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Physical Education, Athletics, and Recreation (PE)

Chair and Athletic Director: Professor Leon Lunder

Professors: Mary Easter, Guy A. Kalland, Leon Lunder, William Terriquez

Associate Professors: Andrew M. Clark, Donna M. Ricks, Gerald L. Young

Assistant Professors: Christian J. Brann, Sarah E. Hurst, Heidi L. Jaynes, Tammy Metcalf-Filzen, Amy Tenute

Description of Program:

The Physical Education Program includes a variety of activity courses from which the student may select. Emphasis is on an "activity for all" approach in hopes that each person will discover that physical activity can contribute to his/her well being now and in the future. Lifetime sports such as swimming, racquetball, tennis, aerobics, badminton, golf, skiing (downhill and cross country), and skating are particularly popular. To accommodate those who would prefer a team sport experience, classes in volleyball, basketball, frisbee, and hockey are offered. Weight training, aerobics, jogging, and cycling classes help those who wish to work on various components of their fitness. Classes are coed and instruction is given at beginning, intermediate, and advanced levels.

Courses are provided for those seeking American Red Cross certification in First Aid including CPR, Life Guard Training, and Water Safety Instructor.

Students interested in dance can elect to specialize in modern dance or ballet. Folk, social, and jazz classes are also popular (see Studies in Dance elsewhere in the Catalog for dance courses which may be taken for academic credit).


Four terms of physical education are required for graduation. Students are expected to complete these four courses by the end of the sophomore year. Classes usually meet twice a week. Students choose their activity class from a large selection of courses each term and may receive a maximum of one Physical Education activity credit per term. Physical Education credit may be earned for participation on a club team that meets the requirements stipulated by the department. Each club may be granted credit in only one term each academic year. During his/her time at Carleton, any student may receive only two of the required four PE credits by participating in a club sport. The maximum two club credits may be received in the same or different club sports.



Classes and groups meet in the most ideal setting possible, making use of Cowling Recreation Center, Carleton Recreation Center, West Gymnasium, Laird Stadium, Arb and Bell Field Tennis Courts, various outdoor playing fields around the campus and several off-campus sites. Physical Education classes, varsity teams, clubs, and intramurals are all tightly scheduled since the demands for use are very heavy.

Intercollegiate Athletics:

Carleton sponsors intercollegiate varsity teams for both men and women in the following sports: Basketball, Cross Country, Track and Field (indoor and outdoor), Soccer, Swimming/Diving, Golf and Tennis.

Men only: Baseball, Football

Women only: Softball, Volleyball, Synchronized Swimming

Physical Education credit can be earned for participation on an intercollegiate team. Candidates for athletic teams should have a current physical examination prior to the start of practice in their sport.

The College does not accept financial responsibility for medical, surgical, or other expenses arising out of athletic injuries which exceeds the care provided through the College Health Services and/or our authorized Athletic Trainer.

Carleton is a member of the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference which participates in Division III of the NCAA.

Intramural Sports:

A varied program is offered to meet the needs and interests as expressed by the student body. Most intramurals are co-ed and are offered with several intensity levels. The program includes:

Fall: Ultimate Frisbee, Badminton, Floor Hockey, Team Tennis

Winter: Indoor Soccer, Ice Hockey, Broomball, Basketball, Badminton

Spring: Volleyball, Ultimate Frisbee, Softball, Floor Hockey, Team Tennis

All terms: The swim, bike, run, ski and stay fit program.

Clubs: Student directed organizations allow interest groups to flourish in the following activities:

Competitive: Co-ed Fencing, Co-ed Field Hockey, Men's and Women's Ultimate Frisbee, Men's and Women's Ice Hockey, Co-ed Indoor Soccer, Men's and Women's Lacrosse, Men's Volleyball, Co-ed Water Polo, Co-ed Cycling, Men's and Women's Rugby

Non-competitive: Aikido, Karate, Tae Kwon Do, Social Dance, Folk Dance, Equestrian, Kalochorus, Ebony and Dance Ensemble, Juggling

Activity Courses

All activity classes are offered on a S/NC basis.

