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Exercise science major to be offered at Earlham College

May 14, 2020

Exercise science will be offered as a new academic major for Earlham College students in the fall of 2020.

The program’s coursework is designed to prepare students for careers and graduate studies in exercise physiology, physical therapy, occupational therapy, athletic training, education, coaching, or allied health fields. Students will examine the structure and function of the human body in the areas of acute exercise, human fitness, holistic wellness and longevity.

Exercise science majors will also complete a senior capstone project and benefit from plentiful opportunities for internships, externships and off-campus study.

“Exercise science is another example of our institutional commitment to preparing our students to respond to societal needs in the areas of health and wellness,” said Becky Thomas, academic dean and vice president for academic affairs. “Exercise science majors will work closely with faculty from several scientific disciplines as well as our wellness programs and key personnel from intercollegiate athletics. They will gain advanced knowledge to help athletes and non-athletes achieve peak fitness, live healthier lives and make a lasting impact on communities around the world.”

Exercise science is the fourth new major approved this year at Earlham. Majors in data science, social services, and media and communications also have been announced as part of the College’s efforts to expand academic opportunities and strengthen the student experience. Two minors, equestrian management and quality science, will also be newly available this fall.

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Earlham College, a national liberal arts college located in Richmond, Indiana, is a College That Changes Lives. We aspire to provide the highest quality undergraduate education in the liberal arts and sciences. We expect our students to think rigorously, value directness and genuineness, and actively seek insights from differing perspectives. The values we practice at Earlham are rooted in centuries of Quaker tradition, but they also constitute the ideal toolkit for contemporary success.

Princeton Review ranks Earlham in the Top 20 nationally for Best Classroom Experience, and U.S. News & World Report recognizes the College as one of 55 institutions taking pioneering approaches to serving students, and ranks EC 7th for the percentage of international students on campus, 25th for “Best Undergraduate Teaching” and 34th for “Best Value.”

Brian Zimmerman is director of media relations at Earlham College. He can be reached at 765-983-1256 and zimmebr@earlham.edu.


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