At Mount Holyoke, students must take at least 4 PE units in order to graduate; but many take even more.
Most PE courses meet two hours a week for one semester, for 2 PE units. Some meet for half a semester, for 1 PE unit. Fees are indicated where required. Students who do not feel safe in deep water are encouraged to take a beginning level swim course.
First year students may consider enrolling in any 100 level course or above if qualified. Courses include canoeing, golf, hiking, self defense, squash, swimming, table tennis, tennis, riding, ultimate frisbee, and weight training to name a few.
See the Physical Education and Athletics chapter of the course catalog for more information.
All students who are interested in trying out for an athletic team should contact the coach directly. Students should realize that there will be tryouts and selection at the beginning of each sports season. All teams practice five days per week. Practices are generally held 4:30-6:30 pm Monday through Thursday and 3:30-5:30 pm Friday. If you have not yet been in contact with the fall sport coach, please do so as soon as possible because you must be invited to preseason training by the coach. Preseason begins the end of August for fall sports.
PE 195 Outside Instructional Study
In special cases, students may request permission to take courses off campus to meet the physical education requirement. These cases will be considered on an individual basis and require prior approval from the Coordinator of Physical Education. There is no guarantee that off-campus courses will be approved.
Students seeking approval must provide the following materials to the Coordinator of Physical Education: class syllabus (including course description), class schedule, and attendance policy. When such cases are considered, the following policies will be in effect.
- Students must complete a minimum of 2 physical education units at MHC.
- With prior approval from the Coordinator of Physical Education, students may take up to 4 physical education units from an approved program of study at one of the institutions in the Five College Consortium.
- With prior approval from the Coordinator of Physical Education, students may take up to 2 physical education units from an approved program of study at another college or university.