PE 101. Aerobics Basic dance steps, calisthenic-type movements and locomotor skills (running, jumping, hopping, skipping, etc.) are combined into vigorous routines which are performed to the beat of popular music. All classes offer components of strength development, flexibility and cardio-vascular fitness. No experience necessary. Wear comfortable clothes and shoes with good support (no running shoes). Fall,Winter,Spring

PE 103. Aikido, Beginning Having gradually developed from the traditions of the Japanese Samurai warrior, Aikido is a "soft" martial art, with an emphasis on philosophy, exploration and creation of harmonious action with a partner. Students learn to fall (without hurting themselves), roll, follow and lead. The class meets in conjunction with the Aikido Club. An additional fee of $20-25 is required. Fall,Winter,Spring

PE 104. Aikido, Advanced Training in empty-hand techniques are continued, and weapon techniques are introduced. More varieties of breakfalls are learned as the emphasis of the class shifts to higher-level techniques. Prerequisite: Beginning Aikido. Fall,Winter,Spring

PE 105. Badminton Fundamental skills of the game are presented (serve, clear, drop shot, smash and drive). Various drills are used to improve skills, with ample opportunity for play. Rules and strategy for both singles and doubles are stressed. Open to all abilities. All equipment is furnished. Fall,Winter,Spring

PE 106. Badminton, Intermediate The objective of the course is to review basic skills and strategies of badminton. In addition to learn new techniques and strategies of singles and doubles play with greater emphasis on competition. Advanced singles and doubles strategies will be covered as well as involvement in tournament play. Winter

PE 107. Ballet I A beginning course in the technique of ballet, it includes beginning patterns and basic positions and exercises. Students develop an awareness of the many ways their body can move, an appreciation of dance as an artistic expression and a recognition of the dancer as an athlete. Fall,Winter,Spring

PE 108. Ballet II For the student with previous dance experience this course emphasizes articulation of the technique and development of ballet vocabulary and movement theories. Opportunity to continue to work on technique and to more finely tune the awareness of movement begun in Level I. Fall,Winter,Spring

PE 109. Ballet III This is an advanced class for students who have some capabilities and proficiency in technique. Content is sophisticated and demanding in its use of ballet vocabulary and musical phrasing. Spring

PE 111. Basketball, Three on Three Open to all who enjoy basketball and have a basic understanding of the game. Stress will be placed upon vigorous activity, though instruction will be given on basic rules, strategy and skill improvement drills. This course offers an opportunity for a great workout in a co-ed team setting. Winter

PE 117. Cote Fitness Students are tested (aerobic condition, strength, blood pressure, flexibility, and body fat) at the beginning and end of the term. Individualized exercise programs are established based on test results and goal setting by the students. Winter,Spring

PE 119. Cycling, Recreational The class is geared to beginning, recreational cyclists, not the competitive cyclist. Students must provide their own bicycles. Helmets are mandatory. Information on equipment, repair of equipment, and rules of the road are interspersed with opportunities to develop fitness by riding the various routes around Northfield. Spring

PE 121. Fencing, Intermediate More advanced students continue to improve their foil fencing skills through instruction, practice and competition. Students also have opportunity to learn epee and sabre weapons as well. Fencing Club is available to those who wish to continue with their interest after the class. Fall,Winter,Spring

PE 121. Fencing, Beginning An instructional class for beginners. Students learn footwork, techniques and simple attacks and defense. Foils, masks and fencing jackets are provided. Students are encouraged to continue with intermediate fencing to further develop skills. Fall,Winter,Spring

PE 125. Folk Dance Folk Dance includes a variety of dances of varying intricacy from around the world. No experience necessary. Fall,Winter,Spring

PE 127. Frisbee, Beginning Ultimate For the beginning or moderately experienced player who wants to develop basic skills. See what all the fuss is about. If a golden retriever can do it, so can you! Fall,Spring

PE 129. Golf, Beginning Basic instruction and opportunities to improve your game are provided. All equipment is provided. Experience not necessary. Fall,Spring

PE 130. Advanced Golf For students who have experience with the fundamentals of the swing and the game and have also played (several times) on regulation golf courses. Each student must have (or have access to) their own set of clubs. Fall,Spring

PE 131. Ice Hockey This course is designed to give men and women the opportunity to play ice hockey together in a fun and non-competitive setting. Absolutely no body checking or rough play is allowed. Skill development in skating, stick handling, passing and shooting is stressed as well as position play and rules necessary to ensure the safety of the participants. Helmets are recommended and furnished. Students must provide their own skates and hockey sticks. Highly accomplished or "hard-core" hockey players have no place in this class. Winter

PE 133. Ice Skating, Beginning The class is divided into several ability groups with an instructor assigned to each small group. Figure skating skills are presented in progressive order allowing individuals to move along at their own pace. Classes meet outdoors on the Bald Spot rink. Students must provide their own figure skates. Winter

PE 134. Ice Skating, Intermediate Designed for students with previous skating experience, this course develops skills with emphasis on edges, backward stroking, basic combinations, jumps and figures. Classes meet outdoors on the Bald Spot rink. Students must provide their own figure skates. Winter

