Physical Education and Athletics

Scuba. Strength training. Yoga. Japanese spiritual dance. Canoeing. Horseback riding. How do these figure into a rigorous academic environment?

Ever since Mount Holyoke’s earliest days, a commitment to physical education has been part of the College’s heart and soul. That tradition continues today with a range of course offerings—from aquatics, racket sports, fitness, and dance, to martial arts, equestrianism, and the academic study of women in sport.

The Department of Physical Education aims to develop in the student an awareness and an intelligent understanding of the need for healthy physical activity. Instructional programs are designed to offer opportunities for students to acquire lifetime sports and movement skills that will enhance quality of life now and in the future.

At MHC, fitness matters: to graduate, every student must take at least six PE units.
At MHC, fitness matters: to graduate, every student must take at least six PE units.