Welcome to the Bachelor of Arts in Human Kinetics!

First-year course selection for the Bachelor of Arts in Human Kinetics offers a lot of options. There are few required courses, and you have a variety of choice in the selection of your arts and elective subjects.

First-Year Course Pattern
HKIN 115 – Principles of Human Movement (3 credits) (1st or 2nd term to balance your schedule)
HKIN 136 - Foundations of Sport and Exercise Psychology (3 credits) (1st or 2nd term to balance your schedule be sure to register in the correct lab for the term in which you are planning to take the course.)
HKIN 151 - Applied Anatomy and Physiology I (3 credits) (1st term)
HKIN 152 - Applied Anatomy and Physiology II (3 credits)  (2nd term)
HKIN 150 - Introduction to Sport in the Humanities (3 credits) (either term)
   or HKIN 154 - Introduction to Ethics of Sport (3 credits) (1st term)
Skills – 3 credits - see below
Arts Subject A – 6 credits
Arts Subject B – 6 credits


1. You should aim to register for a total of 30 credits, and there are different patterns how this can look:

  • With skills, you may end up with one term:  4 courses (@ 3 credits each) plus 1 skill (@1.5 credits)= 13.5 credits,then another term with 5 courses (@ 3 credits each) plus 1 skill (@ 1.5 credits)= 16.5 credits, for a total of 30 credits.
  • OR
  • you could have one term with 4 courses (@ 3 credits each) plus 2 skills (@1.5 credits each)= 15 credits, then Another term with 5 courses (@ 3 credits each) = 15 credits, for a total of 30 credits.

2. HKIN 115 and HKIN 136 are offered in either term.  Therefore you need to match the course section with the appropriate lab section.  For example:  HKIN 115:11A corresponds with HKIN 115L:11A.  This means you must register for section 11A for both the course and the lab.  Remember to register for the lab at the same time as the course or you will receive a registration error for the co-requisite.  This error will also occur if you try to register for a lab that does not correspond with the course or if one component is full. 

Skill courses run 12 weeks in first and second terms. Each skill has a credit value of 1.5 credits. Grades will be pass/fail and are not included in the academic average.

The maximum number of skills for the pre-education major is 15 credits (or 10 skills) and for the kinesiology major is 12 credits (or 8 skills). Credit will be granted for only one of the same or similar skills.

The following 100-level skills will introduce students to the basic skills:

102 Group Fitness (first term)
103 Skateboarding (first term)
119 Aquatic Activities (SUP, snorkeling, water polo, aquafit) (second term)
121 Badminton (second term)
122 Ball & Wall (handball, squash, racquetball) (first term)
123 Basketball (first term)
125 Contemporary Dance (first term)
126 Fitness (either term)
127 Gymnastics (either term)
128 Football (first term)
129 Hockey (second term)
131 Rugby (second term)
132 Soccer (either term)
133 Volleyball (either term)
134 Golf (first term)
135 Ice Games (power skating, ringette, broomball) (second term)
137 Low Organized Games (either term)
139 Movement Education (second term)
140 Net Games (pickle ball, tennis, team handball, Sepak) (first term)
141 Outdoor Education Camps (first term)
142 ParaSport (goal ball, wheelchair basketball, sitting volleyball) (first term)
143 Social Dance 
144 Target Games (curling, bowling, bocce) (either term)
145 Track & Field (first term)
146 Weight Training (either term)
147 World Dance (first term)
148 Yoga (either term)

There are also 200-level skills. You must have completed the HKIN 100-level course in that activity prior to registration in the 200-Level skill (when required). Normally, first year students do not register for 200-level skill courses. 

The following 200-level skills involve advanced instruction and coaching instructional strategies and analysis:

203        Judging and Officiating
204        Advanced Instruction in Group Exercise Leadership Certificate
227        Advanced Instruction in Gymnastics; prerequisite: HKIN 127
246        Advanced Instruction in Sport Science Theory and Application; prerequisite: HKIN 146

As there are many skills in each of the terms, you should choose your skills after all other courses have been scheduled. Please note that some skills courses are popular and you may not be able to take your preferred skill in the first year.  However, you will be able to that skill in your second year.

Arts and Elective Courses

The above required HKIN courses for first year total 18 credits. That leaves you with 12 credits to choose from other subjects.

SMGT 101- Introduction to Sport Management is a 3 credit elective offered in the winter term that may be of interest to HKIN students as a non-HKIN elective

When choosing your arts subjects, you should choose subjects in which you think you may be interested in taking additional courses in future years, and this is why: for your degree, you will be required to complete a minor (24 credits) in one arts subject and a “pair” in a second arts subject. (A “pair” is 12 credits in one subject; for full definition, please see the “Glossary of Terms”.)

If you already have a good idea of which two subjects these will be, that’s great. Make sure you take introductory courses in each of them.

If you are like many students, and are as yet unsure which arts subjects will engage your attention and interest, don’t worry. You don’t have to make that decision this year. Explore the available options and choose courses that sound interesting to you. The good news is that even if you find yourself uninterested in further study in any of the subjects you take this year, all of the courses can still be used in your degree pattern, and you can choose two new arts subjects next year as a possible minor and a possible pair.

