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2016-2017 Academic Catalog 
2016-2017 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Physical Education

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Physical Education 

Member of the Division of Social Studies

Physical Education is not offered as a major or concentration at Grinnell College.


Andrew Hamilton


David Arseneault
Evelyn Freeman
William Freeman
Timothy Hollibaugh
Erin Hurley
Brian Jaworski
Priscilla Lowther
Paige Madara
Jeff Pedersen
Greg Wallace - Senior Faculty Status
David Zeiss

Activity, recreation, and theory offerings in the Department of Physical Education instruct students in areas that provide lifelong enrichment. Intramural, indoor and outdoor recreation, and other noncredit opportunities are available but are not listed in the catalog. Practicum credit, which counts toward graduation, is offered for the activity program, which includes instructional courses (PHE 100 see below) and intercollegiate sports (PHE 101 see below).

Academic credit is given for physical education theory courses, which are open to all students. These courses are specifically useful to those students planning careers in teaching, youth activities, or coaching.

Students are provided an opportunity to obtain a coaching authorization. The authorization is designed to develop the skills necessary to coach specific sports from grades K–12 and will include certification through the American Sport Education Program (ASEP).

For students who plan to pursue coaching at any level, it is recommended that they take the following courses:

Activity Programs

Instructional Courses - PHE-100 Physical Education Activity Instruction (Practica) 1/2 or 1 credit

Aerobics  Pickleball                                 
Advanced Baseball  Power Walking
Advanced Racquetball  Standard First Aid
Bowling  Training for Your First 5K
Cardio Core  Triathlon Training
Conditioning  Volleyball
Floor Hockey  Water Aerobics
Golf  Wellness
Indoor Soccer  Women’s Health
Introductory Kayaking  Yoga
Lifeguard Training  

Note:  A maximum of four credits may be earned in PHE 100. A maximum of eight credits earned in practica may count toward graduation.


Intercollegiate - PHE-101 Sport Performance: Intercollegiate Competitive (Practica) 1/2 credit per season

For men:   For women:  
Baseball Indoor Track Basketball Soccer
Basketball Outdoor Track Cross Country Softball
Cross Country Soccer Golf Swimming
Football Swimming Indoor Track Tennis
Golf Tennis Outdoor Track Volleyball

Note: A maximum of four credits may be earned in PHE 101. A maximum of eight credits earned in practica may count toward graduation. Credit in PHE 101 is not counted toward overload.


Non-credit options

Clubs (some clubs change with student interest) No Credit
Badminton Lacrosse Ultimate Frisbee
Basketball Outdoor Soccer Volleyball
Fencing Rugby Water Polo
Indoor Track    
Grinnell Outdoor Recreation Program (GORP) No Credit

Sponsors trips and instruction in cycling, caving, climbing, kayaking, backpacking, canoeing, winter sports, and other outdoor activities, and provides most equipment required to participate safely in these outings.

Intramural Sports (Fall or Spring) No Credit

Organizes competitive activities at the campus level in season.

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