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Health, Physical Education, Recreation, Dance/Sport Management

The Department of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, Dance/Sport Management offers a wide range of curricula for Virginia State University students who wish to earn a Bachelor of Science Degree. Through teaching, research, and outreach-public service activities, the Department's goal is to prepare students to negotiate the demands of an ever-changing, highly competitive, and global profession.

Students completing a course of study within the Department, will have acquired those competencies necessary to function as exemplary practitioners in the contemporary marketplace and as potential candidates for graduate school. Course study encompasses core curricular areas such as Foundations, First Aid, Exercise Physiology, Adapted Physical Education, Organization and Administration of Sport, Health and Wellness, skills in lifetime sports, and internship experiences in each minor area. In addition, students may seek an endorsement in Drivers Education.


The Department offers the following minors for students who are pursuing a Bachelor of Science Degree in Health and Physical Education: Health and Physical Education PreK-12, Health Science, Community Health, Health Promotion, Public Health, Recreation, Outdoor Recreation and Resource Management, Dance, and Sport Management.

Sport Management Master's Degree Program

The Department also offers a Master of Science in Sport Management.  

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Sankofa Dance Theatre

The Department features the VSU Sankofa Dance Theatre. Students with a minor in Dance are required to participate in this exciting performing arts group (by audition). For further information about the Sankofa Dance Theatre, please contact Dr. Benita Brown at 804-524-5624 or

The VSU Fitness/Wellness Center

The VSU Fitness/Wellness Center is located in Daniel Gymnasium and is open to VSU students, faculty, and staff. The Fitness/Wellness Center offers a plethora of cardio and weight training equipment for patrons to use.

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