Mission of the School
The mission of the School of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation is to facilitate research and scholarly inquiry, the preparation of professionals, and the provision of services in health, kinesiology, and recreation. Collectively, the departments focus on prevention of disease, achievement of high-level wellness and quality of life, and exploration of the human ecology or the life experience from birth to death. We embrace lifelong opportunities for discovery, learning, and participation that contribute to healthy lifestyles for Living Well.
Established in 1946 as the first School of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation (HPER) in the United States, the school and its programs have grown to encompass a broad spectrum of academic interests and professional fields. As a result of the scholarship and service records of the faculty and the unparalleled professional contributions of the school’s worldwide alumni, the School of HPER has earned an enviable reputation for excellence both at home and abroad. As one of the most active and influential alumni groups in the United States, School of HPER graduates continue to provide a loyal support network for current programs and students.
The school is composed of the Department of Applied Health Science; the Department of Kinesiology; the Department of Recreation, Park, and Tourism Studies; and the Division of Campus Recreational Sports. Several research and service centers operate within the school, including:Applied Health Science
Close working relationships are maintained with other schools, institutes and centers on the campus, and programs on other IU campuses. Examples include the Institute for Social Science Research, the Kinsey Institute, and the Department of Economics, among many others.
Visit us on the Internet at www.hper.indiana.edu for a comprehensive description of degree programs, courses, faculty, research institutes, laboratories, and other aspects of the School of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation. Apply online for undergraduate admission at www.indiana.edu/~iuadmit. Apply for admission to School of HPER graduate degree programs at www.gradapp.indiana.edu.
The School of HPER offers courses using distributed education technology over the Internet and over the Indiana Higher Education Telecommunications System. Register online for these courses at www.indiana.edu/~hperweb/de/registration.html
Each of the three academic departments offers degrees ranging from the Bachelor of Science to the doctorate over a wide variety of majors and specializations. Separate degree programs have been designed to fit the needs of students who anticipate careers in research, education, public service, or private enterprise. Particular attention has been given to the development of a curricular structure that will meet the most stringent contemporary academic criteria while maintaining sufficient flexibility to accommodate individual requirements.
The degrees and majors offered within the School of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation are as follows:
Certificate in Martial Arts
The Ph.D. is administered by the School of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation and awarded through the University Graduate School.
The following School of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation subject areas are recognized as nonteaching minors at the baccalaureate level:
The HPER Library is conveniently located on the ground level of the HPER Building and collects resources that support the learning, instruction, and research of students and faculty in the School of HPER. As a part of the vast IU Libraries network, the HPER Library holds more than 22,000 titles in its collection, provides access to a multitude of electronic resources, reference books, videos in DVD and VHS, and more than 250 periodical subscriptions. The HPER Library’s computer cluster has 16 computers loaded with all standard software supported by the campus and two networked printers. Services include interlibrary loan, reference assistance, reserves, request delivery, and photocopying. For further information on the HPER Library, visit the IUB Libraries Web site at www.libraries.iub.edu/hper
The School of HPER maintains contact with alumni through the HPER Alumni Association, a constituent society within the parent Indiana University Alumni Association. The school’s alumni magazine, HPER Dimensions, is published by the Office of Development and Communications and mailed annually to more than 17,000 HPER alumni in all 50 states and 41 foreign countries. The HPER Alumni Association contributes to the cost of publishing this magazine, through which alumni, faculty, and students are able to maintain contact as well as keep abreast of changes in the school. The HPER Alumni Association also sponsors receptions at the annual conferences of the National Recreation and Park Association; American School Health Association; American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance; and the National Intramural–Recreational Sports Association. These receptions offer alumni an opportunity to renew old friendships, meet new friends, and visit with faculty. In addition, the HPER Alumni Association hosts local events at Indiana University, including December and May graduation send-off luncheons for graduates and their families; local sporting event gatherings; the Patty, Endwright, Aldrich, and Mobley Alumni Awards program. The Alumni Association also assists with the Healthy Living Conference. The HPER Alumni Association is governed by a board of directors, including student members and lifetime members. For more information about Alumni Association activities, visit www.hper.indiana.edu/alumni.
In preparing students to face the important individual and societal wellness challenges and demands of tomorrow, the faculty of the School of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation strives to provide the highest-quality undergraduate and graduate academic programs available in the nation. Assessment of student success is a formalized, ongoing, dynamic process that demonstrates accountability in the achievement of the school’s academic mission. The assessment process helps students and professors judge the mastery of the learning outcomes that are specified in the school’s assessment plan for each HPER academic program. In addition to knowledge of content, other outcomes assessed by faculty involve the student’s skills in oral and written communication, analysis, critical thinking, judgment, problem solving, decision making, valuing, interaction, and leadership. The faculty values assessment as a basis for improvement of the curriculum, courses in the majors, and enhancement of the quality of teaching. The central test of teaching is learning.
Before registering each semester, the student must meet with an assigned academic advisor for ongoing assistance in academic and career planning. During each of these meetings, a student and advisor identify the courses in which the student will enroll for the following term. The resulting semester schedule is written on an Academic Advisor Registration Approval Form and signed by the advisor. The student must submit the signed form to the Records Office in HPER 115 to receive clearance to register. Paper copies of the Advisor Registration Approval Form may be picked up in HPER 115, or the form may be downloaded from: www.indiana.edu/~hperwww/academics/forms/index.shtml. (Additional registration information is available in the Enrollment and Student Academic Information Bulletin.) Students are responsible for tracking their own academic progress.
Each academic department actively gathers placement opportunities and information for students in their fields. Career planning and placement opportunities are also available through the school’s student organizations. Contact your major department office or your academic advisor for more details.
Students are encouraged to participate in the student organizations of the School of HPER. For more information on organizations, membership eligibility, and activities, contact the department or division in which the organization is listed. Some of these organizations are:
SRSA: Student Recreational Sports Association
A variety of awards and scholarships are available for admitted undergraduate and graduate students in the School of HPER. Eligibility criteria for these awards vary. Some of these considerations include demonstration of academic excellence, leadership in extracurricular activities, and financial need. Students are encouraged to discuss these award and scholarship possibilities with their academic advisors. Award amounts vary, based on funding availability. For more information, contact the Office of Development and Communications, (812) 855-4712, or visit www.hper.indiana.edu/cost/index.shtml.
Aquatic Institute Scholarship
Academic and Extracurricular Excellence Scholarship
Archie M. and Eleanor Williamson Koon Scholarship
Bradford Woods Outdoor Adventure Therapy—Outdoor Therapeutic Recreation Award