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2019 - 2020 Academic Catalog 
2019 - 2020 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


Lynn Anderson
David Arseneault - Senior Faculty Status
David Arseneault, Jr.
Evelyn Freeman
William Freeman
Dana Harrold
Timothy Hollibaugh
Erin Hurley
Brian Jaworski
Kirsten Koester
Priscilla Lowther
Paige Madara
Jeff Pedersen
Eric Ragan
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/Softball Power Walking
Racquetball Rock Climbing
Bowling Swimming
Cardio Core Standard First Aid
Conditioning Tennis
Fishing Training for Your First 5K 
Floor Hockey Triathlon Training
Golf Volleyball
Indoor Cycling Water Aerobics 
Indoor Soccer Weight Lifting
Introductory Kayaking Wellness
Lifeguard Training  Women’s Health

Note:  A maximum of four credits may be earned in PHE 100 and PHE 101 combined. A maximum of eight credits earned in practica may count toward graduation. Credit in PHE 100 is not counted toward overload.


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 and PHE 100 combined. 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 Indoor Track Ultimate Frisbee
Basketball Lacrosse Volleyball
Equestrian Outdoor Soccer Water Polo
Fencing Rugby  
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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