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2022-2023 Academic Catalog 
2022-2023 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
Tim Hammond
Dana Harrold
Timothy Hollibaugh


Erin Hurley
Brian Jaworski
Kirsten Koester
Karl Mering
Jeff Pedersen
Eric Ragan
Greg Wallace - Senior Faculty Status

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

Advanced Baseball/Softball Rock Climbing                              
BasketBall Skills Swimming
Bowling Tennis
Conditioning Training for Your First 5K 
Fishing Triathlon Training
Golf Volleyball
Indoor Cycling plus Core Water Aerobics 
Indoor Soccer Weight Lifting
Lifeguard Training Wellness
Racquetball Yoga

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

Competative Clubs  No Credit
Ultimate Frisbee Water Polo


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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