PE 138. Jazz Dance An introduction to basic styles and dynamics of jazz dance. Prerequisites include one term of ballet or modern dance or permission of the instructor. The dancer is encouraged and challenged to use technique in a highly rhythmic style. Winter

PE 142. Karate An art of self-defense which originated in Okinawa. Karate involves mastering techniques, sharpening concentration and refining one's spirit. Karate develops self-confidence and self-discipline while providing a solid workout. Ideally, the Karateka carries a clarity of concentration and serenity of spirit every day in whatever she/he is doing. Beginners are welcome and appreciated. Fall,Winter,Spring

PE 146. Life Guard Training American Red Cross course that encompasses training in aquatic safety and rescue skills. On successful completion of the course, participants will receive 2 certifications: one for A.R.C. Lifeguard Training (includes First Aid), valid for 3 years, and the second for A.R.C. C.P.R. for the Professional Rescuer, valid for one year. In order to be eligible for this course, students must demonstrate competence in the basic swimming strokes (front crawl, breaststroke, and sidestroke), be able to tread water (without use of hands/arms) for 2 minutes and exhibit an ability to swim under water to depths of at least 9 feet. The course is approximately 35 hours in length, with 80% of the class time spent in the pool and 20% in the classroom. Spring

PE 147. Moving Anatomy This course seeks to provide an underlying awareness of body structure and function. Using movement to expand knowledge of our anatomy will encourage participants to integrate information with experience. Heightened body awareness and class studies are designed to activate the general learning process. Spring

PE 148. Modern Dance I A physical exploration at the introductory level of the elements of dance: time, motion, space, shape and energy. Students are challenged physically as they increase their bodily awareness, balance, control, strength and flexibility and get a glimpse of the art of dance. Fall,Winter,Spring

PE 149. Modern Dance II Builds upon the concepts and experiences in Level I with more emphasis on the development of technique and expressive qualities as students are aided in a process of solving movement problems and finding solutions. Movement combinations are more complex and physical demands are challenging. Fall,Spring

PE 150. Contact Improvisation This is a course in techniques of spontaneous dancing shared by two or more people through a common point of physical contact. Basic skills such as support, counterbalance, rolling, falling and flying will be taught and developed in an environment of mutual creativity. Fall

PE 151. Modern Dance III Continues to challenge the dance student with more intensive work on technical, theoretical and expressive movement problems. Since students are more able and experienced, exploration of unusual and intricate forms and movements is possible and the goal of each class is to go as deeply into each idea as the limits of time and ability allow. Fall,Spring

PE 154. Beginning Racquetball This course is designed for beginners and people with very limited experience in racquetball. The focus of this course is on basic skills development and practice. Students are introduced to rules and singles strategy. No experience required. Fall

PE 156. Advanced Racquetball The focus of this course is on skill refinement, advanced singles strategy as well as instruction in doubles and cutthroat play. Prerequisite: Beginning racquetball or previous racquetball experience required. Fall,Winter,Spring

PE 157. Intermediate/Advanced Modern Dance Techniques Intensive work on technical, theoretical and expressive problems for intermediate and advanced dances in a mutual learning context. Fall,Winter

PE 158. Beginning Rock Climbing The beginning of the course covers the climbing-knots, belaying and commands. Efficient movement and climbing styles will also be addressed. The majority of the term will allow students to apply their new skills on the Recreation Center's climbing wall. Fall,Winter,Spring

PE 159. Scuba Padi Open Water SCUBA certification can be earned. The class is divided into three parts: class, pool and open water. The classroom and pool portions cost $120 and are conducted at the West Gym classroom and Thorpe Pool. The open water portion (optional for PE activity credit but required for PADI certification) is conducted off campus and costs an additional $200. Course fees include books and use of all equipment needed for certification. Fall,Spring

PE 161. Self Defense for Women Taught by Mary Brandl, a third degree Black Belt with the Midwest Karate Association. Course consists of learning basic techniques (kicking, striking, blocking and shifting moves), analyzing and decision making in a crisis, and the role body language, eye contact and assertiveness can play in threatening and attack situations. There will be controlled practice drills with partners. Fall,Spring

PE 163. Skiing, Cross-Country Open to all levels of ability and experience. The classes use the arboretum, athletic fields and Nerstrand State Park to work on basic techniques of Nordic skiing. This is a great class to learn how to enjoy a Minnesota winter! Students must provide their own equipment. Winter