It’s reassuring to know that there are no “wrong” choices, and that you can explore your arts options risk-free! You may decide to choose subjects that are familiar to you, but don’t hesitate to be adventurous and try something new.

If you are considering applying to B.Ed. programs after completion of your Human Kinetics degree, see Question 6 at the end of this document for more specific recommendations regarding course choice.

Please note that the subjects displayed in the following tables are also links to their respective pages on this website.  If first-year, 100-level courses are offered in a particular subject, their course descriptions are displayed at the bottom of the applicable subject page.

Arts Subjects
Art (Art History and Studio Art)
Catholic Studies
Celtic Studies
Classical Studies
Climate and Environment
Computer Science *
Development Studies
Mathematics *
Political Science
Public Policy and Governance
Religious Studies
Sport Management **
Women’s and Gender Studies

* Mathematics & Statistics and Computer Science are departments in the Faculty of Science, but for purposes of pairs and minors in the BA HKIN program, Computer Science and Mathematics are considered as arts subjects.

** Sport Management is not a Department, however can be chosen as a Minor or Arts elective only in the BA HKIN program.


Science Subjects
Climate and Environment
Earth Sciences


Notes re Science Courses

  • Although BA Human Kinetics students are permitted to take science courses, some of the science subjects may be more readily accessible than others during your initial registration.
  • If you are interested in Earth Sciences, the introductory courses are definitely open to you, and you are very welcome to take them. Note that the introductory Earth Sciences courses do not have labs, though they do have bi-weekly two-hour tutorials.
  • Physics is also an option, depending upon availability, and there are usually seats available for non-science students. (Note that in addition to the "normal" introductory physics courses, the department offers two first-year astronomy courses, PHYS 171 and 172, that were developed for non-science students.)
  • Biology and Chemistry may be restricted to science students until all have registered. You may be able to register for CHEM 101 and 102 or 121 and 122 or for BIOL 111 and 112 when you register for your other courses.  However, if you try to do so and receive a "College Restriction" error message, contact the relevant department chair to request to be added to a waiting list. Usually, non-science students are ultimately able to register in these courses, but sometimes not until later in the summer.  In the meantime, be sure to choose and register in a different course, in case you are not able to get a seat in the science course(s) you want.


Things to Remember

  • Though the following tips may sound a little confusing at the moment, they will become clearer to you as you move along the process, and actually begin to build your schedule. You can always refer back to this page later.
  • When building your course schedule, be sure to begin with your required HKIN courses, as they are offered in only one timeblock. (This reference to timeblocks will also become clearer as you navigate through this website.) You will also have to register for an associated lab time, and there are several afternoon timeblocks from which to choose.
  • You should then schedule your arts courses , leaving the choice of your skills to the end. Begin with arts courses that are offered at only one time, and schedule other courses around those.
  • When scheduling your activities, note that your first term skill cannot conflict with any first-term courses, and your second term skill cannot conflict with any second-term courses.

Questions You Might Have

1. I am interested in Development Studies, but there is only one 3-credit course available at the 100-level. What else should I take in the second semester to fill out my schedule?
You can take any other 3-credit course from the arts and science subjects listed above, as long as there is no first-term prerequisite for the course. If you decide to do a pair (see explanation above) in DEVS, you will need to complete 9 additional credits of DEVS, to include DEVS 201 and 202, over the remaining years of your degree.  If you decide to do a minor in Development Studies, you should complete DEVS 201 and 202 in second year, plus an additional 15 credits of DEVS over the remaining years of your degree.

2. I am interested in Public Policy and Governance, but there is only one 3-credit course available at the 100-level. What else should I take in the second semester to fill out my schedule?
You can take any other 3-credit course from the arts and sciences subjects listed above, as long as there is no first-term prerequisite for the course. If you decide to do a pair (see explanation above) in PGOV, you will need to complete 9 additional credits of PGOV over the remaining years of your degree.  If you decide to do a minor in Public Policy and Governance, you will need to complete either ECON 101 or 102 as part of that minor, so you may wish to take ECON 102 in second term if that course is not already in your plan for first year.

3.I am interested in Sport Management, but there is only one 3-credit course available at the 100-level in second term. How would taking this course affect my registration?
You would then choose only 9 credits in other arts subjects. You should choose 6 of those credits from one arts subject and 3 credits from a different subject.(Be sure to keep a balanced course load between first and second term.) At the end of the year, if you are interested in pursuing a Sport Management minor, you will need to apply for it. Admission into this minor is competitive so be aware that the better your academic performance in first year, the better your chance of being accepted into the minor. Students who take SMGT 101 in first year, but who do not pursue a Sport Management minor, will use the first-year course as an arts elective in their degree pattern.

4.  I am interested in English, but there is only one 3-credit course available at the 100-level.  What else should I take in the second semester to fill out my schedule?
You can take any other English course at the 200 level that it offered in the second semester providing there is space in the course. Alternatively, you can take any other 3-credit course from the arts and science subjects listed above, as long as there is no first-term prerequisite for the course.

