Human Performance and Sport Sciences

Our Aim and Direction

The Department of Human Performance and Sport Sciences (HPSS) prepares students for professional careers in the following areas of concentration:

  • Physical Education
  • Health Education
  • Exercise Science
  • Sport Administration

The Department focuses on the development of competent leaders for our diverse society, who will promote the essentials of quality living, as well as excellence in teaching and serving.

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1. Preparation of physical education teacher's pedagogical techniques in the design of program activities which would guide youth in becoming physically active for the rest of their lives.

2. Prepare health educators to promote wellness by instructing others in the way of proper diet, stress management, psychological well-being, human sexuality, exercise, and play, as well as other fundamental behaviors that improve the quality of life for all individuals and communities.

3. Prepare exercise science students for careers in community physical fitness entities: public, private, corporate, commercial and clinical settings.

4. Prepare sports administrators to lead highly effective sport, recreation, and corporate programs.

The Department of HPSS offers three undergraduate concentration (majors) and two graduate majors. The Graduate Catalog should be consulted for information on master degree programs in Sports Administration and Exercise Science. Completions of the undergraduate curriculums terminate in a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) Degree. Retention requires that students meet all specific minimum hours for graduation with a GPA of 2.00 or higher, in programs listed below. A Cumulative GPA of 2.5 or better may qualify a major for graduation with only one D recorded in the Major Core.

Teacher Education candidates are required to Pass Praxis I / Pre-Professional Skills Tests or achieve the state threshold score on the ACT or SAT; achieve a cumulative GPA of 2.75 before applying for admission into the Teacher Education Program. Teacher education admission requirements are further specified in the introductory material included under the general heading: The College of Education.


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                              TIGER FIT CLUB

HPSS Tiger Fit students

                     TIGER FIT (HPSS Majors Club)

A student-run organization centered on the goals of supporting HPSS Majors in their pursuit of careers in the health and fitness field, by providing meaning for information and practical experience to the public.


The students and faculty in the Human Performance and Sport Sciences Department (HPSS) purpose is to:

1. Build a strong relationship, life-long learning, and foster scholarly inquiry.

2. Provide an environment that encourages a fitness lifestyle to all students.

3. Build professional developmental skills.

4. Serve Tennessee State University specifically in the Health and Fitness field.

HPSS Majors desiring to serve as members of TIGER FIT are expected to meet the following requirements:

1. Undergraduate students are required to be registered for and maintain a minimum of 12 semester hours.

2. No student who is under academic or social suspension from the institution shall be eligible to become or maintain the status of a member or officer of an organization.


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Dr. Poliala Dickson 

From the American Public Health Association.

Dickson's Abstract, 415923, entitled " Identifying Perceived Barriers To Weight Management in Native Hawaiian Women " has been selected and confirmed for Roundtable presentation during the APHA's 2018 Annual Meeting & Expo (Nov. 10 - Nov. 14) in San Diego. Your abstract was selected from a large number of excellent submittals and was judged to be of high quality and interest.

Dickson presentation 2018