|（1.School of Physical Education and Health，East China Normal University，Shanghai 200241，China；2.School of Physical Education，Xinjiang Normal University，Urumqi 830054，China）
Abstract: The authors studied and dissected the teaching programs for the sports science major in 28 comprehen-sive universities in the United States, revealed the characteristics of the setup of their curriculum systems and cur-riculum contents, and drew the following conclusions: in universities in the United States, people orientated educa-tion is the major objective, professional education bases on common education. Most universities require students to earn 120-130 credits to get a degree of science. In most universities, the proportion of credits for common education courses in total credits is 30%-50%. The universities have roughly similar required major courses, but open different major orientations according to their own circumstances, so as to meet social demands. The sports science major programs of the universities have three different organizational forms, and a relatively big number of courses.
Key words: school physical education；sports science major；curriculum setup；cultivation objective；teaching program