• Gary Yeoman ’15, from Mishawaka, Ind., appreciates SJC giving him the opportunity to gain experience teaching in the classroom from the beginning of freshman year.

Physical Education Department

SJC’s Department of Physical Education recognizes that the field of athletics is expanding and that athletic professionals have opportunities in numerous settings. As a result, the department strives to prepare students for a wide array of career paths, including careers in education, business, sports-related marketing, fitness, athletic training, sports reporting, and more. The department consists of faculty members who have extensive professional experience and masters and doctoral degrees in their fields of expertise.

The Department of Physical Education includes the following programs and majors:

Clubs and Activities

Resources and Downloads


  • “Teaching Dance in Elementary and Secondary Physical Education”

Opportunities for Hands-on Experience

In-class Experiences

In order to ensure that our students are ready to enter the workforce, the Department of Physical Education designs courses to give students “real life” experience. For example, SPM 425: Field Experience in Sports Management, students are given the opportunity to participate in field experiences and investigate career paths that interest them. Recently, students have explored careers in sports law, sports marketing, and sports psychology. Students have also explored specific occupations, including positions as athletic directors, merchandising and licensing liaisons, sports agents, sports historians, sports information directors, sports reporters, and talent scouts, just to name a few.

In PE 327: Physiology of Exercise, Department of Physical Education students gain experience by acting as personal trainers for volunteer participants. Over the course of the semester, the student meets with participants two to three times a week, where the student is responsible for helping his or her participant establish fitness goals and designing a program that will meet these goals. By offering courses that give students practical experience, the Department of Physical Education is able to ensure that their students are prepared for a wide array of career paths.

On-campus Opportunities

Opportunities for Department of Physical Education students to gain hands-on experience outside of their coursework are available right on campus. For example, students can serve as student athletic trainers, where they can practical field experience by working with our Division II athletes during competition and in our athletic training facilities. Performance Scholarships of $2,000 are available to student athletic trainers. Department of Physical Education students can also work as personal trainers and fitness monitors for the campus wellness program.


“Social Dance Basics Returning to Saint Joseph's College”: Assistant Professor of Physical Education Dr. Gary Sanders teaches dance class

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