Many parts of the Applied Exercise Science major at UNE align with Boyer’s ideas on the “enriched major”. A great example of this lies within the learning outcomes of the major. One learning outcome for this major is to “recognize the importance of ethically-grounded care for diverse clients, patients and/or athletes,” (UNE). This is in accordance with Boyer’s views as Boyer believes the enriched major should answer the question “what are the moral and ethical issues to be confronted,” (Boyer 223). By focusing on ethical care, UNE is answering this question. UNE expects its students to adopt empathetic thinking skills to provide care to those who need it, regardless of who they are. UNE recognized that Applied Exercise Science extends far beyond the lab. Although it’s important to perform well, when contextualized, the jobs provided through this major aim to impact and benefit people. By grounding this intent and emphasizing the benefits for all groups of people, UNE has enriched this major.
Another example of this lies within the learning outcome “demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively in both oral and written formats,” (UNE). Although not specifically related to the questions Boyer provides as an outline for the enriched major, it’s clear these skills imply harmony between the liberal arts and the sciences. This is in alignment with Boyer’s central idea, for Boyer believes the liberal arts provide important context, perspective, and skills that can…enrich a major. Through focusing on these skills, UNE is addressing one of the largest criticisms of STEM based education. People such as Scheuer and Ungar, whom we’ve discussed in class prior to this moment, have made it clear that communication skills are often undermined and ignored when studying STEM. To make communication a learning outcome shows that UNE cares for the applications of exercise science in the real world, not just the technical skills students will have upon completing college.
Is there enough content in this major for it to be legitimate? How might this major differ from something like nursing or even practices further along in the medical field.
What is the historical context of this major? Has this field of study existed for a while or is this something relatively new to society.
The course outline describes a combination of only “basic science, exercise science and athletic training” courses, so how exactly does this major enforce communication skills and ethical applications. Is that just for appearance?
Exercise Science is widely regarded as a redundant major on the internet. For example, I’m a self-taught powerlifter and many people in that community believe personal trainers, athletic coaches, and physical therapists don’t cater to their demographic. As someone who would enroll in this major to buttress my powerlifting experience, what are your thoughts on this?