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 concentrations:

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.


1. Preparation of physical education teacher's pedagogical techniques in the design of program activities that 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 concentrations (majors) and two graduate majors. The Graduate Catalog should be consulted for information on master's degree programs in Sports Administration and Exercise Science. Completion of the undergraduate curriculum's 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. 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.




 'Employee's of the Month' - December 2021

                             Dr. William Johnson

The Employee of the month (December) is an honor in which you have earned with your work ethic and dedication to the HPSS Department. As the Director of the HPSS Graduate Programs, Dr. Johnson has a plethora of wisdom and knowledge of the accreditation, mode of delivery, admissions standards, costs, program outcomes, job placement, reputation of faculty and quality rankings to move the HPSS department forward. 'Think, Work, and Serve'


                              Ms. Agnes Boyd

The Employee of the Month (November) is an honor in which you have earned with your hard work and dedication to the HPSS Department. Your dedication to the HPSS Department is very powerful. You have been leading by example for several years at TSU and in the HPSS Department. Students always look up to you as a role model of what is expected of them in your courses and as they exit our department. The Department of Human Performance and Sports Science would not be complete without you! 'Think, Work, and Serve'. 




Dr.  Jason Smith
Interim Department Chair/Associate Professor

The Department of Human Performance and Sport Sciences
Tennessee State University
Howard C. Gentry Complex, Office, 332 
3500 John A. Merritt Blvd
Nashville, TN 37209
Office (615) 963-2172 | Fax (615) 963-5594 

“Understanding comes when we take away our pride and open our ears to consider ways we can grow and change, which will create change for all.”

A HPSS Graduate Assistant has been accepted into the Ph.D. program at MTSU to begin in August 2021.
She has a B.A. in Kinesiology from New Mexico State University.
Certification: NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist. 
Hobbies: Running
Favorite Athlete: Bethany Hamilton
Favorite Quote: “Those who have a 'why' to live, can bear with almost any 'how'.” ― Viktor E. Frankl

Title III grant continues to have a HIGH IMPACT on our students and faculty within Human Performance Sport Sciences (HPSS). 

HPSS is accepting applications:


Mason McIntosh  -  TOP HPSS Student with a bright future!