Students will acquire knowledge and have opportunities to apply what they learn to interventions and policy making that enrich peoples’ lives through physical activity, sport and leisure. They will gain theoretical and practical training in why and how to encourage people to become more active and how to better peoples’ experiences in various contexts. Students will critically examine how interventions and policies lead to improved health, well-being, development, learning, and performance in individuals and society, and will learn to develop, implement and evaluate programs. Students will receive training informed by social sciences (e.g., psychology, sociocultural, pedagogy, leisure studies). They will have opportunities to acquire motivational and consulting skills to work with individuals in different contexts. For example, they can learn behavioural change techniques to promote physical activity, or how to work with athletes to prepare them for competition.

Students will have opportunities to gain competencies in leading group interventions in sport coaching, recreation programming, and teaching physical activity. They can gain training that will allow them to contribute to the strategic promotion of healthy physical activity in communities, that can be applied to interventions and programming across the lifespan (from young children to older adults), in established and under-represented populations (e.g., persons with disabilities, at-risk youth). Students will have opportunities to gain skills in critical inquiry they will use to question whether interventions or social policies address individual, social and environmental considerations, and to facilitate change in current approaches.

Studies in this area of interest enable our graduates to pursue various career-paths in intervention, promotion and programming in physical activity, sport and leisure. The emphasis of our program on both foundational knowledge and also how knowledge translates into action enables our graduates to pursue different occupational roles. For example, our graduates can become leaders in the development of recreation services and fitness programs in the community (e.g., community clubs, campus recreation departments, employee wellness programs), sport coaches, teachers of physical and health education in schools, mental performance consultants in high-performance sport (e.g., sport academies), and exercise consultants and health promoters working in community health centres. Our graduates can find roles in developing persuasive messages for ‘Active Living’ or ‘Get Fit’ media communications, and they can become advocates promoting the health benefits of physical activity, sport and leisure to policy-makers in the public, private and non-profit sectors. Our graduates can also pursue research-based or professional-based graduate degrees relating to interventions in physical activity, sport and leisure.  

This program is offered in English and in French.

The French immersion is available with this program.

Basic skills
ENG 1100Workshop in Essay Writing3 Units
3 course units from:3 Units
Technical Report Writing
Literature and Composition I: Prose Fiction
Literature and Composition II: Drama and Poetry
Compulsory Courses at the 1000 level
APA 1122Physical Activity in a Global Health Perspective3 Units
APA 1302Sociology of Sport and Physical Activity in Canada3 Units
APA 1313Musculoskeletal Anatomy3 Units
LSR 1100Introduction to Leisure Studies3 Units
Compulsory Courses at the 2000 level
APA 2111Intervention Theories3 Units
APA 2116Principles of Coaching3 Units
APA 2140Introduction to Sport and Exercise Psychology3 Units
APA 2180Research Methods in Human Kinetics3 Units
LSR 2118Recreation Program Development and Evaluation3 Units
Compulsory Courses at the 3000 level
APA 3111Intervention Observation and Experimentation3 Units
APA 3118Recreation, Sport and Community Development3 Units
APA 3301Ethics in Sport, Physical Activity and Health in Canada3 Units
APA 3381Measurement and Data Analysis in Human Kinetics3 Units
Compulsory Courses at the 4000 level
APA 4123Physical Activity Counselling3 Units
Optional Courses
3 course units from:3 Units
Introduction to Psychology: Foundations
Introduction to Psychology: Applications
3 course units from:3 Units
Principles of Sociology
Exploring Diversity in Canada
3 course units from:3 Units
Reasoning and Critical Thinking
Philosophical Issues in Health Care
Introduction to Psychology: Foundations
Introduction to Psychology: Applications
Principles of Sociology
Exploring Diversity in Canada
6 course units from:6 Units
Motor Control and Learning
Physiology of Physical Activity
Introduction to Applied Biomechanics
3 course units from:3 Units
Coaching Training Methods
Fitness Training Principles
6 course units from:6 Units
Research Project
Internship/Clinical Experience
15 optional course units at the 3000 or 4000 level from the list of optional courses15 Units
Elective Courses
33 elective course units33 Units
or 3 elective course units and a minor
Total: 120 Units

List of Optional Courses

APA 3113Management of Sporting Events and Festivals3 Units
APA 3119Coaching Training Methods3 Units
APA 3120Psychomotor Behavior Laboratory3 Units
APA 3121Human Motor Skill Development3 Units
APA 3122Physical Activity and Health3 Units
APA 3123Hockey and Canadian Culture3 Units
APA 3124Diet and Physical Activity3 Units
APA 3125Prevention and Care of Athletic Injuries3 Units
APA 3130Motor Performance and Aging3 Units
APA 3131Physical Ergonomics3 Units
APA 3142Sociology of Health and Physical Activity in Canada3 Units
APA 3146Sport and Recreation Marketing3 Units
APA 3150Neural Control of Human Movement3 Units
APA 3311Musculoskeletal Biomechanics3 Units
APA 3324Techniques and Strategies in Sport3 Units
APA 3325Fitness Training Principles3 Units
APA 4101Anthropology of Sport and Leisure3 Units
APA 4112Political Economy of Sport and Physical Activity3 Units
APA 4115Sport and Identities3 Units
APA 4116Applied Sport and Performance Psychology3 Units
APA 4117Quality of Life: Theory, Research and Application3 Units
APA 4120Sport and Physical Activity in Aging Populations3 Units
APA 4131Psychomotor Behavior: Current Trends3 Units
APA 4313Exercise and Disease Prevention3 Units
APA 4320Advanced Coaching: Global Preparation in a Sport3 Units
APA 4323Selected Topics in Human Kinetics3 Units
APA 4900Directed Studies3 Units
LSR 3105Parks and Protected Areas3 Units
LSR 3116Leisure Education/Counselling3 Units