PE 165. Skiing, Downhill Students are transported by bus once a week for a three hour off-campus ski afternoon at nearby Afton Alps. Students may elect to take an instructional class or decide to simply use this as an opportunity to ski on their own. Professional ski instructors provide small group lessons for all levels of skill. Students purchase their own lift tickets (at a reduced rate) and those needing to rent equipment or desiring lessons are charged a fee (at a reduced rate) by the ski area for those options. A bus fee is required to hold your place in this class. Winter

PE 167. Social Dance I Provides instruction in basic steps and patterns of ballroom dance such as fox trot, waltz, and lindy. No previous experience is needed. Additional opportunities are provided by the Social Dance Club. Fall,Winter,Spring

PE 168. Social Dance II Provides a progression from the basics and begins to move into more rhythmically advanced dances and specialty moves. Previous experience or completion of Social Dance I is required. Additional opportunities are provided by the Social Dance Club. Fall,Winter,Spring

PE 169. Social Dance, Winter Ball Course is completed in five weeks - just in time for mid-winter ball. Winter

PE 170. Squash Students are introduced to this fast-paced racquet sport. Played on a court similar to racquetball, squash involves eye-hand coordination and quick reflexes. In general, the smaller squash ball and longer squash racquet create a game faster and more reactive than its relative, racquetball. This class will cover basic stroke production, rules and strategies of the game. Geared toward beginners, all equipment is furnished. Winter

PE 172. Swimming, Fitness Designed for the accomplished swimmer who desires a vigorous workout as a means of improving or maintaining cardiovascular fitness. Instruction covers stroke mechanics, drills, use of training equipment and general workout design. Students must have the ability to swim front crawl, backstroke, and breaststroke. Fall,Winter,Spring

PE 173. Swimming, Instructional Fall,Winter,Spring

PE 178. Tae Kwon Do The traditional martial art of Korea. The class meets in conjunction with the Tae Kwon Do Club. Its goal is to strengthen the physical and mental abilities of its members. Tae Kwon Do offers a well-balanced practical approach to training, promoting physical fitness, self control, confidence, leadership, discipline and an understanding of the art of Tae Kwon Do and the Korean culture from which it originated. Fall,Winter,Spring

PE 182. Tennis, Beginning This is the introductory class for those wanting to learn the game of tennis. Instruction includes basic stroke techniques, basic strategies, rules and scoring. Students must provide their own rackets and suitable shoes. Fall,Spring

PE 183. Tennis, Intermediate This course is for players who have mastered the basics of the game. Previous experience or Beginning Tennis class required. Instruction in more advanced techniques and strategies for both singles and doubles, as well as match opportunities are provided. Students must provide their own rackets and suitable shoes. Fall

PE 186. Tennis, Advanced This course is for students with prior competitive tennis experience at the high school level. Instruction in advanced strategy for singles and doubles will be the focus of the course. In addition, students will play both singles and doubles matches. Spring

PE 188. Triathlon Training An excellent preparation for the "Carleton Triathlon" held at the end of May. Students will learn how to effectively train in each of the three traditional sports of triathlon (swim, bike, run). Instruction covers basic training principles, technique development, competitive preparation. This course is open to all levels of experience from novice to advanced. Students must possess a minimal amount of skill and conditioning in the three sports prior to enrollment. Spring

PE 190. Volleyball, Co-ed Open to all experience levels. It provides an introduction to basic volleyball skills, rules, and offensive/defensive strategies within a structure that provides both skill practice and scrimmage opportunities. There is an emphasis on teamwork and social interaction. Fall,Winter

PE 192. Water Safety Instructor American Red Cross certification course for those wishing to teach swimming and water safety classes. In order to be eligible to participate in this course, students must pass a precourse written test and skills test. The written test and skills test are based on a proficiency level equal to the American Red Cross Community Water Safety course and Level VI of the American Red Cross Learn to Swim Program. Although not mandatory, all instructor candidates should have current certification in first aid and CPR. This course requires time outside of class for teaching experiences. Certification is acquired by successfully passing all written tests and skillful demonstration of all required aquatic skills. Spring

PE 194. Weight Training, Beginning The focus of this course is introduction to the basics of resistance training including a variety of machines, simple free weight and free hand activity. The course is designed for those students with little or no weight training experience. Perfection of basic techniques, strength assessment and personalized programming are ultimate goals of the course. Fall,Winter

PE 196. Weight Training for Women This class is designed to introduce women students to the weight training facilities in a smaller group setting. Women students will learn to set up weight training programs based on a physical assessment done at the beginning of the course and the students' individual goals. Introduction technique and training principles are given as well as basic nutritional, health and wellness information. Fall,Spring

