After a lengthy and thorough research and consultation process, the Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation will be referred to and known as the Faculty of Kinesiology, Sport, and Recreation. This change will go into effect January 1, 2018.
In Canada, we are the one of last faculties of our type to adopt ‘kinesiology’ in its name, we are the oldest faculty with ‘recreation’ in its name, and the first faculty with ‘sport’ in its name. We are confident that the Faculty of Kinesiology, Sport, and Recreation name accurately represents the diverse, multi-disciplinary teaching, learning and research environment of the Faculty.
Kinesiology represents the science, study, and research of human movement. Including undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees—Bachelor of Kinesiology (BKIN) and Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology (BScKIN), Masters of Science (MSc) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)—and five areas of research, our students and researchers study and explore all facets of the kinesiology field. From understanding human anatomy and movement to investigating the influence of physical activity and sedentary behaviour on our overall health, the breadth of our research and teachings focus on positively contributing to the quality of life of the communities we serve.
Sport reflects both the academic and service offerings of the Faculty. Academically, the Faculty has an undergraduate degree with a focus on sport—Bachelor of Arts in Recreation, Sport and Tourism (BARST). Additionally, the Faculty offers an undergraduate major in Sport Performance and Sport Coaching, as well as Canada’s first dedicated Master’s degree in sport coaching—Master of Coaching, (MCoach). The service arms of the Faculty—Golden Bears and Pandas Athletics and Campus & Community Recreation (CCR)—support outstanding sport programs and services.
Recreation continues to represent the recreation and leisure studies that have been part of our Faculty since the launch of the bachelor’s degree in recreation and leisure studies in 1962. The term recreation has been part of our faculty name since 1976 and represents our current degrees—Bachelor of Arts in Recreation, Sport and Tourism (BARST), Master of Arts in Recreation and Leisure (MA)—and research in this area. Students and researchers study and investigate a wide variety of recreation and leisure topics including community development, tourism and natural environments. Our degree and research offerings aim to encourage and increase participation in recreational activities.