Exercise & Sport Studies

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The Department of Exercise & Sport Studies (ESS) is committed to improving the quality of life at Smith College by providing an array of classes that allow for the exploration and better understanding of the importance of exercise and physical activity in our daily lives. The department has three areas of concentration: performance courses, the minor, and a graduate program.

At the performance level, the department offers more than 90 sections of performance and exercise related courses that fall under the categories of aquatics, conditioning & fitness, equestrian, mind-body, outdoor skills and sport skills. Our minor focuses on theory courses that address biophysical, behavioral, health and sociocultural aspects of physical activity. The graduate program is devoted exclusively to the practice of intercollegiate coaching of women's teams.