Courses are provided for those seeking American Red Cross certification in First Aid including CPR, Lifeguard Training, and Water Safety Instruction.

Students interested in dance can elect to specialize in modern dance or ballet. Folk, social, jazz classes are also popular. See Studies in Dance courses to learn which courses may be taken for academic credit.

Descriptions of all PE courses can be found below. Current course offerings can be found on the Registrar’s website.


  • PE 101: Aerobics

    Basic dance steps, calisthenic-type movements and locomotor skills (running, jumping, hopping, skipping, etc.) are combined into vigorous routines which are performed to the beat of popular music. All classes offer components of strength development, flexibility and cardiovascular fitness. No experience necessary. Wear comfortable clothes and shoes with good support (no running shoes).

    offered Fall 2023, Winter 2024, Spring 2024 · Nancy Stuckmayer, Annie Larson
  • PE 102: Aikido, Intermediate

    Empty-hand techniques are continued and weapon techniques are introduced. More varieties of breakfalls are learned as the emphasis of the class shifts to higher-level techniques.

    Prerequisites: PE 103 offered Fall 2023, Winter 2024, Spring 2024 · Eric Schlichting, Tina Syx, Aaron Chaput
  • PE 103: Aikido, Beginning

    Developed from samurai traditions, Aikido is Japanese budo–a method of training and study that applies the physical principles of a martial art toward the goals of peace, harmony, and self-improvement. The movements of Aikido focus on learning to move in harmony with another, yet can be an effective self-defense. Students also learn many ways of falling safely and getting up quickly. Applied properly, the insights gained can lead to better self-respect and more harmonious relationships.

    offered Fall 2023, Winter 2024, Spring 2024 · Eric Schlichting, Tina Syx, Aaron Chaput
  • PE 104: Aikido, Advanced

    More complex empty-hand and weapon techniques are taught. Advanced breakfalls are added along with more intense physical and mental training. Prerequisite: Beginning Aikido.

    offered Fall 2023, Winter 2024, Spring 2024 · Eric Schlichting, Tina Syx, Aaron Chaput
  • PE 105: Beginning Badminton

    This course will introduce students to both badminton and pickleball, two sports that are quite similar in rules and method, but differ in equipment and some strategies. Both sports focus on building skill development and fitness in a fun, relaxed atmosphere. The goal of the course is to provide a great introduction to two potential lifetime sports.

    offered Spring 2024 · Amy Erickson
  • PE 106: Badminton, Intermediate

    The objective of the course is to review basic skills and strategies of badminton, in addition to learn new techniques and strategies of singles and doubles play with greater emphasis on competition. Advanced singles and doubles strategies will be covered as well as involvement in tournament play.

    not offered 2023–2024
  • PE 107: Ballet I

    A beginning course in ballet technique, including basic positions, beginning patterns and exercises. Students develop an awareness of the many ways their body can move, an appreciation of dance as an artistic expression and a recognition of the dancer as an athlete. offered Fall 2023, Winter 2024, Spring 2024 · Jennifer Bader
  • PE 108: Ballet II

    For the student with previous ballet experience this course emphasizes articulation of the technique and development of ballet vocabulary and movement theories. Opportunity to continue to work on technique and to more finely tune the awareness of movement begun in Level I. offered Fall 2023, Winter 2024, Spring 2024 · Jennifer Bader
  • PE 109: Ballet III

    This is an advanced class for students who have some capabilities and proficiency in ballet technique. Content is sophisticated and demanding in its use of ballet vocabulary and musical phrasing. offered Spring 2024 · Jennifer Bader
  • PE 110: Fundamentals of Baseball

    Fundamental skills of the game are introduced including throwing, catching and hitting. Rules and strategies will be introduced but the focus will be on developing skills. Students must provide their own baseball or softball gloves. offered Fall 2023, Winter 2024 · Alec Holcomb
  • PE 111: Basketball, Three on Three

    Open to all who enjoy basketball and have a basic understanding of the game. Stress will be placed upon vigorous activity, though instruction will be given on basic rules, strategy and skill improvement drills. This course offers an opportunity for a great workout in a co-ed team setting. offered Winter 2024 · Sloan Wallgren
  • PE 115: Contemporary Dance Forms I

    This course provides an introduction to a variety of movement approaches that develop an awareness of the body in space and moving through space. Students will learn approaches designed to strengthen muscles, support joint mobility, find breath support, enhance coordination, and encourage embodied learning.

    offered Fall 2023 · Alanna Morris
  • PE 116: Contemporary Dance Forms II

    This course is intended for students seeking to refine and deepen their awareness of embodied movement approaches. Through these approaches, students will work to develop an alert and articulate body. In both standing and floor work, momentum, dynamic shifts and spatial challenges are introduced.

    offered Winter 2024 · Elayna Waxse
  • PE 117: Contemporary Dance Forms III

    This advanced course will continue to focus on a variety of embodied movement approaches to refine the awareness of the moving body and prepare for the rigors of performance and physical research. The aim will be on finding a personal connection to movement through subtlety, speed and effort.

    offered Spring 2024 · Elayna Waxse
  • PE 118: Salsa Dance I

    Salsa Dance I is an introductory course that teaches the fundamentals of salsa dancing. In addition to learning the dance itself, students will be exposed to salsa’s music, history, and dance culture. Taught by an instructor with extensive competitive and professional experience, the class aims to help students find self-confidence and self-expression through salsa. No special equipment or prior dance experience is necessary.

    not offered 2023–2024
  • PE 119: Salsa Dance II

    This course provides an opportunity for experienced salsa dancers or students who have completed Salsa Dance I to further develop their skills and artistry. Students will learn advanced turns and dips, lifts, and complex rhythmic subdivisions; they will also build the fluency of their solo styling and nonverbal partner communication. Participants will receive individual instruction and will occasionally perform for other students in the class. Prospective participants must have completed Salsa Dance I or be able to demonstrate that they are already competent salsa dancers.

