History of the School

The School of Kinesiology has gone through major changes in the past decades. Before the School of Kinesiology was formed in 2014, it was the School of Recreation Management and Kinesiology and before that it was the Department of Physical Education and Recreation.

The School, as it is today, would not have been possible without the help of the five founders: Donald Wells, Elizabeth Vermeulen, Robert Vespaziani, Gilbert Chapman and David Joos. The journey to today's school began in the fall of 1890 when a new gymnasium was built at Acadia. In 1910, an introductory and required course in physical education was formed. From 1911 until 1914 all first year students were required to take the Physical Training course as a requirement for a Bachelor of Arts degree. During World War One the course was removed but returned in 1921. At this time all first and second year students were required to take this course for the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees.

 

In the early 1920's the Department of Physical Education was formed within the Faculty of Arts. In September 1969 the name was changed to the Department of Physical Education and Recreation which offered a Bachelor of Science in Recreation and Physical Education. In June 1974 the Department changed its name to the School of Recreation and Physical Education. Also that year Senate approved the establishment of a master's degree in Recreation.

In 1997 the School changed its name to the School of Recreation Management and Kinesiology. In October 2001 the opening of the Kinesiology laboratories brought great excitement to the School. In July 2014, the name was changed again to the School of Kinesiology. Recreation Management is phased out and replaced by the new Department of Community Development.

 

 The School Offers the Following Degrees

 

 Bachelor of Kinesiology

 Bachelor of Kinesiology with Honours

 Bachelor of Kinesiology with Biology

 Bachelor of Kinesiology with Nutrition

 Bachelor of Kinesiology with Psychology

 Bachelor of Kinesiology with Honours with Biology

 Bachelor of Kinesiology with Honours with Nutrition

 Bachelor of Kinesiology with Honours with Psychology