Health, Physical Education, Recreation, Dance/Sport Management

The Department of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, Dance/Sport Management offers a wide range of curricula for Virginia State University students who wish to earn a Bachelor of Science Degree. Through teaching, research, and outreach-public service activities, the Department's goal is to prepare students to negotiate the demands of an ever-changing, highly competitive, and global profession.

Students completing a course of study within the Department, will have acquired those competencies necessary to function as exemplary practitioners in the contemporary marketplace and as potential candidates for graduate school. Course study encompasses core curricular areas such as Foundations, First Aid, Exercise Physiology, Adapted Physical Education, Organization and Administration of Sport, Health and Wellness, skills in lifetime sports, and internship experiences in each minor area. In addition, students may seek an endorsement in Drivers Education.


The Department offers the following minors for students who are pursuing a Bachelor of Science Degree in Health and Physical Education: Health and Physical Education PreK-12, Health Science, Community Health, Health Promotion, Public Health, Recreation, Outdoor Recreation and Resource Management, Dance, and Sport Management.

Sport Management Master's Degree Program

The Department also offers a Master of Science in Sport Management.  

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Other Departmental Information

Sankofa Dance DANCE Theatre

The HPER Department features the Virginia State University's Sankofa Dance Theatre. Sankofa is the official theatrical dance company at Virginia State University. It is the professional, performing arts extension of the dance minor. Students perform lyrical, modern, jazz, hip-hop, African-Diaspora, and traditional African dance in professional presentations throughout the University and surrounding community. Upon a successful audition, students must register for dance classes during each semester that the student is involved with Sankofa Dance Theater. Participation in "Sankofa" dance theatre is mandatory for the minor in Dance.

The VSU Fitness/Wellness Center

The VSU Fitness/Wellness Center is located in Daniel Gymnasium and is open to VSU students, faculty, and staff. The Fitness/Wellness Center offers a plethora of cardio and weight training equipment for patrons to use.

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Swimming Pool

The swimming pool is available for the Virginia State University community, student activities and outside vendors. The area contains spectator seats and a variety of equipment for use in the swimming pool.


  • Professors: Benita Brown, Serena Reese
  • Associate Professor: Linda Person and Gilbert Gipson
  • Assistant Professors: Oliver Jenkins, Brandon Kimble, Tracy Jackson
  • Instructors: Leslie Crocker, Daysha Downing, Donna Kanary
  • Adjunct Instructors: Simian Eslamian, Eugene Thompson, Charles Hester, Tara Anderson-Dickerson, Kevin Pierce, Denise Purvis, Lawanda Raines, Charles Hester, Elizabeth Wood