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School of Health and Human Performance

401 Health and Human Performance Building

Celia R. Hooper, Professor and Dean of School

Kathleen Williams, Professor and Associate Dean for Academic Programs

William N. Dudley, Professor and Associate Dean for Research

In the School of Health and Human Performance, academic programs are offered through the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, the Department of Dance, the Department of Kinesiology, the Department of Public Health Education, the Department of Recreation, Tourism, and Hospitality Management including the Hospitality and Tourism Management Program. Each department offers varied courses for all University students and programs of study leading to undergraduate majors and minors in their respective areas. Graduate degrees in Dance, Communication Sciences and Disorders, Public Health Education, Recreation, Tourism, and Hospitality Management and Exercise and Sport Science are also offered. The School’s programs are designed to meet specialized interests of students and also the requirements of state and national accrediting agencies and professional associations.

The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders provides opportunities for the study of normal speech, language, and hearing and the associated disorders, leading to the Bachelor of Science degree in Speech Pathology and Audiology. The courses offered in this program are pre-professional and prepare the student for further study at the graduate level. Faculty and students in Communication Sciences and Disorders provide services to clients in the University Speech and Hearing Center, and engage in cooperative work with area schools, hospitals, and other human service agencies. In addition, the faculty and students in Communication Sciences and Disorders are actively involved in research.

In the Department of Dance, the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree provides a Dance major with an emphasis in choreography and performance. The Department of Dance will not offer Teacher Licensure for students entering after spring 2007. Students may prepare for initial licensure through North Carolina's Regional Alternative Licensure Centers for Lateral Entry Teachers (lateral entry teachers must have an undergraduate degree but are allowed up to three years to obtain the teaching licensure). The Bachelor of Arts degree in Dance offers concentrations in a variety of areas; it is especially appropriate for students who wish to double major. A Concentration in Community Dance for individuals who wish to work as dance artists with underserved populations is available to students in any of the Department’s majors. A Dance minor and master’s degree are also available.

The Department of Kinesiology offers the major in Exercise and Sport Science leading to the Bachelor of Science degree. Within Exercise Science and Sport Studies, students may select concentrations in Fitness Leadership or Sports Medicine. The ESS Pedagogy concentration prepares students for teaching in grades K–12 (licensure track) or in Community Youth Sport Development (non-licensure track). Exercise Science and Sport Studies prepares students for careers in preventive and rehabilitative exercise and fitness, and may be tailored to meet the needs and interests of students planning graduate study in athletic training, medicine, occupational therapy, or physical therapy. This department also offers graduate studies leading to the master’s degree and doctoral degrees.

The Department of Public Health Education offers the Public Health major, leading to the Bachelor of Science degree. Within the Public Health major, students may select a concentration in Community Health Education or Health Studies. The Community Health Education concentration is a professional program preparing graduates to become Health Educators. The requirements of the Community Health Education concentration meet the professional standards of the field of Health Education allowing graduating students to sit for the Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) national credentialing exam. A Health Studies concentration is available for those looking for a pre-professional or non-professional degree option. A Health Studies minor is also available. The department also offers graduate studies leading to a Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) degree and the Doctor of Public Health (Dr.P.H.) degree in community health education. As a complement to the academic enterprise of the department, faculty, and students within Public Health Education are also actively involved in local and national research and outreach.

In the Department of Recreation, Tourism, and Hospitality Management a student majoring in Recreation and Parks Management may choose from three areas of concentration: Leisure Services Management, Therapeutic Recreation, or Commercial Recreation and Special Event Management. These concentrations lead to the Bachelor of Science degree. A Recreation and Parks Management minor and a minor in Travel, Tourism, and Commercial Recreation, in addition to a Master of Science (M.S.) degree, are also available. The undergraduate program has been fully accredited by the NRPA/AALR Council on Accreditation since 1981.

The Hospitality and Tourism Management Program offers a Bachelor of Arts degree in Hospitality and Tourism Management with two concentrations: Hotel and Restaurant Management and Travel and Tourism Management. The Bachelor of Arts degree balances business, hospitality, and tourism classes with work in the field through student internships. Students are able to gain valuable industry experience and develop a professional industry network over the course of this degree program. Opportunities for international study are also available. Faculty and students in Recreation, Tourism, and Hospitality Management are actively engaged in community-based research at the local, state, national, and international arenas.

Further details about specific major programs can be found in the alphabetical Department listings. Graduate degree programs and graduate-level courses are described in The Graduate School Bulletin.