    Prerequisites: PE 118, Salsa Dance I or instructor consent not offered 2023–2024
  • PE 120: Diving, Springboard

    This class is an introduction to 1-meter and 3-meter springboard diving. Students will first learn safety techniques for on the board, in the air, and while entering the water. They will then learn board work hurdles and back presses, “in-air” technique, and “entry” technique. At the end of this course, students will be able to safely execute and perform jumps, dives, flips and/or twists off a diving board and understand and appreciate diving as a participant and observer. Students should have intermediate swimming skills so that they are safe and comfortable in the water.

    offered Spring 2024 · Gabe Kortuem, Annie Larson
  • PE 121: Fencing, Beginning

    An instructional class for beginners. Students learn footwork, techniques and simple attacks and defense. Foils, masks and fencing jackets are provided.

    not offered 2023–2024
  • PE 122: Introductory Aerobic Walking and Fitness

    This course will introduce students to safe, user friendly walking and introductory fitness activities. With the winter weather as our guide, class sessions will include socially distanced walking outdoors as well as remote indoor stretching, agility, mobility and light strength training. Students will develop enjoyable exercise skills and habits that provide life-long benefits and do so in a friendly, mindful, and easy going class community.

    not offered 2023–2024
  • PE 123: AfroFit

    In this class, we will be using modern hip-hop Afrobeat music to get fit, celebrate Afro-Caribbean cultures, and have fun all at the same time through high-intensity interval training (HIIT) dance. Students should wear workout apparel that is comfortable for a free range of motion.

    offered Winter 2024, Spring 2024 · Andy Clark, Annie Larson
  • PE 124: Fitness for the Athlete

    Advanced fitness class for off-season or preseason competitors (IM, club, or varsity). This course mimics High Intensity Interval Training with a combination of cardio and strength. Workouts hit all of your major muscle groups and will help you burn fat and build muscle. Participants choose free weights that are a safe, yet challenging weight for each class and can modify and/or progress as needed. This advanced, physically challenging course is fast, fun and results-driven. Please check your ego at the door. The atmosphere in class is “team” focused. Everyone gives everything they’ve got and we have fun doing it.

    offered Spring 2024 · Jessica Mueller
  • PE 125: Folk Dance

    Folk dance includes a variety of dances of varying intricacy from around the world. No experience necessary. offered Winter 2024, Spring 2024 · Andy Clark, Annie Larson
  • PE 126: Hip-hop/House Street Dance Class

    Students are familiarized with street dance vocabulary and fundamentals. Emphasis on “finding your rhythm” through bodily awareness. Beginners can expect an aerobic workout until their movement becomes looser and more efficient. Excellent for core strength, balance and flexibility. The lessons are 70 minutes each and consist of a group warm-up (ten minutes), stretching (five minutes), hip-hop vocabulary (fifteen minutes), house vocabulary (twenty-five minutes), and choreography (fifteen minutes). No experience necessary. offered Winter 2024 · Andy Clark, Annie Larson
  • PE 127: Frisbee, Beginning Ultimate

    For the beginning or moderately experienced player who wants to develop basic skills. See what all the fuss is about. If a golden retriever can do it, so can you! offered Fall 2023 · Andy Clark, Annie Larson
  • PE 128: Frisbee, Advanced Ultimate

    Enhance your skills and abilities in Ultimate. offered Spring 2024 · Andy Clark, Annie Larson
  • PE 129: Golf, Beginning

    Basic instruction and opportunities to improve your game are provided. All equipment is provided. Experience not necessary. offered Spring 2024 · Tom Journell
  • PE 130: Advanced Golf

    For students who have experience with the fundamentals of the swing and the game and have also played (several times) on regulation golf courses. Each student must have (or have access to) their own set of clubs.

    Prerequisites: Must be competent player, no beginners. Must have experience playing regulation course and be able to complete 9 holes in under 2 hours offered Spring 2024 · Ryan Kershaw
  • PE 131: Ice Hockey

    This course is designed to give men and women the opportunity to play ice hockey together in a fun and non-competitive setting. Absolutely no body checking or rough play is allowed. Skill development in skating, stick handling, passing and shooting is stressed as well as position play and rules necessary to ensure the safety of the participants. Helmets are recommended and furnished. Students must provide their own skates and hockey sticks. Highly accomplished or “hard-core” hockey players have no place in this class.

    offered Winter 2024 · Andy Clark, Annie Larson
  • PE 133: Ice Skating, Beginning

    The class is divided into several ability groups with an instructor assigned to each small group. Figure skating skills are presented in progressive order allowing individuals to move along at their own pace. Classes meet outdoors on the Bald Spot rink. Students must provide their own figure skates. offered Winter 2024 · Andy Clark, Annie Larson
  • PE 134: Ice Skating, Intermediate

    Designed for students with previous skating experience, this course develops skills with emphasis on edges, backward stroking, basic combinations, jumps and figures. Classes meet outdoors on the Bald Spot rink. Students must provide their own figure skates.

    not offered 2023–2024
  • PE 136: Studio Art Seminar in the South Pacific: Snorkeling/Diving and Hiking

    Snorkeling, scuba diving, and hiking on this program can be counted toward the PE requirement. Approximately five to six required snorkeling or diving days will be scheduled. Students will be assisted in obtaining snorkeling equipment. Those who wish to scuba dive must obtain necessary certification and medical testing before departure, as well as bear the cost of boat and tank rental and proper supervision.

    Prerequisites: Participation in Carleton OCS program. Applicants should be comfortable in the water, possess basic swimming skills (snorkeling and diving days will be scheduled), and be prepared for extended hiking in rugged terrain. not offered 2023–2024
  • PE 140: Introduction to Art & Science of Tai-Chi

    This class embodies the four aspects of health, self-defense, meditation and philosophy. T’ai-Chi helps the practitioner to create a relaxed state of awareness while gently guiding and circulating the internal energy known as ch’i. T’ai-Chi’s slow and relaxed movements, combined with body awareness, deep breathing and energy work provide numerous health benefits such as stress management/relief. Good posture, sleep habits, and energy maintenance will be emphasized to supplement study habits and time management. The class curriculum includes gentle warm-ups, standing meditation, qi gong or breath work, Yang Style T’ai-Chi movements, partner work, and an introduction to the Sword.

    offered Spring 2024 · Ray Hayward, Annie Larson
  • PE 142: Karate

    An art of self-defense which originated in Okinawa. Karate involves mastering techniques, sharpening concentration and refining one’s spirit. Karate develops self-confidence and self-discipline while providing a solid workout. Ideally, the Karateka carries a clarity of concentration and serenity of spirit every day in whatever she/he is doing. Beginners are welcome and appreciated.

    offered Fall 2023, Winter 2024, Spring 2024 · Aaron Chaput, Annie Larson
  • PE 144: Walk to Run-an Introduction to Running

    Join the thousands of people who have taken up running during the Coronavirus lockdown. You, too, can be a runner! This course is designed for the beginning runner with the goal of completing their first 5K. Participants will engage in walk/run workouts twice weekly increasing the amount of total time spent running over the course of the term. Workouts will be tracked using an online app (Pacer or similar) and workout journal. 

    not offered 2023–2024
  • PE 145: Beginning Juggling

    Juggling is excellent for hand-eye coordination, building grey matter in the brain, and is closely related to math and music. In this course, we will introduce basic juggling props and styles. By the end of the term we will have worked up from one ball to three-ball tricks, passing, and games. Students will leave the course with a new skill for life.

    offered Fall 2023, Winter 2024, Spring 2024 · Andy Clark, Annie Larson
  • PE 146: Lifeguarding

    American Red Cross course that encompasses training in aquatic safety and rescue skills. Upon successful completion of course, participants will receive two certifications: one for A.R.C. Lifeguarding and the second for First Aid, AED/CPR; valid for two years. The course is approximately 35 hours in length, with 80% of time spent in pool and 20% in classroom. Required $50 textbook and pocket mask fee will automatically be charged on tuition bill. Prerequisites: Student must demonstrate competence in basic swim strokes (front crawl, breaststroke, and sidestroke), ability to tread water (without use of hands/arms) for two minutes and ability to swim underwater offered Spring 2024 · Annie Larson
  • PE 147: Moving Anatomy

    This course seeks to provide an underlying awareness of body structure and function. Using movement to expand knowledge of our anatomy will encourage participants to integrate information with experience. Heightened body awareness and class studies are designed to activate the general learning process. offered Winter 2024 · Elayna Waxse
  • PE 148: Modern Dance I

    A physical exploration at the introductory level of the elements of dance: time, motion, space, shape and energy. Students are challenged physically as they increase their bodily awareness, balance, control, strength and flexibility and get a glimpse of the art of dance. offered Winter 2024, Spring 2024 · Daphne McCoy
  • PE 149: Modern Dance II

    Builds upon the concepts and experiences in Level I with more emphasis on the development of technique and expressive qualities as students are aided in a process of solving movement problems and finding solutions. Movement combinations are more complex and physical demands are challenging. offered Fall 2023, Winter 2024, Spring 2024 · Daphne McCoy
  • PE 150: Contact Improvisation

    This is a course in techniques of spontaneous dancing shared by two or more people through a common point of physical contact. Basic skills such as support, counterbalance, rolling, falling and flying will be taught and developed in an environment of mutual creativity.

    offered Fall 2023 · Kristin Van Loon
  • PE 151: Modern Dance III

    Continues to challenge the dance student with more intensive work on technical, theoretical and expressive movement problems. Since students are more able and experienced, exploration of unusual and intricate forms and movements is possible and the goal of each class is to go as deeply into each idea as the limits of time and ability allow. offered Fall 2023 · Daphne McCoy
  • PE 152: Lindy Hop, Beginning

    Provides in-depth instruction in the Lindy Hop, a fun, energetic swing dance that developed from the jazz music of the 1920s and 1930s. Emphasizes lead-follow technique and social dance moves while providing an understanding of the dance’s roots. Previous social dance experience is helpful but not required.

    offered Winter 2024, Spring 2024 · Andy Clark, Annie Larson
  • PE 153: Outdoor Skills-Adventure

    This course will introduce students to many of the skills necessary to enjoy and thrive in the out of doors. The objective of this course is to help students new to outdoor adventures  to plan and execute their own outdoor experiences with guidance in trip planning, plant and animal identification, first aid, orienteering, shelter building, food planning, packing and preparation. The course couples hands on outdoor experiential learning with in-class lectures. A one night camping trip is planned. 

    Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement; offered Spring 2024 · Nancy Braker, Brooke Plotz
  • PE 154: Quadball (formerly Quidditch)

    Brooms up! This course is an introduction to the game of Quadball, based on the sport of Quidditch from Harry Potter. Quadball in today’s world is a mixed-gender, contact sport. Skills from basic to advanced will be introduced and refined through drills and scrimmages. No experience necessary, just enthusiasm!

    offered Fall 2023, Spring 2024 · Andy Clark, Annie Larson
  • PE 155: Intermediate Juggling

    This course will cover more advanced juggling patterns, tricks, and performance skills. By the end of the term, students will have learned multi-person passing patterns, solo tricks with balls and clubs, and developed juggling routines to music. Students who take this class will have the skills and vocabulary to juggle with anyone in the broader community.

    Prerequisites: Beginning Juggling or permission of instructors offered Spring 2024 · Andy Clark, Annie Larson
  • PE 156: Beginning Pickleball

    This course will present the basic rules, skills and strategies of Pickleball in a fun, relaxed and inclusive atmosphere. While it is a beginning class and will be presented as such, students of all levels will be allowed to take the course. All equipment will be provided to students.

    offered Winter 2024, Spring 2024 · Amy Erickson
  • PE 157: Beginning Bachata

    Bachata is a style of dance that originated in the Dominican Republic. The basics of the dance is a three-step movement; however, there are many variations in which we will learn. In addition, this course will expose you to bachata music. This beginning Bachata class welcomes everyone at any skill level, and is designed for anyone who wants to learn a Latin dance and/or improve their technique and comfort with dance. In this course, we will cover the basics of Bachata, including basic steps and partner techniques. By the end of this course, you will be able to perform basic bachata to a variety of slow/fast bachata songs.

    not offered 2023–2024
  • PE 158: Rock Climbing

    The beginning of the course covers climbing knots, belaying and commands. Efficient movement and climbing styles will also be addressed. The majority of the term will allow students to apply their new skills on the Recreation Center climbing wall and in the bouldering cave.

    offered Fall 2023, Winter 2024, Winter 2024, Spring 2024, Spring 2024, Spring 2024 · Annie Larson, Amy Erickson
  • PE 159: Scuba

    PADI Open Water SCUBA certification can be earned. A SCUBA class involves three parts: class, pool and open water. Classroom and pool sessions are conducted over six nights at the West Gym classroom and Thorpe Pool. The open water portion (optional for PE activity credit but required for PADI certification) is conducted off campus.

    not offered 2023–2024
  • PE 161: Self Defense for Women

    Course consists of learning basic techniques (kicking, striking, blocking and shifting moves), analyzing and decision making in a crisis, and the role body language, eye contact and assertiveness can play in threatening and attack situations. There will be controlled practice drills with partners.

    offered Fall 2023, Spring 2024 · Mary Brandl, Annie Larson
  • PE 162: Women’s Health & Fitness

    This class will explore current fitness, health, and nutrition topics. Each class will begin with discussion/dialogue between instructor and students, followed by physical activity. Over the course of this ten week class you will be introduced to a variety of physical activities both indoors and outside. This course is largely designed for non-athletes who are looking for fitness and nutrition exposure and the options available to them on or near Carleton’s campus. The goal is to find an activity that will encourage students to engage in daily activity and improve their overall health and well-being. Each term this course is offered new activities will be introduced focusing on improving coordination, strength, flexibility and aerobic capacity.

    not offered 2023–2024
  • PE 164: Physical Activity and Well Being: The Biopsychosocial Basis for Physical Activity

    This discussion/activity course focuses on the scientific underpinnings for the practice of regular physical activity to support holistic well-being. The first 15 minutes of every class explores the biopsychosocial research on regular physical activity, physical activity recommendations, and program design/implementation. The remaining 45 minutes of every class is experiential and thus, is devoted to engaging in regular physical activity.

    offered Winter 2024 · Tom Journell
  • PE 165: Introduction to Nordic Skiing: Classic

    This course is designed to introduce people to Nordic (cross-country) skiing and give them the fundamentals to be able to enjoy the arb in winter. No prior skiing experience required and all equipment is provided.

    offered Winter 2024, Winter 2024 · Aaron Chaput, Annie Larson
  • PE 166: Introduction to Nordic Skiing: Skate

    This course is designed to introduce people to the skate discipline of Nordic (cross-country) skiing, which is an amazing way to enjoy the arb in winter! The class will primarily focus on teaching the skate technique for all interest levels and will lightly touch on more advanced competition-specific techniques for those who may be interested in joining the racing team in the future, such as training fundamentals, ski waxing and strength training. Some prior endurance sport experience, or Intro to Classic Skiing, or any skiing experience recommended but not required. Equipment will be provided.

    offered Winter 2024 · Aaron Chaput, Annie Larson
  • PE 167: Social Dance I

    This course provides instruction in basic steps, technique, and patterns of different partner dances. It covers waltz, foxtrot, tango, cha-cha, rumba, and East Coast swing. No prior dance experience is assumed.

    offered Fall 2023, Winter 2024, Winter 2024, Spring 2024 · Andy Clark, Annie Larson
  • PE 168: Social Dance II

    This course expands on the dances taught in Social Dance I, as well as teaching more challenging partner dances, such as hustle, samba, and nightclub 2-step. The course will cover additional technique and patterns in the dances from Social Dance I, and teach the basics, technique, and some patterns in the new dances.

    Prerequisites: PE 167, Social 1 or instructor permission offered Fall 2023, Winter 2024, Spring 2024 · Andy Clark, Annie Larson
  • PE 169: Contemporary Experiments

    This class is a workshop in improvisation using the individual body as a site/map for exploration. Through an embodied exploration of ancestral memory, tracing and thought to increase physical range and capacity, we will engage movement within empathetic exchanges as a collaborative process. Open to all movers.

    not offered 2023–2024
  • PE 170: Dance Improvisation

    In this course we will explore spontaneous moving, sourcing inspiration from our senses, our environment, and each other. Students will work on creating movement, improvisationally, and sharing that movement with each other. Open to all levels of experience.

    not offered 2023–2024
  • PE 171: Step Aerobics

    This class begins with a 5-7 minute warm-up and then moves toward a 20-25 minute straight aerobics routine. Then steps are incorporated into a 20-25 minute aerobics workout. The remaining class time ends with 5-7 minutes of stretches in which one muscle group is chosen for special emphasis and effort. offered Fall 2023, Winter 2024, Spring 2024 · Russ Petricka
  • PE 172: Swimming, Fitness

    Designed for the accomplished swimmer who desires a vigorous workout as a means of improving or maintaining cardiovascular fitness. Instruction covers stroke mechanics, drills, use of training equipment and general workout design. Students must have the ability to swim front crawl, backstroke, and breaststroke. offered Fall 2023, Winter 2024, Spring 2024, Spring 2024 · Andy Clark, Brooke Plotz
  • PE 173: Swimming, Instructional

    The course is designed for students who have had little or no swimming experience. The class will promote water safety, develop water confidence, and introduce fundamental swimming skills. Instruction will follow a progression of swimming instruction that is appropriately tailored to the capabilities of each student.  

    offered Fall 2023, Winter 2024, Spring 2024 · Brooke Plotz
  • PE 174: Sport and Globalization in London and Seville: Introductory Coaching Activity

    As part of the Introductory Coaching Practicum abroad, students will actively participate in soccer as well as other sport exercises. Designed for students who may or may not have any previous playing or coaching experience, this course will cover introductory methods of coaching and teaching young athletes. Specifically, students will practice methods of teaching skills, structure, and strategies of team-oriented sports.

    not offered 2023–2024
  • PE 175: West Coast Swing, Beginning

    This course is designed to introduce people to West Coast Swing and give them the fundamentals to be able to appreciate and enjoy social dancing. It assumes no prior dance knowledge. The course covers basics of partner dancing, individual and partnership technique, and a variety of moves. At the end of the course, students should feel comfortable dancing West Coast Swing to a variety of different styles of music and with different partners, and have gained an understanding of the ways to communicate with their partner and express the music in their dancing.

    offered Fall 2023, Winter 2024, Spring 2024 · Andy Clark, Annie Larson
  • PE 176: Intermediate West Coast Swing

    This course is for people who have already taken the Beginner West Coast Swing class or have equivalent West Coast Swing experience and want to improve their technique and comfort with the dance. It returns to the basics to add a layer of technique not covered in the beginner class, then adds on new moves and styles of the dance. At the end of the course, students should be able to perform advanced West Coast Swing moves with good technique and musicality.

    offered Spring 2024 · Andy Clark, Annie Larson
  • PE 177: Lindy Hop, Advanced

    Provides in-depth instruction in the Lindy Hop, a fun, energetic swing dance that developed from the jazz music of the 1920s and 1930s. Emphasizes lead-follow technique and social dance moves while providing an understanding of the dance’s roots. Previous social dance experience is helpful but not required.

    Prerequisites: Some Lindy Hop experience, equivalent to, but not necessarily, PE 152, Lindy Hop, Beginning not offered 2023–2024
  • PE 178: Tae Kwon Do

    This class on the traditional martial art of Korea meets in conjunction with the Tae Kwon Do Club. Its goal is to strengthen the physical and mental abilities of its members. Tae Kwon Do offers a well-balanced practical approach to training, promoting physical fitness, self-control, confidence, leadership, discipline and an understanding of the art of Tae Kwon Do and Korean culture from which it originated. The class is split based upon experience: beginners and intermediate students. The beginner section requires no prior experience of TKD. Intermediate section will draw more upon the basics with larger focus on sparring and demonstration techniques.

    not offered 2023–2024
  • PE 187: Introduction to Trail Running

    This course is designed to introduce participants to trail running in the Carleton Arboretum. Students will receive instruction in basic trail running techniques, training principles, proper warmup and cool down approaches and injury prevention. Weekly run outside of class time required. Class offered first six weeks of fall term.

