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Physical Education is not offered as a major or concentration at Grinnell College.
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) and intercollegiate sports (PHE 101).
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:
|Clubs (some clubs change with student interest)
|Grinnell Outdoor Recreation Program (GORP)
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)
Organizes competitive activities at the campus level in season.