The Department of Health & Kinesiology (HLKN) is ranked first at Texas A&M University in class count, first in student enrollment and one of the most cost effective units on campus. Courses generate over 150,000 weighted student credit hours each year, which ranks third at the University. HLKN is also in the top 40 in one-year and five-year external funding at the university. HLKN is made up of four divisions: Health, Kinesiology, Sport Management and the Physical Education Activity Program. In addition to its many degree programs, HLKN offers many outreach programs for continuing students and the community.

HLKN is an active member of the American Kinesiology Association (AKA). The department joins in the efforts of the AKA to promote the discipline of Kinesiology as a field of study and to highlight its applications that affect all through research to enhance people 's health.

As one of four departments in the College of Education & Human Development, HLKN is currently home to more than 2,950 undergraduate majors, 300 minors, 285 graduate students, 90 faculty members, 35 staff members and 85 graduate assistants.

Vision & History

Now the third largest department at Texas A&M University, HLKN has a long, vibrant history. The department started as Physical Education in the Athletic Department at the Agricultural and Mechanical College of Texas, with the head football coach serving as the department head. Since being separated from the Athletic Department in 1937, nine individuals have served as Department Head:

Welcome from the Department Head

Welcome to the Department of Health and Kinesiology at Texas A&M University.

The Department of Health & Kinesiology has outstanding faculty, staff, students, and facilities and has been consistently recognized as one of the nation's largest and best programs in our field. Our faculty and students are actively engaged in the practice and study of physical activity, sport and health that is making a national and international impact. 


HLKN is actively engaged in the submission and procurement of external funding to support its research work; conducting, presenting and publishing research and scholarly works; and, disseminating research findings to the scientific and lay communities.