    offered Fall 2023, Fall 2023 · Tammy Metcalf-Filzen
  • PE 188: Triathlon Training

    An excellent preparation for the “Carleton Triathlon” held at the end of May. Students will learn how to effectively train in each of the three traditional sports of triathlon (swim, bike, run). Instruction covers basic training principles, technique development, competitive preparation. This course is open to all levels of experience from novice to advanced. Students must possess a minimal amount of skill and conditioning in the three sports prior to enrollment.

    not offered 2023–2024
  • PE 190: Volleyball, Co-ed

    Open to all experience levels. It provides an introduction to basic volleyball skills, rules, and offensive/defensive strategies within a structure that provides both skill practice and scrimmage opportunities. There is an emphasis on teamwork and social interaction. offered Winter 2024, Spring 2024 · Abby Walton
  • PE 190: Volleyball, Co-ed-Intermediate

    This course expands beyond on the basic volleyball concepts taught in Volleyball, Coed. It provides instruction on more advanced volleyball concepts and skills and is intended for the intermediate level volleyball player. Skill specific and competitive play will be incorporated in all classes.

    offered Winter 2024, Spring 2024 · Abby Walton
  • PE 194: Weight Training, Beginning

    The focus of this course is to assist students with the basic understanding of resistance training, the various conditioning modalities, soft tissue recovery (stretching & Myofascial Release), and nutrition basics. The instructor will assist students in the creation of goal specific fitness programs and teach the foundation of a healthy, fit lifestyle.

    not offered 2023–2024
  • PE 195: Weight Training and Conditioning

    The focus of this course is to assist students with developing a complete conditioning program, including resistance training, running (speed and endurance), agility, stretching (dynamic and static), proper nutrition and appropriate rest intervals. The instructor will assist students in the proper application of specific exercises and drills to maximize effectiveness of their conditioning program.

    not offered 2023–2024
  • PE 197: Yoga, Beginning

    This is an overview course in yoga, an integrated approach to health. This course incorporates the practice of breathing techniques, hatha yoga postures (asanas), meditation, and relaxation. Emphasis is on techniques to increase range of motion, strength and endurance, balance and coordination. Appropriate for all levels.

    offered Fall 2023, Winter 2024, Spring 2024 · Michelle Moad, Annie Larson
  • PE 198: Yoga, Continuing

    This is a continuation and overview in yoga, an integrated approach to health. This course incorporates the practice of breathing techniques, hatha yoga postures (asanas), meditation, and relaxation. Emphasis is on techniques to increase range of motion, strength and endurance, balance and coordination. Having a basic understanding of the poses, you will now begin to fine tune the postures and deepen your practice. Appropriate for those with yoga experience.

    offered Fall 2023, Winter 2024, Spring 2024 · Michelle Moad, Annie Larson
  • PE 199: Yoga, Lifestyle

    This class is for all levels of yoga experience. This yoga lifestyle class will take your yoga off the mat and into your daily life. A large part of the class will include discussions and practices for: breathing exercises, guided relaxation techniques, meditation, physical asana (yoga poses) and discussion on nutrition and sleep. Students will be asked to write a paragraph weekly about their home practice experience. You will be building physical strength and stability, as well as awareness surrounding mental and emotional ease.  Please note, discussions will include practices utilized outside of class (which can be 5 minutes a day). This is an all levels class and beginners are welcome.  

    not offered 2023–2024
  • PE 205: Badminton Club

    To be eligible to be part of the club and receive PE credit for Spring Term, you must have actively participated in Badminton Club during either the Fall or Winter terms. Active participation means coming to Badminton Club 1-2 times a week for a full Carleton term.

    Prerequisites: Badminton Club Fall and Winter Term offered Spring 2024 · Aaron Chaput
  • PE 210: Baseball Intercollegiate, Men

    offered Spring 2024 · Alec Holcomb
  • PE 211: Basketball Intercollegiate, Men

    offered Winter 2024 · Ryan Kershaw
  • PE 212: Basketball Intercollegiate, Women

    offered Winter 2024 · Tammy Metcalf-Filzen
  • PE 214: Competitive Dance Club

    Participants will practice techniques and moves for dances including: Waltz, Quickstep, Cha Cha, Swing, as well as other styles. Dancers will learn techniques through a general progression throughout practices. There will be sessions for newcomers, which will teach the basics of dance. There will also be sessions for intermediate and advanced dancers, which will be taught by a professional dance teacher and returning members.

    offered Winter 2024 · Aaron Chaput
  • PE 217: Cross Country Intercollegiate, Men

    offered Fall 2023 · Dave Ricks
  • PE 218: Cross Country Intercollegiate, Women

    offered Fall 2023 · Donna Ricks
  • PE 219: Cycling Club

    not offered 2023–2024
  • PE 226: Football Intercollegiate

    offered Fall 2023 · Tom Journell
  • PE 227: Ultimate Frisbee Club, CUT and GOP

    Participants must be rostered players on CUT/CHOP and be in attendance at all team events (practices, workouts, and tournaments) unless an exception has been discussed with leadership. Participation for all three terms is required. If interested, tryouts are in the Fall term!

    offered Spring 2024 · Aaron Chaput
  • PE 228: Ultimate Frisbee Club, Syzygy and Eclipse

