Major Exploration Activity

For this assignment, I took it upon myself to research the Applied Exercise Science major at UNE. Prior to this deep delve, we, as a class, explored the author Ernest Boyer and his article “The Enriched Major” in an attempt to determine whether or not our chosen majors were, in fact, enriched. My findings showed that the AES major at UNE is, for the most part, enriched. It lacks certain components such as historical relevance and importance, though. Regardless of this, the activity was also important in determining whether or not I’m actually interested in pursuing this major. What i found was that I don’t care for the major at all.

Here is the UNE major description for Applied Exercise Science: The AES program is designed to provide graduates with the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to perform pre-participatory screening, fitness testing, exercise prescription, and exercise leadership for healthy, health-compromised populations, and athletic performance enhancement. With a combination of basic science, exercise science and athletic training courses, these students are prepared for career opportunities as an exercise science professional in cardiopulmonary rehabilitation, strength and conditioning, sports medicine, corporate fitness, personal training, and health promotion. Internship settings include: colleges and universities, sport/athletic organizations, hospitals/clinics, private/commercial/community health and fitness facilities, municipalities, corporations, and non-profit organizations. A senior year research option is also available on a selected basis. The Applied Exercise Science program provides a strong foundation for graduate school preparation for allied health programs. 

My own description would undermine the coaching aspect of this major and instead focus on the health and rehabilitation aspects. Personally, I was interested in this major for supplementing my own powerlifting training as well as others’. What I found was that this major mainly focuses on medical issues.

Here’s a link to my paper: