Associate Professors Purgavie, Graef, Mulholland (chair), Murphy, Reilly, and Hohlt; Instructor Fereshetian
The charge of a liberal arts education includes opportunities for intellectual, physical, and spiritual development. The offerings of the Department of Physical Education are coeducational and introductory unless otherwise labeled. They are designed to instruct students in various lifetime physical recreative activities that will provide a foundation for a healthy, physically active lifestyle. Activities offered may emphasize one or more of the different components of physical fitness: cardiovascular endurance, muscle strength, muscle endurance, flexibility, coordination, agility, learning skills of a sport/activity, weight loss and increase of lean body mass, and maintenance of good fitness.
Students are encouraged to select an activity that will offer a new exposure, develop skills in an activity with which they are already familiar, or supplement a current fitness program. Physical education courses emphasize physical activity and fitness components and are based on active participation, which allows the student to accrue the physical, social, and healthful benefits of the activity. Regular physical activity is a vital part of a healthy lifestyle—it prevents disease and enhances health and the quality of life.
More information on the physical education and athletics programs is available on the Web sites (www.bates.edu/PE.xml; www.bates.edu/sports.xml).
Performance courses provide all students with an opportunity to build a foundation for a lifetime of enriched living. The department offers a diverse program of seasonal physical recreative activities in a setting of instructional physical education. Specialized courses in outdoor activities utilizing Maine's natural resources as well as many traditional activities courses are available to all students.
Required Physical EducationThe program consists of two activities courses, each ten weeks in length and scheduled for two periods per week. Successful completion of this program, a requirement for graduation, is recommended to all students during their first year in residence. All students are encouraged to participate in this program beyond the two-activity requirement on an elective basis.
Physical education courses include: Alpine Skiing, Badminton/Pickleball, Ballet, Ballroom Dance, Bowling, Conditioning (Beginning and Advanced), Cross-Country Skiing, Figure Skating, Golf, Hip Hop Dance, Hockey Skating, Indoor Climbing, Individual Fitness Program, Karate, Kickboxing, Modern Dance (Beginning and Advanced), Pilates, Racquetball, Salsa Dance, Self-Defense for Women, Snowboarding, Snowshoeing, Squash, Strength Training, Swimming, 10K Race Running, Tennis, Wallyball, and Yoga.
Theory and Study
The courses cited below are designed for students planning careers in education and for those wishing to study the role of physical recreative activities in modern society. Students considering professional careers in physical education, coaching, recreation, and related areas should confer early in their college careers with the chair of the department.