Health and Human Development

NOTICE FOR STUDENTS INTENDING TO DECLARE A KINESIOLOGY MAJOR:  The current demand for the Kinesiology major far exceeds the human and physical capacities of the Kinesiology program. Starting February 5 2015, and lasting for one year, no students will be allowed to declare the Kinesiology pre-major. Prospective students should contact their Admissions Counselor by calling 360-650-3440. Students in need of advising regarding course and college major selection, in place of declaring the Kinesiology major, should contact Academic Advising Center at 360-650-3850. Students interested in health-related career and professional advising should contact Western’s Career Services Center at 360-650-3240.


Welcome to the Department of Health and Human Development. We offer degree programs for students interested in professions related to kinesiology, P-12 physical education and health, community health education, and recreation.

Kinesiology and Physical Education Program

The Kinesiology Program provides concentrated study of human movement from developmental, mechanical, motor control, psychosocial, psychological, pathological and physiological perspectives. This program is appropriate for students who plan to work in the fitness/exercise industry and can serve as a preparatory program for graduate or post-baccalaureate study in the areas of aging, auxology, biomechanics, exercise physiology, health/fitness, motor control/learning, physical therapy, occupational therapy, nursing, or similar allied health programs, and sport psychology.

Community Health Program

Western's Community Health program is recognized as one of the leading undergraduate programs in the Northwest The major offers a curriculum for students interested in careers in health education and health promotion with one of five settings: community, school, worksite, college/university and/or medical/clinical. Western's program is designed to prepare students for the examination to become a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES).

Recreation Program

Nationally accredited, the Recreation Program offers a Bachelor of Arts degree in Recreation and Leisure Services. The major offers concentrations in tourism, community recreation, outdoor recreation, and therapeutic recreation.