    This course is for Syzygy/Eclipse members who tried out in the fall and made the team. Eligible members are required to attend practices and tournaments for all terms on Campus, and must be part of our official roster. If you’re interested in participating on either of these teams, please come to tryouts in the fall!

    offered Spring 2024 · Aaron Chaput
  • PE 229: Golf Intercollegiate, Men

    offered Fall 2023 · Sloan Wallgren
  • PE 230: Golf Intercollegiate, Women

    offered Fall 2023 · Sloan Wallgren
  • PE 231: Ice Hockey Club, Men

    Men’s Hockey practices twice a week during Winter Term, and plays games against local club teams each season. Need to be a participant who will be able to make each practice (although some exceptions can be made). Participants should be able to make it to half of the scheduled games to earn PE credit.

    offered Winter 2024 · Aaron Chaput
  • PE 232: Ice Hockey Club, Women

    Women’s Hockey practices twice a week during Winter Term, and plays two games each season. To get PE credit for club participation, players must miss no more than two practices during the term. Participation in games is strongly encouraged.

    offered Winter 2024 · Aaron Chaput
  • PE 244: Lacrosse Club, Men

    This club team will introduce students to the wonderful game of lacrosse. People will have to become familiar with both positioning and the skills of throwing and catching, and will be competing with other teams across the Midwest in our league the GLLL (Great Lakes Lacrosse League.) In order to receive PE credit for being a part of this team, students must be a part of the team both Winter and Spring term.

    Prerequisites: Winter term participation offered Winter 2024 · Aaron Chaput
  • PE 245: Lacrosse Club, Women

    Women’s Club Lacrosse is a competitive team (open to all skill levels) with games during the end of winter term and beginning of spring term. In the Winter, there are two skills practices a week focused on stick handling, offense, and defense, as well as one shorter track practice, focusing on conditioning and agility. On some weekends, we play one or more games against other colleges in the area. In order to receive PE credit for being a part of this team, students must be a part of the team for at least 2 of the 3 terms, one needing to be Winter Term.

    offered Winter 2024 · Aaron Chaput
  • PE 258: Rugby Club, Men

    Participants will learn the rules and skills required to play rugby; no experience is needed. Opportunities to compete in rugby 7s and possibly 15s will be available. To receive credit, participants must attend a minimum of 16 practices and have participated in the club for at least one term prior to Spring.

    offered Spring 2024 · Aaron Chaput
  • PE 259: Rugby Club, Women

    Women’s club rugby is a competitive team that is open to all skill levels. We have practice in the fall, winter, and spring with games during the fall and spring. In the spring, we have two skills practices a week that focus on skill development and gameplay with our coach, and a bonus practice once a week to focus on passing and conditioning led by the captains. We play games and practice with different rugby teams in the area. Students must play on the team in the spring and at least 1 other term (Fall or Winter).

    offered Spring 2024 · Aaron Chaput
  • PE 263: Nordic Ski Club

    The purpose of the Nordic ski club is to provide competitive opportunities for Nordic athletes, in both classic and skate disciplines. We provide support for the development of endurance sport skills. Participants are welcome to compete in several races throughout the term, both on- and off-campus. The Nordic club seeks to build an inclusive ski community at Carleton. Limited equipment is available for term-long rental, and skis are available from the Rec on a daily basis.

    Beginner skiers should register for PE Nordic Intro Classic. Those who have experience in classic skiing but wish to learn skate technique should register for PE Nordic Intro Skate.

    offered Winter 2024 · Aaron Chaput
  • PE 265: Alpine Ski Club

    not offered 2023–2024
  • PE 269: Soccer Intercollegiate, Men

    offered Fall 2023 · Bob Carlson
  • PE 270: Soccer Intercollegiate, Women

    offered Fall 2023 · Jessica Mueller
  • PE 271: Softball Intercollegiate, Women

    offered Spring 2024 · Amy Erickson
  • PE 272: Swimming/Diving Intercollegiate, Men

    offered Winter 2024 · Andy Clark
  • PE 273: Swimming/Diving Intercollegiate, Women

    offered Winter 2024 · Andy Clark
  • PE 277: Club Table Tennis

    Prerequisites: Participation in Fall and Winter term offered Spring 2024 · Aaron Chaput
  • PE 282: Tennis Intercollegiate, Men

    offered Spring 2024 · Stephan Zweifel
  • PE 283: Tennis Intercollegiate, Women

    offered Spring 2024 · Luciano Battaglini
  • PE 284: Tennis Club

    This club was formed to provide a competitive environment for students of all genders who are well qualified tennis players but not on the varsity teams. In order to register for club tennis you must have been an active member for both the fall and winter terms, or get approval from the captains. Please see the Sport Club Website for contact information.

    offered Spring 2024 · Aaron Chaput
  • PE 286: Track and Field/Indoor Intercollegiate, Men

    offered Winter 2024 · Dave Ricks
  • PE 287: Track and Field/Indoor Intercollegiate, Women

    offered Winter 2024 · Donna Ricks
  • PE 288: Track and Field/Outdoor Intercollegiate, Men

    offered Spring 2024 · Dave Ricks
  • PE 289: Track and Field/Outdoor Intercollegiate, Women

    offered Spring 2024 · Donna Ricks
  • PE 290: Sport and Globalization in London and Seville Program: Directed Reading and Volunteer Coaching Project

    Prior to departure students will read selected works that highlight the sporting and cultural history of Great Britain and Spain. Understanding of these readings will be evaluated through discussion and written work in London and Seville. Students will also complete two short projects to prepare for observing, coaching, and examining sport abroad.

