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Department of Kinesiology and Sport Management

About Us 

The Department of Kinesiology and Sport Management promotes active participation in sport and physical activity across the lifespan, and specializes in preparing future professionals in the following areas:

  • Certified Health/Fitness Educators
  • Certified Physical Educators
  • Sport Management and Administration Professionals
  • Health/Fitness Leaders

Benefits of Gonzaga's Kinesiology and Sport Management program:

  • We strive to keep our class sizes small to create more opportunities for hands-on classroom experiences and interactions with fellow students and faculty members
  • Widespread industry connections for practicum, internship and student teaching experiences
  • Real-life professional experiences both inside and outside of the classroom

Career Opportunities

Graduates of our program have found employment in:

  • Professional Sports Organizations
  • Olympic Sport Organizations
  • Amateur Sport Organizations
  • College/University Athletics
  • High School Athletics
  • Health and Fitness Clubs
  • Regional Sports Commissions
  • K-12 Public and Private Schools

Program Options
The Kinesiology and Sport Management Department offers three Degree options:

Available minors include:

Activity Courses

In support of our mission to promote physical activity, the Kinesiology and Sport Management Department offers a wide range of activity courses each semester. These classes are open to all Gonzaga University students and may be repeated for credit. View the current activity classes.

Note: All students may enroll in the activity courses listed below. No more than eight credits, however, in any combination of activity courses can be earned towards a bachelor's degree and no more than one of these courses can be taken in a semester.

Majors in Kinesiology, however, may take up to twelve credits from these activity courses. Activity courses can only be taken on standard pass/fail grading modes, and cannot be taken on audit grading mode or any "no credit" program. Activity courses may be repeated more than once for credit.

Our Faculty

Assistant Professor, Sport and Physical Education

Richard Bailey, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor Kinesiology & Sport Management, Online Program Director MA Sport Administration

Boe Burrus

Boe Burrus, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Kinesiology & Sport Management

Nichole Barta, Ed.D.

Nichole Calkins, Ed.D.

Assistant Professor of Kinesiology & Sport Management, Kinesiology Program Director

Dr. Karen Rickel

Karen Rickel, Ph.D.

Department Chair and Associate Professor of Kinesiology & Sport Management

Assistant Professor of Sport and Physical Education, Director of MA Sport Administration (online)

Jimmy Smith, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Kinesiology & Sport Management, Director of MA Sport Administration (online)

Assistant Professor, Sport and Physical Education

Ryan Turcott, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor Kinesiology & Sport Management, On-Campus Program Director MA Sport Administration