Academics

Sport and Fitness

Concordia University Chicago's sport and fitness program is housed in the College of Arts and Sciences, which is based in the liberal arts. A Sport and Fitness degree will prepare you to serve and lead in areas of fitness, wellness, and sport development in today's world.

Program Overview

Faculty in the Department of Human Performance are knowledgeable and experienced in their respective areas of expertise. More important, they look to serve and impact the lives of others. As a Concordia-Chicago student, you will learn about the multi-dimensional aspects of fitness and wellness relating to a variety of age groups, anatomy and physiology, kinesiology, program organization and management, and sport skill development and training.

These basics are further expanded upon as you progress through the course of your studies preparing you to enter the professional world. Sport and Fitness majors and minors will complete a required practicum experience which provides them opportunities to apply their knowledge in a field of their choosing. At CUC, our classes are small and encourage hands-on learning. You will work closely with the faculty, who will help you throughout your entire college career. Faculty will be able and willing to work with you individually to discuss assignments and career decisions, while ensuring you receive a quality experience at CUC.

***This program does NOT meet the requirements for teacher certification. If you are interested in becoming a physical education teacher click the link to access the Physical Education page***

General Course Overview

As a Sport and Fitness major, you will be required to take courses in:

  • weight training & cardiovascular activities
  • anatomy & physiology
  • sports skills teaching and development
  • management of physical activity programs
  • sport and fitness activity classes

You will be required to complete a practicum experience. This practicum will allow you the opportunity to put into practice what you have learned in your classes as you continue to build on your knowledge base.

Some recent practicum sites include: Concordia University Chicago Fitness Center, Oak Park Park District, The Dome in Rosemont, Tennis and Fitness Center of Oak Park. 

For details about required courses and course descriptions, please visit our online catalog.

Opportunities

Today, fitness and activity training is increasingly important in the daily lives of individuals and athletes. Our program gives you the opportunity to excel in a variety of settings in an ever expanding career field. Job opportunities for graduates may include:

  • Recreation Instructor/Coordinator
  • Fitness Instructor/Director
  • Sport Skill Instructor
  • Coach
  • Sport Specific Conditioning Specialist

Learning Resources

There are a variety of resources available to those studying Sport and Fitness. The Geiseman Memorial Gymnasium has two gymnasiums, an athletic training room, a human performance laboratory, and a brand new Fitness Center. CUC’s human performance laboratory is equipped with health and sports-related equipment including a treadmill and ergonomic testing bicycles. Our testing laboratory is equipped with appropriate computerized data collection equipment, a state-of-the-art Peak Performance motion analyzing system, and a Breath-by-Breath Computerized Metabolic System.