What will I learn?

As a StFX Human Kinetics student, you will pursue a four-year integrated program that focuses on human body movement from a variety of perspectives (athletic therapy, biomechanics, disability, exercise physiology, gender, growth, health, history, motor control, philosophy, physical education, sociology, psychology).

You will be well-prepared after graduation to enter the work force or apply to professional programs and medical school or pursue graduate studies.


Movement is essential to life. Students learn how to create, interact, think, grow, communicate, and connect through physical movement. The department’s reputation attracts some of the foremost experts in the field of Human Kinetics who you will interact and have research opportunities with.

You will study in a program offering breadth, depth and holistic applied approaches (including skill courses like yoga and golf). Opportunities for Service Learning Experiences for physical activity with a variety of individuals: Toddlers (Fit 4 Tots), Children (Fit 4 Life + Gymnastics) Individuals with disabilities (Motor Activities with X: learn to skate for children with autism + sledge hockey) and Seniors (Aging and exercise). This leads to the development of well-rounded graduates who excel in the community directly or in advanced studies.


  • HKIN Skills
  • Introduction to Sport Psychology
  • Introduction to Sport and the Humanities or Introduction to Sport Ethics
  • Introduction to Kinesiology
  • Applied Human Anatomy and Physiology
  • Art or Science Electives


Students typically pursue Human Kinetics with the intentions of furthering their studies in: Education, Medicine, Coaching, Athletic therapy, Physiotherapy, Occupational therapy, Massage therapy, Chiropractor, Recreational therapy, Fitness training, Exercise instruction, Graduate research in Kinesiology, Administrators with sport governing bodies, Sport event organizing, or Sports policy, Etc.


Several degree choices are available. You can pursue Human Kinetics from an Arts or Science perspective and then stream your Human Kinetics education in:

  • Kinesiology
  • Pre-Education
  • Health Sciences
  • Human Nutrition

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Science

Study options

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
CAD$9,094.82 (US$ 7,236) per year
Application deadline

Expected May 2022

Start date

Expected April 2022


Faculty of Science

2329 Notre Dame Avenue, 2nd Floor Nicholson, Rm 220,


Nova Scotia (NS),

B2G 2W5, Canada

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students who complete the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma with a minimum score of 24 will be considered for admission. For high school students, the minimum requirements include an overall average of 70% in Grade 12, with no marks below 65% in each of the required subjects. English language proficiency tests: IELTS 6.5 overall and no lower than 6.0 in each band, TOEFL 90 iBT and no lower than 20 in each band, MELAB 81, CAEL 71, CAE 180 overall and no lower than 170 in each band.

For international students

Applicant must have English; two of math, chemistry, biology or physics; and two other university preparatory courses in grade 12 (grade 11 physics highly recommended). Limited enrolment.

Students with an IELTS score of 6.5 and no band below 6.0 will be deemed to have satisfied the English language requirements for admissions to undergraduate programs. Other acceptable tests include: MELAB (minimum score required is 90), TOEFL iBT (minimum score required is 90 and no lower than 20 in each band), CAEL (minimum score required is 71), CAE (minimum score required is 180 overall and no lower than 170 in each band.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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