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:

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 on 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 sports, 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.



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Assessment Conference in Virginia Beach!



A centralized location where students can go for detailed information
on applying for all of HPSS’s foundation scholarships.  
Applications will be accepted on
the first day of school,
January 16th, and will close
the Friday after Spring Break,
March 15th! 
HPSS Foundation Scholarship Website



HPSS donation 2023
Tennessee State University and the Human Performance and Sport Sciences Department would like to thank Academy Sports and Mr. Rick Burleson for their donation to the HPSS Foundation. Alumni and friends have given over $19,000 dollars to HPSS students in the 2023-2024 academic year towards scholarships!

Scholarships & Resources for African Americans:


Department of Human Performance and Sport Sciences (HPSS)
Tennessee State University
College of Health Sciences
Howard C. Gentry Complex, Office, 332 
3500 John A. Merritt Blvd
Nashville, TN 37209
Dr.  Jason Smith
Department Chair & Associate Professor
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.”



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