Physical Education and Athletics Program

The Department of Physical Education aims to develop in the student an awareness and an intelligent understanding of the need for and effects of healthy physical activity. The instructional program offers opportunities for the student to acquire lifetime sport and movement skills that will enhance her overall quality of life, both now and in the future.

Six physical education units are required of all students, except transfer students, whose requirements are based on entering status. Sophomore transfer students need 4 units and junior transfers, 2 units. Students who do not feel safe in deep water are encouraged to take a swimming course.

Most physical education courses meet two hours a week for one semester, for 2 physical education units. Some courses, however, meet for half a semester, for 1 physical education unit.

The physical education department does not offer a physical education major program but does offer two courses for academic credit:  Women in Sport and Sport Pedagogy. Also offered is an academic independent credit option as well as an Educational Studies Minor (see below).  See the end of the physical education listings for these courses in the Physical Education and Athletics chapter of the course catalogue.

Educational Studies Minor

(Area of study: Sport Pedagogy and Coaching)

Credits: 18

Required Courses: 

Education 205, 220, or Educational Studies 215 (4 credits)

PHYSED 275 - Sport Pedagogy. (2 credits)

Education 324 or 332 (2 credits)  

Educational Studies 290 - a capstone type independent study (2 credits)  (A paper is required for this course and can align with the field based experience, but the field based experience alone will  not suffice.)

Two courses (8 credits) at the 200 level or above focusing on sport pedagogy.

The following courses are suggested, but other courses may be substituted that are relevant to the specific area of study:

  • Mount Holyoke College
    PSYCH 230 Developmental Psychology
    PSYCH 233 Educational Psychology
    PSYCH 236 Adolescent Development
    EDUC 320J Experiences in Inclusive Education
    PHYSED 261 Women in Sport
  • Smith
    ESS 215 Physiology of Exercise
    ESS 220 Psychology of Sport
    ESS 225 Education through the Physical: Youth Sports
  • UMASS
    215 Prevention and Care of Injuries
    470 Exercise Physiology
  • 380 Diet, Supplements and Athletic Performance
  • Amherst
    35 Sport Psychology

*One Independent Study 395 or PHYSED 295 can be applied to the minimum minor requirements but can not be substituted for one of the designated required courses in the Educational Studies Minor.