The Department of Physical Education welcomes you to its web page. This page is designed to answer the most commonly asked questions regarding the Physical Education (PE) requirement at Washington and Lee. Additional information may be found in the catalogue or you may contact Coach Neil Cunningham, the Director of Physical Education, by phone at 540-458-8056 or by e-mail at cunninghamn@wlu.edu

GOALS AND OBJECTIVES:

It is the aim of the Physical Education program to enhance the physical, motor, mental and social development of all students. It is the purpose of the Physical Education department to offer programs which are designed to meet the varying skill and ability levels of the student population.

Specific objectives of the Physical Education program are:

1. To develop basic motor skills through a wide variety of activities.

2. To promote physical fitness through activities which condition the organic systems of the body.

3. To understand the rules, techniques and strategies involved in physical activities and games.

4. To encourage social efficiency and good human relations through physical activities.

5. To acquire an appreciation of and respect for good health and well being which is promoted through participation in lifetime physical activities.

GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENT (area 7)

All students are required to pass four (4) terms of Physical Education by taking a selection of 100 and 200- level courses and successfully completing the proficiency test in swimming. The department strongly encourages students to begin taking Physical Education courses in the Fall Term of their Freshman year with the goal of completing the requirement by the end of their Sophomore year.

COURSES The program offers a wide variety of courses which include skills in individual sports, team sports, fitness activities and recreational activities. Students are encouraged to participate in courses which are new, different and challenging!

A complete listing of the courses may be found on the University Registrar web page. You can now also view the printed catalogue at the following link.

The 100-LEVEL courses are the basic skills courses. A 100-level course already passed may not be repeated with the exception of PE 102-Therapeutic Exercise. A 100-level course failed may be repeated in an attempt to remove the F.

The 200-LEVEL courses correspond to the intercollegiate sports offered. A 200-level course may be repeated once giving the student a maximum of two (2) terms credit for a single sport. However, no more than three (3) terms of credit will be recognized for intercollegiate participation by multiple sport athletes.

The 300-LEVEL courses are for academic credit and do not count toward the PE requirement.

100 and 200 COMBINATIONS

Students may not take corresponding 100 and 200- level courses for more than two terms of credit. If the 100-level course is taken first, then the 200-level course may be taken once. If the 200-level course is taken first, then the 100-level course may not be taken.
 
200-LEVEL 100-LEVEL COUNTERPART
200-Cross-Country  154-Aerobic Running
201-Football 152-Football
202-Soccer 156-Soccer
203-Basketball 165-Basketball
205-Swimming  101-Fundamental Swimming, 111-Aerobic Swimming
208-Baseball 171-Softball
209-Golf 151-Golf
210-Lacrosse 157-Lacrosse
211-Tennis 158-Tennis Beginning & Intermediate
212-Track and Field 154-Aerobic Running
214-Volleyball 160-Volleyball
215-Riding  170-Horsemanship

COURSE NOTES
 

PE 101-Remedial Swimming For those who do not pass the proficiency test. Offered Fall, Winter and Spring
PE 102-Therapeutic Exercise For acute conditions. Permission of the head trainer required. Offered Fall and Winter, spring can be arranged.
PE 111-Aerobic Swimming   A course designed to improve stroke technique and endurance. Offered Fall, Winter and Spring.
PE 120-Self Defense A presentation of an aggression-defense system. Offered Fall (1st 6 Weeks and 2nd 6 Weeks), Winter (1st 6 Weeks and 2nd 6 Weeks), and Spring
PE 151-Golf Offered Fall (1st 6 Weeks), Winter (2nd 6 Weeks) and Spring
PE 154-Aerobic Running Offered Fall (1st 6 Weeks), Winter (2nd 6 Weeks) and Spring
PE 155-Weight Training Offered Fall, Winter and Spring
PE 156-Soccer Offered Fall (1st 6 Weeks) and Winter (Indoor)
PE 158-Tennis Fall: Beginners (1st 6 Weeks); Intermediate (1st 6 Weeks); Spring: Beginners and Intermediate
PE 159-Badminton Offered Fall, Winter and Spring
PE 160-Volleyball Fall: Outdoor (1st 6 Weeks); Winter (Indoor); Spring (Outdoor)
PE 162-Racquetball Offered Fall, Winter and Spring
PE 165-Basketball Offered in Fall and Winter
PE 166-Squash Offered Fall, Winter and Spring
PE 167-Snow Skiing/Snowboarding Held at the Homestead. May have additional fees and must provide own transportation. First Class Meeting Mandatory, second day of winter term.
PE 168-Ice Skating Held at the Homestead. May have additional fees and must provide own transportation. First Class Meeting Mandatory, third day of winter term.
PE 169-Aerobics Offered Fall and Winter.
PE 170-Horsemanship May have additional fees and must provide own transportation. Staff is Virginia Mountain Outfitters. Offered Fall and Spring. First class meeting mandatory on the first day of term...must have one weekday afternoon free.
PE 171-Softball Offered Spring Term
PE 174-Backpacking Offered Fall and Spring. All class meetings mandatory and must have a Thursday afternoon free.
PE 175-Canoeing Must have passed Swimming Proficiency Test. May have additional fees and must provide own transportation. Offered in the spring. All class meetings mandatory and must have a Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday afternoon free.
PE 176-Mountain Biking Offered Spring. All class meetings mandatory and must have Monday afternoons free.
PE 178-Ballet Additional fees may apply. Offered Fall and Winter.
PE 179-Modern Dance Additional fees may apply. Offered Fall and Winter.
PE 180-Wilderness Leadership Must have taken PE 174 or equivalent experience. Offered winter.
PE 195-Outdoor Activities PE 195 will be offered when departmental and outing club resources permit. The activities may include caving, climbing, fly fishing, kayaking, orienteering, and SCUBA. The course may be taught in the fall (1st six weeks), winter (2nd six weeks), and spring. A student may take up to three different activities with permission.

REGISTRATION FOR PE Physical Education registration is a part of the Web Registration process. There is the option of utilizing the drop/add period for those students who encounter difficulties with their scheduling.

GRADE DECLARATION

New first-year and transfer students are given the opportunity to elect whether the grade they will receive for the one credit composite grade in Physical Education will be recorded as a letter grade or a pass/fail grade. A pass/fail declaration must be made at the University Registrars' office no later than midterm of the first term enrolled which for Fall 2009 is WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 21. If pass/fail is elected, the decision is binding and no subsequent change is permitted. A student who elects the letter grade option need make no declaration of any kind.

The department recommends the letter grade option.

MEDICAL POLICIES All students are expected to meet all of the PE requirements. Any student who has a medical circumstance which they feel precludes them from completing any or all of the requirement must see the University physician. The University physician will then work with the department to determine a course of action, with options including PE 102-Therapeutic Exercise, an appropriate selection of courses or an exemption from the General Education requirement.

 A student who is already enrolled in a course and who suffers a short term illness or injury should work with the instructor to make-up the missed class time.

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