Sport & Fitness Leadership

Athletes represent one of the largest “mission fields” in the world. The sport and fitness field includes numerous opportunities for mentoring relationships through which believers can influence others for Christ. Accordingly, Johnson University has designed a general Sport & Fitness Leadership Major with a Great Commission thrust. The program includes coursework designed to qualify students for eight different professional certifications from the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), and the Association of Church Sports and Recreation Ministers (CSRM). Graduates may pursue a variety of career paths as sports ministers, coaches, fitness specialists, athletic trainers, and strength and conditioning specialists.

sports and fitness leadership imageSport & Fitness Leadership majors will benefit from Johnson’s accreditation, affordable tuition, and an experienced and engaged faculty dedicated to the spiritual formation of each student. Both the Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts degree coursework integrate a Bible & Theology Core and Arts & Sciences Core. Bachelor of Arts degrees usually include 12 or more credits of foreign language study, while Bachelor of Science degrees include additional Natural Science (like Biology and Science concepts) and Social and Behavioral Science courses (like Psychology and Economics). Students will also have the opportunity to test and apply their theoretical knowledge in real-world settings through professional internships.

When students complete this program, they will be able to do the following:

  • Understand and employ the principles of lifetime health and fitness.
  • Display practical knowledge and skills for teaching and mentoring in sports-related settings.
  • Demonstrate foundational knowledge, skills, and attitudes essential for effective leadership in sports professions.
  • Retain knowledge, skills, and high standards that qualify individuals for professional certification.

For a comprehensive list regarding program goals and objectives, see the catalog.

Sport and Fitness Certifications available
American College of Sports Medicine Certified Group Exercise Instructor [ACSM-GEI]
American College of Sports Medicine Certified Health Fitness Specialist [ACSM-HFS]
American College of Sports Medicine Certified Personal Trainer [ACSM-CPT]
Association of Church Sports and Recreation Ministers Certification, Level I [CSRM 1]
Association of Church Sports and Recreation Ministers Certification, Level II [CSRM, 2]

Professional Area Course Sampling
Human Development
Sport & Exercise Psychology
Essentials of Strength Training & Conditioning
Applied Exercise Anatomy & Physiology
Physical Education Methods
Introduction to Coaching
Organization & Administration of Athletic Programs

Bible and Theology Course Sampling
Orientation to the Old Testament I
Orientation to the Old Testament II
Orientation to the New Testament
Fundamentals of Christian Faith
Exegetical Methods
Old Testament Poetry/Wisdom or Prophets Selective
New Testament Epistles or Gospels Selective