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.




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Dr. William Johnson

Special congratulations to Dr. Wiiliam (Bill) Johnson on becoming a USA Track and Field Official.  The National Officials Committee conducts programs to certify, train, and supervise competition officials in all disciplines of USATF. Officials play a vital role in making thousands of events run smoothly and safely and are essential for maintaining the highest levels of integrity at all levels of competition - (USATF).


Dr.  Jason Smith
 Department Chair & Associate Professor

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

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 The Department of Human Performance and Sport Sciences (HPSS)  will offer most courses remotely or online  and  provide in-person instruction for a small number of courses  that cannot be delivered remotely, as is the case for some laboratory and field study courses. Whether in-person or remote, The Department of Human Performance and Sport Sciences is committed to the values of fostering community, ensuring accessibility, and facilitating deep learning across and beyond the academic curriculum.  The HPSS Department and Tennessee State University have prioritized the safety and well-being of its students, faculty, and staff and will implement recommended best practices for limiting exposure to COVID-19 in a campus setting.

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