the Kinesiology track, students may pursue a concentration in either: Health Promotion (Non-Teaching); Pedagogy (Teaching K-12); or, Sport Management. The completion of 120 semester credit hours with a minimum cumulative grade point average (cgpa) 2.50, inclusive of completing a required internship leads to earning a B.S. degree in Kinesiology. The completion of 126 semester credit hours with a minimum cgpa of 2.50 inclusive of successful passage on the PRAXIS Examination and completion of the required student teaching as a Teacher Candidate leads to earning a B.S. degree in Kinesiology (Pedagogy/K-12).
Within the Leisure Studies (LS) track, students may pursue a concentration in either: General Recreation (GR); or Therapeutic Recreation (TR). The completion of 120 semester credit hours with a minimum of cgpa of 2.50 inclusive of a required internship leads to earning a B.S. degree in Leisure Studies (General Recreation or Therapeutic Recreation). For the TR concentration, students are also eligible or required to take (and pass) the Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS) Examination.
Furthermore, the Kinesiology (Pedagogy Program) is accredited by NCAE while the Leisure Studies Program is accredited by COAPRT.
Graduate Degree Program. The Masters of Science (M.S.) degree in Sports Administration (SPA) is offered through the Department of Kinesiology, Sport and Leisure Studies. A non-thesis program, the SPA Graduate Program requires the completion of thirty-nine (39) semester credit hours with a minimum cgpa of 3.00 including an internship. Of the 309 semester credit hours,33 are required and students may select 6 hours in electives.
Although the SPA Program does not offer areas of specialization, students have the flexibility of choosing electives according to their area of interest.
Students must meet the admission requirement established by the School of Graduate Studies prior to being formally admitted into the SPA Graduate Program by the KSLS Department. Additionally, students have the option of beginning their program of study in either the Fall Semester, Spring Semester, or Summer Sessions (I or II).
CAEP advances excellence in educator preparation through evidence-based accreditation that assures quality and supports continuous improvement to strengthen P-12 student learning.
With the July 1, 2013 de facto consolidation of NCATE and TEAC into CAEP as the new accrediting body for educator preparation, please visit http://caepnet.org for general information. For those engaged in legacy NCATE and TEAC accreditation visits, the more detailed information will remain on these respective sites for the time being. Look for the launch of the comprehensive new CAEP website this summer!
Dr. Obadiah Simmons, Jr., Chair
Director of Kinesiology, Sport, and Leisure Studies,
GSU Box 4244
Assembly Center, Room 173f