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 the
Department of Theater and Dance elsewhere in the Catalog for dance
courses which may be taken for academic credit).
Four terms of physical education are required for graduation. It is
strongly recommended that students complete this requirement before the
beginning of their senior 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
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.
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
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.
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, Dodgeball, Floor Hockey, Singles Tennis, Basketball 3x3
Winter: Indoor Soccer, Ice Hockey, Broomball, Basketball 3x3
Sand Volleyball, Ultimate Frisbee, Softball,
Floor Hockey, Singles/Team Tennis, Outdoor Soccer, Basketball 5x5,
Inner-tube Water Polo
Clubs: Student directed organizations allow interest groups to flourish in the following activities:
Competitive: Co-ed Crew, Equestrian
Team, Co-ed Fencing, Co-ed Field Hockey, Men's and Women's Ultimate
Frisbee, Men's and Womenâ€™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, Nordic Ski, Alpine Ski, Squash
Non-competitive: Aikido, Karate, Tae Kwon Do, Equestrian Lessons, Juggling
All activity classes are offered on a S/NC basis.
Intercollegiate Teams (0 credits)
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
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).
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.
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, Beginning
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.
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. Fall,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, 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 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.
Not offered in 2006-2007.
PE 125. Folk Dance
Folk dance includes a variety of dances of varying intricacy from around the world. No experience necessary.
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
PE 128. Frisbee, Advanced Ultimate
Enhance your skills and abilities in Ultimate. Spring
PE 129. Golf, Beginning
Basic instruction and opportunities to improve your game are provided. All equipment is provided. Experience not necessary. 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. 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.
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 135. Outdoor Activity Course
Possible activities will include but are not limited to: hiking and exploring the Upper and Lower Arb, tree climbing, fishing and orienteering. Course emphasis will be upon life-skill activities that are enjoyable and environmentally friendly.
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.
Not offered in 2006-2007.
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 percent of the class time spent in the pool and 20 percent 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.
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.
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.
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.
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. Spring
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.
Not offered in 2006-2007.
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.
Not offered in 2006-2007.
PE 158. Rock Climbing
The beginning of the course covers 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 meets one night and is divided into three parts: class, pool and open water. Classroom and pool sessions 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. Lab fees apply, please contact instructor.
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 162. Women's Health & Fitness
This class will explore current fitness, health, and nutrition issues. The first two weeks will be lecture bases, followed by weekly introduction of new activities. This course is largely designed for non-athletes who want to learn about fitness and the options available to them on or near Carleton's campus. The goal is to find an activity that will encourage students to engage in daily activity and improve their overall health and well-being. Each term new activities will be introduced that will focus on improving coordination, strength, flexibility and aerobic capacity.
S/NC, ND, Winter,SpringD. Ricks
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
Not offered in 2006-2007.
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 171. Step Aerobics
This class begins with a 5-7 minute warm-up and then moves toward a 20-25 minute straight aerobics routine. Then steps are incorporated into a 20-25 minute aerobics workout. The remaining class time ends with 5-7 minutes of stretches in which one muscle group is chosen for special emphasis and effort.
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
Novice to intermediate swim. Introduction to basic swim skills and technique. Fall,Winter,Spring
PE 177. Social Dance, Swing
Provides in-depth instruction in the Lindy Hop, a fun, energetic swing dance that developed from the jazz music of the 1920s and 1930s. Emphasizes lead-follow technique and social dance moves while providing an understanding of the dance's roots. Previous social dance experience is helpful but not required.
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.
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.
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.
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.
PE 191. Water Polo
Not offered in 2006-2007.
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.
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.
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.
PE 199. Yoga
Learn the basics of a variety of hatha yoga styles. Appropriate for all levels, this class will focus on a variety of seated, standing and balancing postures as well as core strength and breathwork.
PE 287. Track and Field/Indoor Intercollegiate, Women
PE 289. Track and Field/Outdoor Intercollegiate, Women
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 cr., S/CR/NC, ND, Not offered in 2006-2007.
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 cr., ND, Fall,SpringM. Erickson
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 cr., ND, WinterM. 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 cr., ND, FallW. Terriquez
PE 350. Methods of Coaching 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 cr., ND, FallA. Tenute