    2 credits; S/CR/NC; Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement; offered Winter 2024 · Bob Carlson
  • PE 290: Volleyball Club, Men

    Active participation in club volleyball practices throughout the term, as well as before or beyond this term is expected. While the club is open to players of all skill/experience levels, our focus in the Winter is largely on preparation for our competitive tournaments. In order to earn PE credit for participating in Men’s Volleyball, a student must be eligible for or actually participate in competition. The league we compete in is the NIVC, Men’s Volleyball league.

    offered Spring 2024 · Aaron Chaput
  • PE 291: Volleyball Intercollegiate, Women

    offered Fall 2023 · Abby Walton
  • PE 293: Water Polo Club

    The participant must be registered for the club and must participate in 2 terms of the club with 16 events over those two terms–this includes practices and tournaments/games/scrimmages. (every game counts as an event)

    offered Spring 2024 · Aaron Chaput
  • PE 316: Principles of Athletic Training

    Introduction to human anatomy as it pertains to athletic training and prevention and care of athletic injuries. Consists of lecture, practical experiences, and use of rehabilitative modalities. Requirement for athletic training student assistant.

    2 credits; Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement; offered Winter 2024, Spring 2024 · Chad Alladin
  • PE 332: Foundations of Sport Psychology and Performance Mentality

    Research shows that the most successful athletes are those who are able to think consciously and engage differently than others before, during, and after competition. Like any other life skill, thinking differently and embracing active mindfulness takes training, a willingness to learn, and dedicated hard work. This course is designed to help students and athletes think differently about various aspects of training and competition, ultimately using these skills as they apply to sport, functioning in team environments, and most importantly to the other areas of their lives outside of athletics during and beyond their time at Carleton.

    6 credits; Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement; offered Winter 2024 · Jessica Mueller
  • PE 334: Beyond Happy: Mindfulness Practices and the Science of Well-being

    This course explores the science of well-being, with specific emphasis on related skill development. Topics covered include neuroplasticity, learned optimism, gratitude, flow, character strengths, meaning, positivity resonance, positive relationships and love. Students will practice strategies such as becoming aware of the present, use of breath, working with thoughts, strengthening focus, labeling and working with emotions, lovingkindness meditation, cultivating positive emotions and reducing time spent worrying about the future or fretting about the past.

    3 credits; S/CR/NC; Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement; offered Fall 2023, Spring 2024 · Patrick Gordon
  • PE 338: Sport and Globalization in London and Seville Program: Global Athletics

    With their rich history and current success, English and Spanish sport will serve as a framework to examine the emergence of contemporary athletics and current issues facing participants, coaches, administrators, and spectators. The course will explore the world of sport and specifically football (soccer) from a generalist perspective. London and Seville will provide rich and unique opportunities to learn how sport and society intersect. With classroom activities, site visits, field trips to matches, museums, and stadiums students will examine sport from an historical and cultural perspective while keeping in mind how our globalized world impacts sport. Lastly, we will seek to understand ways athletics can break down barriers and create understanding between others.

    6 credits; International Studies, Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement; offered Winter 2024 · Bob Carlson
  • PE 340: Sport and Globalization in London and Seville Program: Introductory Coaching Practicum

    Designed for students who may or may not have any previous playing or coaching experience, this course will cover introductory methods of coaching and teaching young athletes. Specifically, students will practice methods of teaching skills, structure, and strategies of team-oriented sports. Emphasis will be placed on understanding the coaching profession at different levels, developing coaching skills and creating a philosophy of coaching in a cross-cultural setting.

    4 credits; Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement; offered Winter 2024 · Bob Carlson
  • PE 348: Contemporary Issues in Athletics

    An examination of athletics and their relationship to society. This course focuses on the emergence of contemporary sport and the current issues facing participants, coaches, administrators, and spectators. A special emphasis is placed on understanding the motivating factors behind sport and developing a philosophy of sport that will help students evaluate current sporting issues in society. 6 credits; Social Inquiry; offered Fall 2023 · Luciano Battaglini
  • PE 350: Methods: Principles and Philosophy of Coaching

    This course emphasizes the methods of teaching skills, structure, and strategies of team oriented sports. Emphasis is placed on understanding the coaching profession at different levels, developing coaching skills and creating a philosophy of coaching. 3 credits; Social Inquiry; offered Spring 2024 · Ryan Kershaw
  • PE 352: Sports Psychology: Advanced Application

    There is no better applied learning environment than sport. This course will take the concepts learned in Foundations of Sports Psychology and examine how they can be directly applied to life after Carleton. Over the course of ten weeks, we’ll host guest speakers across a diverse spectrum of industries and disciplines such as: medicine, education, broadcast journalism, banking, nonprofit management, coaching, social work, banking, corporate recruiting, technology, law, marketing, consulting, and more. We’ll discuss/analyze the transition from theory to practice and ultimately, how we can continue to “perform” consistently and strive to be the best possible version of ourselves. 

    Prerequisites: PE 332 3 credits; Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement; offered Spring 2024 · Jessica Mueller