PE 199. Yoga, Power Open to all levels, this course is an introduction to the particular style of Hatha yoga called Astanga yoga. This is an aerobic, active style of yoga that combines breathing and postures (asanas) into a comprehensive practice. It is a strenuous practice which works the entire body. Fall,Winter,Spring

Intercollegiate Teams (0 credits)

PE 210. Baseball Intercollegiate, Men Spring

PE 211. Basketball Intercollegiate, Men Winter

PE 212. Basketball Intercollegiate, Women Winter

PE 217. Cross Country Intercollegiate, Men Fall

PE 218. Cross Country Intercollegiate, Women Fall

PE 226. Football Intercollegiate Fall

PE 229. Golf Intercollegiate, Men Fall,Spring

PE 230. Golf Intercollegiate, Women Fall,Spring

PE 269. Soccer Intercollegiate, Men Fall

PE 270. Soccer Intercollegiate, Women Fall

PE 271. Softball Intercollegiate, Women Spring

PE 272. Swimming/Diving Intercollegiate, Men Winter

PE 273. Swimming/Diving Intercollegiate, Women Winter

PE 276. Synchronized Swim, Intercollegiate Winter

PE 282. Tennis Intercollegiate, Men Spring

PE 283. Tennis Intercollegiate, Women Spring

PE 286. Track and Field/Indoor Intercollegiate, Men Winter

PE 287. Track and Field/Indoor Intercollegiate, Women Winter

PE 288. Track and Field/Outdoor Intercollegiate, Men Spring

PE 289. Track and Field/Outdoor Intercollegiate, Women Spring

PE 291. Volleyball Intercollegiate, Women Fall

Clubs (0 credits)

It is possible for club sport teams to qualify for credit by applying through the Coordinator of Club and I.M. Sports. Students can earn no more than two of their required four PE credits through club sport participation.

PE 219. Cycling Club

PE 220. Crew Club

PE 221. Fencing Club

PE 222. Field Hockey Club, Co-ed

PE 227. Frisbee Club, Men

PE 228. Frisbee Club, Women

PE 231. Ice Hockey Club, Men

PE 232. Ice Hockey Club, Women

PE 244. Lacrosse Club, Men

PE 245. Lacrosse Club, Women

PE 258. Rugby Club, Men

PE 259. Rugby Club, Women

PE 290. Volleyball Club, Men

PE 293. Water Polo Club

Academic Courses

PE 310. First Aid and CPR An introduction to basic methods useful in the treatment of injuries and sudden illness. Course content involves both theoretical information and practical physical skills. Red Cross Community First Aid and CPR Certification is given upon successful completion. This course does not apply toward required PE activity courses for graduation. 1 credit cr., S/CR/NC, ND, Fall,SpringH. Jaynes, D. Ricks

PE 314. Athletic Training I: Gross Human Anatomy This course is designed to introduce the student to fundamental human anatomy and kinesiology. Emphasis is placed on the musculoskeletal system and its mechanics. Laboratory activities will include surface and palpatory anatomy as well as manual muscle testing. Required of those who want to work as student athletic trainers. 2 credits cr., ND, WinterStaff

PE 315. Athletic Training II: Prevention and Care of Athletic Injuries A course in the principles, procedures, and techniques of prevention, evaluation, treatment, and rehabilitation of athletic injuries. Classwork will include lecture, discussion, and examinations. Laboratory practical experience will be given in evaluation of injuries, taping and use of rehabilitative modalities. Required of those who want to work as student athletic trainers. Prerequisite: Physical Education, Athletics and Recreation 314. 3 credits cr., ND, Fall,SpringM. Erickson

PE 348. Principles of Athletics An examination of Physical Education and Athletics and their relationship with society. This course focuses on the emergence of contemporary sport and the current issues facing physical educators. A special emphasis is placed on understanding lifetime fitness and developing a philosophy of physical education and sport. 6 credits cr., ND, FallW. Terriquez

PE 349. Methods of Coaching Individual Sports For students wishing to understand the process of developing an athlete in a variety of individual-team oriented sports. Special emphasis will be placed on program development, as well as the coach in a teaching role. Activities to be covered include track and field, cross country, swimming, wrestling, tennis and strength training. 3 credits cr., ND, SpringW. Terriquez

PE 350. Methods of Coaching Team Organized Sports This course emphasizes the methods of teaching skills, structure, and strategies of team oriented sports such as football, basketball, soccer, softball, baseball, and volleyball. Emphasis is placed on developing coaching skills and a philosophy of coaching. 3 credits cr., ND, SpringA. Tenute