Fitness & Wellness Leadership Major

The fitness and wellness leadership major prepares students for careers in a variety of sport and fitness-based disciplines, including athletic administration, coaching, recreation, fitness instruction, human performance and public health. 

Professor Peter Lisman with a student lifting a bar

Career Opportunities

The fitness and wellness leadership major provides didactic and experiential learning opportunities that prepare students for a broad range of careers in the health and wellness field, including: 

  • Personal and Group Fitness Instructor
  • Private Lessons Dance or Sport Instructor
  • Sports Performance or Fitness Manager
  • Corporate Wellness Director
  • Health & Wellness Coach
  • Senior Assisted Living Health & Wellness Director
  • Employee Wellness and Engagement Coordinator

Robust Job Market

Greater awareness of disease prevention through increased physical activity, as well as an aged society, has created a robust job market for health care professionals with a fitness and wellness leadership background.

Increased participation in competitive sport, along with booming interest in the development of elite athletes, has promoted new realms of professional expertise based in fitness and wellness leadership.

Degree Requirements

The major offers a comprehensive curriculum in the study of human movement. Students develop theoretical knowledge in exercise physiology, biomechanics, exercise and sports psychology, motor control and sports nutrition. Students expand upon this theoretical knowledge through practical experiences in clinical internships. View degree requirements and course descriptions in the Undergraduate Catalog.


Students gain practical work experience, learn new skills and develop professional contacts through internships. The internship must be completed under the direction of a worksite supervisor and must be approved by the Department of Kinesiology’s Fitness and Wellness Leadership Internship Coordinator, Professor Kyle Leppert. 

Professional Certification

When you complete the program, you are encouraged to seek professional certification through the American College of Sports Medicine or the National Strength and Conditioning Association.


Our faculty have varied specializations and real-world experience. Their diverse backgrounds enrich student learning through unique classroom experiences and real-life examples.

Faculty in the Department of Kinesiology serve as advisers, providing support and guidance as student complete their academic journey. Learn more about advising

More Information

For more information about the fitness and wellness leadership major, including requests for a prospective student appointment, please contact the program coordinator, Dr. Peter Lisman, 410-704-3180, .