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Sport Studies Department

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Studying the significant role that sports play in many cultures, Guilford students have turned this learning field into a wide range of rewarding career paths.

Guilford’s Department of Sport Studies focuses on both the study of human movement and on the exercise and sport industry. From physical therapy to sports psychology to sports management, Guilford students develop a broad cultural perspective of sport.

Through the investigation of theories and best practices in the field, students develop practical skills and knowledge as well as the ability to think critically and creatively. An emphasis on both clinical and liberal arts provides a breadth of experience as well as the moral and ethical foundations necessary to assume leadership roles in post-graduate endeavors.

Sport Studies majors have expanded their skill sets and career opportunities through internships with such organizations as the New York Giants, the Women’s Sports Foundation and Orthopedic Trauma Specialists, among many others. They have attended graduate programs at Campbell, Elon, Northern Georgia and Appalachian State universities and enjoy successful careers with Comcast, Major League Soccer and at various college and universities.


College Catalog

For more information about courses for the Sport Studies Department, visit the online, searchable College Catalog. The Undergraduate Catalog also includes academic department and major information, academic regulations and resources, admission standards and requirements, and tuition, fees, and financial aid information.

Majors and Minors

"I have not only become a better student, athlete, and leader but a better human being. I am more compassionate and understanding than I ever thought I could be; much of that is due to the positive sense of community that Guilford encourages on campus."

Tess Stryk '16
Sport Management, German Language and Society double major
  • Exercise and Sport Sciences (ESS): The bachelor of science in Exercise and Sport Sciences offers two tracks: Health and Fitness (60 credit hours) or Sport Medicine (56 credit hours). Many ESS majors interested in pursuing a health profession, such as physical therapy, double major in ESS and Health Sciences.
  • Sport Management: The bachelor of science in Sport Management requires a minimum of 40 credit hours. It focuses on traditional business operations related to the sport industry.
  • Sport Administration: The minor in Sport Administration requires a minimum of 16 credit hours. This course of study focuses on the administration of athletics, recreation and sport.
  • Sport Marketing: The minor in Sport Marketing focuses on the promotion and marketing of athletics, fitness, recreation and sport. It requires a minimum of 16 credit hours.

Sport Studies Department News and Events

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Balancing Act

Balancing Act

Harrison Kiser ’20 has spent his life playing sports, and at Guilford he found a way to channel that passion into his academic career.

Grand Slam Into the Future

Grand Slam Into the Future

Charles Noble ’16 shares how Guilford helped him gain the skills and relationships he needed to live out his dream. Now, he’s helping the amputee community as a prosthetist at Hanger Clinic.

Kick-Starting Her Career

Kick-Starting Her Career

Exercise and Sport Sciences and Health Science double major Kelsey Reilly ’20 shares her incredible athletic and academic Guilford experience and her plans to attend the Medical University of South Carolina after graduation.

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Practicing Positivity

Practicing Positivity

Exercise and Sport Sciences and Health Sciences double major Meredith Dunzweiler ’13 credits her Guilford experience with giving her the tools she needs to save lives and pursue her Doctorate in Nursing Practice.

Well Grounded and Ready to Soar

Well Grounded and Ready to Soar

Juliana “Jules” Evans-Anfom ’19 of Frederick, Md., and Exercise and Sport Sciences major, Art minor, and varsity soccer player, is pursuing a doctor of physical therapy degree in California.

Inspired in India

Inspired in India

Professor of Exercise and Sports Sciences Lavon Williams and Professor of Business Management Michael Dutch were keen to create a particularly hands-on, collaborative learning experience in India as part of the Guilford Edge curriculum.

Contact Us

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Craig Eilbacher

Craig Eilbacher

Professor of Sports Medicine

Brenda Swearingin

Brenda Swearingin

Associate Professor for Sport Studies

Terry Schwartz

Terry Schwartz

Part Time Lecturer for Sport Studies

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Michael White

Michael White

Visiting Assistant Professor for Sport Studies

Lavon Williams

Lavon Williams

Professor of Sports Studies