5. What if I am interested in taking a course in a subject that is not mentioned above?
The other subjects offered at StFX are in our other professional or applied programs: Aquatic Resources; Business Administration; Engineering; Health; Human Nutrition; Nursing. (Human Kinetics also falls into this category.)  These subjects cannot be used as minors or pairs, or as "arts/science” or approved electives. Courses in these departments are normally restricted to students in these programs (with the exception of one course in Human Nutrition, and two upper-level elective courses in Nursing). If you are interested in taking other courses from one of these programs you will need to contact the relevant department chair, but permission is not routinely granted.

Should you be permitted to take any of these courses in the future, you will be permitted a maximum of 6 credits and will have to use those credits in the “open elective” slot of your degree pattern. You are strongly advised not to consider doing so until later in your program. If you still want to explore the option of taking courses from these departments in first year, you should speak with the Human Kinetics chair or an academic advisor to discuss the implications to your overall program.

6. The Academic Calendar refers to “Subject A” and “Subject B”. What do these mean?
Subject A is your minor, in which you will have to complete a total of 24 credits over the duration of your degree. Subject B is your pair subject.

7. What if I am interested in an honours degree?
Course selection is no different for first year. You may wish to check table 4.1.5 in the Academic Calendar for grade and average requirements, so that you are aware of the grades you will need for admission to this program at the end of second year.

8. I want to do a Bachelor of Education degree after I complete my Human Kinetics degree. Are there any particular courses that I should be taking?
This answer will be given in the context of the StFX B.Ed. program. You should understand that each university to which you might want to apply could have slightly different admission requirements, and you should do some research on each university in which you might be interested. Overall, the admission requirements will be similar in many ways, but there will definitely be differences, and you’ll want to try to incorporate those different requirements into your HKIN degree.

At StFX, as at other universities, there are two basic streams of study in the B.Ed. program: elementary and secondary. The full explanations of these programs are found in the Academic Calendar, section 6. If you are interested in the B.Ed. program, you are strongly advised to read that section and to attend information sessions offered by the Faculty of Education (normally in October). The earlier you make yourself aware of the requirements for that program, the easier it will be to tailor your HKIN degree to fulfill the necessary requirements. The Faculty of Education loves to see first-year students attend those information sessions!

Following is a summary of section 6.1.3 and 6.1.4, with information as it pertains directly to courses offered at StFX.

For the elementary stream, there are five basic requirements:

(i) 9 credits of social studies from any one or any combination of the following disciplines: history, economics, political science, anthropology, sociology and/or philosophy. The introductory courses in any of these subjects will fulfill 6 of these 9 credits.
(ii) 6 credits of mathematics. The most common choice is MATH 101 and 102. One alternative is 6 credits of calculus (MATH 106 or 126, and 107 or 127).  A third option is 6 credits from MATH 101, 102, 106 or 126, 205; or one of these 3-credit courses plus 3 credits of statistics.
(iii) 6 credits of English. ENGL 100, or 111 and 112, will fulfill this requirement.
(iv) 6 credits of science. Your required second-year BIOL 251 and 252 will fulfill this requirement.
(v) 3 or 6 credits of developmental psychology. You will need to take PSYC 101 and 102 before being permitted to take the 6-credit PSYC 260 - Developmental Psychology or the 3-credit PSYC 354 - Lifespan Developmental Psychology for the Health Sciences I:  Childhood and Adolescence.

So if you’re interested in the elementary stream of the B.Ed., it would be wise for you to take ENGL 111 and 112 (or ENGL 100), 6 credits of “social studies” (as defined above), PSYC 101 and 102, and either MATH 101/102 or MATH 106/107 or 126/127.

For the secondary stream, there are two basic requirements:

(i) “Major Subject Field”: A minimum of 30 credits of university coursework in one discipline of a subject taught in Nova Scotia secondary schools. For you, this will be “Physical Education”, and your 54 credits of HKIN courses will more than satisfy this requirement.
(ii) “Minor Subject Field”: A minimum of 18 credits of university coursework in one discipline of a second subject taught in Nova Scotia secondary schools. Allowable subject fields are English; French; Social Studies (all 18 credits must be in one of the related disciplines: economics, history, political science, sociology, or anthropology); Mathematics; Science (all 18 credits must be in one of the related disciplines: biology, chemistry, earth sciences, or physics); Fine Arts (studio art or music); Gaelic; Spanish; Family Studies (which is not possible within the framework of the HKIN degrees); Business (which is not possible within the framework of the HKIN degrees). 

If you’re interested in the secondary stream of the B.Ed., you should think about which of the “Minor Subject Field” options you would want to choose. As a student in the BA in Human Kinetics, the science options are not open to you, but the others are. You should be sure to take an introductory course in that subject this year. If you’re uncertain, that’s okay. Take introductory courses in as many of the allowable subjects as you may be considering. Ultimately, the minor you choose for your BA HKIN degree will be your “Minor Subject Field” in a B.Ed. program.